January 26th

Odd weather day. Round about noon, it started snowing lightly while the wind started blowing crazily. The snow stopped and the sky even cleared up and was bright blue in the north. But the wind just kept blowing harder and harder, creating whiteout conditions at times, at least based on what I’ve gathered from people who are not lucky enough to be hermits like me and who have to travel outside a two-block radius.

Now frost is beginning to form on the windows again, as is its wont this time of day, but there’s also a smattering of little snow clumps that have been pummeled into the window thanks to the bordering on hysterical wind. And while the only parts of this picture that even a little in focus are clumps of frost and snow here and there, in reality, the trees across the street are barely any sharper than this, there’s so much windswept snow between us.


January 14th – 16th

MONDAY, January 14th: I finally went and got groceries. I was low on orange cats, among other things.


TUESDAY, January 15th: Unrelenting, gray, coldish days. Also blurry…as if through dirty windows! Here is the inspiring view out of the north side of my apartment.


WEDNESDAY, January 16th: A little garden plaque preaches hope, implores you not to notice the dead-of-winter scene behind it.

It may not come from the garden, but the weather has prompted me to bust out the cold-weather food in full force the last few days. Today it was a spicy vegetable soup and so-far never-fail no-knead bread recipe. (You can call it never-fail if you’ve only tried it twice, right?) Because the Times doesn’t have a picture, here’s what mine looked like the first time I made it.

Sad shed

This shed has seen better days. These were taken during yesterday’s sunshine. It’s not much to look at otherwise, but make a full circuit around the thing and you’ve got some nice, crumbling details — nothing like chipped paint and old, rusty hardware.









There’s some day lilies and other plants growing along one wall of the shed.


What does the garden look like in black and white?





BONUS: Sad shed, color edition!!!