Safe and Sound in Frigid Temperatures


Silence, snow and wind chills.
Schools closed, bitter temperatures,
no traffic. Dangerous wind chills
keep children indoors.


Grateful for the kindness of neighbors
and strangers who plowed our daughter’s
driveway during the blizzard. Caring
people who look out for others.


Whiteouts, blowing, drifting snows.
Lake effect predicted with
Storm totals just under one meter.
Occasional snow plow.

Warm and cozy indoors.
Wonder. Worry about my
husband’s drive home,
described as treacherous.

Grateful to be retired.
No longer have to brave
the elements. Mid afternoon with
sky and ground the same white.


Turned on Christmas lights to color
indoors and out one last time.
Hot soup for dinner.   Relax and
grateful for family and friends.




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39 Responses to Safe and Sound in Frigid Temperatures

  1. Annika Perry says:

    Mary Ann, both beautiful and frightening…your words and photos show the full force of this weather. It is wonderful, touching and important how people look out for each other in these situations. When we had a mild snowstorm last month traffic ground to a halt until the farmers and owners of 4x4s came to help with chains and pulled everyone up the hill! Keep very safe and warm my friend…enjoy those soups! My one big concern is what happens when all this snow melts – will there be floods? Wishing you a cosy snug weekend indoors! Xxx

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    • Annika, I truly appreciate your comment. Winter is sometimes quite challenging in Upstate New York. We had another foot of snow overnight and it continues. Wind chills are approaching -30 C now too. My trusty Jeep gets me through deep snow. I prefer the warm indoors and soup at this point. When I was still teaching, I mentioned to colleagues that this was a wasted snow day when it happened on a weekend. Schools were closed everywhere for severe wind chill temperatures yesterday. Your comment was a comfort in this prolonged cold arctic air and snow. When it melts, yes, there is flooding. I saw a couple of birds still enjoying the comfort of the birdhouse outside my window. Blessings and hugs, xxx Mary Ann

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    Your poetic verses add a sense of security to an otherwise dangerous situation. Great post!

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  3. What an amusing word picture you drew!

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  4. I was relieved my daughter in Indiana had temps higher than Antarctica today–well above freezing even! Stay warm.

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  5. Arno Bode,Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,dein faszinierender Bericht zeigt einmal mehr ,daß der Winter auch eine andere Seite zeigen kann.Extreme Witerungsbedingungen mit Schnee und seltener Kälte beeinträchtigen das tägliche Leben.Gleichzeitig bringt der Winter eine bezaubernde Winterwelt hervor.Das ganze Jahr stellt man sich die Frage nach einer weißen Weihnacht.Sonne auf unberührter Schneefläche machen für Fotografen eine besonderen Reiz.Verschneite Bäume und Eisskulpturen wecken ebenso Begeisterung.
    Bei aller Begeisterung für winterliche Erscheinung,hoffe ich für Dich und deine Familie,daß ihr unbeschadet aus dieser Situation herauskommt.In Gedanken bei Euch.Liebe Grüße aus Old Germany,Dein Arno

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    • Lieber Arno, thanks for the kind words about my writing. It seems we are in the midst of a long, hard winter here. But then again, you understand snow because you and your wife are skiers. I think the snow is pretty until I have to drive in it. Take care, enjoy your winter holiday. ^__^


  6. Joseph Beech says:

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  7. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour ou bonsoir que de neige

    Ne demande rien à la vie, laisse-toi guider simplement

    Moi je suis bien avec mes amis ou amies , tu en fais partie
    J’ai appris à te connaître que ce soit par tes commentaires et encore plus par les écris de ton blog
    J e t’ai tendu la main et toi tu m’as tendu aussi la tienne

    Ensemble on a déjà parcouru du chemin

    Toi mon ami ou amie
    Souris à la vie, elle t’apportera bien du plaisir et de belles discussions pour égayer ta vie de tous les jours
    Sois toujours en confiance avec toi-même

    De nouvelles portes s’ouvriront encore à toi pour te satisfaire dans ce monde

    Passe une belle journée ou soirée

    Bisous Bernard

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    • Thank you for such a nice comment on my blog. It is fun for me to discover how much of my French I actually can read, understand and write. I love your statement of not asking anything from life but to simply be guided. Your words are very poetic and your comments are much appreciated. Peace in 2018.


  8. Pamela says:

    What photos! I live in the state where I think you grew up (MA) and after snow on Christmas Day and then a little over a week ago, it looked like that here, too. But suddenly, the temps raised today, snow is melting too fast, rain expected with flooding today, and THEN, the temps drop to 15 degrees F tomorrow. New England weather in a nutshell. 🙂
    Lovely blog.

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    • I grew up in Massachusetts until I was 10 when we moved to Colorado. Our Upstate New York winters rival what I recall in my childhood. We have a small flood in the yard next door. Another storm will dump 12″ more of snow. Such is live. Thanks for the lovely comment about my blog. Much appreciated. ^__^


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