Friday, March 8, 2019

Winter is Losing its Icy Grip


While the calendar most certainly says it is March, winter seems to be continuing to dig in its heels and hang tight with its icy grip on us. But we know it just can't last, because the days are getting longer, and the abundant sunshine that we've had lately will continue to melt the snow and soon my cold-loving blooms will sprout their heads above the snow to shout spring has arrived! Until the day when spring really does arrive, we must stay busy and enjoy the weather, whatever it is.

But sometimes you just need color in your world!  On a trip to the local Ace Hardware to buy a snow shovel, I spotted these gorgeous primrose pots, and of course, I couldn't resist, four of them came home with me.  They are perched on my windowsill, a daily reminder that spring will come! 

The snowbanks continued to rise this winter until as I walked, I can barely see over some of them. 

I have begun a ladies prayer meeting at my home weekly on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.  I made these little cards to give the ladies who come to send out to someone who they prayed for today.  It is wonderful to come into the throne room of the Lord and know that our petitions are heard! Where 2 or 3 are gathered together .... :) 

I was trying to get a cute picture of Mister Simba as he snuggled on the couch cushion,
 but he was rather perturbed by my efforts... ha! 


Happy mail!  My dear friend Mitzy who blogs at BlueRockHorses.com sent me these gorgeous kitchen cloths. She had sent me one for Christmas, and I loved it so much that I sent her money for the yarn, and asked her to make me some more.  She kindly obliged! If you need the most incredible dishcloth that is not too large, and the perfect size for your hand, Mitzy's talents will bless you.  I've bought a lot of dishcloths over the years, and finally, I've found her design to work perfectly for me.  She calls them her "Kitchen Workhorses" and indeed, they are! Thank you Mitzy! 

Had some fun making some cute tags! 


Winter wonderland!

Walking on ice! But the views are magnificent! 


I love how the light fell in thin slices of blue through this photo... It was such a glorious afternoon!


Such a sweet furry face that bekons me every day as I walk by! 

I adore wintertime, I really do... when you have views like this, it makes the extra work that snow/ice bring more bearable :) 


Driving by the ice-covered cliffs is always magnificent, but no more so than this day when I asked my husband to stop so I could get out and capture the gorgeous color of the sky too.  Such a brilliant blue! 

These frozen icicles lit the day up with the light as it sparked around and through them. 

A closer glimpse of the beauty of the frozen ice. 


When the sun came out, and warmed the air, the chickens decided a venture out was in order. 

They mingled warily together as the band of turkeys who live in our pine trees stared them down. 

Oh the fluffiness of it all :) 

If Miss Gracie's looks could speak... I'm sure she would say "hurry up springtime! I'm tired of all this white stuff"  LOL! 

A closer look at one of the turkeys that hangs around our home. 

These poor turkey gals are rather sad looking and in my opinion, not the prettiest of animals our Lord created!  {smiles}

In the cold weather, they huddle together with their feathers fluffed to create a cocoon of warmth.  They are survivors! 

And when the snow falls so prettily, one just can't help but see the beauty in how it graces every living thing!

Our daughter's car buried underneath the chilly white blanket while she enjoys warm beach weather in Spain! I sent this picture to her as a reality check for her... I'm not sure that made her miss home more though, lol!
She is having a grand time in Spain, and in my next post I plan to
share some pictures with you of her travels and experience in Spain.  :)

I have so enjoyed these beautiful primroses that add such delightful color to my otherwise white world! 

Even Mister Simba has enjoyed the primroses... and the sunshine! 

This lovely package arrived from a dear friend of mine, Cheryl and really blessed my heart and my day!  I have thoroughly enjoyed using my spice mat, and drinking the chocolate mint tea... have you ever had chocolate tea? Oh my... it is soo good! Thank you Cheryl for blessing my day :) 

Enjoying a delightful cup of Chocolate Mint Tea! 
While the snow is still on our horizon, I can see it melting a little bit each day. I have a cage around a tree in our backyard, and each day I can see the snow level dropping around that cage... that gives me hope that spring is on its way! And even as the clocks move forward this weekend, and my primroses are blooming prettily in my windowsill, it will probably be another few weeks before we can see the ground again, and begin to look for blooms to pop their heads up out of the earth.

