December 6, 2010

Change of Season

Posted in Home, Weather tagged , , , , , at 7:52 am by Liliana

First Snowflakes

First Snowflakes

This has been an unsettlingly mild autumn for our part of the country.

There were days of incessant rain and overcast skies, but also mild temperatures and an abundance of sunny, golden afternoons.

The leaves change color to deep yellows and burgundies and fall to the ground. Sometimes while taking Kaya on a walk, I squint my eyes, and my street shimmers like an impressionist painting.

Early in November, I bring in my potted plants and find them comfortable winter residence on window sills and shelves in various parts of the house. But, it isn’t until the middle of the month that we have our first night frost.

Then on December first, winter comes. Overnight. One day it is fall, the next day we all know that the seasons have changed.

As I walk out of the house, sporadic snowflakes fall out of the dark gray early morning sky. The air feels rarefied, jagged and sparkling. I take a deep breath and exhale. Steam comes out of my mouth. Just for fun, I huff again.

Now, when I return home on a cold winter afternoon, I feel my house embracing me in its comforting, protective fold.

Meteorologists predict a very cold, snowy winter this year in Michigan.

2 Comments »

  1. Dave Harrison said,

    I sure hope they’re wrong like they are about how nice it’s going to be in the summer. Where’s Al Gore’s global warming when we need it?

    • Liliana said,

      Global warming is all round us, Dave.

      If you look at the papers you see that Northern Europe is suffering from terrible snow storms, Southern Europe is having awful floods, and forests in Israel are burning out of control. All of these weather patterns are highly unusual. And this is just a tiny sample of what is happening all around the world.

      I can’t help but worry about what kind of world we are leaving for our children.


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