Friday, March 22, 2013

Fridays Are Golden

One thing that I have learned during my long life is that everything is relative.  North Carolina winters are mild.  Although the higher elevations have more cold and snow, they still have periods of milder weather every winter.  Even so, when the temperatures are 20-30 degrees below normal for the season, people complain of cold.  In the coffee shop, in the drugstore, in the grocery store everyone talks about how cold it is.

Yesterday the weather reporter on an Asheville television station reported that it was "bitter" cold that morning (it was 22), and that even at noon the winds made the cold "brutal."  (The temperature at noon was 37 with 3-4mph winds.)  We moved from WI seven years ago, but I still remember what "bitter cold" and "brutal winds" are.  When I told our WI daughter, she did not think it humorous at all.  She works in downtown Milwaukee where the tall buildings create wind tunnels to make the weather even worse.

Fortunately the Golden Girls love the cooler weather and are quite frisky playing outdoors.  And they also want to play indoors at times.

Lucy pleaded with me to get down on the floor to play.

I did and threw several tennis balls for her.
She gathered three of them close to her to tell me playtime was over.

Most of their hours are spent like this.

This weekend marks the beginning of Holy Week for Christians.  It appears the new Pope is walking the walk.  Rather than holding the Holy Thursday service at St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis will do the service in Casal Del Marmo, a youth prison in Rome.  There he will wash and kiss the feet of twelve of the young offenders in the manner in which Jesus washed the feet of the disciples in humility.

And on Monday at sundown Jews will observe the beginning of Passover.  It seems fitting then, that our quotes this week are Jewish proverbs:

A bird you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return.

When you have no choice, mobilize the spirit of courage.

A half-truth is a lie.

Don't sell the sun to buy a candle.

People are like grasses in the field:  some blossom, some wither.

Pride is the mask of one's own faults.

Whatever you will be doing and whatever your weather,



The Bug said...

Those girls sure know how to relax :)

We've had those same temps here this week - but I agree that they are not "bitter." I haven't even been wearing my blizzard coat!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Well, I hope you don't have any brutal or bitter winds this weekend. :)

robin andrea said...

Always love seeing the Friday Golden Girls.

Quite touching to read what Pope Francis plans at the prison. That is an enlightened beginning.

kks said...

i like that the Pope is going to the prison.
spring is in the air here in has been perfect as far as i'm concerned...lots of snow, cold temps, moderate melting...but it feels different..the angle of the sun, the length of the days....i have been getting in every moment i can outside! i am going to mexico next things will be different when i come back...i doubt i'll be able to go on the lake!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

This new pope is making quite an impression early on in his papacy and he does indeed walk the walk. Enjoy your weekend.

KGMom said...

Yes, cold is relative.
What is it about cool brisk air--our dog is loving it. Here in central PA, we are having a very cool spring. And our dog revels in the combination--spring smells, cold air.

Berts Blog said...

WE are still having cold weather here too. WE usually have tomatoes and peas planted by now, but it would be crazy to try it for a bit more.

Love Fridays are Golden.
love love love

Ms. A said...

Did you get any of the snow? I was thinking about you when I saw some photos!

Happy weekend!

Jayne said...

Every time I read about this Pope, I smile. How refreshing is he?? :c) Have a wonderful weekend yourself dear friend.

Vicki Lane said...

Great quotes.

Vicki Lane said...

Great quotes.

Rudee said...

We've been experiencing January like winter this past weeks with wind chills in the single digits. Today it was sunny and in the upper thirties...a heat wave!

Ginnie said...

Being a North Carolinian myself I agree that the weather reporters can be pretty ridiculous. I remember growing up in Massachusetts and not being able to open the door because the snow was piled up too high ... THAT was how winter was, unlike here !

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Ms A - We got only a dusting of snow. Then rain for most of the weekend.

Rudee - You surely have had some rough weather recently.

Ginnie - I remember weeks in WI when the temperature did not get above 2 during the day.

Janie said...

I love the pic of Lucy with her 3 balls.