|Centerpointe Drive at West Walker during the most recent onslaught of this year's polar vortex phenomenon (which is also known as the "Early 2014 North American cold wave" or "Arctic outbreak", as if it were a form of meteorological acne). Hunkering down and shivering, they were dropping their self-protective pretenses as they came closer than usual, closer to people and houses in search of food. This pic was taken with an ordinary cell phone - not a telephoto lens.|
|It's NASA's thermal composite image showing the intrusion of frigid air into lower latitudes. It would suck to be in St. Louis right about then, eh?|
|After housing nothing but a couple of casual candles for four years, we finally filled our fireplace with gas logs.|
|Is it cold outside? Are you sick and tired of it? Will a scene like this in your living room improve your mood? |
The answer to all three questions is a resounding YES.
|I didn't know this at the time when we ordered our gas logs from an internet retailer, but I didn't actually have a choice in the matter. Our winter has been so severe that there's basically no real wood left to be bought locally, and there might not be for some time to come. |
Let me guess: You have noticed and driven by this store on East Main Street umpteen million times but never stopped, right? Such was the case with me until last week when I dropped in to buy a fireplace gas valve key (our builder never supplied one) and chat up the proprietor. He basically had almost no wood left for sale, and was even concerned about his ability to procure enough in time for the next season of high demand. He told me a "never seen anything like this" story of shoppers snapping up firewood.
Image screengrabbed from Google ground view.
|I had a specific design purpose in choosing white logs. In this post from about a year ago, I described how we initially invested a whopping $180 to make our fireplace look just a bit better than builder grade. In accessorizing the result, I used a stark contrast between the paint and the white photo mats above and beside. I needed white logs below to coordinate and counterbalance all those mats.|
|There are three clusters of white-containing objects which visually "pop" out of the scene...|
|...and furthermore, your eye follows diagonal pathways when roving from one popping cluster to the next.|
And what better way to memorialize this meteorological manifesto than with a meme! (My husband hates it when I use cheap literary parlor tricks like all-consuming alliteration - he thinks the practice is beneath me. Sorry, sweetie.) Happy weekend, and yes, this winter has to end soon. Finally.
|This masterful meme was melded by Mermaid Musings, a Facebook community, although there are many similar offerings floating (skidding?) around the internet right about now.|