Cold Weather and Gifts

This morning, it was -8 degrees. Fahrenheit.  And that, readers, is pretty darned cold. The snow squeaks underfoot, and Liam’s trips to the backyard are mercifully quick. On the calendar, the first day of winter is marked on December 21, but I think it’s safe to write that winter has come early to Maine, as it always does.

Here is what one of the windows looked like when I raised the shades. Most of that frost is on the inside of the window. Dr. Zhivago, anyone?


Nothing warms up this cold season the way gifts do, and yesterday I received three from my friend Shari, whose creativity never fails to dazzle me.


Blue is my favorite color, and I love all shades, but lately, for some strange reason, Maya blue has become my special favorite. And, the piece with the driftwood, pottery, and sea glass is none other than Maya blue, which is now an official color.  At least according to me 😉

Thanks so much, Shari. I have found special places to hang the Maya-blue piece with the driftwood. I’ve also found a place for the shell. As for the wee card…we are going to frame that and put it on our bookshelf.

Ho-ho-ho and crunch, crunch, crunch. Christmas gets ever closer, and soon my best beloveds will be wending their way north.

Fingers crossed for good weather next Thursday and Friday.

16 thoughts on “Cold Weather and Gifts”

  1. At 6:15 a.m., I walked out to get the coffee started and then on to cleaning the pellet stove. But, I thought I’d look at the outdoor thermometer, and it said -15. We are now up to a whopping 7. I am drinking hot coffee and I have two long sleeved t-shirts, one sweatshirt, and warm pants on, and I’m frozen. Tomorrow we have a half a foot of snow coming in. I’m not really thinking about the dates on the calendar because I know winter is here. Stay warm.

  2. Shari truly is talented. What beautiful gifts. Thanks for sharing them. Wonder what the wind chill is as the wind has been quite brisk? Stay warm.

    1. Oh, they are lovely. The next time you come over, I will point them out to you. The wind does make the temperature feel colder. How much, I do not know.

  3. It was about 10 degrees here in northeast Ohio last night, and I thought that was cold. However, you have raised the bar for “cold,” and I don’t want to compete with your temperatures. I certainly agree that winter is definitely here.

    1. Thanks, Derrick. Fortunately, we Mainers know how to deal with the cold. Over the years, we’ve had plenty of practice.

  4. For several reasons, yesterday was the best day for us to go and cut our Christmas tree. We waited until the thermometer reached zero, bundled up and headed to our local tree farm. I think it’s fair to say that we have never picked out a tree more quickly. Brrr.

  5. It was -32 degrees Celsius here last night. Brrrrr. Old man winter has arrived indeed. What a beautiful gift from your friend. Maya blue – I don’t know if that is what it’s actually called, but I love that shade of blue and I think you’ve started something because that’s what I call it now! Lol. Have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. So cold! Old man winter has indeed arrived. I made up the term “Maya blue.” And now, that’s what that shade is to me 😉

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