“‘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.
This picture is blurry, but fun, because I caught some snow falling off the tree. . . .
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.
Getting close to home.. . . .
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.
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.
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.