Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Brief Reprieve

I feel almost guilty to report that we've had the most marvelous two days in Southern Colorado.  Yes, it was nearly 80 degrees on my back deck today.  The digital thermometer read 78.6.

I took a short walk yesterday and wished I brought my camera to capture  some snapshots of all the people I saw out walking dressed in summer attire of shorts and sandals.  I even ran into a couple of my neighbors enjoying a picnic at the Riverwalk of Pueblo.  Dressed in sleeveless tops, they were soaking up the sun while they took a break from winter.

I know this summer like weather won't last long.  Cold weather is on its way into our area again tonight.  The forecast says that we will again have snow soon.  Next week temperatures in the 20's and below are being forecasted.

Atticus in Boston Snow
 January 2011
In the meantime, I think of my kids who are suffering in the snow and wish I could bottle up some sunshine and send it to them.  Just this past week the family in Boston was nearly buried in snow.  Atticus and his mom and dad spent two hours digging the car out.  I bet he was wishing he was back in Bangladesh being taken by rickshaw to school.  Maybe not, I guess school were closed in Boston.

My daughter in Utah reported that they are suffering from a terrible inversion.  (Click the word for the definition.)  January inversions are no fun in Utah.  The air is heavy, thick, foggy and cold.  She suffered from a bad asthma attack today and had to make a trip to a medical clinic in order to get treatment.  I worry so much about her when the weather is bad in January.  I remember so many winters when she was child when it seemed that she suffered endless bouts with croup, asthma and pneumonia.  January, her birthday month, also brings such terrible weather where she lives.  I reminded her that there are only two more days left in the month.  February is coming.  Spring is not too far off.

I'm very aware of our special blessings here:  sunny blue skies and warm weather.  I watered the trees,  walked in the sun, sat a bit on the porch, and soaked up enough sunshine and vitamin D to keep my spirits up for the next onslaught that I know is coming.  Winter isn't done with us yet, but this short reprieve that we've enjoyed has been so appreciated.


Lynilu said...

Wow! That is amazing! I was happy with the mid 50s we had here! But on Wednesday, the high will be 18° and will probably include snow on Tuesday and Wednesday, a huge change in a short time. We really have to learn to appreciate the gifts while we have them, don't we? :) I'm glad you enjoyed your lovely warmth.

#1Nana said...

Lucky you! We've got a chance of snow tomorrow. I'm tired of the gray chilly days. I'm reminding myself that the gray days help us remember to be grateful when the sun reappears. This week I'm grateful that my middle school subbing job has ended...I can even enjoy the cold weather from under my down comforter.

Kay said...

I'm so glad you're having comfortable weather. I feel guilty when I talk to my daughter and granddaughter on Skype also. They're bundled up in Illinois and here I'm sitting with my tank top. Hmmm... maybe they'll want to come visit again.

The Minute Man's Wife said...

Thanks for bringing a little splash of sunshine to my frigid northern New England environment! For a second I got to live vicariously through your blog and found myself skipping down the sidewalk in flip flops!!

Olga said...

Nice little gift from Mother Nature--such warm temps and plenty of winter sunshine. I know what you mean about worrying about the kids, though. The last time I talked to my daughter--frozen pipes, cars not starting, schools closed, minus 20, and a new puppy that poops on the floor. My son--deep, deep into that SAD--so talking with him is a very stressful venture right now. Yet a walk in the sunshine does soothe the soul for a while.

DJan said...

I lived in Boulder for almost forty years and realized how lovely the weather could be, even in the middle of winter. I also remember long stretches of days with the temperature never reaching zero! Yep, it's a wonderful place to live, but I am currently in love with the Pacific Northwest, rain and all!

Arkansas Patti said...

The Ozarks has also enjoyed the tropical vacation. I actually did some sunning for much needed Vitamin D.
So sorry your daughter suffers so. It might pay her to move to a more hospitable climate.
I will now go look up inversion as that is new to me.
I'm sure the kids are sick of the snow but bet the grands aren't.

becca said...

sounds lovely

Linda Reeder said...

I'll have to call my daughter in Fort Morgan, CO and see what they did in the sunshine. Sounds wonderful.
We have had a surprisingly mild winter here in Seattle, after the cold blast in November. Today the rain has stopped and there is a bit of sun. Looks like three dry days in a row to come this week. That's our reprieve.

KleinsteMotte said...

And we had the opposite. We are back in a deep freeze -15C. Well we did get sunshine but you had sit inside by a window to feel warm and happy.
Still the V D effect is there.

Joanne said...

What a wonderful God Kiss! Enjoy the wondeful hug from nature. I pray your daughter feels better soon. Blessings, Joanne

Deb Shucka said...

Now that's what I call a reprieve. I was just thinking I'm ready for one here - we get at least a day or two of weather in the 60s (not 80 - that's a bit weird, isn't it?) before spring and those days are such huge blessings. It sounds like you enjoyed every second of yours.