Sunday, January 18, 2015

January Thaw - 1.17-18.15

Every year in this area of the country, the upper Midwest, we have what is called the “January Thaw”.  After weeks and weeks of freezing temperature and many night well below 0 degrees F,  it warms up – relatively speaking!

 You can notice the difference
as the snow melted from Saturday above to Sunday below

This recent weekend was the January Thaw of 2015 in the Gardens at Waters East.  Everyone hopes there will be more days than just these two, but this is it for now.  I often ask – why do people even live here???  Winters can be soooooooo cold!  However Spring, Summer, and Fall make up for even these very cold Winter days.  A day or two of “thaw” like this weekend where the temperature reaches +40 F helps people to survive.  Everyone thinks - only a couple more months of this cold and the gardens will once again begin to show life.

People in this area of the country are a hopeful and positive crew who see the glass as half full and never half empty.

 Again, notice the difference from Saturday above
to Sunday below

The photos posted today, though grey and rather dull on this Winter weekend, show signs of water from the melting snow – we are all true believers - better days are coming.

In the following photos you will see that the deer knocked down the logs
but who cares
the snow is melting!

If you wish to make a comment, please do.
Encouragement during these Winter months is always welcome.

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Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Design plus the special “Golden Principle of Design” used throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010 and May 2, 2011.


  1. Yes, we try to stay positive. ;-) This thaw is so pleasant. The unheated birdbath was even thawed out today. Lighter clothing ... and going out side was even a pleasure. Enjoy!

  2. Living in a cold climate,we are eternal optimists.

  3. I'm sure your time working on the blog helps you forget about the miserable loss Green Bay suffered to Seattle......

  4. We have had a January Thaw yesterday too, and we thought the spring had come! But today it is cold again. We have to wait som more months...