“Walking in a winter wonderland.”
That is, we were a few short days ago… Yes, a mild warm wind has returned to the Ohio valley, melting all traces of a beautiful landscape of whiteness. Would that it could return soon, but I fear we might just walk through a brown and green Christmas Day after all.
It has happened every year: we get no snow at all, or else a teaser of several early winter storms, and then… nothing. Sooner or later we will have to get a true white Christmas! Just not this year. But hey! We did have a full two weeks of solid snow, so I’m not complaining! In fact, not having snow on the ground over Christmas does alleviate some extra work one must do when traveling over the roads to see their loved ones. And the plowmen get a break! You know? I think I’d like a green & brown lawn for Christmas Day after all!
This layered cream, red, and green ensemble is one of my favorites! Can you see why? The silky cream patterned blouse with the crisp collar marries perfectly with the V neck sweater, while the sweater itself does a lovely job of flattering all the right places. Now this skirt, oh this skirt! It is one of the very first tiered skirts Mom has ever made me; she began sewing for Charlotte and I, which has now been singled down to one girlie, me, for five years, making this skirt a rather “ancient” five year old garment! My how time flies! And two of the best assets with this simple skirt is that is goes with almost all my Winter tops, and it has plenty of wear left in it so it still doesn’t appear shabby.
When we three went out to do this photo shoot (you’ve already seen Brigi’s get-up here), I was a little annoyed at having to go out into the frigid air…
…until I started walking along the ever un-freezable creek in our back woods.
A spirit of glee and wonderment overtook my dull attitude when I realized – It. Was. Gorgeous!!!
Snow clung to every tree limb, tiny winter birds flitted their way over our heads.
Beneath the layers of snowflakes lay a sheet of ice, inhibiting a carefree jaunt through the woods; but I love to be careful, especially when I want to absorb as much of the wildlife sound as my ears can possibly detect over my crunchy footfalls.
There was so much to take in, though I have trekked many times over this familiar scape. Though it had been quite some time since the last snow (there was hardly a tell tale sign of it last season) so I had to look hard at every inch of ground, just to carry that scene in my mind for a while yet.
Now I said this creek is un-freezable, but if the water’s temperature had just dropped ever so slightly, I’m quite positive it would have frozen. It was COLD!
So stop sticking your fingers in there! Okay, but let me finish my work of art around this leaf first. 😉
High over head dozens of tiny Titmice, Sapsuckers, and a Cardinal or two were enjoying the bright world with us. Every minute we stayed outside the glory of God’s creation grew with a quiet energy. The trees frozen limbs creaked, and snow came shimmering down on our faces with a gust of cold wind. Ah. The Winter is setting in early this year.
Has the snow visited you yet?
What kind of Winter weather agrees with you most?
Would a snowless Christmas Day bring you gloom?
Have a Very Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year everyone!
The eldest sister & singer