News Bulletin: Winter Is The New Spring!


Yes, did you hear that Spring has sprung?

And did you also hear that Winter is the new Spring?

Well, at least it's that way here along the East Coast of America.

Actually, we got word of a snow storm (a nor'easter) the day before Spring was to arrive. Then, on Tuesday the 20th (spring equinox), it began to snow and hasn't stopped. Today, Wednesday the 21st, at about 7:25 AM, this is what it looked like when I woke up; opened the mini blinds and looked out my windows...


It is now 6:30 PM on Wednesday the 21st , and it still hasn't stopped. Here, take a look...


At about 8 AM this morning, I received a text from my job saying that we would not be opening and to take the day off.

Yahooooooooooooooooooooooo!

You know me, as much I'm looking forward to Spring, I first jumped into a warm shower; dressed; then put on my winter coat, hat, scarf and gloves; then ran outside into the streets for one last snow storm hurrah!

At one point, I got so excited about the abundant snow that I actually twirled around in circles and imagined that I was inside a snow globe after it had been shook.

Call me insane, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I'm going to savor every last white flake until it's done for the year.

Here are some shots from my day...


Walnut Street


Chestnut Street
There is an Italian market/restaurant on this street that I will sometimes go for a coffee or lunch. Today, I stopped in and ordered a nice, hot Cafè Americano. It really hit the spot!


I had to stop and take a picture of this tree because it looked just like a Christmas tree...


Notice the Falling Ice warning in this next photograph. When you live in a city with tall buildings, the snow and ice will often fall down onto the streets. So it's best not to walk too close to the buildings. In past years I've had drifts of snow fall off certain buildings and land on my head. KA-BOOM! Luckily, it was never anything harmful. But it sure scared the hell out of me.


A snowy alley, not too far from where I live...


After several hours of walking in the snow, I came home and prepared some delicious minestrone soup. OMG...it tasted so good on such a cold, snowy, wintery (spring) day.

I ate TWO bowls.

Ahhhh....comfort food...


Oh, and here's another comfort food (ummm...or rather, drink) that's perfect on a cold, snowy, wintery (spring) night.
Which incidentally, I'll be drinking tonight.

A nice. dark. red...


Salute!

Happy Spring Everyone!
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31 comments

  1. It has been the same in the UK.... snow in spring, almost unbelievable. There's only one thing i can say about snow and that is - it make great pictures. Now after the horror of unexpected snow we have sunshine and what appears to be a snow-free, slightly windy day. I can deal with that... lol. The house opposite me is empty but has a SOLD sign in place. Trouble is the strong wind keeps knocking the SOLD sign down. What fun!

    Perhaps you will have a snow free weekend, in which case ENJOY. Yes, I know, you will ENJOY even if the snow stays put.

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  2. Ron, you crack me up! Most folks, like me, are swearing right now! Lol! We had a half a foot of snow dumped on us Tuesday night. Thank goodness my son was still here to shovel that crap because I refuse! Winter is over!!!!

    I will admit that your snow alley photo is pretty, but seriously? This sucks!

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  3. You know me, Ron. So you must also know how jealous I am of all your snow! But I keep telling myself next winter, Mark. And maybe next spring, too - as Rapid Citians also awoke to a snowstorm on the first day of the new season. Out here winter is a distant memory, sadly. Enjoy your snow. And your soup. And your wine! Not necessarily in that order...

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  4. Ron, better you than me! I love how exuberant you get over SNOW, but I can't say I'm the same way. I love the season's first snowfall, but that's enough. I guess I'm just a Southern gal at heart!

    And you know, by the time Spring finally arrives, I'm waaaay over the cold. And the ice and snow. I'm ready to see Spring flowers and green things, to hear lawn mowers humming and birds chirping. I'm ready to see people shed their heavy coats and mittens and break out their shorts and sunglasses. I'm ready for a vacation ... at the beach, ha!

    Hey, at least you got a day off, took some lovely photos, and indulged in a bit of comfort food and drink, right?? Enjoy!! x

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  5. Helloooooo there Valerie!

    Yes, I've heard from several people all over the world that the weather this winter has been the same...STRANGE. One day it's warm and sunny, the next it's cold and snowing.

    "Now after the horror of unexpected snow we have sunshine and what appears to be a snow-free, slightly windy day."

