Change is coming.

Posted: November 12, 2013 in Musings, Nature, Personal, Writing
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It begins as rain, spits and sprinkles, settling down later to something harder and more deliberate. Errands run, lunch eaten, I settle down to the never-ending struggle to impose order of some sort on papers and miscellany, a book-on-CD inserted into my laptop to keep me company. To the accompaniment of descriptions of luscious food and exotic places, I glance out the window to see the change from fall to winter announcing itself…not permanently (tomorrow will be cold but then the next days warmer)…just that tap on the shoulder announcing: “I’m on the way. Get ready. Find those missing gloves, bring out the hats, make sure your winter coats are clean.”

So glad I did yard work yesterday, although more remains for upcoming warmer days. Three bags of yard detritus stand next to the garbage can for pickup in the morning. Until the beginning of November, each bag of yard waste must carry a stick-on tag, purchased for a bit over $2 at local stores, in order for the city to pick it up. From now until mid-December, pick-up is free. I take advantage of that.  As I carry the bags from the garage in the deepening twilight, only a short while after 4 pm, the wind cuts coldly through my sweater. Yet it’s invigorating and makes the lights shining through the window seem even more welcoming. Christmas waits just over the horizon, maybe some cross-country skiing, although we got rid of our old skis when we moved. On Cleveland’s east side, in the snow belt, there are plenty opportunities to sled or ski. In Chicago, not only is there usually not enough snow, there are very few hills. That’s the prairie.

As evening arrives, I pull out my recipes and cookbooks. Soups and stews sound wonderful. I’ve asked for a new 3-quart crockpot for Christmas to replace the one that broke, but in the meantime, there’s the larger one, making enough for several meals and for the freezer, too, if I can carve out enough space. Maybe soon I’ll bring my winter coat up from the basement and hang it in the front closet. Winter is on its way and I’m ready. I’m also looking forward to my January visit to Arizona to see my parents. Winter makes it even more desirable.

Fall colors and winter snow.



More winter, less fall.


Darkness comes early after the time change.  The wet snow sticks heavily to everything, pushing dying leaves and fronds to the ground.


The bird apartment (on the right) is getting a covering of snow. Might be time to scatter some bread crumbs.  The snow provides a decoration for the bare bush on the left.


  1. I’m not a fan of snow&ice but your pictures look like magic. Great shots!

  2. I Am Jasmine Kyle says:

    We had FULL ON SNOW and it’s STILL HERE!!! BOOO!

    • 🙂 Chicago gets less snow than I would have thought. The snow belt, which we lived in in Cleveland, here goes into Indiana and Michigan so we don’t get that much here. There’s still snow on the ground this morning, but not serious snow.


      • I Am Jasmine Kyle says:

        I don’t think I’m mentally prepared for this!!! I mean can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving?

  3. Beautiful pictures, especially the gathering twilight. It does feel weird getting dark shortly after 4 PM. But that’s the price we pay for daylight to after 9 PM in the summer.

  4. silentkim says:

    We had a dusting of snow this morning too. It was quite pretty.

  5. Your post really makes me miss having four seasons. Phoenix has two: Hot and Perfection (it’s great in the late fall/Winter/Spring) but not having four distinct seasons is something I truly miss!

    This is a really lovely post!

    • Jaime, thanks very much. It’s nice to have you come by and enjoy a bit of fall/winter with me. My parents live in Mesa, so I know about their season (or lack thereof). However, I always enjoy visiting them in January when it’s nice and cold here. 🙂

  6. Your snow and ice really is beautiful, but nowhere near as lovely as your words for it. You have such an inspiring outlook on winter in general… I could stand to learn a thing or two from your example. 🙂

    • I don’t like everything about winter, the short span of daylight being the major one, but there’s so much beauty. And you can enjoy things such as soups, stews and other hot dishes, which taste even better when it’s cold. What else? Hot chocolate, Christmas, skiing, fires in the fireplace… 🙂 I hope you can find some things to enjoy in the winter this year.


  7. helenscribe says:

    Lovely essay, evocative pix. It’s a long time since I’ve actually seen snow on my patio, so it’s nice to enjoy it in surrogate. But my dwarf orange tree heaves a sigh of relief, and the lemons drop from a neighbor’s tree, and the Mexico-bound hummingbirds discuss their route south outside the window. Thanks for the reminders.

    • I’m glad to share a reminder that you can enjoy while keeping warm and enjoying the fruits of the trees’ labor. 🙂 I look forward to visiting my parents (in Arizona) in January and enjoying some of the same things as well as the beauty of the desert (and probably of dessert, too!)


  8. all of this talk about snow makes me grateful to live where there are no freezing temps! well, aside from the snow peaks in the andes! z

  9. says:

    These are just great and ice already! Oh my!

    • Fortunately, the ice and snow are gone. Also fortunately, we were spared from any destruction as the bad weather and tornadoes moved through our area last night. Very thankful for that!


      • says:

        I had no idea thats where you lived! I am soooo glad you are ok and how scary that is!!!!

        I cannot imagine!

      • I was in Kansas City and between me and home were an entire line of storms and tornadoes or possible tornadoes. I’m usually not worried about weather and will just head out and take my time, but not this time. I left four hours later, got home about 11 am and had beautifully clear skies with an enormous full moon the whole way. I was very thankful. I appreciate your concern, Kathryn.


      • says:

        Always, Janet. ♥