Around Here


Is it cold enough for you???
Oh my goodness, it has been so cold here.  It’s the kind of cold we usually experience much later in January.  I don’t mind cold, but when you have to have a scarf over your nose and mouth when you go outside, well…that I don’t like.

This is Evie’s first winter and my first winter experience with a big dog (non-lap dog!).  Now there is nothing she loves more than to play in the snow, but of course, her paws get cold very quickly with the temperatures we’ve been having, and I know from the look on her face that she just doesn’t understand why her outings have been so short lately.  It sounds like that may change next week (fingers crossed!).
We were not affected by Winter Storm Grayson, but for those of you that were, I hope that you and your families are safe.
xo.

 

 

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  1. Evie is gorgeous … and so is that fire .. what a warm photo … and what is this new thing naming snow storms?????????

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    • Thank you, Daryl, Evie is most definitely a love, and has come a long way since we first brought her home in September (she was an abused pup).
      A while back, I was wondering the same (naming winter storms). It was started by The Weather Channel in 2012. Personally, I think it’s silly.
      xo.

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    • Thank you, Daryl, Evie is most definitely a love, and has come a long way since we first brought her home in September (she was an abused pup). A while back, I was wondering the same (naming winter storms). It was started by The Weather Channel in 2012. Personally, I think it’s silly. xo.

      On Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 8:17 AM, A Sketchbook of Days wrote:

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  2. This year it has been a different kind of cold. Bone chilling. I can’t wait to go to Florida but even that is a ways off. We have a little dog, but like your pup, she does not understand why she can’t go for her walks with her Dad. She is so sad looking when he goes out the door without her. Hopefully one of us will warm up soon. I love your fire though..That always help.

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    • It really has been different, Cheryl. usually in mid-late January, we get some bitterly cold weather, but this year it started early, and just seems to be holding on.
      Over the past week, it has warmed up enough (out of single digits, anyway) for Evie to spend some time outside, and she has been one happy “little” girl.
      Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment, and have a wonderful weekend, my friend.
      xo.

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  3. Ugh, sounds horrible. I hope that was the worst of it for you this year.

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  4. O,M.G. Yes. The cold was unbearable on all fronts! Entrepreneur and I had gone to see our daughter in Jacksonville and I worried about Cabo being with the college-age house sitter the whole time we were gone. We slipped out of Florida the day before Grayson hit, but it was only 10F when we got home to the St. Louis airport! I love big dogs….especially in the snow. 🙂 Stay warm, my friend! xoxo

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    • Ugh! Going from Florida back to that cold must have been a rude awakening indeed.
      It’s warmed up a bit here over the past couple of days, 25 degrees almost feels like shorts weather compared to what we had. 🙂
      Thank you so much for your visit, sweet friend, and I am so glad that you and Entrepreneur were able to get away for a bit.
      xo.

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  5. Keep warm and enjoy the weather if you can! My two dogs just love the snow and cold – even with big ice balls hanging off their paws!

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  6. Winter storm Grayson did pay us a visit, but wasn’t as bad as we thought it might be. We got perhaps a foot of snow with a lot of wind, but we never lost power, not so much as a blink. I’m very grateful for my warm apartment, even if I do envy you your fireplace just a little bit! Happy New Year, dear friend. I hope 2018 brings you many joys!

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    • I am glad the storm was not as bad for you as was predicted. I thought I’d heard that some parts of Maine got hit really hard.
      My son is just outside of Boston, and he sent me some photos. Hard to believe what I was seeing, as the ocean actually came up and over Atlantic Ave. Truly surreal.
      This fireplace is in my kitchen, and until today has been going almost non-stop for 2 weeks!

      Thank you so very much for your visit, dear Lee, and I wish you a wonderful week!
      xo.

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      • Yes, some areas got it much worse. I’m lucky to be in a sort of protected location. I’m near downtown, so my electrical power isn’t as vulnerable as it is for people out in the country, and I’m far enough inland not to be affected by the coastal flooding – which was serious in a small beach community near here, where some houses are in danger of being lost to erosion.

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  7. Evie is beautiful! Our kitty, Annie, who is also a beautiful black, isn’t so quick to go outside. The bitter temps have been very challenging. Glad you weren’t effected by the storm. We, too, have insanely warmer temps coming later this week. The snow is so beautiful, I hate to see it all melt.
    Stay warm by that fire and dream of spring and the flora to bud and bloom…

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    • Thank you, Laurie! She is definitely a love, and has become such a part of our hearts in such a short time.
      The snow is definitely beautiful, but today was just about the first day I was able to get out and enjoy it without a scarf over my mouth.
      24 degrees today, felt almost spring-like compared to the past 2 weeks!