    Funny you mentioned that because today that's exactly what it was here. It was sunny, warmer than yesterday, and the snow has practically all melted as if it never snowed.

    The weekend is predicted to be warmer, partly sunny and no snow in the forecast.

    But I'm still hoping for more at the end of the month or even in early April - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a faaaaaaaabulous (sunny and warm) weekend!
    X

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  6. HA! I know...most people are screaming and cursing right now...."I WANT THIS FRIGGIN-ASS WINTER TO BE OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Yet me...I'm like, "I wish it would stay Winter all Summer!"

    Thank you :) I took that picture of the alley yesterday late afternoon on the walk home. Often times, rather than walk through the streets, I will walk through the alleyways because I find them so much more interesting to look at. I love the grittiness of them.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a faaaaaaabulous weekend!

    X

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  7. "You know me, Ron. So you must also know how jealous I am of all your snow! "

    HA! OMG Mark, I think you and I are probably the ONLY two people on this planet who feel that way. Oh, I do know one other person (the night front door security guard in my apartment building) who also loves the cold, the snow and winter. In fact, he and I were talking about it last night. We were both ecstatic about the recent snow storm.

    I can't WAIT to read all about your Winter this year after you move out to Rapid City! And I can't wait to see the pictures!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantastic weekend!

    X to you and Tara

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  8. "I love the season's first snowfall, but that's enough. I guess I'm just a Southern gal at heart!"

    HA! Debbie, I think A LOT of people feel the same as you. They like the initial snowfall, but after that...it's enough.

    I think after living in South Florida for 20 years, I'm over the heat and humidity of not only the summer months, but also the constant heat and humidity of the South most of the year. I love being back in the North East with the change of seasons; especially Fall and Winter. Now that I'm older, colder temperatures feel more comfortable to me than hot.

    "Hey, at least you got a day off..."

    You are so right, at least I got the day off and a bit of comfort food and drink.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have an AWESOME weekend!

    X

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  9. Ron, the photos of your made me LOL! So cute! I love your childlike joy for snow. I'm always happy when winter is over, yet I'm happy when summer is over as well. I like the changes of the seasons. I don't think I could ever live somewhere in which any kind of weather was constant. I don't like being extremely hot or cold, so I guess I'm especially fond of spring and fall.

    Wonderful photographs!

    P.S I love red wine too!

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  10. Greetings Candice!

    " I like the changes of the seasons. I don't think I could ever live somewhere in which any kind of weather was constant."

    Meeeeeeeeee too! I used to live where the weather was pretty much the same and I got tired of it. To be honest, I never thought I would move back East because for a long time I loved the weather in Florida. However, when I turned 45, I suddenly found that the heat (and especially the humidity) made me so uncomfortable. So I decided to move back to a place where I would have season changes, which is strange because I NEVER thought I would move back here.

    Isn't red wine FABU? I really enjoy a glass almost every night!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a grrrrrrrrreat weekend!

    X

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  11. Ron, I still have family in New York so I knew about the nor'easter you guys were getting. And OH MY GOD, judging from your photos I can see that it was HUGE! Do you still have a lot of snow on the ground? I'm glad to hear that you had the day off to enjoy the snow. I know how much you love it so I'm sure your were thrilled be outside walking around! I remember living up north and having snow even around Easter a couple of times. Now living in Florida, I miss the comfort, cozy foods of winter. That minestrone soup you made looks so delicious. Did you make it from scratch?

    Have a wonderful weekend, Ron X

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  12. Ron, we got hit with that nor'easter too. Like you I love the snow, but my girlfriend is so over it. If it were up to her, we'd get snow once every winter and that would be all. This is where she and I are completely different, I like the cold, she likes the heat. Whenever we talk about vacations she wants to go somewhere warm and tropical, and I want to go to Switzerland to ski LOL!

    Glad to read that you didn't have to go into work so you could enjoy the snowfall, dude.

    Salute!

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  13. Hiya Matt!

    "Whenever we talk about vacations she wants to go somewhere warm and tropical, and I want to go to Switzerland to ski LOL!"

    OMG...how funny! Opposites attract, I guess!

    There was a time when I too loved warm tropical weather, however, right after I turned 45, something changed inside my body that made heat and humidity unbearable, which is one of the main reasons why I moved back North. I should probably move to Antarctica - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a most excellent weekend!

    X

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  14. Hola Denise!

