“‘What’s up, Ratty?” asked the Mole.

Snow is up,’ replied the Rat briefly; ‘or rather, down.  It’s snowing hard.’

The Mole came and crouched beside him, and looking, saw the wood that had been so dreadful to him in quite a changed aspect.  Holes, hollows, pools, pitfalls, and other black menaces to the wayfarer were vanishing fast, and a gleaming carpet of faery was springing up everywhere, that looked too delicate to be trodden upon by rough feet.  A fine powder filled the air and caressed the cheek with a tingle in it’s touch.”  from,  The Wind in the Willows

 

It was hard to know when to stop taking pictures this morning.  I went right outside at 7:30am, because I’m a morning person and I was excited about the snow fall we had in the night.  I went for a walk yesterday, too, and there was no snow except in the coldest parts, and today we have a big fluffy blanket of it.  Quite a transformation overnight! 

I had a good weekend.  On Saturday I went to the bookstore, then to the mall, and then to lunch–all by myself–just to try to get my mind off of being sick and tired out.  It did help a lot.  On Sunday we got up and noticed that the VAN has another flat!  After 4 brand new tires!  Rich and I were shocked.  The van will have to be picked up again today.

We went to church yesterday morning (in the truck) and it was wonderful to be back after missing quite a bit lately.  After my walk, I rested and talked to a xanga friend on the phone (which was a happy surprise!) and then made molasses cookies (using my Grandma’s recipe) and brownies.  Baked goods get gobbled up just like that in my house so I usually make a couple varieties of snacks since I have the oven on already.

I finally got a good night’s sleep last night and today I feel almost like my normal self!  Hurray!

 

Here are the pictures from my walk:

A look back to the house, the pond is barely noticeable because of the snow cover.

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This picture is blurry, but fun, because I caught some snow falling off the tree. . . .

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I like how there are “magical” spots in the woods. . especially with heavy snow like this, these branches bent over and looked like arches.  I saw a lot of dark, hidden places, as well.  The branches of the pine trees get loaded with snow and if you stand under them, you can feel the temperature change and it’s like being under a nice solid roof, out of the falling snowflakes and wind.  The chilly part is when the snow drops down on you, and down the back of your neck.  That happened to me this morning and I was so surprised, I laughed.

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Getting close to home.. . . .

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Parker was beside himself with excitement to be outside.  He was running around like his paws were aflame.  He’s so dark that it’s hard to get a good picture of him. . .he looks like a shadow in the above pic, but this one is nice.

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Ethan came outside just in time to take my picture.  This is me with my morning face and  hair.  Snow fell on my head during my walk, so my hair is “nice” and flat.   I’m holding E’s mittens behind me. 

It is the perfect weather to be outside because after a week of mild temps, the ground is not frozen solid.  The air is quite mild and I was nice and warm—if I didn’t have small children in the house I would have been out a lot longer.  I would have liked to just sit and listen in the woods for a while. . . .the snow falls so gently.  The quiet is so restful.

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I was in areas of the woods that I k
now no one else will visit today.  I love how God’s glory is everywhere in his creation, even if no one sees it, it’s there shining brightly. . . . it was a privilage to be in these special places today, there was almost a holy atmosphere.  Sweet, quiet beauty.

 

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  1. We only got a dusting of snow…but it stuck to all of the trees and was beautiful this morning as well.  I ended up taking our dog out for a walk as well.  I always love the snow covered trees.  (So really we were on a walk together )  Just like old tmes…
    Love Ya

  2. Oh, what beautiful pictures!!! I saw on the news that there was a big snow storm headed your way, and I was excited because I knew that you would probably post some pictures We have not had ANY snow cover this year yet! Only a few little flurries! I REALLY hope that we get some snow soon; I am beginning to worry that we will have a snow-free winter.
    I love the two pictures of your house; it looks so warm and cozy and tucked away… safe and secure and right at home. i also like all of the “magical” spot pictures…  I too love those little hiding places that the heavy snow and branches make.

  3. I thought of you this morning when I saw the national news! Glad you shared pictures with us!That looks to be quiet a long trek you made from your house. You MUST be feeling better. I think I liked knowing you were feeling better more than knowing you had a beautiful snow! Still praying for your full recovery and your strength to come back 100%.

  4. Oh Shanda, may the sense of wonder always be yours, to refresh and bless your spiritand in turn bless ours through the beauty of your photography!Some of these photos are so sublime; they apear to be not of this world…I think you were truely walking in The Wind and the Willows, or more likely the world beyond the Wardrobe…I think Aslan must have been near.

  5. what a Winter Wonderland you live in …I am kinda bummed because of the lack of snow here where we live in Washington…I will be glad to get to Ohio next month and Minnesota as well next month…I will get to see some snow…

  6. The pictures are magnificent!  So glad that you are feeling better and that you were able to get out and enjoy the beauty.  We made it to church for the first time in a while yesterday as well.  With the kids being sick, and not being sick all at the same time, it felt like I hadn’t been out for a long time.

