Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Baby It’s Cold Outside

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It rained and rained and then it poured.

The wind blew and blew and then it pounded.

For twenty-four hours it had been wet and blustery. Then the temperatures dropped yesterday afternoon and those closely packed rain drops turned into white delight.

All the rain that so thoughtfully flooded the roads quickly turned icy. The snow added another slick element as it combined with the excess water to create slush.

Therefore every activity in the county was called off.  I was Oh so grateful!  I got to stay home.  I didn’t have to go out. I’m pretty sure I needed a break. God must have known!

And so we snuggled down while thick heavy flakes whipped across the fields and roads and night dropped down upon the land.

We listened on my firefighter man’s portable radio as surrounding fire departments were called to accident after accident.  And I prayed.  Prayed for the safety of those on the roads and safety for the rescue personnel who came to help them.

My heart was thick with thankfulness as we sat down to a warm meal, in a warm, cozy home, with all of us safe in our seats around the table.



This morning we woke to this.



And I couldn’t resist.  I had to get outside.



However, I miss judged when I put on my tennis shoes.  There were drifts almost to my knees in our back yard, so I had to go back in. 

I really need to dig out my winter boots.  You know the big pair that my husband bought me.  The warmest pair Cabela’s makes. Oh! These aren’t cutesy, fashionable women’s boots. These are men’s “livin’ in the Tundra” type boots. I who have horrible circulation, who have been told by the doctor to, “make sure you keep your feet warm”, I wear these boots even though they make me look like a clown.  Because here in the north country we don’t dress like a fashion queen out of a magazine!  It always makes me smile and chuckle when I see the “country” magazines that feature these adorable outfits for country living ladies.  UMMM! Excuse me, but are you really going out to the poopy barn to feed the animals in that outfit?  How about mucking out the barn?  Me, personally, I wear my oldest clothing for that job. We certainly don’t don our $300 dollar outfits complete with a stylin’ pair of high fashion boots to go out to do chores.  We’re real life here!  It’s chore coats, warm hats, thick gloves, long johns, wool socks, and big boots. Can I get an Amen from my real country girl’s our there?!

Anyway, I digress!

My oldest son had to do chores for a friend this morning.  So, we braved the roads in our vintage, rear wheel drive, ride that is in desperate need of some new tires.

Of course I had to take my camera along!

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snow on pines-w



We did real well….until I went to back out of the drive from doing chores.  I was chatting at my son and I forgot you can’t turn the wheel to back out of their drive because it goes down into a ditch.  OOPS!  Yep, I did it.  I didn’t back straight out and my old ride is pretty much helpless without traction of some sort.  I started to go off the drive and into the yard. Thankfully we had brought along a shovel and so my guy went to shoveling, then pushing, then shoveling.  And with a little snow driving knowledge and a bit of muscle we got ourselves unstuck and back home where it was warm!  I’m so happy that I didn’t have to call for reinforcements! Which would have required trekking over to the house next to our friends, smiling sheepishly,  and asking to use their phone.

Now that I’m home, it’s time for a big mug of coffee and continued thanksgiving to my Lord for the beauty and safety He has provided!


  1. You've already got snow! My goodness. It still doesn't feel like it should be falling yet! It looks beautiful though. :o) Is that your goat? I want to kidnap him - he's adorable!

    Okay, I DO have the ugly work boots that I wear outside in the winter, BUT during the summer, it's highly likely that you'll find me cleaning out the chicken coop in a pair of zebra print ballet flats. :o) I guess that metamorphosis from city to country girl takes a little time...

  2. Sarah Kate, I give you permission to wear your zebra print ballet flats all you want! :) I just find it comical that in some of these so called "country living" magazines (that must be produced in a New York City high rise) have these women dressed super duper cute to go out to the barn or garden or whatever. Maybe its just me who gets dirty and sweaty and covered in yuck?! Quite possibly I'm the weird one! :)

    And no that isn't our goat! It's the friends we were doing chores for. I've thought about goats, but I am a huge gardener and if the goats got loose and destroyed my gardens. OY! Those goats would GO DOWN, BABY!

  3. I have to admit I'm a bit jealous of all your snow. We had some in our area, but none of it stuck.

    Your pics are gorgeous and so it your header! I completely love the pics with the snow stuck to the trees, especially the landscape one.

    Wish I was snuggled up at your place enjoying a mug of coffee with you!

  4. I don't know - but some how I don't think it's fair to talk about those boots and then not show us an "awesome" picture of them.

    That's your next challenge. :)

    Beautiful! Both snow and photos.

  5. It is cold enough to snow here, but it isn't going to happen. I am thoroughly enjoying your beautiful photography these days. I can just imagine how warm and cozy your home was on that chilly night! The clouds have been so oppressive and the gray has hung on so long that it is a beautiful distraction to visit your blog and get lost in your snowy landscape.

  6. gracious girl.

    look at that snow!

    I'm packing my bags and heading north!!!!

    bring it on baby.


  7. Love those pictures...The trees...the snow the crispness. I can feel it!!!
    I am so there!
    So there!

    Laughing about the fancy outfits, too!
    Our horses would "snot" all over the gorgeous cashmere plaid jacket, and the dogs would rub up against the fancy leggings, and then I would scuff the $400.00 boots, tripping on a rock, buried in the snow. So...I wear old jeans, with my old boots, and a big old man's chore coat!
    In the summer I have cheetah print rubber boots, but I have finally come to the place in my life where....warmth must over take fashion. Which meant a trip to the farm store, for big girl working boots.
    Lordy...what has my life come too???

  8. Your photography is beautiful! The pictures are breathtaking! Enjoy!

  9. Burrrrr, I can feel the cold radiatin' right off your beautiful pictures. also reminds me that I was suppose to hike up the hill to the corrals and unthaw the waterer. I'm late........

    Gotta run.....

    God bless your day sweetie!!! :o)

  10. Here's an AMEN from a real country girl! Ain't no way you'll catch me in my cute clothes when I'm out grooming the horsies and filling water buckets in the ice and mud!

    Glad you got unstuck!


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