    We had been getting snow storm weather watches last week, but I thought they were making it much worst than what it would be. However, when the snow started to fall on Tuesday afternoon, I knew it was going to be a heavy snow storm.

    "Do you still have a lot of snow on the ground? "

    No, and that's the funny thing. By midday on Thursday, the snow had practically ALL melted! We still have patches of snow in our public parks, but pretty much all the snow in the city is gone.

    "Now living in Florida, I miss the comfort, cozy foods of winter. That minestrone soup you made looks so delicious. Did you make it from scratch?"

    No way!!! It was a canned brand of soup that I often purchase because it's low in sodium. But what I do is "doctor" it up a bit by adding my own things like, more beans, fresh basil, a little bit of chopped garlic, and even a little quinoa. And of course....grated cheese!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a fantastic weekend!
    X

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  15. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comMarch 25, 2018

    Beautiful shots, my friend! You must be in heaven! Still cold and snowy here too.

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  16. Thank you, Fiona :)

    Yes, indeed....I was in absolute HEAVEN! You know much I love winter...especially when it snows!

    OMG...the photographs of the snow in your part of the world are just stunning. I am soooo enjoying them!

    Have a super week, my friend. And thanks so much for stopping by!
    X

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  17. Rob LenihanMarch 25, 2018

    Wow, great photos, Ron! So glad you got a snow day off from work. You turned Philly into a winter wonderland!

    I used to love the snow, too, but ever since I fell I hate the sight of the stuff. Hopefully this will pass!

    Enjoy the soup and vino, buddy!!

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  18. Hellooooooo Elaine!

    "Can you believe how MUCH it snowed? Instead of spring it felt like mid-winter."

    HA! I know what you mean, I kept thinking to myself, today feels like the first really good snowfall of winter. It felt so strange to had THAT much snow on the second day of spring.

    " I went to the store several days before the storm hit and bought a lot of food because I was worried the store would be out of everything if I waited until the last minute."

    I did the same thing. I went to Trader Joe's and stocked up on food. I was surprise by how low the stock was on certain foods. I also went to the wine store to stock up on several bottles of my favorites reds :)

    I was crazy how fast the snow melted, I agree. For as much as we got, practically all of it was gone by the end of the next day.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, neighbor. Have a faaaaantastic week!

    X

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  19. Oh Ron, I was thinking of you last week when we got hit with that nor'easter which brought in all that snow. Can you believe how MUCH it snowed? Instead of spring it felt like mid-winter. My husband and I stayed inside all day and ate, watched TV, and like you, drank some wine! I went to the store several days before the storm hit and bought a lot of food because I was worried the store would be out of everything if I waited until the last minute.

    I am so happy that you had the day off so you we able to get out there and enjoy the snow. GREAT photographs! I'm surprised that anything was open that day.

    Wasn't it strange how the snow melted away so fast the day after?

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  20. Hey there Rob!

    When I got that text saying we were closed and to take the take off, I was soooooo happy! It was a great day to enjoy the snow, take photos, and eat comfort food all day!

    I think this will be the last of the snow for this season. Spring and Summer are on their way!!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have an AWESOME week!!!

    X

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  21. If we had even one day of snow a year, I can't even imagine the chaos it would cause. We are still waiting for any sign of winter. We went straight from Autumn to Spring. It actually feels like early summer here today. It seems that the only difference is the longer days.

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  22. The northeast seaboard has had more than its fair share of snow this winter. The pics are lovely.....but I'm sooooo over winter. It can leave anytime! And just to be spiteful, the forecast is for 1-3 inches of snow on Easter!!! My gaffs are in bloom so I'll have to cover them, cut them all or say goodbye. Today it's in the 50s and on Sunday, the high will be 36. :-( I love a good snowstorm when I can stay all cozy inside and drink hot chocolate.....but not in April! Sigh......but I will (remotely) join you in a glass of red this evening. Take care and Happy Easter.

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  23. Hey there Pat!

    "We went straight from Autumn to Spring. It actually feels like early summer here today. It seems that the only difference is the longer days."

    Hasn't the weather for the past several years been strange? This is the first Winter in MANY, MANY years in which we got not only a lot of snow, but also colder temps. The season we seem to have lost the most has been Spring. It seems to go directly from the cold of Winter to the heat of Summer.

    Yes, we too have gotten the longer days over the past several weeks.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantastic weekend, and Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  24. Helloooooooo there Lisa!

