December 7, 2013

December (and Winter) Arrived

December arrived, pulling winter along by the hand.  It snowed all day Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, amounting in a solid 20 inches or more. 
We plowed and shoveled, and shoveled, and shoveled, and plowed.
School was canceled Thursday, as most of our district's bus routes are rural roads that take a while to get cleared.  And now the temps have plummeted well below zero & we find ourselves fully in winter mode.

While our kind of winters can be very much a toil, they sure are beautiful.
I went for a walk & took these photos after Day 1 of the storm.  (It only looks like a dusting compared to what we have now.)







Today the snowshoes were brought out & a Christmas tree was found in the woods..  it's sitting outside our door waiting to come inside this evening.

'Tis the season for snow shoes & boots.  Warm fires & good books (I'm currently reading a Tree Grows in Brooklyn.)  Bread in the oven, & kids with rosy cheeks asking for hot cocoa.  They revel in all this snow.  A group of teenage boys put our spear fishing house out on the frozen lake this afternoon.  And 'tis the season to get busy & ready for Christmas!

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34 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos Amanda. I wish for just one more white Christmas but it seems unlikely, our temps are in the 90's today. Memories of childhood and creating our own indoor games when it got dark at 4pm. and snowball fights after school, being bundled up like a rolly-polly to trundle off to school, no school buses . . . winter can be hard work to get through but it has so many compensations of beauty and togetherness around the hearth, of baking and knitting innumerable socks.
    Enjoy your lovely Christmas tree and trimming it with the children.

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  2. LOVE all the snow! Such great photos - they look awesome in black and white. Definitely looks like Christmas around your home.

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  3. nothing better than evergreens in the snow...

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  4. That's a whole lotta snow. I think it's incredibly beautiful, Amanda. You are so lucky to be warm and snug in your home with a loving family around you. Thanks for sharing it with me. :-)

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  5. Gorgeous photos but it must be so very cold.

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  6. Thats what winter should look like! Very nice.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  7. I just loving arriving here, your life reads like a fabulous novel ;-). Your photos are stunning! My Dad, Uncle and their friends iced fished while our Mom's and the kids skated..great memories. .

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  8. Oh my. Beautiful yes but.... So far its been cold here in the banana belt of the gopher state. Last year with very little snow till late our septic line froze up. That was not pretty. I put lotsa dirt and straw over the line but some snow would definitely help....:)

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  9. Such a different life than I but is interesting how we just adapt to what we have and even make it special. I dare say you would be a bit lost in my dry desert and I would be hard pressed to make it with snow shoes:)

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  10. Love the photos. Seems like the rest of the USA got got covered in snow except for FLA. We are 80 degrees & sunny. The complete opposite.

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  11. You've done a wonderful job of capturing the beauty of your snowfall.

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  12. Such a white, beautiful scenery you have! And thanks for the book tip - I'm going to reserve some titles for winter vacations, and this will be on my list :-) The first snow fell this Friday - on Saturday I was out walking in the snow (luckily) - and today the rainw ashed it all away! Well... I hope the temperature gets a bit colder, so we can some more snow soon ... :)

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  13. Simply gorgeous! So beautiful and serene. I dream of living somewhere similar, where we can be snug in our home with this as a landscape. :) Enjoy your holidays!

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  14. Your scenes are just picture perfect!

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  15. Your snow photos are beautiful Amanda. We only got a dusting compared to yours but we have had the cold temps. I've barely been outside. My poor old bones don't like the cold.
    Have a great week!

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  16. Your photos of the snow look magical.. I have always lived in the desert and had to drive to where it snowed. I would love to live somewhere where it snowed. At least I think I would..

    Hugs~

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  17. Amanda,

    I like your snow pictures. Glad you are doing good with all this cold.

    We could get along very well ... books, bread baking, cocoa and photography! I read a Tree Grows in Brooklyn a few years ago. It's a good one.

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  18. Wow! Your pics make me think of Narnia. :) So, so beautiful. We have to travel a looooooong way to see that kind of snow. We are hoping for a couple inches this winter. That's really all we need to be ecstatic. :)

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  19. And here I am complaining about 6" of snow. Hah! I can't imagine 20" or more. But I agree, it really is beautiful. You got some breathtaking shots here! I love them :) How are the chickens handling the weather? Mine wouldn't come out of the coop over the weekend!

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  20. Hi Amanda. You town has a lot of snow! Now I will stop complaining about mine.

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  21. Your snow looks gorgeous. That first photo is a beauty!

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  22. Snowy landscapes make lovely pictures, but I do love to see the end of it.

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  23. Brrr! But oh so beautiful! We got a ton of snow here too! I haven't left the house in days. I just finished reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for the second time. I was surprised at how different it was for me this time around, I guess I am in a different place in life. Still one of my favorite books.

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  24. Beautiful! Winter arrived at my place too :-)

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  25. Wow, you've got a lot of snow! It's very magical though. Your photos are stunning.
    Your Christmas tree must have turned out lovely and festive.

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  26. Winter is hard but its beauty, wonders and magnificence is unique as your amazing B&W images! Congratulations and stay warm.

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  27. "Walking in a winter wonderland" - lovely.

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  28. Love all these shots of winter white trees! It really transforms the landscape into something magical… stay warm :)

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  29. Such beautiful winter images! It seems cold, but nice!

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  30. Beautiful images that speak of the season. Just wanted to stop by and wish you and yours a wonderful holiday. xo

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  31. Amanda, You truly live in a winter wonderland!!! It must be glorious to have all that snow :)

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  32. It is amazing how different our worlds are at this time of the year. I'm still in shorts and flip flops.

    Your photos are beautiful. Have a merry christmas.

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