Monthly Archives: December 2010

2010 Mini Slideshow

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As this year comes to an end, I created a little slideshow of several photos from 2010 that are special to me.

Some of them will look familiar to you; they have been included in a blog post.  The others will probably be part of a post in the future.

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Happy New Year!

A Nip in The Tailfeathers

A couple of months ago, I bought a photo mat at a craft show. Along the inside edge of the mat, this is beautifully written in calligraphy:

It doesn’t matter where you go, or what you have, it’s who you have beside you.”

I thought it would really be nice to put a picture of the bride and groom swans in that mat and frame it.  Last week, the swans came by for a visit (and some bread).  I juggled taking pictures and tossing bread to them.

When I downloaded the pictures to my computer, I decided this one would be perfect for my mat and frame.

I’ve said before that we don’t know the relationship of these swans. We prefer to think of them as a twosome, an “item”, soul-mates. You get the idea.  And, as it is with any couple, they most likely have their little spats.

I just happened to catch this one taking place.

Hmmm….. “who you have beside you“….. I don’t think bride swan was too happy with the one beside her at this exact moment.

The Day After

On Monday, the day after the big snowstorm, we awoke to this amazing sunrise.

The Bride and Groom swans were here for an early breakfast.  Motor Man fed them while I took pictures.

Later in the day, we ventured out to see how the rest of the world looked after the storm. Well, the rest of the world within about a 15 mile radius of our house.

There are many creeks and marshes all around our little town.  The layer of snow made them even prettier than usual.

Trees seemed to be decorated for the holidays.

This is Jericho Road, one of the older streets in town. Pretty, but VERY icy. It was a winter wonderland.

These are old barns at Windsor Castle, a historical property here in town.

The day began with a beautiful sunrise, and ended with this gorgeous sunset.

And Now, Folks…..A Really Big Snow

As I mentioned before, our area doesn’t get very much snow. A couple of inches is enough to throw most of us into a tailspin, literally.

The day after Christmas, we had the third heaviest snowfall in history.  I don’t know the exact amount, but we’re hearing around 14 inches.

It began snowing Christmas evening. The next morning, Motor Man and I ventured out very early.  This was our street as we were returning home.

Our yard looked like this by 8 a.m.

You may recall the photo I used for my Christmas post.

Here’s the same view, taken the next day. A layer of snow adds a little something, don’t you think?

During the afternoon, we had near-blizzard conditions. This is our yard, taken from the front porch.  At this point, I wasn’t leaving the house.

And our old cedar tree, during the worst of the storm, taken from the side door of the garage.

I took this from just inside the garage. Even though I didn’t want to be out in the storm, I did want to get pictures, so I made good use of the shelter the porch and garage provided.

Tomorrow, I’ll have pictures of our surrounding area, taken the “day after”, once the snow stopped and we were no longer snowbound.

Waiting Around For More

There’s an old saying I’ve heard since I was a little girl.  If snow stays on the ground more than a few days, it’s “waiting around for more”.

This was our deck on Christmas afternoon. The snow you see here was left over from the snowfall of about 2 inches that we had 12 days earlier.  That qualifies as waiting around for more.

This is our deck the next day.

My snowman flag had a little leftover snow around it on Christmas day….waiting for more.

My snowman flag this morning.       

There’s something to be said for those old sayings.

More snow pictures in days to come. This storm was a doozy.

Merry Christmas

 The gift of love.
The gift of peace.
The gift of happiness.
May all these be yours at Christmas.


Sleigh Bells Ring


Some folks have big dreams about things they’d like to do or places they’d like to go.

My dream, for many years, has been to go riding in the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh.

So last year, for our anniversary, Motor Man and I drove to Connecticut to go sleigh riding. The roads weren’t nearly as treacherous as you would think, looking at this picture.

Although the roads were safe to travel, there was a lot of snow on the ground, perfect for sleigh riding.  The temp was around 13 degrees during our ride.  Our team was made up of two beautiful horses, named Sarah and Babe.

But look at this handsome guy.  This is Joe.

I think it’s easy to see that this was MY dream, not Motor Man’s.  Maybe it’s just because his nose was frozen. Remember – it was 13 degrees.

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you!

Our ride was at sunset. And you know me and sunsets. Gotta have a picture.

(it’ll be) the perfect ending of a perfect day.