One thing for sure, with the days growing longer, the sun's rays have longer to warm the earth, and soon, quite soon spring will be here.  Until then I'll enjoy the quiet days inside enjoying hot tea and working on the never-ending indoor chores, and soon enough, the busy season of gardening and yard work will commence, and there is no doubt, I am looking forward to it.  {smiles}

52 comments:

  1. Ah such a glorious days dear Marilyn !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sunrays create magical beauty when falls upon the icy views !

    your art of capturing surrounding and all is remarkably splendid:)

    your sublime creative images glorify my day always!

    i loved the delightful primerose pots ,truly cherished the scenario ,lovely choice indeed

    amazing art work of snow on cliff
    how sweet to prepare such pretty cards for ladies who come to your home for prayer my friend ,generous gesture for sure

    i absolutely LOVED dish cloths sent by your blog friend!,gorgeously elegant !

    chocolate tea made my mouth watered lol

    found simba so adorable abd sober pet :)

    loved the horse in your neighborhood ,well captured

    haha after seeing her car sunken under ice your daughter would adore the spain more for it's mild winters for sure

    more blessings to you my friend and wishing you long happy spring ahead,men!
    hugs!

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    1. Thank you sweet Baili for your wonderful and very thoughtful and thorough comment to my post! You are such a sweet and precious friend, how thankful I am for you, and for the uplifting encouragement you bring! I appreciate the time you took to write this comment, and the love for the Lord that shines through your life. Many blessings and hugs to you sweet friend!

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  2. I loved the prayer cards such a wonderful idea to let people know they are in your prayer. It is something that I might copy, it is always such a joy to receive mail. Love the tags to. The snow pictures are always a delight, such beautiful scenes but easy to say when I don't have to live with it. You captured some amazing shots of the falls.

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    1. I would love for you to copy it, please do, and share! Anyway that we can share the goodness and love of the Lord through prayer to others, I am happy to do it! It is such a joy to receive happy mail, it is truly pure joy! Thank you for your kind words, and visit, it uplifted my heart, many blessings in return to you!

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  3. As always, Marilyn, such fabulous photos! I especially loved the cliff and icicle ones. Wow!
    Yes, spring is just around the corner, and with you, I'm so looking forward to it, even though I don't mind winter in the least.
    Blessings!

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    1. We are definitely looking for spring, and there are efforts in a positive direction with the warmer temperatures :) I too love winter, but I am ready for a season change! Have a blessed week!

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  4. Oh my goodness!!!!
    Your photos are amazing!
    I love spending time here with you.
    Love your flowers on the window ledge.
    Do you plant them then?
    I know next to nothing about that!

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    1. I'm so thankful for your visits Billie Jo, they are such a blessing, and I enjoy sharing my photos! I do plant the primroses in the spring in my garden, and they do wonderfully, so a real bonus to both have them for color before spring gets here, and then to have them in my garden too :) Blessings to you, and thank you again for your lovely comment :)

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  5. You have the most amazing photos. I will join you in a cuppa tea to warm the winter blues.

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    1. I would love that cuppa tea together Regina! Blessings :)

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  6. Yep, we are a lot like you here. Watching the snow melt. You got some beautiful photos. Your tags are very nice! I'm thinking about joining the prayer group at church that meets on Wednesday mornings. Have a wonderful weekend. The sun is trying to shine through the clouds here!

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    1. It is a wonderful blessing to pray with other ladies, we always leave feeling so encouraged. We got quite a bit of snow, but now, it is turning to rain today, so it does look like spring is prevailing! Have a great week :)

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  7. I enjoyed all your pictures but the ones that struck me the most were those of the ice-covered cliffs. Your Primroses are beautiful and yes, they do give us hope that spring will finally arrive.

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    1. Those ice covered cliffs are amazing, year round, but especially in the winter when they are frozen. In the spring, they are waterfalls! Always a beauty to see when we drive by. Yes, spring is coming, temps are warming up, and our snow that we got today is turning to rain :) Have a great week!

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  8. Yes,spring will come in time. I try hard not be rush it, but this has been a very cold winter and I am ready for milder weather.Your pictures show such amazing beauty, that winter is all worth it.

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    1. I love winter, but now, I am ready for spring! And the snow we got today is turning to rain, so ... spring is coming! I'm looking forward to it :)

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  9. Isn't that Simba a cutie?! Your pictures are lovely and sure yell WINTER to me--in spite of it being almost Spring.

    How nice that you started a lady's bible study. Good for you! Nice to give the ladies a little "welcome" and I LOVE those tags.

    I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. xoDiana

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    1. It has been a real blessing to gather ladies together to pray, we all leave feeling so encouraged. Those tags were very fun to make :) We got quite a bit of snow overnight, and yet today the snow is melting as it falls, turning into rain. Spring will prevail :)

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  10. How lovely your Primroses look sitting there on the windowsill. The view beyond the window is magical in all it's snowy whiteness. How lovely to enjoy fellowship with ladies every week. Wish oh wish I could visit. =) Beautiful cards you have crafted. I love their sunny cheeriness. Aah....cats and sunshine.....they go perfectly together, don't they. Enjoy a beautiful week, lovely Marilyn.

