Friday, March 1, 2013

Hearts from Grandma!

There are moments when anxiety and stated toil are
becalmed in infinite leisure and repose of nature.
                            Henry David Thoreau

Click to see Grandmas Gift.
 I woke up this morning and dragged myself to the kitchen window, I looked out and that is when I knew my day was going to be incredible, just look at that beauty. I packed up Leo (my camera), threw on a coat and a pair of waterproof pants and out I went I did not even think of putting on my snowshoes because honestly I was so excited I wanted to get out there as fast as I could. It is 6AM and I knew this was a gift for me. OK maybe all of us but sometimes I forget that. I was thinking of my Grandmother who had passed away long ago on March 1st, on an extremely cold winter’s day and was thinking she would have loved to see this, so I considered it her gift to me. Beauty overload was the only way I could describe it.


It was still a bit dark out and the snow was still falling, I loved the way it kept landing on my nose then melting and running down my face as I stood on the step. I stepped off the step that My Hero had just shovelled and headed into the field beside the house. I knew there would be no need to travel far to capture the true essence of this gift.

My feet sunk as soon as I stepped off the side of that unplowed drive way, my new Muck Boots (yes I know you know which ones I am talking about), were getting that special treatment they deserved.  I took another step and the water that apparently is ankle deep under the snow sloshed up on my pants. No turning back now, I was in my element.


I pulled Leo out of her case and apologized for what I was going to put her through, it was still snowing and a little wet but I assured her I would protect her as best I could. The snow was sticking to the tops of my boots as I dragged through the deep snow and I remembered this is the best kind of snow for those snowmen we used to build for hours when we were kids and again when helping my kids build them in this very yard long ago.

I love winter, that has not always been the case but my attitude has changed a lot. I have to admit since I no longer do much shovelling or plowing of the driveway because I have four wheel drive I tend to enjoy it more than some of you who have to do all that work, I am ashamed to tell you that but that is the way it is. Oh that reminds me I should tell any one of you who may want to come for a visit the driveway will not be done till tonight when My Hero gets home so don’t come. I will not be home anyway I will probably be in the bush so you will not be able to find me unless of course you bring your own snowshoes.


I kept snapping away oblivious to the rain/snow mix and my being wet. I was so happy I never thought of the fact I was a little hungry and maybe getting a little thirsty after having no idea how long I was out there. I grabbed a handful of that fresh white fluffy snow and shoved it into my mouth.
Everything looked like it just had that new coat of white paint look to it and my world was so incredibly beautiful I did not want to leave. I was hoping the sun would not come out and melt it all away exposing the old rust on the barn, the mud on the tractor tires, and that dirty brown slush under my feet. Oh I am so happy that I dragged myself out of bed there is no where I would rather be.


I grudgingly head back into the house a little wet and little tired and a lot happy. I tear off that wet coat and hat, pull off those new Muck Boots; I grab a granola bar from the cupboard and head downstairs to pull on those Stylin’ Coveralls and those old Pink Cadillac Boots and I stand at the sink making that bottle for Annie. I walk over to the door grab my snowshoes and head out into my beautiful snowy world again and to that tractor that I had just photographed covered with snow. I will be feeding Annie and the girls and then I am going to be climbing over that fence and snowshoeing the day away. See you soon. Remember don’t come for a visit I am not here.


Thanks for the hearts Nanny I love you too.

Later


47 comments:

  1. Enjoy your day in that white stuff, B! :)

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  2. It seems we are both experiencing snowfall this morning, and it makes me happy, too. You've really captured it in your photos, especially the one of the fence in snow. That's beautiful.


    Have a great day doing what you love!

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  3. Great pictures of snowy landscape! Lovely!
    Have a nice day
    Elisa, from Argentina

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  4. Beautiful shots Buttons....it was good to get out there early because if your area is anything like ours it started to melt very quickly.

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  5. what pretty snow pics. I don't like winter. Not one bit. I can't wait for spring ;-)

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  6. They look like Christmas card pictures but more realistic and beautiful. Your joy of winter is oozing from your words. I am happy for you. I couldn't enjoy working in those temperatures maybe playing and photographing for a short time. I am happy in shorts and a T-shirt for most of the year. But that is what makes us interesting to each other...our differences.

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  7. What a beautiful morning.

    Your joy just runs off the page and touches me here. Thank you.

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  8. You have a certain talent for making the notion of being wet, cold, and hungry almost seem like fun again. Your pics of the snow are definitely beautiful and inviting, and make me remember how much I loved playing in it as a child, but my memories of those days also include hands and feet so cold I couldn't feel them anymore, stiff, ice-caked, flannel-lined dungarees and socks, and usually an evening punctuated with a runny nose and high fever. It's neat that you still enjoy the snow so much. (It's such a rarity where we live, I must confess, when it does fall, I must go outside to take a long walk and build a snowman... and if nobody's looking, make an old lady snow angel.) I hope you take time to make at least one snowman.

