Sunday, February 12, 2012

Minnesota Winter Dawn

This winter season here in southern Minnesota has been unusually warm, punctuated by only a couple of super cold spells and not very much snow.  We figure nature is trying to make up for last year's brutal winter.  Today is the last day of a short cold snap that started Friday.  This morning the temp was 6F (-14C) at 7:00am.  It has warmed up to 13F (-11C); we'll make up to the 20s before the day is done.  Oddly, we have very little snow on the ground because most of what we did have melted during the warm weather at the beginning of February.  Below are some views of a beautiful dawn from the front of our house taken Jan. 31 when there was still snow on the ground.






As lovely as that dawn was, this dragonfly is what we would prefer to see when look out the front door.
Dragonfly on dead hibiscus stem, South Englishtown, Toledo District, Belize.


We are now one step closer to that reality; Dennis has officially declared his date of retirement - November 30, 2012.  I added a retirement countdown widget to the blog.  As of today, he has 291 days to go ...Posted by Picasa

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  1. Beautiful dawn images Wilma.
    November seems far away at the moment, but time does fly, especially when you become retired.{:)

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    1. It does seem far away, but you are right - it will be here before we know it. :-)

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  2. Beautiful sunset images great shots.

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  3. That`s a vivid sunrise you`ve caught there, Wilma. Nice one.

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    1. Thanks. I caught it at just the right time, Dean. :-)

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  4. Lovely sunrise Wilma.
    I'm sure November will come soon enough for you both.

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    1. Thanks, Keith. It will come, one way or another!

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  5. Wow, November it is then and not before time I imagine. What an unbelievable next winter you guys are going to have, or rest of life come to that. Well done.

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    1. November is when Dennis retires from his paying job and starts working on getting things in Belize ready for when I can retire and move down there. Not sure when I will get to retire; the earliest could be when Dennis does and the latest would be March 2013. Sooner rather than later is my preference!

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    2. The latest should read March 2015! Three more years - that is way too long...

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  6. The secret of retirement is to have plenty of interests which I'm sure you both have. You will be both looking forward to the retirement but don't wish your life away November will come quicker than you think.
    Your sunset pictures are wonderful.

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    1. You seem to have retirement down pat, David! You are right that "now" is all that anyone has; let's not wish it away. Anticipation and planning do make the "now" more fun, though.

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  7. Love your pictures both in Belize and Minn... amazing.. thanks for sharing your adventures! Can't wait to get to Belize myself....
    Beth

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Beth. Don't miss out on Belize!

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