Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, action adventure
Winter Cottonwoods
Antelope Island State Park, UT
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I’m sitting here looking out at the Gulf coast version of winter. It looks more like autumn, because there are gold leaves on our pale green lawn (there are some touches of gold in the grass, too).  There is something so stark, and rather wonderful, about a Western winter. I grew up in Wyoming, not Utah, but the countryside looked like this.

What is your winter like? Do you have winter right now? Or are you on the summer side? Is it summer that is opposite of winter? Yeah, it has been too long since I “did” season in school! I’m asking the “do you like winter” question now, because I know my Wyoming family will be sick of it long before it gives way for spring.

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Taking the Scenic Route: Winter. Brrr….

10 thoughts on “Taking the Scenic Route: Winter. Brrr….

  • January 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Hey Pauline, I love your topic. I once believed that if I lived in a hot climate year round, I’d be in heaven. I don’t believe that anymore. As you know I lived in Kazakhstan for two years. The weather there, I often said, was North dakota winters and Louisiana summers. Once we came home, my husband and I realized we did better with the severe cold than the severe heat. So, now we’re in Vermont. I take a “First Day of Spring” phot every year and of course it’s always a photo of deep snow. But it is beautiful. It snows every night, just enough to cover all the dog poop. So it is perennially pretty … until mud season arrives. Like Lynette, I love the changes, just the change itself. Every summer and winter I get a whole new wardrobe (thanks to problems with short term memory).

    • January 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      All right! Another winter lover (sort of!). I can’t tell you how much I miss bleak, snowy landscapes. That sounds like a good place for you to have short term memory problems. LOLOL

  • January 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Hi, Pauline,
    I live in Kansas. Typically we’d be in the deep freeze right now. This year it’s been really cold a few days then it warms again. We’ve even had a couple of days in the 60’s to offset the 15 degree days.

    Still I would miss the seasonal changes if I were to move to a warmer clime.

  • January 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Yes at the moment, we are living the winter dream. We’re waiting for it to warm up a little bit and get rid of some of this snow but I’m not sure if that is going to happen today or not. Seems like a good day. If anyone wants some snow, I can send some your way!

  • January 16, 2013 at 10:38 am

    We’ve had one day so far in January that’s been above freezing. Utah winters aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. I should take a picture of the inversion smog covering the valleys right now. Winter is beautiful, yes, but I prefer to enjoy it from a tropical beach somewhere. *wistful sigh*

  • January 16, 2013 at 6:27 am

    This week is making me miss the warmer winter on the Gulf Coast. I think I’m done with winter already. LOL.

    • January 16, 2013 at 9:13 am

      There is cold weather down here this week, as well. No clue how long it will last, of course, because you know it will change. Except in summer, when it is only, endlessly hot. LOL

      • January 16, 2013 at 9:38 am

        Yeah, I don’t miss the summers. LOL. Stay warm!

  • January 16, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Hi Pauline: The picture is breath takingly beautiful! And you said that looks like the countryside in Wyoming where you lived? I’m jealous. I’m one of those rare weirdo’s who absolutely loves winter. I have since I was a child. I grew up in Florida and didn’t see my first snow, until we moved to Franklin North Carolina, which means I was 35 the first time I seen it. My father said I would hate it, (the messy slush afterwards, driving to work, etc.) but every summer I begin counting down till winter like a child. We do more writing in the winter, in front of our fireplace, wine, music. This winter has been awful though. Do you miss it at all? Great post, we will be sharing it with our friends.

    • January 16, 2013 at 9:05 am

      It sounds like we lived almost reversed lives! Yes, I grew up with four seasons, and when the hubby graduated, we moved down South. We’ve lived down here over 30 years now, but yes, I still miss winter, which my family deep in it thinks is crazy. As I get older, though, my internal thermostat does not work as well as it used to, so I feel the heat more. And my brain seems clearer when it is cooler. So I totally understand the “more writing in the winter.”

      This truly has been a challenging winter, though. My niece in AZ is reporting snow, or at least freezing temperatures! And I think we got below freezing last night. I think the hard part for me about winter here is the bouncing around. It can be in the 70’s, then drop down into 40’s, in the same week. The only time Mother Nature seems to pick a temperature and stick with it, is when she chooses hot! LOL

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