January 16, 2015

It rained overnight quite hard. I woke up once during it and it was nice to hear the sound. Today is practically like spring. Large soft clouds fill s cerulean sky. Birds are chirping and singing. The air is sweet, warm and fresh. I spied some new shoots coming up, their dark green turning more vibrant and the bulge of the flower beneath the stem becoming visible. The high today is in the 50s, but tomorrow it's only expected around freezing point. What a roller coaster of a winter! 

January 12, 2016

The day began mild and hazy. A thin wash of clouds spread across the sky, filtering the light into a dull pink. As I crossed the park I saw that the Nessie's puddle had frozen over and gleaned brightly reflecting the morning sun. Squirrels seemed to be enjoying the chipped ice. 

It was supposed to be rainy and windy today, but when I went out for a mid-day walk the sky was gray and there was no wind. You could tell something was coming, or was supposed to come.

The weatherman spoke of snow wind and ice. Yet, nothing came. When I came home from work the sky was clear and I could see a crescent moon hanging low above the city. Thus far we have had no snow this winter, and I have to admit I am getting impatient. 

January 5, 2016

Cold and bright. A light wind rustles the leaves on the street. In the middle of the night (with no snow about) the rush of leaves brushing against concrete almost sounds like a trashcan falling over. It's just so quiet and still.

This morning my breath is like a cloud. Everything is so crisp and cold mornings like this. While standing in the subway platform I watched the steam, cloud, and mist rise from the smokestacks of the nearby factory in Astoria. Something so bright and cheerful.

January 4, 2016

The coldest day so far this winter. The sky is bright and clear. There is a slight wind that chills you quickly. I should have brought my hat and gloves today.

I walked through Washington Square Park this morning - the first time that all the leaves have been gone from the trees. The park seems very sunny without the leaf cover. 

Walking home the wind was bitterly cold. As I went through the park I saw that the dragon was encased in a puddle of ice. This was the first Time I saw anything frozen this winter. Perhaps he will be like that all winter long, who knows? 

Tonight makes me remember the long walk I used to have at my old apartment. Once nose, and did I walk-through then? At the time it seemed just a regular part of life, nothing out of the ordinary. But in hindsight I look back at those days and wonder how I managed for so long?

 

January 1, 2016

Colder today, with a biting wind. The clouds were layered with sun peaking out every now and then.

Took a walk along the East River today. Noticed the fresh green foliage growing on the ground. The mugwort still looks bright and healthy, despite it being deep winter. It's a warm winter so far this year.