I had almost forgotten what February is like! Then, after dark last night Old Man Winter roared across the island, huffing and puffing. In short order, trees were dancing and my porch swing was swaying as 35-45 mph frigid winds forced temperatures down to near freezing. By early morning the temperature was in the upper 20s, and now it feels like it is in the teens.
Until now it had been exceptionally mild (take a look at Thursday's blog). Flowers were blooming, neighbors were working outside in shirtsleeves, and thoughts were turning to spring.
Today, folks will be huddling around their fireplaces trying to stay warm. I think I'll work outside another day.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the "Joe Bell" flower. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012112.htm.