Sunday, February 12, 2012

Will you be happy?

I had a perfectly beautiful weekend. On Saturday morning, I awoke to a snow-covered world. It was  a surprise, although I knew we would be getting a little weather in the night. The surprise was that it was such a wet snow, and every branch and twig were covered.

 

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I stood at the front door in my pajamas and slippers and shot this scene.

 

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The snow was softly falling.

 

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Another from the front door.

But I had plans for the morning – errands to run and places to go. The forecast was only for a couple of inches, so the roads were going to be just fine.

 

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Shot taken heading down the driveway. When I returned from my first couple of errands, all of this was gone. A fog came through quickly, bringing warmer temperatures and most of the snow melted within such a short time.

 

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But it was lovely while it lasted and I’m glad I took the time to snap these few pictures before it was gone.

And then there was Sunday . . .

 

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I shot this through the window of a NYC taxicab at 60th & Broadway by Columbus Circle. I went to the city to have lunch with friends and to celebrate someone’s birthday. I didn’t get home until around 8 pm, in plenty of time to watch one of my favorite shows on television: Downton Abbey.

One of my favorite lines from tonight’s show:

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“Will you be happy?”

“I have no right to be unhappy, which is almost the same.”

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I thought that was as good an answer as any to the question and I hope your week begins on a good note. Enjoy ~

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34 comments:

Cloudia said...

see, here's a perfect example of how your view and mine differ, LOL!

Oh to have been at that 'mean girl's' party!


stunning shots!


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Sweetpea said...

CG, I wrote that quote down tonight as soon as it was said...“Will you be happy?”...."I have no right to be unhappy, which is almost the same.” There is a message/lesson there that most of us will not want to acknowledge.

Snow. Such lovely snow!

Kerri said...

Oh the snow shots are fabulous! And the NYC shot just makes me "oooh and ahhh" love it!!
I watched the first season of Downton and LOVED it!!
And what a great quote!!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Glad you had the snow... I enjoyed the photos immensely since ours amounted to a tiny bit of snow that did not stick, and TONS of wind. VERY windy here and we had to close off the doggie door so it wouldn't flap all night and keep us awake. Did I mention it was quite windy? LOL

Hilary said...

I do agree........so I guess I choose the happy side.

Gail said...

Fantastic snow shots.

I, too, love that line. If I can remember it, I may find occasion to use it.

Cheryl said...

Kate,
Oh, I have missed the snow this winter. Your photos are wonderful. They capture the magic that I love!
I haven't watched Downton yet... waiting to watch it with my daughter tonight. That line, certainly resonates with me.
“Will you be happy?”...."I have no right to be unhappy, which is almost the same.”
Throughout the past 6 years, there have been so many moments that words similar to this have come from my lips.
Ironically, I haven't thought about "happy" in the past 6 months. I do think that it might be time.

Melissa said...

What perfect snow photos.

annbumbly said...

Lovely photos.
So very good seeing you yesterday, my friend! We really must make meeting a habit!
xoxox

Nellie said...

Lovely pictures of the snow! We had but a dusting here, and the wind blew it all away in very little time!
Sending wishes to you for a good week, Kate.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I've never seen that show.

Great shots, although I'm glad we didn't get any snow!

beth said...

i swear sweet girlfriend, you truly live in a fairy like wonderland.....wow !

and the words from downtown abbey....me likey :)

xoox

Maria_NJ said...

your right I don't have any reason to be unhappy, the people that I care about the most, my dearest family are all well...but that job of mine make me so unhappy, it just seems to trump it...

your pictures are lovely...

Country Gal said...

Beautiful photos ! Have a good day !

nancy in ks said...

The snow photos are FANTASTIC. You have such a gift, Kate. Thank you for sharing it with us.

We got a little snow last night, our first. Not even an inch, but it IS white and I so wanted just a little this winter.

That last snow picture, with the fence, is so very perfect.

Daryl Edelstein said...

too many shows to watch, I am going to catch up on Downton via NetFlix streaming .. as soon as I finish the last (new ones coming) George RR Martin Fire & Ice series .. and I had such a great time with you and the rest of our Blisters .. Annie is right we need to do this more often .. I am now asking for March avails .. Reena and I will come to you or you and I will go to Reena .. yes? xo

Annette {This Simple Home} said...

