Friday, January 11, 2013

Global Colding

The guy on the radio said we might have frost on our windshields tomorrow morning. 32 degrees is our predicted overnight low. That's considered freezing on the Fahrenheit scale.

Frost. Pasadena.

For yesterday's dog walk, John wore a woolen scarf around his neck. He also wore shorts, but still, something's not right.

These old houses--okay, this old house--is porous. I've never been crazy about dusting (warn me if you're coming over) but the cool breeze floating in around the window frames is even more disconcerting than the particles it brings with it.

Our heater works, so we'll have ourselves some winter and I'll cozy up indoors at the window. The skies are inordinately clear. The mountains rise, sharply, to meet the blue. The clouds are so towering as to inspire religion.

But doesn't it seem unusually cold for Pasadena?

25 comments:

-K- said...

Wonderful photo, Petrea!

llandudnopictures said...

Stunning.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Those clouds sure are blanketing the sky... did u hear about the grapevine being shut down last night?

LOLfromPasa said...

Love it!!!!!!

Sid Gally said...

When I was growing up in Pasadena, below freezing weather was common in January and February. KFI broadcast frost warnings every night for the citrus industry so growers could light up their smoky smudge pots.

Petrea Burchard said...

Glad you like the photo. This faces west. To the east, the clouds were cumulus, huge.

I haven't had the radio on yet, KBF, but I will.

Sid, I feel better thanks to your comment. Perhaps this is back to normal.

dive said...

Yay! Thirty-two whole degrees of Fahrenheit. At last I can post you some of our snow and it won't melt when you open it.
Those are beautiful clouds, by the way. Well taken!

Diana said...

Brrrrrrrrr! I had to wrap my new rose tree in towels last night, poor thing - what an introduction to the world. But what I want to know is, did Boz get a scarf on his walk, too? He's an older thin-coated gent and we worry...

Petrea Burchard said...

Dive, you remind me of Southern California parties where parents hire a snow machine so the kids can have a snowball fight.

Diana, Boz likes the cooler weather. I'd like to get him a sweater but I don't know if he'd wear one. I don't want him to get too cold.

Deb said...

Those are impressive clouds, I'd put up with an extra layer of clothes to see that. Keep toasty.

Bellis said...

The windchill is the killer. I had to give up my hike on the Mt. Lowe fire road yesterday because it was far too cold - even at the trailhead. My furry friend was most disappointed - she loves the cold, being part Bernese mountain dog.

You're right about our Pasadena houses being porous. There's a huge gap in my French doors chewed by the rabbit (he hasn't learnt to use the handle) that I've never bothered to fix, but which now lets in the bitter cold. Thank goodness for duck tape.

Susan Campisi said...

It is cold! I had to stuff a towel around the bottom edge of one of my windows to keep the chill out. I think my next home project is new windows and doors.

LONDONLULU said...

That sky!! Sigh. The 32 degrees does boggle the mind slightly (I still keenly remember Pasadena days of 110:). But if it results in views like this...

Petrea Burchard said...

We walked in the Lower Arroyo today, Deb, with extra layers!

Bellis, we thought we'd be warmer south of the bridge but it was like a wind tunnel. Boz loved it.

Susan, promise me they won't be vinyl.

Don't worry, Lulu, it'll be 110 in August.

Adele said...

I like to hear stories like Sid's. It helps me to keep things in perspective. Beautiful photo, PB.

Petrea Burchard said...

Sid's an expert on Pasadena history, Adele, so I take his perspective as gospel.

By the way, I forgot to print a reminder today about tomorrow's coffee date at Penny for Your Thoughts on Hill just north of Washington. Come join us at 10:30 for coffee and snacks, and bring your wallet because it is a charming shop.

mainzdailyphoto.com said...

January 2007.
Ice on the ground at the Huntingdon. I have photographs. And the loss of toes from frostbite is further proof

Petrea Burchard said...

Do I hear Tony Bennett singing "I left my toes in Pasadena"?

Susan Zentmyer said...

"They" are predicting possibly 27F here in San Diego this weekend. Record low was set in 1949 at 29F. I think I'm ready for summer. :-)

Andy said...

It's photos like this that capture my attention.

JM said...

What a fabulous sky! 32ºF = 0ºC which is freezing for me too! :-) Actually (and gladly) not common in this part of the country.

Petrea Burchard said...

Wow, Susan, that's cold for the southwest! I hope it doesn't happen.

Hello, Andy, thank you! I'm glad you like it.

It's nice to see you JM. You have such a wonderful blog.

Linda said...

A religion of clouds - suits me.

Colding here too, but welcome. It's been too warm, and daffodil spikes are already 6 inches tall in the garden. T'aint natural.

christa said...

Loved this post!

Petrea Burchard said...

Linda, if I weren't in southern California I'd say this is a fine day for northern Scotland.

Thank you, Christa!