Monday, January 11, 2010

Doggery and Floggery


Spring Blossom,

Adolphe Castex-Degrange (1840-1918),

oil.


Yes, I know. A decidedly unseasonal picture.

But since every single morning for the past week and more the sky has dropped about two inches of dandruff over everything and did I say every single morning and left me muttering about atmospheric Head 'n Shoulders as the piles of snow get higher and higher and even when it's barely warm enough to walk the dogs I have to load myself down with forty pounds of arctic fleece and encase the canines in those affected little doggie coats with the velcro fasteners and worry if the little one lifts his leg he'll freeze to the fire hydrant up the street like the bulldog in the Batman movie and...


Thank Dog (TM Miss Snark) Jason's Clarity of Night contest is still running with new entries to read or I'd be blub-blub-blubbing my bottom lip.


Congratulations, albeit belated, to Betsy (aka Sex Scenes at Starbucks). Her novel, QUENCHER, was released about January 1 from Whiskey Creek/ Torrid. A nice interview can be found in a January 8 post on Erica Orloff's site. Sounds as if the novel contributes substantially to global warming. Which we need.


32 comments:

writtenwyrdd said...

Sorry to hear you are getting seasonal dandruff every day. I hate that, too. But I hate it more when you get a couple of feet, like we did last week, and it promptly rises to the 40s and rains, makign it all turn to ice.

Bernita said...

It's all tendious, Written.
I really feel for those in the South and England and Germany, etc. who aren't use to it.

writtenwyrdd said...

Oh lordy, I know some people living down South who have six inches of snow or better. The people are so freaked out by it. There isn't any reason to be (except for worries about frozen/burst pipes) if they would just drive slower. But try telling them that!

raine said...

I feel ya.
The weather here lately has had me muttering, often in one very long sentence like the above, lol.
It's harder when there are no breaks between, just being inundated day after day!
Stay warm, keep safe.

starvingwritenow said...

My folks in upstate NY have about 60 inches on the ground. I'm grateful I only have 12!

Chris Eldin said...

OMG, I couldn't help but to laugh at that fire hydrant image.
:-)

It's cold here too. I think I've had enough already, and I do like the snow.

Thanks for the link re Betsy. Heading over now...

Bonnie Calhoun said...

In my part of New York we haven't had a good stay-at-home blizzard yet this winter :-(

I must admit that I would really love one to take the monotony off of it just being cold!

I do have friends that left here two weeks ago to go to their "winter" home in Florida. *snort-giggle*...all their real winter clothes are still up here, and their freezing down there :-)

Bernita said...

(Dear me, I meant tedious.)

Habit is a factor, Written. Even here, at the first snow we have a clutch of accidents before people adjust to the conditions.

Raine, when I think of how I used to roll around in that stuff as a kid I feel positively ill...

Upstate NY often gets truly dumped on, SWN.Some storms vere south of here and spew all over upstate.

Chris, the poor little doggie bits in weather like this!

And iguanas dropping from the trees like leaves, Bonnie!Imagine, being beaned by a lizard...

Bonnie Calhoun said...

That is literally what is happening Bernita! One guy that raises tropical fish has lost 100,000 of the little buggers. Their floating under the ice on ponds with little "X's" on their eyes!

LOL...maybe it will be a blessing and kill off the exploding Burmese Python population!

Bernita said...

(Dear, dear me, that should be "veer south" - my brain must be frozen.)

A guppie shortage, she said solemnly. No fun for the retailer though.
Maybe. Saw a picture of those monstrous suckers on CNN. Imagine them seeking some warm place to avoid the cold...

Charles Gramlich said...

We've had some pretty bad cold here but no dandruff. Lana is greatful, and me too since I wouldn't want to drive to work in it.

Gabriele C. said...

Bernita, it's not so bad here. Germans are used to snow though this winter has seen a bit more of the white fluff in some areas than usual. And the storm over the North German Plain was not the first one either - a day or two of schools and public buildings closed won't make the country collapse.

The media make a lot of fuss about this winter, but that's more a problem of some reporters' egos than the snow. :)

Bernita said...

know what you mean, Charles, idiots make the road more dangerous than any snowfall.