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  9. I'm glad you enjoy the snow so much! Thanks for the beautiful pictures! It sure is beautiful...but I'm really anxious for spring!

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  10. Precious...specially the heart-shape snow, from heaven....

    Beautiful Just beautiful....

    Auntie M

    Hugs

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  11. Beautiful pictures.

    Your Nanny was sending her love.

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  12. Your photos are beautiful!

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  13. Hope Leo survived the elements. He sure came thru for you on these shots. Have a great weekend!

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  14. I love that you braved all of that to bring those gorgeous pictures to us. Have fun~

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  15. What a beautiful surprise. Enjoy your day!

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  16. Yup, that is what it looks like here, too...

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  17. These are breathtakingly beautiful photos--a winter wonderland in the finest sense! I love that you sense this as a gift from your grandmother.

    I love winter, too, though we don't get much snow here. Enjoy your time in the outdoors!

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  18. Fantastic and beautiful start to the day- hope you have fun all day!

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  19. love the pretty blue light and the snow sparkles coming down!

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  20. Just popped over after visiting TexWisGirl and saw your post on her side bar. What a beautiful post. I like how you think and enjoy these special moments that many folks would just pass by. I think I'm going to join in your adventure--even though from miles away.Stop by if you can.

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  21. I saw her hearts right away - You are sooo loved!

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  22. Such beautiful snowy photos! I saw the hearts right away in the first photo. How neat :)

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  23. So glad you are enjoying the White Stuff :)

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  24. Awe, wish I could come and join you snowshoeing. Enjoy!!!

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  25. Beauty overload! Exactly, dearest B:)

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  26. There is nothing more beautiful than newly fallen snow and your lovely photographs prove that! I love the big round snowflakes in the first two shots and the beautiful blue and white colors of the snow on the trees. Enjoy your day playing in the snow! Truly a gift from your Grandmother xx

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  27. wow, those are really beautiful shots! you and leo make a great team! :)

    we really missed the snow here this year :(

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  28. Your photos of the white puffy stuff looks so pretty. I think you could print them as Christmas cards.

    Sounds like you are enjoying life my friend.

    Hugs~

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  29. Beauty overload...what a wonderful turn of phrase. Yes, your Granny was sending her love and you in turn shared your love of Mother (Nature) with us. Thank you.

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  30. oh b, i saw those cute little hearts right away!!

    your joy is infectious and i can feel it all the way here, at the jersey shore!!

    just like a young school kid, after finding out they have a snow day!! i hope you had an awesome day!!

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  31. OH Buttons I love that you quote Thoreau often ~ so nice to be reminded of his words!
    I am also pleased you are so happy today ...
    " March " on in your muck boots !
    Big Hug
    WILLOW

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  32. So very beautiful and filled with so much love!

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  33. How magnificent that morning is! Thank you for sharing it:)

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  34. I'll bet you had a great day. These photographs are gorgeous!

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  35. What a difference a positive attitude makes! I too love winter and I'm pretty sure my camera has a lot to do with that. Winter is so photogenic. :)

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  36. What totally amazing pictures. Leo and you do good together.

    We got a dusting of snow last night... thats it. Nothing like what you are getting.

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  37. Among the blogsphere there are very few bloggers who can actually make me long to live in their snowy worlds....you are one of them.

    The absolute attitude of appreciation for what nature hands you is joyous.

    Jen

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  38. WOW...if I woke up and saw this outside of my window I would be in heaven :)

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  39. Really nice winter shots. Have fun : )

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  40. Buttons, you really made me happy with these pictures of your wondrous snow. I love the one with the fence, the one with the fur tree, well, I love them all. I enlarged them all, something I don't always do. Then I thought of your Grandmother. Isn't it interesting how by sharing our thoughts in word and pictures we can spread our happiness around.

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  41. So glad you are enjoying your snow. It makes for lovely pictures! : )

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  42. Dear B,
    Firstly I want to Thank you verymuch for revisiting my blog. and I have send you and e-mail.. please check when you have time, that i have explaine further.
    I want to apologize to you and Maa for not informing about taking a break from blogging which i feel little bit rude! leaving you to think what on earth has happen to me.. i'm so sorry for my lack of communication, hope you and Maa will forgive me sigh..
    Wow B I Really like the new look of your blog so cool my best of compliments...........

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  43. Oh my...those are some of the prettiest pictures!

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  44. Oh I hope you enjoy your snowy day (I'm pretty sure you will though). Your pictures are so beautiful, especially the first few with the snow falling. I'm kind of jealous - we don't get snow like that here.

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  45. You sound very cheerful about your snow fall. That's the way it show be. Great description of the snow and relating it to your Grandma.

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  46. We have went from 56 degrees to 29 within three hours today, with a huge dumping of snow.

    I think your grandma loves me ;)

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  47. LOVE the snowflake shots! i've been meaning to take some snow/flash images myself. it's on my lengthy to-do list. ;)

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