Wednesday, January 25, 2012


It was warm enough to swim today. Well, not really, but it was much too warm for January.
I worked in town today and walked when I got home. I checked the blueberries and several of the bushes are blooming.....not good. I shot this photo with my phone as I walked.
I read that during WWII, the Germans could always spot American spies because they always talked about the weather.
I guess it's a good thing I wasn't a spy during the war, because looking back over my blogs, it seems I often write about the weather.
But that's because of the extremes. Several years ago we woke up to a dusting of snow on the deck. We suited up and frolicked in the white stuff all morning, and by mid afternoon, a warm front moved in out of the Gulf of Mexico and I put on my shorts and a tee shirt and worked in the back yard.
A few weeks ago, we had an earthquake. In 1995, Hurricane Opal made landfall in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and roared through Alabama. 
It was still considered a hurricane (winds of 75 MPH) when the eye came over our house in Empire. The wind howled and it felt as if someone were sitting on our chests......and we're 250 miles from the beach.
I cleared downed trees for weeks, and our power was off for ten days. 
I haven't seen any locusts, or other pestilence yet, but I'm sure they'd feel right at home here in Empire, Alabama.


  1. You get some downright scary weather in your area. Today the sun peeked out for a little bit and then the grey came back along with cold rain and wind. Brr. Snow has been mostly melted away by the rain.

  2. Weather fascinates me.

  3. Love the bit about spies. I didn't know that! It was sunny here today and also much too warm for January.

  4. You take care now with this crazy weather! The hurricanes in Alabama made news here too - terrible!

  5. I love how you finished with locusts, I actually had tea coming out my nose!
    Yes I do love Southern weather...if you don't like it just wait 15 minutes and it'll change!
    I grew up frolicking on the beaches of Santa Rosa, Fl in a place called Dune Allen. Heaven on earth...and Jean and Eric Allen were the loveliest of people.

    Enjoy the sunshine...ours keeps peeking in and out today!

  6. You do get scary weather in your area.

    My father's side of the family always talks about the weather.


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