It’s cold out there

I’m still at the beach, but haven’t been doing a lot of sitting on the balcony.

If I was sitting on the balcony, I’d be up there on the fifth floor.

We had the lightest of snow flurries with a real feel of 17 degrees this past weekend. I must admit to chuckling as I watched a family of five try to make snowballs.

However, I didn’t shovel any snow which is what family and friends certainly did back home in NH.

I did walk the beach yesterday when it got up to a balmy 34. It was cold, but it was necessary after the to-go breakfast of sticky bun pancakes that I ate. There are three pancakes in that pile, and it is a challenge to even eat half of it. I persevered though my half and left my orange slices. A woman has to have her priorities. 🙂

We didn’t even make it to Brookgreen last week – too cold. I kept the sewing machine running, and the pages on several library books turning. I also watched seven hours of webinars about hydroponics and invasive worms that I won’t bore you with, but if anyone is interested, you can let me know in a comment. Even as enthusiastic as I am about gardening, seven hours of webinars is too much in one week.

This week the weather is going back to more normal temperatures, and a Brookgreen walk with friends is on the schedule. Maybe I can even walk the beach without a winter coat, hat and gloves.

I got lucky last week and captured a better video of a dolphin. He was a good sized one, and he came up four times so I hope you can see him better. Last dolphin video, I promise. 🙂

Here’s a photo of my sewing projects. I’m putting it at the bottom so those not interested can go right on by. 🙂

The hummingbird wall hanging on left is a work in progress, the bag is finished but I’m going to make another one based upon what I learned, and the covered bridge wall hanging is finished. I’m also working on a small project, but it’s a gift so no photos.

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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51 Responses to It’s cold out there

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Cool to see dolphins right off your balcony! It has been super cold here, but we got off with only 3″ of snow, phew. East of us got the worst of it, as you know. Walks are rather short, despite all the layers…I need a balaclava! More worrisome is a mid-week warm-up with rain, followed by snow. With the ground still frozen, where will that water go? The roads will be ice rinks. You are so lucky to be there and not here!
    So what was the takeaway nugget from the worm webinar? ‘Rots o’ ruck, Rorge?’ 😉

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    • The weather has really been interesting up and down this east coast. Ice is beautiful in photos but not so much to walk and drive on. We listened to four presenters, and who knew worms could provide six hours of slides and conversation. They reinforced the fact that the invasive ones are extremely dangerous for the health of our forests and our own gardens, and there is not currently a solution on the market that we can buy. I requested permission to share the slides which they provided us. So far, I’ve received the okay from the first presenter who also moderates the Facebook group. I will send you those by email.

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  2. Oddment says:

    I loved that video! Just a few seconds, but so calming! No way would I skim past your sewing projects; they are very inspiring. As for those pancakes, they too are inspiring! You will not be surprised that your comment about the orange slices and priorities was an LOL for me. Your snowstorm was definitely preferable to what folks got up north. May the warm-up come soon!

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    • I was so excited to get him surfacing four times, and I had to stretch my skills trying to edit it down so I didn’t put you to sleep. Yes, those pancakes are so delicious but so big that something had to go, and it definitely wasn’t going to be them. 🙂 When I saw those folks trying to make snowballs, I had several laugh out loud moments. It’s suppose to be high 60’s for the end of the week. Bring it on.

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  3. Murphy’s Law says:

    Nooooo! Please don’t make this the last dolphin video! All I see here is snow and ice. Love seeing the dolphins. The turtles on the log in bright sun would put me in Heaven! lol!

    Even though SC isn’t exactly warm now, I’m glad you’re there this winter. The cold is brutal. It gets in your bones and stays there long after you’re inside where there’s heat.

    Just LOVE the wall hangings and the bag.

    If I ate those pancakes, I’d not only have to walk the beach, I’d have to swim out to meet the dolphin and do laps with him! And I never learned how to swim! 🤪😵‍💫

    Keep those masks handy. Hope you get to enjoy a walk at Brookgreen.
    Ginger

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    • I thought for sure I was probably putting you guys to sleep with the dolphin shots. I’ve looked for those turtles, and I guess they aren’t coming out in this weather. The little wooden circle and the log have both been empty when I’ve been there. That’s what I should have done to work those calories off, but that water is too cold.

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  4. Joyce says:

    I was thinking of you during reporting on the New England storm, wondering if you’d heard anything about its reach into NH, and happy you didn’t have to shovel! Never dreamed it would swoop down as far down the coast to “nearly” snowball making depth!
    Beautiful sewing projects! I love the swirling sun and the promise of warmth it brings..
    Much better view of the frolicking dolphin! Just enjoying life out there by himself!

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    • One friend reported 10″ and another 18″ at home. Both of those numbers would required multiple shovel events which truthfully I’m not sorry I missed. I like that sun too and the thought of spring in 48 days more or less. 🙂 That was a good size dolphin so there was enough to see when he came up and went back down. I was happy to see him and share. Hope all is well with you and the family. My granddaughter turns 21 tomorrow. I’m still trying to figure out how that happened. 🙂

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      • Joyce says:

        Omgoodness! 21! That little sweetheart who loved camping with grandma and grandpa, musical performance, and horse back riding? Now a graceful young lady stepping out on her own with confidence borne from a childhood of nurturing? Well done, parents and grandparents!

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  5. Lovely projects! Lovely dolphin footage, too. 🙂 I can’t believe I’m saying this to a snowbird, but stay warm!!

