I had some serious plans for a reflective post near the end of the year. I wrote it. I read it. I didn’t like it. Maybe I can rework it into something interesting, but I don’t need that particular challenge tonight. The forecast says that we have a winter storm coming, our first of the season, and I need to make sure we’re ready for that possibility. I can be forgiven if I’m a little late with the preparations, it was 70° f (21.1°c) just four days ago.
My snow blower is ready, should the “3-5 and possibly 7 inches” materialize. I have my doubts. I think the weather forecasters might just be trying to prop up the milk and bread industry. Those are always the first items to go. I have snow shovels, but some are still tucked away in their summer retreat. I have salt, which, if the threat of the snow turning to rain and freezing rain, comes to pass, I will certainly need. Unfortunately, the salt is in the garage and getting to the garage requires a liberal dosage of salt be applied on the driveway. Lest I fall on my asphalt.
So, I’ll leave you with 12 photos. All are from my Flickr site. Most are from 2015 but they have all risen to the top of one of the ways in which Flickr measures favorites. It’s kind of like the way they choose Miss Universe, but with better announcers. If you’re curious about any of the photos, they are all described. You can click on any one and invoke a slide show.
MiMi is the cat who started out old and grew younger. She was very sick when we got her. Today, she’s a 10-yr-old kitten.
MiMi’s sister MuMu doesn’t quite understand her sister’s sense of adventure. MuMu is quiet, shy and a bit of a scardy cat. But she’s adorable.
This is my wife’s handsome prince. He hangs out in her garden sometimes, and tends to the bugs. Always a welcome sight.
We often ride our bikes under the other end of this bridge. It crosses the CT River and then The Windsor Locks Canal. I only recently discovered the road that leads to this view.
We were blessed with a family of bunnies this summer. We haven’t seen any lately, but we’re hoping to see them (some) again in the spring.
This is Maddie on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Faith had been over and Maddie was up a little too long. We got off to a slow start this day.
This was taken from our back yard in 2014, but it remains a favorite on Flickr.
The path on which Maddie and I walk on weekends was a popular source of fall photos this year.
Also from the path where Maddie and I walk. This photo shows the weird weather we had. Some red, some green, some yellow, nothing changed at the same time this year.
Another sky shot from our back yard. The moon is rising early.
In late June, our daughter Faith and I walked the New York High Line. They have a number of pollinator gardens along the way. We spent some time here watching these guys and some bees. Faith managed to capture both in a photo that became a Christmas gift to my wife.
Sometimes I complain about having to take Maddie out in the morning and the fact that she has to check out the entire yard. Then some days, I see stuff like this.