Sunday, February 28, 2010

What A Beautiful Night!

I just spent a comfortable ten minutes out on the deck in a pair of denim capris, and a light weight acrylic sweater. It's nearly midnight, and it's still a tropical 41∘F. A clear sign that the frigid arctic weather that has plagued us for so long this winter, is finally on the wane. The night sky was a beautiful mixture of billowy white clouds, clear star strewn skies, and a bight, nearly full moon. What a beautiful back drop to the naked skeletons of the trees in their winter slumber.

Most of the snow has melted in areas where the sun shines, but thick piles still lurk in shaded areas. The roof is finally clear, but the rear deck is shaded. The treacherous ice sheet of re-frozen roof melt water in front of my door, that made traversing to the steps a life or death proposition, has finally melted, but 3/4 of the deck that I didn't shovel, still has four to six inches of snow on it. Yet some of the trees are already budding. Can winter last for long?

I've been watching the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics tonight. An enormous hug goes out to all of our beautiful neighbors to the north, for the absolutely fabulous two week party they just put on for the world! Kudos Canucks, and a very warm thanks to all of you! You did yourselves proud! :-) Next stop, London, for the summer Olymipics in 3 1/2 years!

By the way, my latest girl crush? Julia Mancuso! She is only 26. God, I feel so old!

Melissa XX


Anonymous said...

It feels like the summer has arrived here also. A beautiful morning with blue sky and a wonderful sun.
Its not hot, but the sun sure makes you feel good.

Wow Julia is pretty!

Stace said...

It's certainly warmer here at the moment. From -2 last week to +9 over the weekend. I'm making the most of it though - it's supposed to be cold again before the week is out.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the hugs, beautiful neighbour to the South.

Keri Renault said...

Plenty of iconic images from start to finish, Melissa! On a meteorlogical note only 19 more days to the Vernal Equinox.

Count 'em.

Can't wait to get rid of my bad case of cabin fever! Cheers.

Calie said...

41 degrees and you're sitting on the deck, half naked, at midnight? Girl, have you fallen off of your rocker?

Calie xxx

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Leslie Ann said...

Time to change your calendar, Melissa. It's only 2 1/2 years till the 2012 London Olympics.

Anonymous said...

and (smiles),do you need to change your glasses as well? The moon was FULL on the 28th.

Anonymous said...

I love the way you described your nightime vigil. Your often very poetic in your writing, OK the 'hackles' post wasn't but you know what other posts I refer to.

The nights here remain crisp with many stars but even though it still feels very cold and frosty in the mornings spring is coming.
The light is different.

I have enjoyed whats small moments I have caught of the games and I have looked at some of the athletes and seen their beauty and wished for the return of my lost youth too!


Helen xx