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    1. It is such a blessing to gather with the ladies to pray, we all leave feeling so encouraged! I wish I could fellowship with you too, oh the sweet time we'd have! It doesn't feel much like spring here today with snow falling, but it is turning to rain later, so we know spring can't be far off. Next week our temps will rise into the 50s! I have loved winter dearly, but now I'm ready to be in love with spring :) Blessings to you sweet friend! Enjoy the remainder of your gorgeous blooms!

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  11. The lengthening daylight lifts my spirits too!

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    1. Something about sunshine that always lifts our spirits, indeed! Hope you are getting to see more signs of spring there too :)

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  12. The primroses are a great idea! You blog is heartwarming, as usual. God bless you.

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    1. I'm glad you stopped by Lynne, blessings and hugs to you too!

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  13. Yours seem like lovely peaceful days, Marilyn. I love the idea of a prayer group and tell your daughter to stay in Spain and soak up the sunshine!! I can't wait to see those photos! Blessings to you!

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    1. I am working on sharing her Spain photos now... and spring is really beautiful there! She is having a grand time, so much to see and do, and she is finding out, a short amount of time to do it all. Having a great week :)

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  14. Happy Sunday to you Marilyn! Loved your photography as usual! Those ice covered cliffs and deep blue sky are stunning. Wow and double wow. Glad you are so optimistic about Spring coming! The little primroses surely do help brighten up the windowsill. Our local Bi Mart put out flowers probably a month ago, as we had been having mild weather, but then the snow and cold came and they all died! They have their bags of mulch and fertilizer stacked out in their parking lot.. all covered with snow! Kind of funny but not funny. I'll be ready for this snow we have here to go bye bye. I love that stamp set you have with the prayerful sayings.. and those little cards are darling. I see you've been spending some time crafting! Glad for you! I too was given some crocheted dish cloths, using cotton yarn, and I love them and got myself some yarn to make myself some, but still haven't done it! I can crochet too! Trouble is, any time I sit down to crochet, at least one cat wants to jump up on my lap.... happens all the time unless I can catch a time when they are outside... which is usually during the day.. and that is when I do my chores, so in the evening when I want to sit, then I'm full of cats! I can just picture you up there in your white world and happy that you enjoy it so much. Seeing your chickens out and about... I could just about "picture" in my mind the green grass and warm summer days! Hugs.. Marilyn

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    1. I just love your thoughts Marilyn, I can just picture those cats in your lap and the crochet yarn going everywhere, the little stinkers that they are! Mister Simba is just like that too lol! I don't crochet, and I was thankful to get such a nice set of dishcloths from Mitzy. I'm working on finishing up the quilt I started. I decided to hand quilt it! It looks lovely so far, can't wait to finish it up! Hope your snow has melted, we just got quite a dump of snow today, but now it is all turning to rain, messy! But, we will be glad to see the warmer temps and the melting snow! Hope you are having a great week :) Blessings to you!

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  15. Such a beautiful post Marilyn. Although they always are. We’re seeing a bit of snowmelt too, thank goodness. More is predicted for a Tuesday, but the forecast changed from yesterday’s “heavy snow predicted” to a snow/rain mix and it is actually supposed to hit 45 by next weekend. Spring is coming!
    How sweet it would be to attend your prayer group. I would love to be a part of that.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  16. We got more snow here today. Loved seeing all of your photos ... have you considered making them into note cards or calendars? Each and every photo is uniquely beautiful!

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  17. Those rocks covered in icy waterfalls are absolutely spectacular! All your pictures are stunning. And the beautiful pop of color from those primroses definitely get you excited for spring!

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  18. A nice gesture, that prayer card. I bet the ladies loved it. Oh, that horse, chocolate peppermint tea and daughter's car! Regarding the primrose, it helps me to look at spring colors even though it's still cold. Your thoughts and photos here truly are pick-me-ups!

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  19. Oh, it was such a joy to my heart to come here and visit with you tonight, my dear, faithful friend! I got your precious email and was so blessed by it. I will be writing back to you soon. Your photos of winter are just breathtaking, and WOW! I couldn't believe the amount of snow on your daughter's car!! I am so thankful she is enjoying the warmth in Spain. I know you will be glad when she comes back home, though, and hope that time comes soon for you! May the dear Lord bless you abundantly! Sending much love and many hugs your way!

