Winter Wonderland

snow covered maple  Snow  provokes responses that reach right back to childhood. – Andy  Goldsworthy

We have been blessed with a winter’s wonderland.  It didn’t make bad driving conditions because temperatures had been in the seventies right before the sudden plummet.  This is the kind of snow that I love.  Not dangerous.  Just beautiful!

snow covered balcony I had another post prepared.  It explained in detail a few other ‘accidents’ that have fallen upon us – husband injured his knee, a cat attacked both of my hands and forearms, Gretel got sprayed by a skunk.

But it sounded a little whiny.  And I still think we are lucky.  So I nixed it.

Have you ever done that?  Have you spent a lot of time and energy on a post and then thought – what a bunch of crap! 

snow covered rose arbor  I’d rather focus on the beauty of the landscape and the fact that I didn’t lose my arms, hands, or fingers.  And mother is improving, while we are hopeful that Tony won’t need surgery for his knee problems.

snow covered cypress  I thought these trees looked they belonged in a Dr. Seuss storybook.  What do you think?

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  1. All gorgeous, but that last picture is spectacular. Sorry to hear about all the misfortune, but glad to hear your Mother is improving.
    And yes, I’ve spent lots of time on posts only to have them still sitting in the “draft” column! I figure one day I may consider them worthy of publication.
    Enjoy the snow! None for us…

  2. Man – I can’t look at anymore of those “georgeous pictures! I just get SICK! Me – a Canadian in the tropics (Costa Rica)! Just what I miss MOST!!!!! I can smell the crystaline air,the little twinge on the nose – The pureness – the glittering diamond flashes! Oh God! Our earth is sooo beautiful!

  3. Ack, I just saw the copywrite. For the record, I just forwarded a link to this page. I hope that’s ok.

  4. Sorry to hear about the mishaps. You mention “a cat attacked both of my hands and forearms” as casually as if you’d just patted the cat. Good lord what happened I hope you are OK. And your Mum and your husband’s knee too!
    Your photos are magical.
    Yes I have worked on a post and either something happened in the world or I lost interest and shelved it. I’ve still got some of those posts sitting waiting in “draft heaven”.

    1. Yeah, the cat lost its mind. I was just reaching down to pick it up and it rolled over and viciously – not playfully – attacked. I have more than two dozen serious wounds and several superficial. Yikes!

  5. Tweeted and promoted. We haven’t had snow here, but I live in NYC. If we have to have snow, better it’s out where you are. That’s where it belongs looking spectacular. 😉

    1. But don’t you think that NY in the snow – especially Central Park – is gorgeous. At least for fifteen minutes. I guess it gets pretty nasty quickly there.

  6. I love those trees! Glad to hear your mom is doing better. You got a good bit of snow. It is pretty. I’ve written emails like that and deleted them. Sometimes I think we just need to write that stuff out and clear our minds.

  7. Wow, Renee, what breathtaking photos! My favorite is of the fence. Looks magical. My only suggestion would be to make the photos bigger to truly appreciate them. As for what you did, re scrapping the post, I have done that. Frankly, of late, with each post I write, I wonder, will anyone care? But then I got such a nice response to the one I did about my mother’s sewing machine, so you never know. Just follow your hunches and you probably did the right thing. Hope everyone’s health improves soon.

    1. That was a great post about your mother’s sewing machine. And you are right, sometimes the ones we think are great, get little attention while the ones we think might not resonnate, get the most.

      I used to post the pictures larger and several people said they had trouble bringing them up. I guess it depends on the computer and the server of the reader. I think what makes this snowfall so pretty was the rain we received before the temps fell. It froze to every limb and then the snow just stuck to it like glue.

  8. Lovely attitude adjustment you made! It sounds like 2013 is starting off on a negative slide. But maybe that means all the unpleasant things will happen early so you can coast through the balance of the year. I’d love to hear the story of the cat and your arms. I once got backed into the closet because I got my friend’s cat too hyped up in our play game. There’s a switch in a cat’s brain that goes from play to death in an instant.

    1. You know, I told my sister that the last time my year started off badly it ended up being one of the best ever. So I’m hoping it will turn out that way this year too.

