No, I'm not trying to take a breather from the Ultimate Blog Challenge, although I had to drop out of another October challenge I was participating in, because "life happened".
Sadly, "life happened" to way too many people, including the daughter of someone I work with. The daughter lives in Santa Rosa. Her house was spared but conditions are so terrible it is almost unbelievable.
There are millions of other people who could say the same thing.
I try to keep my blog an oasis to refresh oneself in.
But I decided to republish part of a blog post of October 12, 2012 today because that winter - which turned out to be quite harsh - is so unlike this fall, with its plethora of temperatures in the 60's and 70's. Although much of this area had its first frost on Monday, our house escaped, as did where I work in downtown Binghamton, New York.
So, first, some pictures of the last couple of days. And then, let's go back to October 12, 2012.
Is the weather telling us we will have a mild winter? Or are we in for something terrible?
How about five years ago October 12?
The First Ice and the Last Flowers
A hard freeze - we haven't even had a frost yet!
Early spring, early fall. And there is an old folk belief that the earlier the first hard freeze, the harsher the winter.
Now what? It's scary, because the weather is out of control, and no one knows what will come next.
Day 19 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost.