Happy New Year!

2012 started off with a beautiful day, inspiring a walk on the beach before lunch. With plenty of sun, and no wind,  40° felt more like 50°  and we quickly felt too warm for our jackets, hats and gloves.

Cindy Thomas and I made plans to take our first dip of 2012 at 1 p.m. It’s always a plus to get a winter dip out of the way at the beginning of the month. We know we could wait until February 29 before we would absolutely have to get in the water again to maintain our “Dip of the Month Club” membership. When we went in December, we figured the water was about 44°.

Today I brought Bruce’s spot infrared thermometer to check the water temperature. I picked up Cindy and told her I had the thermometer, and after a beat we looked at each other and said, “Let’s not take the temperature until after we get out of the water!” Good plan. It was pretty cold, and we guessed it was around 42°. The infrared said we were off…by quite a bit….

There is only one thing to do in a situation like this. Take another dip to see if it really feels that cold.

So we did!


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12 responses to “Happy New Year!

  1. Barb Fernald

    Cold, yes. But a great “spa effect” on the skin after we get out and get dried off!


  2. holly

    happy new year to you!
    i say good riddance to 11, please god, let 12 be better…
    you and bruce are so cute! remind me, do you actually put your head underwater? what are the dip-of-the-month rules? thanks for your most recent email….suffice it to say i haven’t responded because i’ve been feeling the same way (minus the headache)…we have plenty of time to formulate a plan for learning new stuff (i have pmc sterling coming in the mail….)…


    • Barb Fernald

      We don’t have to put our heads underwater. I don’t at this time of year. We just have to get horizontal for a few seconds. (Maybe I should have put my head in the water to get rid of the headache.)
      I had a sense you were in the same sort of place. e-mail response is ALWAYS optional. I know we are supporting each other whether we are writing or not.
      I hope 2012 is the year we both feel back on track. I can’t wait to see what you make with the PMC sterling. I’m getting back into the studio today. It’s been too long since I’ve been there.


  3. Kathleen Lake

    I haven’t actually gone in the water anywhere. But do you think I could become a member of “Dip of the Month” just through sheer behavior?


  4. Awesome! Y’all are so tough! I don’t even like to get in our pool unless the water temp is 80!! Happy New Year!
    Great photos!


  5. Susan White

    Happy New Year Barb.Great way to start off the year! xo


  6. You guys are crazy! Give me the caribbean in the winter anytime!


    • Barb Fernald

      Ha ha. I have a recurring dream of swimming in the harbor here and the water is 80º and I don’t understand why no one else is swimming. We would all much rather swim in the Caribbean! (But, Dip of the Month Club requires dipping in an outdoor body of water, above the 42nd parallel.)
      Happy New Year Susan!


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