Jan 22, 2012

Power Outages and Tea...

When harsh winter weather hits,
when the power is out...

a hot cup of tea
makes it all more civil...


pretty floral dishes,
let your mind drift to the spring days ahead...


something as simple
as a bright cheery tablecloth
can lift your spirits...




flowers...
just let you sigh...


after several long nasty power outages,
we bought a generator...

and we were glad to have it last week...


baking is a favorite luxury,
a generator allows..

and the pay off is two-fold,
everyone likes to gather around a warm oven,
breathing in the sweet scent
and a hot treat is so welcome!

(I think that was three-fold!)


these orange snaps were a new recipe
and pretty tasty:-)


I hope you are staying warm
and snuggly!

Today, I am sharing tea at these lovely parties...
Tea Party Tuesday
and
Sandi's Two Year Tea Time Anniversary

Thanks for stopping by today!

Jan 20, 2012

and... Then There Was ICE!

Hi Everyone...
The first part of this is yesterdays post...

We have been without power for the last 40 hours,
but thanks to our generator,
snug and cozy...

we are all back on now,
at the end of the post I'll share today's new pics...

My soft blanket of snow has turned hard...


Now a world encased in ice...

each tree sparkles like a chandelier...


harsh yes,
but BEAUTIFUL!



today my lady looks sad,
frozen tears...


she watched through the night,
as the ice formed
and the trees began to break...


perfectly preserved rose hips...






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Today I took these pics...


the park across the street...


in the quiet stillness of the night
you could hear
the explosion of each tree...

cracking and crashing...


I saw hundreds of trees just like this...


a neighbors home...

There is a lot of clean up
but nature is resilient!

and there will be lots of wood chip mulch
for the spring!

and my little town is cozy again tonight,
and it is a comfort to hear the furnace purring...

I will be sharing at...
and

Stay Warm!

Jan 18, 2012

A Constant Snow...

The fickle snow of yesterday,
turned to a constant snow overnight...


a bajillion snowflakes fell...

each flake so minuscule,
it looked more like  a soft fog,
than snow...


the world was blanketed in a soft hush...


our patience paid off...




a world in white...



not much use for a sun dial today...



snow softly covered the icy edges
of the koi pond...


from above,
you can just make out
the ghostly shapes of the koi...


this was the girls first snow...

big brother Cosmo led the way..

Iris was first to explore..
sniffing...


before long she was frolicking...


but,
soon decided it wasn't tasty...


Daisy joined in...

in case you are wondering
 where the three older boys are...

they made a mad dash for the couch,
when they spotted the snow...


romping in unison...


I thought I would share a few pics
of the valley,
on my drive into the store...






in the end,
Iris joined Randy and Berry
on the couch...


but,
kept a close eye on the snow,
and all the birds that came in for seed and water...


Aren't Robins
a sign of spring?

Today I am joining...
and

Stay Warm!