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  6. Love the dolphin footage! And, I love your projects, especially the hummingbird.

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  7. Nancy says:

    Oh keep the dolphin videos coming… we don’t have them here in the desert! This dolphin looked bigger just like you said.
    You made me giggle about leaving the orange slices.
    Your sewing projects are such a delight. Beautiful work my friend. I painted this week… and plan on more. It’s so calming.
    Enjoy the warm up… it was 38 this morning when I was making coffee this morning …so a bit chilly this way as well.

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  8. I loved seeing that dolphin. I’m with Nancy. Please keep the dolphin videos coming! Also, love seeing those sewing projects. Keep posting those, too. I looked with envy at those sticky bun pancakes. Bet they were delicious! Enjoy those beach walks as the weather warms up.

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  9. Dan Antion says:

    Your projects are coming along nicely, and you’re pretty good at judging how far the dolphin will swim before coming back up. I’m impressed. For the record, I don’t care how many more you include, I like watching them.

    Sorry about KC 😦 I did not want to see the Bengals move on.

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    • It’s funny trying to capture them. It’s a little easier from the balcony than the beach because you’re looking down, and I can rest my arm on the railing so it’s not jerking. They go by twice a day, but I don’t always see them, and sometimes they are really small ones who play real close in but don’t come out of the water much so I just enjoy the view. It makes me smile because it reminds me there is a lot more to this world we live in than what the smart phone provides. Happy Tuesday, and I hope you and Maddie got a walk in without freezing. I saw two Greyhounds walking the beach over the cold weekend, and they had some big, long, thick coats on to fend off the cold.

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      • Dan Antion says:

        I think I have to take Maddie for a walk this afternoon. It was -1 this morning. It’s up to 12 now, but that’s still too cold.

        I know what you mean about see more about the world around us. It would be easier to solve some problems if more people realized that.

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  10. That dolphin looked really close to shore! Fun sighting!!

    Your wall hanging projects are wonderful!

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  11. Dawn says:

    Keep the delightful dolphin videos coming, Judy! You have really been busy while ‘snowed in’ at the beach. Your sewing projects are just beautiful, as always! Thank goodness for our cozy, winter hobbies! We are expecting a Groundhog Day ‘Snow Slam’ in Chicagoland, so I just stocked up on watercolor paper filled my paint palette. After my shoveling workout, I will be dreaming of those sticky bun pancakes! 😉 Stay healthy and keep having fun, Judy! 💗

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    • Hello! If you are stocking up on art supplies, that means some lucky people are going to be receiving beautiful cards and such. Yes, our hobbies keep us sane and satisfied don’t they? After eating half of that order of pancakes, I probably could have used a little more exercise than one walk. 🙂 Stay warm and healthy, and we’ll do the same. Best to you, hubby, and your Dad.

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  12. Ally Bean says:

    Walking on a beach when it’s cold outside is invigorating, but as I recall I tended to move quickly. Good for the heart. Your sewing projects are beautiful. You are talented.

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    • Thank you for the hearty chuckle. Yes, I do move quicker. There is always wind going up or back. I do prefer up because then I get a break coming back. 🙂 The sewing keeps me sane when I can’t garden. We all need our outlets to balance the challenges life seems to throw at us these days.

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  13. So glad you are enjoying your time at the beach. You did great capturing that dolphin! It’s hard to follow them when they are cruising along like that. I love your hummingbird project.

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  14. LINDA SWETT says:

    The hangings are beautiful. Can’t believe you made that bag. Wow! That’s professional! I wanna see that up close!

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  15. I’m glad you didn’t have to do any shoveling but sorry about the cold, although I don’t mind walking in it. Thanks for the dolphin video. Seeing them always makes me happy. I did think of you when all the snow was hitting New England. They were happy thoughts.

    I absolutely love that hummingbird hanging. Is it for you or for sale?? 🙂 As for the pancakes, I couldn’t eat those but I’m happy you enjoyed them. They’re way off my sweetness chart!!

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    • I was glad to leave the snow shoveling to the younger folks that is for sure. I walk most days but 17 degrees with the wind off the water, and I stayed in. 🙂 I love those pancakes, but I cannot image eating a whole serving. One third would probably be about right. 🙂 The hummingbird hanging is for me. I’m glad you like it.

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  16. germac4 says:

    Thanks for the clip of the dolphin, how lovely to be able to watch them swimming from your balcony. You must be so glad you are not shovelling snow today! The US snow storms reported on the news here look, in my daughter’s words, ”pretty epic”!
    I love your humming bird and especially the covered bridge wall hanging, very pretty.

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  17. Lovely to see more dolphins. And my goodness, your breakfast looks very tasty.

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  18. Those wall hangings are gorgeous!

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  19. pbmgarden says:

    Sorry your beach visit has been so cold this year. My sister lives at NMyrtleBch and is so tired of it. We’ve been colder here than last year as well, with three snowy weekends in Jan. Wishing you warm sunshine this week. Great video of the dolphins.

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  20. bikerchick57 says:

    Sticky bun pancakes? Are they as good as they sound? Any possibility you could Fed-Ex an order of that to me, Judy? I know they would be soggy and cold by the time they got here, but sometimes it’s okay to take a risk with long-distance quality control.

    We had a lovely 40F sunny day yesterday. Today is a different story, highs back in the teens. Ugh.

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  21. Lavinia Ross says:

    It was nice to see the dolphins. I do like your sewing projects. They are beautiful!

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