Hello, winter! Nice of you to stop by for a visit. Just remember not to overstay your welcome, please.
Now, we here in the mid-South do get freezing temperatures every year or so — for about a day or maybe two or three at the most. Not uncommon at all — we have to have a reason to wear all those scarves and gloves we got for Christmas, you know. But this week-long run of sustained bitter cold we’re in right now is a bit unusual. We’re talking really and truly cold here — pipe-bursting, fountain-freezing, thermal underwear-wearing, do-not-go-outside-without-your coat-and-hat cold. Brrrrrrrr. I was driving through downtown Florence, Alabama, on Monday afternoon and had to look twice at this hotel fountain to realize it was frozen absolutely solid. Younger Daughter just got back from a trip to Portland, Maine, to visit her very cool uncle and aunt (my younger brother and his wife) and except for the snow she said she feels as if she’s still there. Also except for the warming effects of napping with their 125-pound Alaskan malamute, Thule. Although in Maine folks are probably experienced enough to turn their fountains off when freezing weather threatens. I’m just saying.
I was in Mississippi last week and thought it was freezing. Is cold like visitors and fish? They get old and smelly after 3 days.
The fountain is so pretty! Reminds me of Niagara Falls in the winter – on a much smaller scale, of course.
Michele — I’ve heard other people say that the coldest they’ve ever been was in Mississippi in winter. Hope you had a great visit there!
Jubilee — what a beautiful thought! I had not looked at it that way. Thanks for sharing such a lovely perspective.