Four Legs + Life + Health

Oh, it’s cold.

It was 1°F (-17°C) when we left the house this morning! We take a ferry across the Hudson to the train every morning, and as of today, the river is really beginning to ice over. It’s a combination of thrilling and terrifying to be on the boat as it crashes through the mini-icebergs!

On the Manhattan side of the commute, people are wrapped up in scarves and down and boots. I love this time of year—everyone becomes an anonymous, steamy-mouthed, red-nosed, hunchbacked blob, scurrying to the door of an office building to get out of the cold.

Back home on the sofa, wool socks and blankets can’t compete with the warmth given off by a 10-pound dog. We are totally taking advantage of our little Bruno’s furnace-like body, but somehow I don’t think he minds.

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  • Reply DawnMarie January 3, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    I am in Boston and froze today. The walking was fast paced as everyone was on a mission to get inside. When I got home I turned up the heat and bundled up. Old house = lots of layers at home.

  • Reply sandra January 4, 2008 at 1:54 am

    oh my and we haven’t even had snow in gothenburg yet. sounds amazing with that cold temperature. oh bruno…

  • Reply lottie January 4, 2008 at 5:12 am

    what a beautiful cold morning shot. I love the hints of red in the foreground. we’ve been promised snow in london but so far have only received a smattering of drizzle.

  • Reply nicole January 4, 2008 at 9:21 am

    that mountain shot is incredible. there is a distinctive kind of beauty that comes from this kind of cold.

    [i, too, have been adoring my little furry guy. we’ve been clutching him to us at night like a hot water bottle.]

  • Reply katie January 4, 2008 at 10:52 am

    The top photo is amazing!! Just lovely!!!

    Oooo, and I love the idea of taking a ferry every morning. Although, I’m sure there are some days when it’s annoying. It’s been freezing here in Chicago. I agree the best way to get warm is to cuddle with your pets. My cats have been very snuggly lately.

  • Reply kris January 4, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I would never make it through the winter without my dog-babies to keep me warm. They love to sleep under the covers and snuggle. 🙂

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  • Reply meegan January 5, 2008 at 10:25 am

    do you go into manhattan everyday? how long does your commute take?
    we recently bought a house in southern ct and i commute into the city everyday and it’s a long day.

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 5, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Meegan: It’s about two hours door-to-door, in total. Just over an hour on the train, plus time for the ferry, waiting for the train, walking from GC to my office, etc. Not bad at all. I’ve been doing it for three years, and I’ve come to really enjoy the time spent away from computers/TV and alone with my thoughts, the river, and a book (and maybe a bit of napping!).

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 5, 2008 at 10:43 am

    (And yes, my husband and I both commute to Manhattan every day.)

  • Reply meegan January 6, 2008 at 9:23 am

    oh wow. that’s not bad! i thought it would be a lot longer. nice. it also helps that you guys do it together!

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