Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Cold Saturday Morning in Pensacola

It is warming, but “warm” is relative. Compared to 19°F, 31°F is “warm.” In terms of hands and toes and cold tile floors, it is still very cold. I was reminded this morning of how very cold I was in Kuwait those few January days when it would get down to 0°C; when windows are not sealed tightly and all your floors are marble, it’s like having winter inside your home.

And that is how my doves must feel. Normally, they sleep under our rosemary bush, or snuggle down under the lavender. I think, now that we have pulled a lot of our larger potted plants in close to the house under the awning, they are sleeping under our plants. This morning, they know I am here, with my camera, and they don’t care. They want to catch a few more ZZZzzzz’s in the first few rays of the early morning sun.


They fluff up their wings to capture air and warm it with their bodies. Look how puffed up this one looks, about twice it’s normal size.


AdventureMan goes out every day and breaks the ice in the bird bath, and puts in fresh water. People are good about feeding birds, but forget how hard it can be for them to find water when outdoor temperatures fall into the freezing zone.

January 10, 2015 - Posted by | Birds, Gardens, Kuwait, Pensacola, Weather, Wildlife |


  1. You don’t say you were in Kuwait this January (and Jan isn’t even out)??
    The weather in Kuwait right now feels like paradise. I was there a few days ago. My only regret is I couldn’t make it to Q8 books to pick up a signed copy of The Hidden Light of Objects’ by Mai Al Nakeeb.
    It’s a smashing read- previewed a sample on Kindle. I would strongly recommend it to anyone with more than just a passing interest in Kuwait and things Kuwaiti

    Comment by Je Suis Confused | January 18, 2015 | Reply

  2. Good morning, BL! No, I was not in Kuwait, but it was very cold here, in Pensacola, and I was reminded of when we lived there, even though it is a hot place, when it gets cold, all the surfaces – marble, granite, tile, etc – are very very cold. Also, the wind whistled in around the edges of my state-of-the-art high rise, so it was cold and windy inside 😦

    Thanks for the recommendation on the Nakeeb book. I will have to get that. Have you read The Light Between Two Oceans?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 18, 2015 | Reply

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