    Yes, we have, you're so right. And we got spoiled from the past several Winters in which we had hardly any snow, maybe one or two quick snowfalls and that was it.

    "....the forecast is for 1-3 inches of snow on Easter!!! My gaffs are in bloom so I'll have to cover them, cut them all or say goodbye. Today it's in the 50s and on Sunday, the high will be 36. :-( I love a good snowstorm when I can stay all cozy inside and drink hot chocolate.....but not in April!"

    OMG, it's been the same here. The past few days have been very warm. In fact today it was in the high 70's and very, very humid. However, this evening the temperature dropped considerably, to the point of having to wear a coat, hat and gloves. No snow in the forecast, but a lot of rain.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Happy East to you and your family!

    X

    P.S. Cheers, with a glass of wine!

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  25. You are too funny Ron!! You always totally crack me up! I do not know ANYONE who enjoys snow as much as you do! Honestly, living in Upstate NY we sure have had our fair share! But, the winter will not S T O P!!!! It is making us all a bit crazy! As we are getting ready to head south for a bit, I'm looking at the temperatures THERE and am seeing high 60's! Last year and prior, the temps have been in the high 80's! That is ok by me though....high 60's is just fine...as long as there is SUNSHINE and PALM TREES!! Two things I absolutely need in my life!! It will be a different experience this year without the RV...and traveling in the Jeep with 3 little furry ones. I am not worried about two of them...but Chloe, at fourteen years of age....is going to be a challenge. She can not hear or see very well anymore and we are renting a place we have never stayed in. Hopefully she will sail through this with flying colors! I am relying on her sister and brother to show her the ropes! Travel can be a BLAST!! She has always loved it before, but then she was very used to riding in HER RV! Hope things are well with you!! Enjoy the rest of your snow!! :) xo Jeanne and the girls and Romey

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  26. For your sake, I'm glad you got one last big snow of the season! Even though it makes me shiver just looking at it!

    Soup is just the best after being out in the cold, isn't it? And I do like a good rioja. Actually, I even like saying rioja!

    Hope you have a great Easter weekend!

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  27. "For your sake, I'm glad you got one last big snow of the season! Even though it makes me shiver just looking at it!"

    HA! I know, this is where you and I (even being both Libras) differ. You enjoy the heat and humidity, I, the cold and snow of winter.

    And I think most people feel as you do, they prefer warmth. Where as, I'm in the major minority when it comes to the cold. I freaking LOVE it :)

    "Soup is just the best after being out in the cold, isn't it? And I do like a good rioja. Actually, I even like saying rioja!

    Yes, isn't soup the BOMB, when it's cold? And I just learned the Spanish word, riojo, from the new wine I just discovered.....Ergo Riojo. It's faaaaaaaaabulous!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Wishing you and your family a grrrrrreat Easter weekend! And can you believe it? I'm actually off the whole weekend. Yahoooooo!

    X

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  28. Same here, Candice! I used to ONLY drink white wine but while on vacation in Key West one summer, I made the decision to stop drinking it because it started make me very ill, and that was only on ONE glass. In fact, I stopped drinking wine altogether for many, many year because I thought that it might be something I could no longer drink. THEN...I discovered red wine and was in HEAVEN!

    I think it was the high level of sugar in white wine that caused me to react that way. Red, I have no trouble with at all.

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  29. I used to drink white as well but several years ago discovered that it just didn't agree with me. It made me feel sick.

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  30. Hey Ron!
    Good to see you having so much fun in the snow recently :-) I am soooo completely over winter myself... just want it to be gone, properly! We've had a few hints of spring over here in the UK, but then it's as if winter is someone having an argument with their spouse and keeps coming back into the room to retort: "And another thing!" [Saw that joke on Facebook, it tickled me ;-)]
    Have a great week
    X

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  31. Hey there Nat!

    So great to see ya!

    Yup...I think most people are completely over winter and are ready for a real Spring, and then Summer. Same here, a few moments of Spring and then it quickly reverts back to Winter. Yesterday is was sunny and 82 degrees, yet today it suddenly dropped down in to the low 40's with high winds and rain.

    "it's as if winter is someone having an argument with their spouse and keeps coming back into the room to retort: "And another thing!""

    HAHAHHAHAHA! LOVED that!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a grrrrrrrrrreat week!

    X

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