|The next morning after our arrival home, the snow was beautiful to see.|
|My garden in the cold early morning light.|
|The sun's rays muted through the heavy cloud cover.|
|A walk down to the railroad tracks showed that the trains hadn't been through since the last snowfall.|
|Fresh untouched snow...|
|Such beautiful light.|
|Walking through the fresh untouched snow is a delight in itself.|
|The ice along the shoreline had begun to freeze over, creating these beautiful wispy shapes.|
|The light shining on the ice was stunning.|
|Cold sunshine is beautiful!|
|With the coming of the new year, my mailbox has been flooded with seed catalogs of all kinds. |
It is fun beginning to prepare and think about spring, seeds, and planting again!
|Since my carpal tunnel surgery was successful, I can now cross country ski again!|
|The weather hasn't been very cooperative and not the best for cross-country skiing, but still, I|
was glad to be out and enjoying the world around me getting just about the best exercise you can get!
|The sun came out one glorious afternoon, and dressed the skies in brilliant layers of color.|
|The railroad tracks had seen some traffic, making walking on them much easier.|
|The colors in the skies were magnificent.|
|I turned down a side road to see the river, and got to witness the sunset in a beautiful way.|
|This picture was so vibrantly beautiful, I sent it into our local newspaper.|
|It was published the next day on the front page of the newspaper. It truly was a beautiful moment to capture!|
|This sweet snow princess Miss Riley can't get enough of the snow! It's hard for me to find her still for just a moment to capture a picture, so I was especially pleased to get this picture of her!|
|Sometimes I take Miss Annie with me on walks. It is nice walking without a dog on a leash, but we can't do that with her. I have taught the dogs to sit on the snow berm when a car is approaching, which is what they are doing here.|
|I have been walking with ice picks on my boots on these icy roads ... and the views have been spectacular around each|
bend and curve of the road.
|A storm was brewing in the west, and brought about 7 inches of new snow. The night before the storm, the skies put on this show. The mist from the cooler air met with the brilliance of the skies in a captivating sky thriller!|
|The skies down by the river were soft rosy pink when I spotted a chicken hawk up in one of the trees.|
|He and I stared at each other for several moments, and I told him I was glad he was down here at the river, and|
nowhere near my chickens, even though they are cooped up for the winter.
|The brilliance of the skies was beautiful to see, even as the storm clouds rose in the west, bringing their heavy dump of beautiful snow.|
|The day after the snow came, it began to rain... and since it was a rather dreary day, I had an impromptu tea party, just me, myself and I. It was rather delightful. I dressed up my table with some special goodies.|
This 1-second video is just a fun thing I created on Instagram to share a moment of my impromptu tea party. I've enjoyed being able to share snippets of my life on Instagram. If you have Instagram, you can look for my screen name "mountaintopspice".
This year winter has been one of constant change, sometimes rain, sometimes snow, some sun, lots of cloud, lots of ice, and beautiful colors in the skies. I've enjoyed it all! Yesterday we had a most beautiful day of brilliant sunshine, and it coincided with plans that we had made before we even knew the weather would be nice. I'll share with you soon some pictures of our fun outing in the gorgeous sunshine.
Until then, I want to leave you with a special passage of scripture that has blessed me many times. It is found in a book not often read, but filled with really beautiful imagery. May the blessings and joy of the Lord be with you today :)
Habbakuk 3: 18-19
"Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
and he will make my feet like hinds feet
and he will make me to walk upon my high places."