A white quilt

Fragile but unbroken, a shrub sleeps beneath a blanket of snow, January 2010.

Fragile but unbroken, a shrub sleeps beneath a blanket of snow, January 2010.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”Lewis Carroll

Snow can seem brutal when we have to shovel it, or when it freezes into hardened slush, dingy with vehicle dirt and exhaust.  But when it first falls, it appears almost miraculous.  It clings to the tiniest branches and leaves, and coats everything so evenly, blindingly white in the morning sun that is magnified by its brilliance.  In most of the places we have lived, snow never fell at all, but even here in Virginia, when it does fall, its beauty is short-lived.  No less remarkable for that brevity, though, and probably more enjoyable.

If you have snow today, I hope you can find beauty in it despite whatever inconvenience it brings to you.  Feel free to send us some pretty snow scenes if you photograph any.  Those of us in warmer climates might actually enjoy seeing a bit of fluffy white snow!

One year ago today

Something of the marvelous



  1. Got Coffee!!!!!

    Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

    • Kenny, that sounds great to me — I think I need some coffee myself today! Thanks for being here on this snowy day.

  2. Sheila

    Good Friday morning, Julia. We love snow, to see it falling and covering everything. We don’t see it often but we just go “crazy-wild” when we do. It creates quite a scene as the palm trees turn to white and the bright cottages of yellow, blue, and pink create a beautiful backdrop, covered in their individual white blankets. Bill and Salty made a snowman after a snowfall several years ago and used seashells and beach “finds” for the trim. She was such a vision! So glad for your safe travel after your delightful holidays! 🙂 Sheila

    • Wow, I didn’t realize you even got snow on the beach, Sheila! I’ve never seen snow on palm trees – what a sight that must be. And a beach snowman would be so cool (no pun intended!) but my favorite sight would have been watching Salty play on a snowy beach. I didn’t know when I scheduled that post that we would be having a snowy day here today. It’s really pretty, especially since I don’t have to get out in it 🙂

      • Sheila

        Julia, snow was so “not our norm” and combined with the way we carried on, he just tolerated it, and us! 🙂 How about Pasha?

        • Pasha seemed to like the snow, although I think he mostly found it interesting, more as something to watch than to play in. He definitely didn’t get all excited about it the way this dog does. This has got to be one of my favorite YouTube videos of all time! I get a kick out of it every time I watch it, although I can’t help but wonder what they might have put in his food dish!

  3. Good morning, Julia. Snow makes the world look bright and clean. But then we walk through it and disturb the brightness.
    Thanks for the interesting photo and poem. No snow here today. January and February is the time we get the most snow but the weather has been unpredictable.
    Blessings for your day…

    • Merry, the weather this year has been kind of odd for us too – a couple of days before Christmas, it was actually HOT (or felt like it was) and very muggy. I had to turn the Christmas tree lights off because they were making too much heat! Then it cooled off just enough to require bundling up for my walk. Today we have snow on the ground and it’s supposed to be very cold for the next few days. I have been avoiding walking on the snow on our deck because I love the way it looks so perfect before it’s walked on. When the sun shines on it, it lights up our kitchen. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Rene

    Here is one my sister posted on FB, she lives near Chicago (if it doesn’t work, don’t bother approving). Have a great Jan 3 Julia & family!

    amyberrynails’s photo on Instagram

    • Wow, that really does look glittery, doesn’t it? Nice photo, thanks for sharing it! That’s about as close to Chicago as I want to get right now! 🙂

  5. Jenelle

    What great timing of this post! I just returned home from a week trip to Lake Tahoe where we were all in awe of the glittering snow like Rene posted. My mother in law was especially struck by the shinning beauty of it. Snow surrounded the cozy small home 6 adults and 4 kids occupied without any wifi or t.v. It was a week were sledding, playing in the snow, board games, conversation and eating served as entertainment. It was glorious! I was reminded how magnificent it is that every snow flake is unique from one another. God is so powerful! Sheila’s comment reminds me of a friend who wrote about a snowstorm that hit a beach in Maine last week. She stood on the shore with her daughter in it and marveled how cool it was. I’ll try attaching a pic of Tahoe… ok, this isn’t my pic, but the river looked like that!

    • Wow Jenelle, what gorgeous pictures you’ve given us, both in the photograph, and in your description of a wonderful week at Lake Tahoe. It sounds totally perfect! It brought a smile to my face just reading about it. Thanks for sharing it with us. Just as no two snowflakes are alike, no two such experiences are ever quite the same. It will be a lovely memory for all who were there, I’m sure.

    • Rene

      Absolutely, beautiful!

      • Thank you Rene! The snow is starting to melt now, but it’s still pretty.

  6. Bobby

    We are battening the hatches here for 8-12 inches of snow (Sat. night through Sun.) and then 48 hours of sub-zero temps. Near blizzard conditions. We are well stocked with French toast makings (bread, milk, eggs), plenty of reading material (should I get “Snow Bound”?), and knitting projects. We will be filling up the bird feeders later today. I’m very glad we don’t have to go out, but can watch God’s beauty and power from inside a snug, warm home.

    • Bobby, just hearing your description makes me want to be there in your home! French toast, reading, and wild birds, a cozy place to watch a winter landscape…what more could anyone ask? (Maybe some coffee or tea, but I’m sure you have that too!) Love to you and Randall!

  7. raynard

    Julia, the first time I seen”snow in the desert was Ft Irwin C.A during desert training in 1989. I was told that sand doesnt hold heat and found it to be true while over in Iraq. I think I might have a few”snow pics with the dogs as they like snow.( they blend in)

    • Raynard, that is interesting about sand. I would have thought it would stay hot in the desert, but thinking about the beach, it’s true that the sand does not feel warm at night there as it does in the day. I love to see pictures of dogs in the snow. A lot of them apparently like playing in it.

  8. The snow isn’t kissing anything gently it seems lately, but I know all that moisture is good for the ground, trees and ponds come summer. We had company last night and everyone got to agreeing it’s been a terrible winter so far. I said, “mmm, seems we’ve had worse”. But then Mr B reminded me that we don’t shovel since we’re in a condo, LOL

    Here’s a look at winter in my neighbourhood

    • Wow, I must admit your climate makes ours seem pretty mild! I love those colorful mailboxes, though. Thanks for sharing this photo. Don’t you have a tropical getaway coming up soon? If so, this is the perfect winter for it!

  9. We are under a “blizzard warning” . . . and despite a lifetime of Canadian winters, this is unusual. One to two feet of snow predicted between today and tomorrow. But my shoveling is done and I am in a warm house with a bowl of soup. As my yoga instructor used to say: “At this moment there is nothing to be done.” Namaste.

    • Namaste, Sheila! Wow, a blizzard warning. I’m glad you’re safe and sound in a cozy home. Jeff just told me a few minutes ago that they said on the news it was colder today in Atlanta (my hometown, where my parents still live) than it was in Anchorage, Alaska…but that must mean it’s unusually mild in Anchorage! Our current 42 degrees here wasn’t bad today; I actually enjoyed my walk since I was bundled up…but like you, I opted for soup tonight! Stay warm, and thanks for sharing your evening with us tonight!

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