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No VitD today

Moss soggy

I made a tactical error in not getting out before about 11am. Instead, the precip rolled in and I eventually dug out the ol’ rain shoes and rain coat and suited up and headed out.

Daffy soggy

I found sogginess. Soggy moss. Soggy daffodils.

Wasn’t that bad, however.

Yet, about 5:30pm, when I took some gray-bidge out, hmm, sure seemed cold. And, as I scooted back indoors, I was sooooo glad I walked earlier.

Grey day, but green

Leaf droplets

By the time I left the house, the rain had stopped.

Not clover

Evidence of it was everywhere, however.

Green wooden chair

Although the chair I couldn’t quite figure out. Was it out for trash pickup?

The green theme just happened.

Over on that street

Blooming rosemary

Several front gardens along this street have huge rosemary almost-shrubs that bloom together and look alike. I think they are sister-plants. And now it’s aggressive bloom-time!

Crepe myrtle trunk

Something caught my eye about the trunk of this large crepe myrtle. Shapes, color. Aesthetics.

Truck immobilized

That street also has this immobilized pickup. It’s been here for something like six years. Usually it’s on the other side of the street. My new hypothesis is that someone is using the boot like a steering wheel “club.” Strange.

New verb? valentining?

Free library art

Flowers for my valentine. Also a free library mural.

Airplane toy yardart

And, for my sweetie, a new vehicle.

Hello moon

This, however, is a photo I prepped for yesterday, then neglected to post. The title was to be “Hello, Moon.” Still works.

One time, we met a man named Valentino in Sicily southern Italy in a cave and he blessed us, but that’s a story for another day.

In my head

Mystery tree

Mostly, I do pretty well at plant identification, compared to the average bear. At least, that’s what I imagine.

This: mystery-tree-to-mee.

* Or…are my conclusions influenced by watching the first two episodes of “Russian Doll”?

Flower drive

Varigated camellia

In flower terms, we drove from variegated camellia…

Flowering quince

…to flowering quince. We did not use flower power to get us from there to here, only the usual petroleum product.

Semi-random pretties

Tree turquoise

We wandered a place we’ve visited before, but long enough ago that many changes have transformed it.

River reflection

The river has been cleared of trash and…

Engineering writ large

new footbridges built.

Red umbrellas

Restaurants, often with some outdoor seating, are where none were before.

Dog approval

Later, we passed this leetle test. A sniff test?

Anyway, super-good times!

(Winter warm) = wet + fog

Melt in swamp

Here’s the road in the swamp. It was snow-pack two days ago. It was melty-melty in the above-freezing temps as we left our favorite northern outpost.

Fog at Bridge

All the warmth and melting means a load of moisture in the air, which today translated as fog. Heavy fog. The Bridge support just loomed above us, rather indistinct. Soooo glad it wasn’t windy!

Hntndog

We played road tag with this vehicle for several dozen miles. I laughed at the tag and I think the Guru momentarily lusted for the blade. The other day I discovered he may slightly more intensely lust for a blinking light to put atop the cab, as a minority of plow-fronted pickups have for increased safety/visibility as they are plowing.

Vortex unspools

Melt begins

Ahhhhh, the melt begins.

Wind sculpts snow

However, there’s plenty of wind-sculpted snow, with drifts on the shady side of the roads, plenty to last until spring. I’m jess-sayin, this thaw won’t last.

Huge brook trout

Also, I wanted to honor these two brave brookies who provided our sustenance this evening. Canadian fish tacos. Yum. Yum. And yum.

Polar vortex

Blowing snow

During a polar vortex, you may experience blowing snow.

Big bridge

Or it may be clear at the Big Bridge. Clear and COLD. And, today, windy windy windy.

Home stretch

Finally, we made it down the home stretch, down the fresh-plowed road. Sun! Great shadows!

Not staying here

We are not staying at our customary abode…brrrrr…too much snow and cold! [Let’s stay with the kind, delightful, joyous neighbors in their warm, warm home.]

Umbrella party

And have a party! So glad to be in this wonderful place. Could do without the polar vortex, but the sunshine is undeniably lovely.