Glad to hear that, Gabrielle...the media do so like to hype up everything, don't they?

BernardL said...

"Sounds as if the novel contributes substantially to global warming. Which we need." LOL!

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles is right in that I was glad that there wasn't snow, but that's not to say that I was enjoying our daily temps of 20 with windchill & our nightly lows of 14 without! <:(
To maintain a sanity-saving denial, I worked on a decidedly unseasonal painting of my own.

Bernita said...

Lana, if it's the one on your blog, it is lovely - all golden magic. I have a thing for trees and paths.

Travis Erwin said...

Stay warm Bernita.

Four Dinners said...

The Londoners are frantic over here! As I originate from the north of England I was used to being snowed in for a week or more every year so I love it!!!

Everyone thinks I'm mad as a hatter (I didn't realise so many knew me so well)...;-)

Funny snow sight of the week?

A lady had told her dog to 'Sit' at the roadside as she waited to cross. The dog sort of squatted. It was determined not to place it's rear in the snow! Hysterical to watch!

Bring on the dandruff!!!!

laughingwolf said...

yeah, i sympathize with your snow situ... so far this year not even 1/10 of last winter's crud, but it's only early january

young kenny still squats to pee, for the most part, and he seems not to mind the cold/snow...

did have to take my car in, electrical probs... could be costly

grats, becky!

Bernita said...

Thought you'd like that Bernard!

Was going to reply "Stay cool, Travis" - but with the weather the way it is...

"snowed in for a week or more every year so I love it!!!"
4D, you are deranged...

At least we don't live in Winnipeg, LW. I hear there they have two seasons...winter and July.

sex scenes at starbucks said...

Thanks for the shout out! :) Like Bernard, I love the quote! Wish I could put it on the cover!

And I wish we'd get more snow here! I like riding on top of it on my snowboard.

Bernita said...

It's a striking cover, Betsy!
You wouldn't want to spoil it.

Natasha Fondren said...

I miss snow! But I only needed a week of being shut in next to a fireplace with it. Then I'd have my fill.

I once drove through a snowstorm in Oklahoma. The thing is, they have ONE snowplow for the whole state--who was plowing the EDGE where NO ONE DRIVES. And the trucks kept flipping over because they were driving too fast, but all the flipped over trucks did not seem to say to themselves, "Huh, all my colleagues are flipping over in the snowstorm. Maybe I should STOP DRIVING SO FAST!" Honestly, it's mind-boggling to me.

Natasha Fondren said...

Do you see this grammar? Do you see these sentences? What is that? That is exactly how my writing has been going, lately!

Bernita said...

~laughing~
Honestly, Natasha, you sound as if you're on meds!
(but the writing has a certain charm)

sylvia said...

We were supposed to go to England last week but the weather meant that airports were closed and travel was a nightmare and we were able to - without even a smidgeon of guilt - cancel the planned trip and remain here in Spain. Sitting in the sun, sipping red wine.

I spent the afternoon looking at pictures of snowy airfields. You can see my favourites here but I suspect it's not such an enjoyable experience if you are in the cold weather yourself!

Bernita said...

"Sitting in the sun, sipping red wine."
I can do that some days...behind storm windows and double glazing...

Steve Malley said...

That picture's quite topical for the season down here! Of course, I'll be singing a different tune in July, when you're enjoying the lovely weather and it's my turn to shiver...

Bernita said...

Steve, hit me if you ever catch me bitching about the heat!

Demon Hunter said...

Hey, I'm in the south. We get snow. Albeit, not very often. :-D

A little snow here and everything shuts down. LOL.

Pssst, I have another contest.

Ric said...

About 6 inches on the ground here, weatherman is promising January thaw this week (and next). Not a bad winter, so far..

So nice to have you back, Bernita. I don't comment every day, but I do check. BTW, your typos in the comment section sent me to my oversized dictionary - alas, without success. I do so admire your command of the language.

Bernita said...

Oh goody, Tyhitia. Will be over!

Dearest Ric...Sorry...I've worn the letters off my keyboard (again) which partly accounts for the sudden rush of typos.