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?

Ice and Light In My Backyard

Isn’t this sunshine today a refreshing change?  

It drew me outside this morning.
I wanted to see how it reflected on everything, 
especially since there is some ice and frost 
hanging around. 
I was not disappointed.

This is a collage of the best photos from my foray into my own backyard this morning.
Frost on little berries on a bush, on a golden leaf, on fallen oak leaves…
And ice on the garage, as well as on the side of one of the oak trees.
Can you see how it sparkles?

Yeller was waiting just inside the back door, meowing. No, too cold for him to want to come out, just wanting me to come back in.  See his paw print on the top of the photo? He had touched the glass and left his imprint on the steam on the inside of the glass.  

There are days when it is easy to see beauty around us, and other days when it is a real struggle. Days when we can see the beauty within us and days when we just feel less than beautiful, struggling to even carry on our lives. It has been said that we need those “less than beautiful” days to appreciate the spectacular ones. 

Wherever you are in your day, cloudy or filled with sun, try to look for the beauty around you and within you. Share your thoughts with a friend, maybe even post them here. What are you seeing today that is beautiful, that you want to share with the world?                                      —- Deb

Distractions

There was some beautiful sunlight pouring through a window this morning, so I took advantage of that and used that warm glow to light what I was working on.  These old tea towels are ragged and worn, but I love the colors in them. And I have been fascinated with old Ball canning jars as long as I can remember.  The colors in the towels and the jar really work together.

Clicking away with the camera, trying different angles and exposures, suddenly I am being observed by a cat. A cat who was feeling neglected at the time.  Notice the feet in the middle of the photo.  That is how I knew he was there. Into my viewfinder he came.  So the camera kept on clicking.

Yeller was not about to move. He is so subtle. ….Not! 

There was much tail action (somehow tail wagging seems only appropriate for dogs) and simply moving right in my face, looking out the window, enjoying the sun, being right in the middle of it all.

So here he is. His beautiful fur creates a nice contrast to the blue tones, don’t you think?

This was a nice distraction.  It brought a smile to my heart and some joy to the day.  Not all distractions are like that, though.  I’m not telling you anything new. So many things can grab our attention away from what we really want to be doing, from completing a simple task, or trying to change our life style. The challenge is to stay focused, and I’m not talking about cameras here.  

Have you begun a new chapter in your life, or started a new habit that you want to incorporate into your life style?  Has the proverbial cat come into your viewfinder and distracted you?  How did you handle it, did you keep on focusing, or did you regroup and start over?