Friday, December 17, 2010

Olden times and ancient rhymes

It snowed a little today.

We had less than an inch, but because it was the first snow of the season and because the ground was already completely frozen, it actually caused a lot of commotion in my neck of the woods.

There were scads of traffic accidents during the afternoon. Parents were running into school to pick up their children early. The office phone began ringing at the first sight of the snow and didn’t let up all afternoon. 

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I took my time coming home but didn’t encounter any of the trouble I’d heard about. I was glad there was still some light, so I headed outside with the camera.

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The first snow is always exciting to me.

Even though it didn’t snow all that much, it still makes me smile.

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I love how pretty the old barn looks in the snow.

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It barely covered the leaves on the ground. And it was so cold that I came inside early because my fingers were freezing from having them out as much as I did.

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Thanks to everyone for your comments the other day. I love that little video but haven’t been able to find anything that touches my heart like that one does.

Maybe a goal for the coming year would be to learn how to make videos. And not just the You Tube ones I have that are my photographs set to music. A real video. I could have George as the star.
And my husband’s back.

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One more day of school. One more! And then it’s two weeks off. I’d better get moving. I’ve got presents to wrap for tomorrow.

Until then, my friends . . .
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Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year

Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share

Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there

Christmas time is here
We'll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year
Oh, that we could always see
Such spirit through the year...

Christmas Time Is Here
Written by Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelson


e.o.w. said...

I especially love the red barn against the wintery backdrop. Have fun wrapping presents!

Hilary said...

That's about as much as we have.. but it looks so much prettier there. Lovely photos, Kate.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Beautiful photos. We had slightly more snow, but not as much as I'd hoped.

Oh, to have two weeks off. Enjoy.

Tammie said...

Oh the snow makes me homesick for Colorado. Not too much snow here in Az. We did get some nice rain today, but it's snow that makes it feel like Christmas.:)

Mental P Mama said...

George. And Back. Has a nice feel to it.....

Chrissykat said...

Ah...who doesn't love the music to that wonderfully classic Peanuts Christmas special?

Joy said...

Hi Kate, just seen your comment on my blog. No, I do not have e-mail enabled--thought maybe some weirdos might spam me...maybe I should go ahead and enable. Your photos inspired me to play a little on Photo Shop... oh gee, I need several lifetimes to learn how to use that thing. I do really like your videos with your photos set to music. Your photos are wonderful! So is your blog, by the way. Have a great 2 weeks off for Christmas/New Years!

DesertHen said...

Beautiful shots. The first snow always feels so magical.

Andi said...

We didn't get the snow today, it was coming from the south. We got a great snow on Thanksgiving and some earlier this week. Enough for me. :) Isn't it amazing how such a wee bit of snow can cause such havoc!? Be safe in the morning! Oh, and I have to agree with you, the barn looks great covered in snow.

mrs mediocrity said...

Snow just has a way of making the whole world look beautiful, doesn't it?

Jeanne Walker said...

Wore flip flops to the grocery store again today!

TexWisGirl said...

Beautiful red barn in the snow! Glad you had a chance to get out and see some daylight (even if it had to be because of inclement weather!) :)

Laura~peach~ said...

beautiful pics ...videos are what i love about my camera... it makes them so simple and i can take long ones short ones sideways ones and it is all at the push of one button :)
woudl love to see george in action and of course the hubbsters back :)

Karen said...

I had no idea you had a barn on the property, love the old red color..and in the first picture, I also had no idea the house was so sprawling, for lack of a better word.

That song (heard in a Charlie Brown Christmas - my favorite)... is my favorite for this time of year.

Joe said...

Nice pics. I like the old barn shot too.

Connie in Hartwood said...

I'm with Karen, I don't think we've ever seen your barn before ... or that side view of the house with the additions and outbuildings like that. We're a bit south of you, and we have about 2-3 inches of snow on the ground. Luckily, with the cold ground, none of the initial snow melted and the backyard steps were easy to keep clear for the dogs to go outside. It sure is pretty!

Nurse Nancy said...

I love all these shots...very peaceful. Looking forward to our first snow soon.

Unknown said...

Thank you Kate! you too....smiles.

Country Gal said...

Awesome photos, I love the red barn against the snow! Have a warm weekend !

Kerri Farley said...

Oh lovely snowy pics! The barn shot is WOWZA!

Anonymous said...

Love the photo of the barn. Thanks for sharing.
Lynda in Michigan

Low Tide High Style said...

We had a total of maybe 3 inches yesterday and Misty loved playing in it! A puppy and first snow are a wonderful combination.

The roads were really slick here yesterday and my husband said he could barely stop. He said it was worse than any of the snowstorms we had last year, and that's saying something!

Only a few more hours and you'll be free!! Happy Christmas Break!

Kat :)

Carolynn Anctil said...

I love the first snowfall too. "They" have been threatening snow mixed with rain here. I'm hoping we get a pretty dusting of it here on Christmas. Then it can go away again. *smile*

Deb said...

I love seeing photos of snow...just don't enjoy having snow...great photos...

Daryl said...

We're due to get snow on Sunday ... I can barely contain myself... oops another part of me popped

Gail Dixon said...

Beautiful photos! Hope it snows again in Texas this year. :)

Mary said...

So lovely! We haven't gotten any here in my neck of the woods yet... only some flurries that didn't stick.. although my husband was in Cape May Courthouse yesterday where they had about 1.5 in.

Stay warm!

Reddirt Woman said...

There is something special about that first snow of the season. It always makes me want to get out and about to take pictures of the incredible textures that snow brings out to astound us with each year. It's almost the same feeling I get each spring with life starts to peek out at us. While we don't get a lot of snow in Oklahoma we do get enough to remind us of the changing seasons and enough to make us dream of a 'white Christmas'. Thank you for sharing. Hopefully before long I will have some snow pictures from the first snow we have to share but for now I will live vicariously through your wonderful photos.

Unknown said...

Glad you got home safely.

As beautiful as winter is, the driving is such a nightmare and worry so often. I dread it . Especially when the kids are out in it.

I too, love the barn!

Lili said...

Ahhh it looks just like Christmas there now. And 2 weeks off for you...yay!! xo ~Lili

Joe and Joanne said...


We're supposed to be hit with a storm this Sunday here in Boston that's supposed to dump between 6-8 inches. I think I'd prefer the 1 inch sort of thing you've got going. ;)

Candis said...

Oh, it's soooo pretty with the light dusting of snow!

(LOL at the video w/ husband's back ... :D But seriously, I hope you do give it go because you're so creative!)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Wow. Your pictures never cease to amaze me. I don't like snow at all and it disrupts everywhere round here, too, but to capture it like this makes it look so beautiful.

CJ xx

GailO said...

I do think it a bit unfair that you southerners have snow before we do here in New England! The snow predicted for this weekend never came to pass...and we seem to be stuck with a brown Christmas:)

Gorgeous photos least I can look at those:)


RottenMom said...

We've had a few big snows already, a Blizzard, a lake effect, you know just the usual for Cleveland! I love the barn photo, very nice.

Enjoy your winter break!