Monday, January 14, 2008

Snow Day Bliss

We have been blessed with a Snow Day.

And it is a blessing in more ways than one.  Yes, we have an unexpected day of rest to add to our weekend.  But there's more...

January thaw...  A wonderful concept, really.  Happens every year, right on schedule.  The temperatures rise, the sun shines brightly for a few days, then.... rain.

I love a rainy day, don't get me wrong.  We need the rain, to quench nature's thirst and to appreciate the warmth of the sun.  It's calming, to listen to and watch quietly from the livingroom window. 

But it also leaves behind a whole lot of grey.  Muddy streets are lined with salted trails of ice.  Trees become bare and appear to ache for their lost blanket of white... I can almost hear their branches cry out to the moon.

So here we are, in the midst of winter's blissful promise:  Light always returns in one way or another.  Whether it be in the form of a white, fluffy snowfall or the bright rays of a gleaming sun.  Or simply, beautiful, in the hope that lives within us all, if we are wise enough ~ and strong enough, to hold onto it with all our hearts ~ even as it rains.



nhd106 said...

Oh god, I get it...I really get it.

You are so beautiful, did you know that?

Love you,

specialadyfink said...

Have a beautiful day.

rbrown6172 said...

what a beautiful entry.

barbpinion said...

Beautiful entry, hon, expressed in such a small amount of words. Love the picture; can imagine myself right there.
Hugs, and love too.

geminiwilder said...

we got the same exact snow :) and have a day off as well.
my back isn't happy, having just come inside from doing some shoveling
and cleaning off the car, but my i smile at how pretty it looks outside.
the 50 degree temps of last week were also a nice blessing, but
back to winter we must go! and, it's not bad - the temp is 40 right now!

enjoy the rest of your day, dear.


queeniemart said...

if you go to my entry and look at the 1st pic, you will see i am reading your journal where it shows my PC screen.
You write so beautifully......i can just imagine what you are writing about.
I love you, beautiful lady.

sunflowerkat321 said...

Oh...we were supposed to get that snow and it missed us.  It was just a tad too warm.  We haven't had a real snow yet and I miss it!

Beautiful entry....

radar446 said...

If only we got some of that snow here.  Our winters are pretty much days of 20-60 degrees and if it does precipitate, it is either ice or rain.  We never get any of the fun stuff.  But we do get the salt lined streets after an ice storm.


jimsulliv3 said...

It reminds me of skiing at Heavenly Valley at Lake Tahoe. Nice pic !


ma24179 said...

That was an excellent description! Wonderful entry. -Missy

madcobug said...

That is a beautiful picture. We haven't had any snow here in several years. Helen

grofsand said...

your picture is worth a thousand "brrrs"!

Great shot....delivers the chill and the elegance of snow!
Marc :)

mariebm56 said...

We had a little snow, also, just enough to give us a coating & cover the tree limbs.   It showed off their shapely branches. Highlighting the trees form so magnificently .  It looked so beautiful this morning as I drive thru a few local towns.  But as I headed back home at mid day, everything seem to melt & become dreary. ; (
Hope yours lasted~

siennastarr said...

<sigh>  Ever the poet when you write about such things as nature.  I love it.  You always make me smile and feel good about life... even snow.. and I don't care for the cold stuff that much! lol  But.. you make it sound so .... so..warm and cozy.. even inviting... :)


helmswondermom said...

Glad you had a snow day.  I love a beautiful snow, but I hate to go out afterward and get all that grit and dirty snow on my car.  And I think I'm about done with rain for this month.  My yard still squelches when I walk out.  It's sunny here today, though, and very nice.

lanurseprn said...

I wish I were there to enjoy it. It's warm least 70°! I pray for more rain!

stupidsheetguy said...

I find that the winter saps my soul every year, but it never completely drains it dry, and Spring seems to come just quickly enough! Hope it works that way for you too!

dawnallynnnm said...

I love snow.  We haven't gotten a great deal of it this year, but I am still crossing my fingers.  I can relate to not enjoying the thaw, we have a great deal of dirt in our property, which translates to mud.  

Lovely photo, makes me wanna go find snow right now.  ;)


mleighin21st said...

What a gorgeous photo!  We've had that kind of snow here in Michigan.  Now we're due for some bone chilling cold, which is what comes after "our" January thaw.  ::sigh::  This was a beautifully written piece, I enjoyed it.
                                       Smiles,  Leigh


gdireneoe said...

(((((((((((((((((M)))))))))))))  Wow!  THANK YOU for popping over.  I've missed you too...truly.  It's been an interesting time for me, to say the least.  Good to see you, Girlie. ;)  C.

thinkinglizard said...

Your photo reminds me of when I was a kid up in Wisconsin
as we had several evergreens around our house.  That was
over 50 years ago.
Thanks for this and for your comment at my blog.
I still have more updating to do.

Brian S.

justaname4me2 said...

Your entry really captured what a peaceful beautiful entity snow really is. If I had a choice, I would take Spring, Summer Fall and a pure snow filled winter. The barren world of a winter brown gets to me sometimes. Rain and cold,'s not my favorite!
Rebecca Anne

bobbysgirl8584 said...

it is supposed to get so COLD this weekend!!! good football weather though!
have a great weekend!!

ksgal3133 said...

That's so pretty, thanks for sharing the pic. I miss snow!

Stay warm,

rdautumnsage said...

Beautiful post. How does that saying go....You don't know what your missing until you've danced in the rain. Wonderful sentiments for those of us who are buried under and ice and snow awaiting Springs promise of return to warmth. Stay safe and loved dear friend. (Hugs)Indigo

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nanmm11 said...

and that good things can only be really appreciated when we have experienced the not so pretty things in life.