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Wintry mix

Let’s talk winter. Specifically, let’s talk about how surprisingly un-bad the last few days have been. I make my opinion of this season no secret, but I have to say, I have found a few things to love about it lately.

Great Swamp snow

Great Swamp snow

Great Swamp snowz

Great Swamp snow

Great Swamp snow

Great Swamp snow

Like, how about those shots? I’ve never been compelled to photograph the Great Swamp in the winter, but today it seemed a shame not to. With yesterday’s snowfall still clinging to all of the branches, it was beautiful.

Polka Dot Cottage photo project for February

Or this? I’ve been meaning to tell you about the February photo project, and I’m sorry it took me until we were four days in to bring it up, but better late than never right? Just take pictures of things you love – one per day – and post them in your favorite photo-sharing place. Tag them #pdclove (and make them public) if you want me to see them!

Snow Day, a new playlist from Polka Dot Cottage

Or, finally, this. My new CD mix. Or, as I call it, a “wintry mix.” Heh. I amuse myself.

I realize I may be the last person in the world still making CDs, but I drive an old car. It’s mp3-impaired. Besides, I kind of enjoy some things about the CD format, not the least of which is making a cover. It’s a fun challenge, too, to come up with a suitable list of songs that all flow nicely and fit within the allotted time constraint of a CD.

This mix involves a selection of older and newer songs. Some of the songs (but not all of them) have a Winter theme. I re-burned this CD 3 times, and changed the cover twice – my perfectionistic cd-making tendencies at work!

The Snow Day playlist can be found at, if you would like to have a listen. Here’s the track list:

  1. The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’ (2:38)
  2. Capital Cities – Safe and Sound (3:12)
  3. Iron & Wine – Tree By The River (3:56)
  4. Crash Test Dummies – Winter Song (4:00)
  5. Collective Soul – 10 Years Later (3:47)
  6. Storyman – Coming Home (3:19)
  7. Glen Phillips – Duck And Cover (3:18)
  8. Jars Of Clay – Inland (4:12)
  9. The Melodic – On My Way (3:12)
  10. Simon & Garfunkel – A Hazy Shade Of Winter (2:17)
  11. Better Than Ezra – Wintercoats (5:25)
  12. The Shins – Simple Song (4:15)
  13. Indigo Girls – Damo (4:07)
  14. Sara Bareilles – Brave (3:40)
  15. Toad the Wet Sprocket – Rare Bird (4:22)
  16. Moon Taxi – Young Journey (3:09)
  17. Duran Duran – Mediterranea (5:40)
  18. Vance Joy – Riptide (3:24)
  19. Dala – Alive (4:02)
  20. The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! ( To Everything There is A Season ) (3:54)
  21. Fountains Of Wayne – Valley Winter Song (3:34)

Someday, I will find a better way to share these playlists with you. [As of April 2014, that day is now – have a listen below!]

Snow Day from lclarke522 on 8tracks Radio.

As I write, there is a new Winter storm on the way, and it may be a doozy. Like, with lots of icy conditions that could lead to downed tree branches and power outages, kind of doozy. It looks like my very brief and unexpected love affair with Winter is already coming to an abrupt end.

Oh well. It was fun while it lasted!


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9 thoughts on “Wintry mix

  1. I’m a CD gal all the way, Lisa 🙂 but these days I’m likelier to be listening to the choices of my (last) teenager. Keeps me young… uh, sorta…

    I have an urge to bake cookies, suddenly. How did that happen?

    Love the swamps pics, BTW 🙂

  2. Really nice snow shots. I admire your effort going out to get those! The bridge ones are killer!

    1. Thanks! It’s a shame I don’t usually send out Christmas cards, eh?

  3. Hi Lisa 🙂 The 5th photo down is my absolute favourite! Excellent shots 🙂 Stay safe in the upcoming storm! Rhondda

    1. Thanks! I always assumed the swamp would be barren, brown, and uninteresting in the winter. I’m glad to have been wrong for that one day, at least!

  4. Lisa, your photos are outstanding. Great work. Thanks for letting us see them.

    1. You bet 🙂 Thanks for being here to look at them!

  5. […] is my third Winter playlist (see the other two here and here), and while I haven’t gone so far to make sure that every song is about the cold or […]

  6. […] often choosing titles that relate to a theme. You can see this in action especially well on my Snow Day […]

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