  7. Gorgeous beautiful wonderful pictures!!  I’m a bit jealous to not have woods to walk through, but I’m happy for you that you’re able to.  It looks like a wonderful way to spend the morning, cold, but wonderful.  Thanks for sharing!

  8. Wow, so very beautiful…and you capture the feeling so well with words as well as pictures.I love you cheerful morning face and the heavily blanketed trees and banks.  So nice to have such an enthusiastic companion as Parker!  blessings on your day! Jenny

  9. Jealous in Oklahoma writes, “I wish we had that pretty snow!!!”  Just kidding…but I am REALLY jealous that there are xanga friends who’ve heard your sweet voice!!!  I know it must be sweet b/c you are.  πŸ™‚

  10. Beautiful and yes, sublime! I must admit, though, I’m enjoying the Spring-like days we’re having out here — thanking our Lord for variety and for friends with whom we share that variety! Blessings, Laurie

  11. I cannot tell you just how much you bless me Shanda.  Thank you for taking me along on your walk via your pictures and your word descriptions.  In following your blog and 2 others (they are sisters…you might know them? hehe) recently, God has really been speaking to me about how I view this world and my place in it. Thank you deeply for sharing your heart.  You may never know what a rescuer you are…Karen

  12. Beautiful pictures!!  We had a dusting of snow here today and I did my morning walk in it — I love to walk in the rain and snow — especially the rain when it’s warm outside.   Glad you’re feeling better. 

  13. I love the water and snow pictures! So serene and beautiful. Thank you for sharing this beauty of the forest. I miss the snow and the quietness and beauty it brings. Kathryn

  14. RYC: That’s too cute, Alex loves David, he’s always talking about him, and wants me to make sure he comes to his birthday party.  I love it.  Thanks for your sweet words.  I really needed them today.  Love, Trish

  15. What a beautiful series of photos in black and white, with the color just in your morning face — you do look as if you’re feeling better!  Is that really the same house that we saw last spring with all the daisies on the hill — lol ?!

  16. Thanks for letting me walk in your footsteps along the walk.  What beauty God has given us to enjoy and I’m so glad you did and shared it with us.  I can picture the places you went and what it looked like in the winter since that was the only time I was at your house.  We’ve gotten a dusting of snow today and yesterday.  I hope we enough to make another snowman!  the kid in me I guess.  Love, Lish

  17. Oh how I love Wind in the Willows, it’s a family favorite. Such gorgeous photography!!! Ansel Adams would be proud! Such breathtaking photo’s! Thank you for sharing them.

  18. RYC:  David — I’m sorry, but since we don’t have any little boys at our house I don’t know anything about Thomas the tank engine or the Island of Sodor!! —  It sounds interesting — Would you like to tell me about them?  When our grandchild comes in June maybe it will be a little boy and I’m going to have to get busy and find out about these things!!

  19. Oh, what a wonderful time your walk must have been! What beauty God does create for us to enjoy! These pictures are beautiful! Thank you for sharing! I am glad to hear that you are feeling a bit better! That is just crazy about the car? Hmmmm…I wonder what is happening? Very strange! Have a wonderful day! and I pray you continue to get better! and enjoy the snow. I just looked out my window and it is snowing again here…as much as the snow and cold are actually not my favorite…the snow is breathtaking!!!

  20. My breath left me. First of all Moley and Wind in the Willows is a favorite of Beth and I, so I rather teared up to read that just now. It was our very favorite thing to read aloud when she was little. She is moley and loves to smell home.  The pictures are just as breathtaking.  I am going to copy them and put them on my computer as wallpaper. You are so gifted. You have gifted eyes to see and then a blessed gift to capture what those sensitive eyes see.  Thanks for taking us along on your morning walk. Love you, M in SC

  21. What I like about this post:
    How you tell us that you have mittens hidden behind your back.
    The picture before the one with snow falling…perfect! Just perfect!!
    How you laughed when the snow fell on your neck!
    The way you described his paws on fire!
    Thank Rich again for me for buying you your cameras!!!

  22. OK, these pictures have got to be my most favorite ones that you’ve ever taken.  They are just absolutely, positively, STUNNINGLY gorgeous.  Thank you for sharing your part of the world with us!!  I can just picture myself right there, standing in the middle of the woods, with the snow, and the stream of water….~sigh~ Suz

  23. Thank you so much for sharing your life, I know you don’t realize how many more people you bless that just don’t express it.  Your pictures brought back good memories for me in walking in fresh snow and talking with God and knowing He is with us ALWAYS…God bless you dear. love, evalyne

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