Sunday, November 6, 2011

Winter.... Again??

Oh my.... winter is coming and I just don't think I want to go through it again. Awfully early to be making that tired old statement isn't it?  I was just going through my file of yard photos looking for something different for my screen saver. I picked the photo below.


It is not that I don't think snow is pretty.......


or that I don't enjoy some snow....


but if given a choice......


of sunshine, and green grass, and bright colors....


it isn't hard to make a choice. The older I get, the more weather affects my moods, and the more I want outdoor sunshine for warmth, and nature's decor. 

But I must get busy.



The screened porch is not 4 season, not heated. I put the storm windows down, covered the furniture in sheets to keep the dust and such out,  and brought in the plants.



 It is sad to see, but saves me work in the spring. I usually wait for the first frost to close the porch. The last thing I do is bring a couple of armfuls of wood from the shed to the porch for the occasional fire in the fireplace in the livingoom. Since the porch is off the dining room and kitchen and can be viewed from the front door, I really notice the change. Why close up the porch? Mainly because dust and dirt, etc. still get in because I leave the porch door open about 6 inches to the outside as it makes it easier to let the dogs out a zillion times a day. 


Then there are the critters than wander in looking for bird seed or a cozy place. Many times as I let the dogs out for the first time in the morning, they chase out a cat, or chipmunk or once a opposum. I don't want to run Club Med for strangers!



So what to do about the winter blues? Make the best of it by celebrating fall and winter with  buying more decor and dishes! 

I am joining 


and



12 comments:

Marigene said...

But, but, but it's not going to get really cold for another month, Pat!
Great photos of the opossum and chipmunk. A few years ago we had an opossum coming onto the back porch that joined the stray cat I fed...they shared the same bowl of food, one on each side. Haven't seen it now that the cat doesn't come around any longer.

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Your blog is beautiful. We won't feel winter here until January but the rain and thunder has certainly arrived. I just found you through Bella Vista and am following now. Patty

Karen said...

Awwwwwww, cute possum. I love winter!

Marlee said...

Club Med! Hilarious!! And I love your idea for curing the winter blues!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

J Bar said...

Great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

JO said...

We just had our first snowfall for the season... and it has been cold all week... it's a good thing you have an enclosed porch for your lovely plants.

~ Jo's Precious Thoughts ~

Carole Meisenhelter said...

enjoyed each of your photos; lovely decorating; all beautiful. While you're not looking forward to the cold; guess what? I'm not enjoying the mid 30 degree celcius temps of Spring. Summer next!

Light and Voices said...

It is what it is. Enjoyed your post immensely including the critters.
Joyce M

podso said...

Pat, your photos are lovely. We are still enjoying fall colors and have a warm spot this week but cooler weather is upon us. Thank you for the reminder of what else I had to do this week ---close up the porch! I do similar things. It still needs spring cleaning, but at least it's not quite as dirty!

Treasia said...

Love your pictures. I am so not ready for winter either here. I am still getting used to this time change as well. :)

mississippi artist said...

Oh I know what you mean! Winter can be so depressing- I need warm weather and sunshine! I had to laugh about the dogs going out a million times a day-but when it's cold I have to push mine out! LOL!

Pam said...

Let's move to Florida. I'm tired of the winter seasons too. BTW, I would love to have one of those doggie doors, but I'm scared the outside creatures will want to come in at night too.