hello winter

We spent the Thanksgiving weekend at our rural homestead arriving on the heels of the first snowstorm of the year. We had the foresight to leave two snow shovels propped against a pine tree at the top of the driveway on our last visit when it was still autumn. The mountain greeted us with twelve inches of heavy snow. Fat snow – the kind that is perfect for snowballs and snowmen and makes for a very good workout in shoveling. We cleared out a parking space for the car close to the road. Then we shoveled paths to the trailer, the pile of stacked firewood, the solar power shed and the well. The snow was as tall as her so little blind Millie finds her way on the paths by following the crunching sound of your boots on snow.

The back meadow in winter

The back meadow in winter. All photos were shot with my iPhone using the Hipstamatic App (one of my favorites) with the Lowy lens and the Blanko BL4 film

Millie on a snow path. Nothing stops her

Millie on a snow path. Nothing stops her

 

Our lipstick red plastic Adirondack Chairs buried. See you in the Spring!

Our red plastic Adirondack Chairs buried. See you in the Spring!

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I don’t cook on Thanksgiving, we are always lucky guests at other people’s elaborate and delicious dinners. This year, we decided to just drive upstate to the country and eat a regular meal. We ignored shopping and sales and just stayed holed up in the trailer feeding the fire in the wood stove. I curled up on the couch in wool socks with little dogs tucked all around for warmth and caught up on reading.

A French parlor wood stove from the early 1900's.

A French parlor wood stove from the early 1900’s.

 

A great read for the winter, with beautiful illustrations by the author

A great read for the winter, with beautiful illustrations by the author

At 4:30 in the afternoon it is already dusk on the mountain. The snow turns blue in the waning light. The sky is grey tinged with gold from the last rays of the setting sun. It is very cold now, the kind of cold that makes the edges of your nostrils numb. The air smells clean and it feels like you are inhaling snowflakes. Time to bring in more firewood.

View from the front porch at dusk

View from the front porch at dusk

2 thoughts on “hello winter

  1. Love Millie’s coat. Look’s warm. Did you make it or buy it? I live in Canada and have 5 of Margi’s babies and am constantly on the lookout for warm coats.

  2. Hi Linda, Thanks for reading. Wow, 5 Toy Fox Terriers! I love them and I love Margi. I got the coat from Houndz in the Hood. Yes, it gives good coverage in a heavy fleece. Here is the link: http://www.houndzinthehood.com/

    I am thinking of getting this one for my little old guy who will not walk in the one Millie has (it is Kiwi Dogs on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/175042158/dog-winter-coat-for-all-breeds-wicoat?utm_source=OpenGraph&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share

    And finally, I found this one on Etsy too, it looks really warm Voyagers K9Apparel on Esty: https://www.etsy.com/listing/64373973/italian-greyhound-winter-coat?utm_source=OpenGraph&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share

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