I’m Dreaming


 Yes! I’m dreaming of a White Christmas!

As Alys at Gardening Nirvana so amazingly remembered, I finally started to focus on Christmas – yesterday –  the 20th of December.

Since my old fashioned Christmas (otherwise known as “just now focusing on the holiday”) is not yet white, I pulled up an image of January of 2013, and I’m thinking positive!!

(and by the way, this image has had very little post-processing.  It really was this glorious that early morning almost 2 years ago)

Little House in Shiloh

I’ve driven by these old cabins many times


and I’ve stopped to take photos before


but this time, the character of these old structures spoke to me.


and against the backdrop of snow, I couldn’t help but think of days gone by.



Snow Images: Work and Play

Those of you who live further north than I do are probably tired of the cold temperatures and snow, but here in Southwest Virginia, we are enjoying every snowflake.  Well, most of us are anyway.  We don’t get these big snow storms very often anymore and frankly, I miss them.  I also worry about climate change.  We’ve had too many “teasers” this year.  We hear about a storm for days ahead, schools and businesses close in anticipation and then … nothing!  This time though, it really happened!!

The following photos showcase some of the fun and the beauty from the last 48 hours.

The snow began at 1pm as predicted and I waited to finish with patients so we could close the office, allowing the staff to get home safely


Radford University (RU), early on in the storm.  It turned out that we received the largest accumulation of snow in our area in over 18 years.


Another view of RU, taken from the deck of a favorite local bar, one of only a few in our little city.


Celebrating the snow at yet another local establishment.


Do you see a theme developing?


St Albans Hospital, built in 1916


Before attacking the driveway

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Shoveling 18 – 20 inches of snow


And the post-shoveling reward!

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I dug out my 30 year old snowshoes and enjoyed a brief, humorous attempt at using them.


Early morning sunshadows on snow



And just a little rust … ’cause who doesn’t love rust?

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Editorial Comment: Part of why I am able to enjoy the beauty of a snowstorm is because I did not lose power and I did not have to travel on the Interstate. What is it about all of the industries letting folks head home early at exactly the same time?  Combine that with all the drivers who insist that they are the only ones who know how to drive in the snow, yet they tailgate and speed?  We’ve all heard about Atlanta. It took one friend here in the NRV over 6 hours to travel 30 miles, and another friend in Raleigh parked under an overpass and hiked home.  Both of these situations were caused by the two variables previously mentioned. Ugh!

Other than that – I have loved every minute!!!  And I promise, it isn’t ALL about alcohol 🙂


Planning for the Near Future

We woke to a brief but lovely snow the other morning.  The few flakes that fell were gone in an hour, but it was peaceful and pretty while it lasted.  Lynda (Life on the Farmlet) – those sparkles are for you!


For some reason, the pace of life has kept me from spending much time with my camera even though I carry it with me everywhere.  I am so ready to improve and have the outcome match my vision.  No negativity here … I am patient (sort of!).


I do have some trips, for both pleasure and business, coming up in the next 6 weeks and I look forward to sharing the journey with you.


And then, of course, I’ll be test riding some bikes and hoping the joy of the wind in my face is far greater than any anxiety I might feel.

Perspective on Snow

Winter’s morning sun reflects on a length of chain typically adorned by the flowers of summer and spring.

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Holly and Nandina / Rain and Snow

In just 24 hours, I experienced sun, rain, sleet and snow … and the plants and trees were made prettier because of it.







The Remains of the Tree

No doubt this snowfall was beautiful, and 3 days later the snow is still on the ground because of the cold temperatures – a bit unusual for SWVA.  It was a wet dense snow and it definitely took it’s toll.  Both trees and power lines came down, leaving many without power.

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One medium sized pine fell across my driveway and the wood is now stacked up and ready for use. Something about the sun on the wood that next morning caught my eye …

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Don’t Be a Hater of Snow

I know, I know … snow can be an inconvenience, and yes, even dangerous.

Still, I just can’t help but love it!

It brings out the child in all of us (and boy, did it bring out the child in me and my friends last night – but that’s another story!).

The beauty of snow is almost overwhelming.