Snow Day!

Did you know that there can be thunder and lightening during a snow storm?  We had yet another winter storm come through last night and what woke me up was thunder.  I really can’t recall ever hearing thunderstorm sounds during a snowstorm.  

We did get about five more inches of white stuff and a little ice thrown in, and, oh, some strong winds, too. All that added up to a level 2 emergency this morning, which prompted my boss to send me a text and let me know I had a Snow Day. Yay!  

By late afternoon the sky was clear blue, the temperature was up and stuff started melting.  My camera called to me all day, so I used it a lot and took a brief walk in our neighborhood to get a few photos.  All these photos in this post are from that walk today.  

My favorite image from today is the squirrel tracks in the snow, mostly because that was the only imprint in the snow at that spot so far. Snow is lovely when it is not trampled, like a beautiful blanket, or a big layer of whipped cream on the ground.  

It’s not that many more weeks until Spring, but no doubt there will be more snow, more ice, more rain, and we will all be weary of it…even me.  Here we are, though, and the choice is either be miserable about it or look for the silver lining, the beauty, the good in all of this.  

Yeller has the right idea. Find a blanket to lay on or under, and just take a nap. Take several consecutive naps. Then when the Humans are ready to sleep, run through the house like a wild tiger, grab their ankles, and make them play with you. 

Hard to imagine that when he looks so peaceful here, right?

A Hidden Promise

Natalie Sleeth wrote a beautiful hymn in 1986, words which have inspired me many times, and prompted the photo you see here.

In the bulb there is a flower,
In the seed, an apple tree; 
In cocoons a hidden promise; 
Butterflies will soon be free!
In the snow and cold of winter 
There’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until it’s season,
Something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence,
Seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness,
Bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; 
what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until it’s season, 
something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, 
Unrevealed until it’s season, something God alone can see.

Hands of Friendship

Sometimes I witness some really beautiful moments, and sometimes I even have a camera poised and ready. Sunday was one of those times. 

A dear friend of my husband is retired now and we attended a celebration of this occasion. The surprise for Mark, I think, was about how many people he was able to see again after being away for many years. It was a homecoming for him, and a wonderful, uplifting experience.

This snapshot is of Mark greeting one of those friends. It’s also a story of how Mark is, how he loves people, how he touches so many lives.  

And in the background the blurred images are of children running through the crowd…which I think tells even more of the story here.  This was a reunion, a celebration of a man’s life, of his work, of his family, of the people that have connected – and stayed connected – because of him.

This beautiful moment… hands being clasped for a brief moment, telling a profound story of friendship.

Winter Morning

 I had the opportunity to get outside this morning and catch some winter beauty.  Here is what I found….

Snow on top of fence posts

Notice the light and shadow in the snow.

A branch from an oak tree
My neighbor’s cone flowers.