      Thank you so very much for your visit and kind comment, and I wish you a wonderful week!
      xo.

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  8. It seems like it’s getting a bit warmer today, maybe. Frodo lifts up one foot at a time if it’s too cold. Looks all cozy at your home 🙂

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    • It was much warmer here also. On my run this morning, it was 24 degrees, and compared to what we’ve had, it literally felt spring-like.
      Evie does the “one foot thing” too! I feel so bad for her because she just doesn’t get why her paws start hurting each time she goes out. Today was different though. She was able to go to her doggie park, to run around, and run she did!!! I did not know if she would ever stop. 🙂
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Karen.

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  9. You are so right about these temps, and how we normally see them in January. Your Evie looks so sweet, and I know she has missed playing outdoors, snow or not. Our two kitties have missed sitting on the back porch – they run out thinking they’ll stay out, then turn right around and come back in. Today, Sunday, is our first day of relief, though it will take all day to reach 30 degrees, it will be a welcome one. I Love your fireplace fire. Stay warm and cozy by it, my friend. And Evie too.

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    • Thank you, Beverly!
      It took until 3:00 this afternoon to reach 13 here, and I know that Evie is okay for about 10 minutes at that temperature, so out we went. She was one happy little girl, to say the least!
      This fireplace is in my kitchen, and it has been working almost non-stop for a couple of weeks.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, and I wish you a wonderful (and warmer!) week ahead, my friend.
      xo.

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  10. Evie is fabulous.
    Where are you? I’ve forgotten.
    We are freezing our buns off in MN. xxx

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    • I’m in NY, Kim, and although we expect cold snowy winters, this single digit/sub-zero weather has been with us for just about 2 weeks now.
      Can you say, CABIN FEVER?????
      Today (Sunday) was a bit better, and I was able to get Evie outside for a run. She was one happy pup, for sure.
      I hope it’s warmed up a bit for you in MN.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful week.
      xo.

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  11. Cute dog Lisa! May have to get a treadmill for her if this cold weather keeps up!

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  12. hi lisa, evie looks like such a sweetheart, a beautiful dog!! it must be so difficult to watch your baby struggle through this cold. your image of her is beautiful!! i didn’t know this past storm had a name. it was predicted we would get 2 – 4 inches, i was not too concerned as the hubs has a ford f-250, we can always get out. but he has to clean up the 3 properties we own and i did not see him for 2 days (they are big commercial properties)!! today he was going to rest and now the pipes have frozen at one of them!! next time, i will go food shopping!! hehehe

    i live in brick, nj and it was reported that our town got the most snow in new jersey. i have not left the house since new years eve, good thing i have lot’s of hobbies!!!

    it’s cold here this morning, zero when we got up, 7 right now. keep that pretty fire going. stay warm and safe!!! xo

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    • I was thinking about you, Debbie when I heard that the governor of NJ had declared a state of emergency.
      My son is just outside of Boston, and they were actually taking people out of office buildings in life rafts. The ocean came right up into the city.
      Our high today was -4 with a wind chill of -25. Tomorrow promises to start a bit of a warming trend.
      Hopefully, we’ve paid our dues for this winter????
      I’m glad you are safe. Stay warm, my friend!
      xo.

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  13. I love your photo of Evie – she’s adorable! This is our first winter in several years with a big dog, also. She loves the snow and being outdoors, but I think today might be just cold enough that she prefers to stay in. I’m starting to feel kind of bad for her though – she has so much energy! Stay warm, Lisa!

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    • Thank you, Karen. I’ve only had her since September, but oh my goodness, how I love her. It’s hard when we go out in this cold though, and she looks at me as if to say, “Help!” She wants so badly to stay out and run around. Tomorrow promises to be a bit better, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
      Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you so much for your visit and kind comment.

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  14. I’m glad to hear you weren’t affected by Grayson, Lisa. It’s a better start to the New Year than predicted. I hope it warms up soon for you.

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  15. Hello dear Lisa. I can imagine how your lovely dog is feeling. It’s a beautiful dog. I hope for you that the weather will
    change soon. Warm wishes Marijke

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  16. It must be a relief that it’s warming up for you again. That has been one big cold snap! At least you had that lovely fire in your kitchen and Evie will soon be going on long walks again enjoying to be outside! Most humans too I should think! A lovely portrait of Evie!

