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A Cold Day

Winter                             Waxing Moon of Long Nights It has been a cold day, not bitter cold, but temperatures in the teens with below zero lows.  This is a good time to be inside, working on projects like learning Latin, writing a novel, studying Daoism.  All of which, it so happens, I’m doing.  It’s like gardening in […]

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With Thoughts of Green, Growing Things Dancing in My Head

Winter                                Waxing Moon of Long Nights We’ve warmed up to 0.  Midmorning’s brittle sunshine diffuses in the hazy, partly cloudy sky.  The whippets go outside, pee, turn around and come right back inside.  Rigel, unphased, continues to hunt around the machine shed, staying on the hunt for hours at a time.  Sometimes she comes in […]

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Winter

Samhain                                   Waning Wolf Moon A light dusting of snow has given snowy caps to the rocks in our boulder wall and covered the potting bench like Wondra shaken out to coat a chicken breast.  This amount of snow emphasizes late fall by highlighting downed leaves, their brown color emphasizing the not-yet-winter feel of this early […]

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Weather Week Ahead: Colder

Samhain                                  Full Wolf Moon A light dusting of snow this morning came on the heels of a drop in temperature.  We’re down to 21 right now with a low in the last 24 hours of 20.  According to NOAA and Paul Douglas, we have a bunch of cold air headed our way, air now sitting […]

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Weather Boring

Winter      New Moon (Wild) The weather here has gone into a stable, cold pattern.  Just not very interesting.  No storms. No new snow.  No new ice.  No winds.  No warmth.  Some way below freezing cold, but been there done that this year.  It’s not been terrible for me because I don’t have to get out […]

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Traveling By Television

-6  steep fall 30.26  E1  windchill -8  Winter Waning Wolf Moon Boy do I feel good.  I recalled that some legislative meetings are webcast, broadcast, or taped.  Turns out the one I need to cover will be on Channel 17 at 3pm or I can watch it live on the web.  God, you gotta love […]

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The Heart of Winter

7  falls 30.13  W0 wchill 7  Winter Full Wolf Moon The Full Wolf Moon hangs high in the sky, hidden behind cloud cover.  It casts a ring of ice crystals, giving it a gem in a circular setting look.  The moon light suffuses the sky giving a bluish cast to the snow as it filters […]

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Beard Experiment Tells Tale

-3  steep rise 29.99  W0 wchill -3  Winter Waxing Gibbous Wolf Moon The wind last night drove our bedroom windown open wider and the chilly night air blew on us early this morning.  We always sleep with the window at least partway open, but this larger portal made even the down comforters inadequate.  So we […]

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An Existential Cry?

-8  falls 30.32  SW0 wchill-8 Winter First Quarter of the Wolf Moon The Great Horned Owl who lives in our woods calls tonight, right now as I write.  Whether he, or she, speaks to a lost love or wayward children I do not know.  On a night this cold it could be the existential cry […]

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After the New Year, Backup

-3  bar rises 30.00  SW0  windchill -3  Winter Waxing Crescent of the Wolf Moon The Orchard in Winter 2009 has well and truly begun.  The new year crept in on snow shoes, covered in a snowmobile suit and holding a cup of hot cocoa.  This was a Minnesota new year. We’ve had a cold winter […]

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