ode to winter {only about a week and a half late}




i was thinking today, when i came across these photos {while searching for something completely different}, how we'll likey not see snow here again until next winter. i think an ever-so-slight tinge of sadness even crept up in me as i thought about it. having moved to our new house in winter, i haven't known these surroundings in any other "light" besides a snowy one. and though i'm getting excited about finding out what's out there in my yard, as i'm already starting to see green shoots pop up here and there, i can't help but think i'll miss the snow we've had a little bit.

someone better check on me over here, 'cause it is not at all like me to use the words "miss" and "snow" in the same sentence!

it had me thinking that, when it comes down to it, we had a pretty good winter. it was made picturesque with just enough snow, without being made treacherous from several heavy snowfalls as was the case a few winters ago {during my pregnancy, of course}. not that this winter turned out to be anything like last winter {which was a "balmy" one much of the time}. 'twas a bit colder this year. but if it means some magical snowfalls here and there, i'm okay with that.

bottom line, i'm grateful for the pretty first winter we had here. some great memories were created during our first three months in this new house. and snow was one of the strokes to the picture that was painted. i'm so glad i took the time to take some shots like these... of our views out the front, the back and the side.

don't be fooled. these shots almost make it seem as if we live in the middle of nowhere. but, in fact, we've got plenty of close-by neighbors. you just have to know what angle to shoot at to make it look like you live on endless acres of flowing land. shooting smack-dab in the middle of a heavy snowfall doesn't hurt creating this illusion, either. =)

anyway, i'm guessing it's the fact that winter was not too harsh that is making the late arrival of spring more bearable. in addition, there's the fact that we have had about six sunny days in a row here... practically unheard of in these parts!

we're due for a few more days of way-below-normal temps. but we haven't seen snow for days... maybe weeks. so spring is on the way. i just know it. not spring-on-paper spring. spring-like-the-kind-you-feel-on-your-skin-and-smell-with-your-nose spring.

happy dance.


Jaime said...

We had not one single snowflake here on the island this year. And I was feeling kind of sad about that until the sun came out this weekend, and it really truly felt like spring. I can wait 9 months for another shot at snowflakes.

georgia b. said...

nice, jaime! i suppose if i went without it all winter, i could easily wait 9 months and not miss it, too. actually, i can easily wait. when warm weather comes, i always prefer it to the cold. i think just looking at the snow from the warmth and comfort of my own home is the part i'll miss. =)

Cropped Stories said...

I love anything that has to do with Winter being (finally) over! Great pics!

georgia b. said...

thanks, elena!! i'm usually that way. but this winter, i had the luxury {or at least that is what i call it, when in reality, i was forced to stay trapped at home because i have no car} of staying here and enjoying the snow from the inside while not having to deal with it on the outside. but when it comes down to it, if you told me i could choose between another month of snow and cold or no snow with warmer temps and sunshine, i'd choose the latter, for sure!! =)

Mr. & Mrs. P said...

We are from Miami.. We have to worst luck to see snow.. We have traveled in winter time to so many places and the snow never coincides with our visit.. Once we get on a plane and head back home, everything alines and it becomes a winter wonderland.. =(

That being said, we havent seen falling snow in 16 years!!

You are probably read for some warmer.. Hope it makes its way up to you guys... It was 89 yesterday over here...

georgia b. said...

oh, thanks for rubbing it in!! =)

what i wouldn't give to be in miami or anywhere in florida right now. my skin loves sun and warmth and my toes love sand and water.

yeah, if you ever think to come to chicago to see snow, don't. thought we have some brutal winters sometimes, we are the most unpredictable place when it comes to weather. our forecast for a day can look as diverse as the forecast for a month in many other places. your bound to miss the snow here and have what usually happens to you happen to you.

that said, glad you are enjoying some nice temps!! please DO send some our way.

stacey said...

These are beautiful photos, G.

But bring on spring! This winter had been way too long and I can't wait for the snow to be gone. (Yes, we still have some here!!)

georgia b. said...

thank you, stace.

minnesotans get more gripe-rights... just for being brave enough to live there in winter at all. =)

Tracey said...

Your outdoor photos are always so special. I love them. You should turn them into cards or prints. :)

georgia b. said...

thanks, T... for the compliment and suggestion. i just may do that. have already started working on some cards of previous winter photos. if i do, you can be sure you'll get one at some point. then we can both have a photo card from the other. still have your oranges photo card hanging on my fridge.