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    • Thank you, Sandra! The fireplace has been going almost non-stop, but tomorrow promises the start of a warming trend, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that.
      Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for your visit.

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  17. Where I live in the south west of England the weather is fairly mild most of the time in winter, we hardly ever get snow or sub-zero temperatures. Our temperaturs range from 4 – 9 °C at the moment. I hope you stay warm Lisa – that’s a lovely log fire you have….

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  18. The old log fire, beautiful. There was Evie, pure black. Shame about the snow.

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  19. Oh my gosh, Evie is so beautiful! For both of your sakes, I hope it warms up a little soon. Our little 3 day spell of freezing weather was enough to last me a couple of years. I made the mistake of going out running without a scarf around my nose, so I have an idea of what you’re talking about, although it was just in the 20’s. I stopped about every 10 feet to breathe in and out of my jacket and warm up my nose! Happy New Year, sweet friend!

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    • Oh, Barbara, what I wouldn’t give for 20 degrees!!
      We are at -13, with a windchill of -30. It is brutal, to say the least, and my morning runs have been on a treadmill. 😦
      Evie is a definite love, and I feel so fortunate to have her.
      Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment, and have a wonderful weekend!
      xo.

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  20. Beautiful images, Lisa! It’s been very cold here, too, subzero temps. We actually experienced the “bambogenesis” they kept talking about on the weather channel. I had no idea what it was until it hit–blustering winds and snowfall that moved around in circles! But we’re all safe. My cat is actually fascinated by the wind/snow and has been glued to the window, watching it all. Stay safe! xo

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    • Thank you, Loredana!
      I thought of you yesterday, as I was watching news broadcasts from NYC. I am glad that you are safe.
      My son is in Boston, and some of the pictures from there were really quite surreal. The ocean came right up into parts of the city, and they were getting people out of office building in liferafts. Bless those first responders!
      Stay warm and enjoy your weekend, my friend.
      xo.

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  21. I am sure that Evie is happy ins such a very cozy and warm atmosphere.

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  22. Evie is so beautiful! That does stink that she can’t play outside as much as she would like. This cold has been horrendous. I think Storm Grayson dropped 18 inches here. Luckily when we dug out last night no snow fell after that so this morning was easy. I thought the experts were saying we were going to have a mild winter?!?! Hopefully this is the worst of the winter now even though it just began.

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    • Thank you, Val, and she is just the sweetest big girl.
      My son lives just outside of Boston, and he had 19 inches at his house. He sent me photos of Atlantic Ave. in Boston, completely under water.
      Really quite a surreal experience.
      I too hope that this cold, and your snow is the worst of it.
      Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for your visit.

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  23. It’s those really cold days that make a fireplace such a welcoming and inviting accompaniment. Evie is so lovely and what a great photo of her too. Keep warm my friend and, until it warms up, wishing you lots of snuggles next to that warm fireplace!

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    • Thank you, Diane.
      According to the forecast, it should only be a couple of days before we get some relief. We are going on 2 full weeks of this cold now.
      This fireplace is in my kitchen, and oh, it has gotten lots of use lately!! 🙂
      Have a wonderful weekend, my friend, and thank you for stopping by.

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  24. Indeed, the big chill is widespread and runs along the eastern seaboard, from Florida to Eastern Canada. My dogs are on short outings too. We’ve been keeping our wood stove going for that extra level of warmth.

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    • You know, a couple of days ago, I read that only 10% of the U.S. was above 32 degrees last Saturday. Unheard of, for sure, and many records were broken with this most recent winter storm.
      Thank you for your visit, and have a wonderful weekend, Daniel.

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  25. Findley is having the same frustrations. We have considered buying booties for him, not sure he will walk with them on though. Let’s hope that warm up is coming.

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    • Sarah, my son bought booties for Max (his dog, Evie’s brother), and it did not work out at all, but I’ve also read of people that swear by them, especially for protection against the salt on the sidewalks and streets. One thing for sure, if you get Findley the booties, put socks on him before you have him walk in the booties. It’s really easy for their pads to blister with booties on. They make doggie socks, but a couple of pairs of baby socks will work just as well and are much less expensive.
      Thank you for your visit, and have a wonderful weekend!

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  26. Lovely images – almost enough to remind us that spring is around the corner, and better weather is on the way!
    A very Happy New Year to you and yours – and Evie, of course. 🙂

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