I was looking forward to your pictures and love them!!

Helene said...

Wonderful photos and what a view you have! I have yet to watch Downton Abbey but will try to catch it soon.

Lili said...

Sounds like a completely wonderful weekend and the views were fabulous...both places! xo ~Lili

Mary said...

So, so beautiful! I think the manor house looks especially lovely in the snow.

And I have to watch that episode of Downton online this week... Anxious to see what happens between Matthew and Mary... ;). xoxo

BUSH BABE said...

I am happy whenever I see your snow photos... love that Downton Abbey quote. Ducked over to visit your friend whose birthday you were celebrating - nice pic there of you in group (man you have GREAT hair!).

BB

Steph said...

So jelous of the snow. I'd been hoping it would make it up this way but it didn't. Gorgeous gorgeous photos as always Kate. Thanks for sharing!

Reena Walkling said...

Hey, I was in that cab with you and totally missed this view! What an awesome shot and love how you processed it.
And love those Downton Abbey words ... going to start watching this week to catch the first season.

Donna S. said...

Beautiful. We are supposed to get a little snow tonight...we will see.

lizy b said...

So beautiful....I do miss the snow. Seeing new York city always leaves me yearning for an adventure....

Amy said...

What a beautiful contrast to be walking in that serene landscape one day and in the hustle and bustle of the world´s biggest city in the next...WOW...I think I could be really happy with a compromise like that...because I truly do love the quiet of the country...the stillness of my woods...but I miss the hustle and bustle...the energy of a city...you´re a lucky lady Miss Kate :-)
Happy Valentine´s Day my friend :-)

thotlady said...

I also enjoy Downton Abbey. Two co-workers and I watch it on our lunch hour at work. Great show.

Beautiful snow photos. We also had snow fall in Virginia, but alas it was gone too soon.

Have a good week.

Karen said...

Loved your photos.... and lately, you're making me crave a day in the city, ya know. Perhaps soon. The cold holds me back, yet there is so much beauty there this time of year, hard to imagine if you've never been. You know what I mean. And the food.. ah yes, the FOOD.

Kacey said...

Love those snow photos!!! And don't you just love Downton Abbey?? That line was just classic from it!

sharon said...

we received some snow Sunday night too. It was gorgeous to wake up to on Monday morning. It's all gone now, but it was nice while it lasted.

peigimargaret said...

Your snow scene photographs are just magical! There's something special about snow! And you caught the atmosphere so well. I live on the other side of the Atlantic to you, in the Scottish Western Isles, and we haven't had much snow to speak of at all this winter, so disappointing. All the female members of my family love Downton Abbey as well. We're imapatiently waiting for season number 3. It makes a nice change for a Brittish show to be a favourite! Thank you for your posts, my heart is warmed through your blog and your sharing of your life.

Bluebird49 said...

I must find out more about Downtown Abbey! But first--I think any one of those 'snow scenes' you took could be a painting I'd love in my bedroom, (or any room!)--because of how peaceful they make me feel. When you decided to get the camera and the Photoshop book and learn to do textures, etc., you really "got it". Wish I thought I had the sense left to do that! ;) but, then, your STOTC are wonderful, too. I'm so glad you share your talent with us..it truly means a lot for me to click over to your blog.

His Song to Sing said...

Loved your snow pictures since I live on the Gulf Coast where we've hardly had a winter at all and it hasn't snowed here since 1989!!

Maria said...

Those snow pictures LOOK LIKE WINTER. I'm kind of envious because Kansas City just had its first one inch snowfall THIS WEEK and it lasted all of one day...if that. Crazy. For several months now I've been waiting, waiting, waiting for winter but it never really happened and so then I decided to wait for spring instead....and yesterday the outdoor birds started to make their romantic noises. :-) No real winter for this area this year, I guess. Just so strange. Anyway, I vicariously enjoyed your photos of what might have been here and I too am looking forward to the final two hours of Downton Abbey this Sunday.