  9. Okay. Okay. Those shots and your header are just the epitome of winter Renee! *That* is “winter” in my book; not just for a day or so but for months on end! And then, when the “joy” of it wears off, and I think I can’t take anymore, a great rejoicing begins as the thaw and glorious springtime begins. 🙂
    When I think of whining (usually too late) I remind myself of a friends little girl who was famous for saying, “You get what you get so don’t throw a fit”. 🙂
    For the record, I wouldn’t have thought your “post that almost was” would have sounded like whining. I hope everything going on in your world levels out…that’s a lot to handle all at once.
    Yes, Dr. Seuss, exactly – Enjoy your snow!

    1. I knew you would like these pictures, especially after reading your last post about waiting on the snow. I’m so glad you approve. And what a great saying from your friend’s daughter. She’s proof that wisdom often comes out of the mouth of babes.

  10. That next to last picture is gorgeous – looks like a story there.
    Oh, the cat going nuts…speaking as not a cat person who lives with cat people…they sometimes just decide to revert to wild animal in the jungle. I just back away quickly if there’s any hint of jungle cat appearing….my husband, the cat person, has suffered by not being fast enough…be sure to take care of those wounds! (at least it’s winter and you can wear long sleeves)
    Gretel – no skunks! Mom has enough to deal with. Stinker-roo! (so glad we moved …lots of skunks around the old area…ugh!)

    1. Ah, good advice. Will definitely pass along to Gretel. As for cat, it hasn’t been neutered so I think that added to the jungle cat mentality. That will be remedied as soon as the quarantine is over, though it seems fine so I don’t think anything is medically wrong.

  11. Love the snow photos 🙂

    Sorry for the mishaps … but sure glad to hear your Mom is recovering. I’ve been thinking about you and wondering.

    enjoy that pretty view!

  12. Beautiful, Renee! And you never know, you might just dust off that other post down the line and give it a new twist! It might fit the bill another time.

  13. Wonderful photos. I do miss seeing that much snow. We got a little over an inch in London and it was a little like yours. No ice on the pavement or roads in my part of the city. Just pretty. sorry to hear about all that’s going on. I hope all of you are recovering and I’m glad to hear that your mom is doing better. I have written emails and letters, but haven’t sent them. I think I still have some in my draft folder. It feels good to get the words out sometimes and then walk away and start fresh

  14. Can we start an exchange program for all those people who miss the snow? I’d gladly spend a few weeks in a place where six inches of snow falls the day after temperatures were in the seventies.

    Beautiful photos, Renee. Glad everyone’s recovering — including your Mom.

  15. I have to say that I’m a little jealous of those of you who’ve grown up with snow. As a Floridian, I grew up without it. In fact, I didn’t play in REAL snow until I was in my late 30s.

    Regarding scrapping a post: Yes. Many times. Sometimes, I completely finish one and then decide that it’s absolute rubbish. One day, I may combine all my half-written and completed posts that didn’t make the cut into one long, rambling diatribe and present an award to the first person who actually reads the damn thing all the way through. Except I don’t think I can afford the kind of award needed to bribe someone into reading so much garbage. Then again, Cosmopolitan doesn’t seem to have much trouble getting people to read absolute crap…

  16. I am in awe of the beauty of the snow you have. It’s been such a long time since I saw a gorgeous heavy snow that isn’t so much of a danger, as you said about the warmer temps being first and helping out. Your photos are stunning. I agree on the Dr. Seuss trees. Cool!
    I’ve written many posts that never made it to my blog and for pretty much the same reasons you deleted yours. I figure there’s enough negative sad blogs and I try to keep my a bit more positive. All though I could post a rant or whine at any time… mmmm, Maybe I should start a separate blog called ‘Enjoying Whining & Venting’ and post my complaints & emotional outbursts there. lol nah, maybe not.. 😆
    It sounds as if you should’ve posted your post though. Bless your heart, you & your family have really had a tough go of it here lately. I’m sending positive thoughts and healing prayers your way. (((hugs)))

    1. Just wanted to drop in and say Hello and see how you and your family are doing. I hope life is starting to even out for you all. Wishing you the best of health and happiness. 🙂

  17. That looks like a Winter Wonderland particularly the fence with the Arc that seems to say, “Welcome, here you’ll be happy forever!” I bet is was cold though. Thanks for braving the cold to capture these beautiful images.

  18. LOVE these pictures, just love them. It just looks so fresh, stunningly fresh.

  19. Beautiful pictures, Renee! I always love snowfall, but never got a chance to experience it. So this post shows a glimpse of that beautiful shape of planet earth which I always want to experience. So thank you for sharing it.
    And I hope your husband is perfectly fine now. Take care!!

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