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  20. You really do live in a gorgeous area, Marilyn! So many lovely goodies from friends, too. My sister has made me some of those dishcloths and the they really are the best. I love chocolate and mint, so I am thinking I need to find me some of that tea!! Yum!!!! :-) Have a blessed week, my friend -- {{hugs}}

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  21. Hello Friend,
    It was fun to visit with you here. :-) I always enjoy your photos and stories about your adventures.
    I am excited to hear about your daughter.
    Take Care,
    Carla

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  22. Marilyn, I love your beautiful primroses! They do brighten the room, don't they! It won't be long before your snow melts and the green will be a'plenty! Don't those hens feet get cold? Brr xo

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  23. Beautiful!

    I did not know chickens would walk on snow!

    Thank you for your wonderful comment on my blog. Yes, God knows. :)

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  24. Marilyn, good morning! The vibrant pops of color right up top is exactly what I needed to see today! Even in the midst of the cold and the piles of snow that still remain, spring will make her appearance.

    I can't wait!

    ;-}

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  25. I am always in awe of the great beauty that surrounds you, Marilyn!! Just looking through your kitchen window is s source of wonder, and having your primroses on the windowsill surely brightens your heart. I love the idea of a prayer meeting....yes, where two or more are gathered! Enjoy your last days of snowy wonder before Spring comes to you.

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  26. Yes, it does still look a bit like winter in your neck of the woods but those darling little primroses sure add some springtime. The prayer cards are so lovely...what a wonderful idea...and darling tags as well! It is always so nice to receive a surprise gift in the mail...such a sweet blessing! Have a fabulous week!

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  27. WOW..What magnificent pictures of the countryside...It’s so beautiful ..We too have 6 feet of snow around... but it's starting to warm up here too. I do love primroses ..they really brighten up the atmosphere...Thanks for sharing...hugs

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  28. Marilyn, that is unreal that the wild turkeys fraternize with your chickens, which are really beautiful. It will be so nice when spring arrives, but your views seem to almost make the wait bearable..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  29. Oh my! Your photographs are simply gorgeous to look at.
    Winter wonderland indeed but it looks so magical.

    I do like your primrose pots, what lovely colours they are.

    All the best Jan

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  30. Oh, it would be lovely to participate in ladies prayer, what a wonderful idea! Love your cute pics, I am following ☺

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  31. The snow certainly is beautiful! I love it, but the older I get, the less I like the snow. I am really counting the days till spring!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  32. Your photos always make me wish I could be there... the snow is so beautiful where you are...I know it is cold, cold, cold, but you make it seem so enjoyable! I've lived in the snow and know what a task it is to drive in it and shovel, etc., but I did always enjoy the scenery all around. Florida doesn't have any such grand scenery, especially in winter! Those primroses are delightful! I've never seen them in pots like that...Such brilliant colors! And the lovely packages you have received from dear friends...you are truly blessed. What a treat...chocolate tea? I would never have imagined it. Love the turkeys and the chickens...Thank you for sharing your beautiful world with us. Oh, and ladies' prayer group/cards/tags, etc. all so wonderful. I feel blessed just visiting here. Thank you.

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  33. Come on Spring! I'm ready just like your chickens.

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  34. I'm ready for spring too! It's been a looong winter here and we have had below normal temps since October. But there is an excitement in the air because Spring officially arrives next week whether there is snow on the ground or not. Yay!
    Your photos are really lovely. I love how pretty snow looks on the branches of trees and those cliffs are stunning against that deep blue sky. But right now, I'm enjoying flowers more and your primroses are lovely company sitting on the window sill.
    I get a kick out of kitties! My youngest son has two cats and they have such wonderful personalities.
    Your prayer group is a delightful way to come together for fellowship. Your little cards are adorable and I'm sure they will bless others. Thank you for your prayers on behalf on my Jeff. He's still not doing very well. It is such a slow progress, poor boy! So happy you stopped by for a visit. Enjoy your weekend and the Lord bless you and your loved ones! Sandi

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  35. Gorgeous pictures as always, Marilyn - and those primroses are PERFECT!!! Our local Ace never has any flowers, sigh....

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  36. Lovely indeed to meet you Marilyn, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for lifting me up on the post on praying for lost that I write last week, it had attracted little response, I thought I’d made mistakes, and listened to the tormented. Then you came along and several other sisters and cheered my heart no end. When we write a serious bible oriented post Satan loves to torment us.
    I loved to see your beautiful surroundings.
    I’ve just published a post for St Patrick’s day as it’s already the 17th here. Nice that it’s a Lord’s day as well,
    The Lord bless your prayer times on Tuesday dear sister. It’s great to gather around the throne of grace.
    Prayer hugs,
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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  37. Those the ice-covered cliffs are stunning! And I love the primroses, the horse, the chicken... I love everything. Great photos.
    Amalia
    xo

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