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Beauty and the Beast (aka Winter)

Winter has finally hit where I live. Up until now, it just teased us with periodic glimpses of chilly temperatures, but last weekend it decided to show us what it was really made of. We got snow. And there’s more snow forecasted for this weekend. And while I do normally love that fluffy white stuff, there are some less-than-pleasant things that go along with it:

  • Grocery stores that are crowded with those stocking up for what will surely be the next Snowmageddon. And yes, I was there among them, so I’m just as guilty.
  • Black ice that turns roads and sidewalks into skating rinks (usually ending with me landing on my backside).
  • Scraping the snow off my windshield and shoveling the sidewalks.
  • Cold slushy puddles that seep through your shoes and chills you to the bone.

But then there are days when I peer outside and there is this breathtaking blanket of white draped across every surface. Days when I relish making those first footprints with my dog as I head out to the barn to feed my horses. Days when the air is still and crisp and icy cold as it fills my lungs. winter 4winter 3

We recently had one such morning. The night before, we’d driven home through patches of dense freezing fog, and I remarked to my husband that I thought we might have hoarfrost the next morning. (It’s one of my favorite sights.) And sure enough, when I woke up, our trees and fences looked like someone had showered them with silvery fairy dust. I just stood there and stared for the longest time. My picture doesn’t do it justice, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.winter 1

So yes, winter definitely has its beastlier moments, but then it turns right around and redeems itself, wrapping itself in a beautiful white cloak and making everything go still. At least for a few minutes. It’s what I love most about this season.

What about you? Are you a lover of all things winter? Or are you more suited to tropical realms where frost and snow are forever banished? I’d love to hear what you like best (or least) about this very chilly time of year. Those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoy your sunny days now, because winter will soon be headed your way!

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4 thoughts on “Beauty and the Beast (aka Winter)”

  1. Hi Tina

    Oh what beautiful photos and I could do with some of that now it is 5.30pm here in Sydney Australia and hovering around 40 c, I much prefer winter to summer unless I am on holidays at the beach but then again our winters are very mild, and I know that snow can be hard to live with at times, but that does not stop me wanting to spend a little time in weather like that

    Stay warm

    have Fun

    Helen

    1. I do love winter too, Helen, despite the inconveniences it brings sometimes. I always figure I can pile on the clothes…and blankets…and hats…and scarves. 🙂 We’re supposed to get 8-10 inches more snow tomorrow, so I figure I’ll enjoy it while it’s here.

  2. I lived in Wisconsin the first 30 years of my life.My parents retired to Florida,leaving usas the last of the family in WIsconsin. Both my husband and I had jobs that were in demand,so we moved to FLorida a year after them. I have been here in Orlando the last 26 years, and love the sunny warm winters, however as I get older I’m Not too fond of the hot, humid long summers that last 9 months. I think I just miss a swimming pool that we lost when we downsized. Somehow a kiddy splash inflatable isn’t the same! Ido miss fall, and I did love the early quiet snowfalls when you could outside and actually hear the snow falling, and I Miss those friendly midwestern folks!

    1. We have reversed situations, Laurie! My dad was in the Navy, and when he was stationed in Florida, he retired. So I spent from the fourth grade on in Florida. I even went to college there. But then I met my husband, who is from the Midwest, and after traveling around for a good part of our lives, we moved to his hometown. So I went from a hot climate to a cold one. Maybe that’s why I’m so fascinated with the season changes etc. But I will admit that I do miss the pools that were everywhere in Florida! Thankfully we both have relatives who still live there, so we can visit from time to time! And, hey, there’s nothing wrong with a kiddy splash pool when it’s pushing 100 degrees outside! 🙂

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