Monday, December 17, 2012

Blankets of Comfort


We woke to a blanket of snow this morning. It began yesterday in the early afternoon and is still falling. Gently falling. Falling snow is very soothing and strangely comforting. (I'll let you know how John feels about that once he's been busy plowing for a while.)

May I just say that I have read some of the most incredible posts over the past several days. People's hearts are in tune and identifying with the community of Newtown. I hope that you have read Debbie's, Karen's, Susan's. There are so many! Each one focuses on a slightly different topic and together they have created such a blanket of comfort...like the gently falling snow.



And now I'd like to ask my regular readers a question: what shall we do with this month's Note Card Party? I have read that there is a Day of Silence or two or more scheduled this week. I am not participating in them because when Blogdom goes dim, a beautiful light is snuffed out. This seems counterintuitive to me.  When times are dark and difficult, we need light. So do let me know what you think. Thanks so much!

Comfort and blessings to you...

Love Vee

42 comments:

  1. Vee - I participated in the Media day of silence today -- because it was important for ME to quiet my heart. That said, I think that each person has to do what he/she feels is right. I wouldn't be opposed to participating in the note card party later this week. Anything we do right now seems trivial compared to what's going on in Newtown -- and yet, it's important to get back to the routine of life, isn't it? Choosing to do that does not diminish the love and prayers that we send to people who have been touched by this tragedy. Just my opinion. I will gladly abide by whatever you feel is right for you, Friend. You're right... Blogdom CAN be a great source of encouragement and support.

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  2. HEY, your snowy shots are just amazing! would you please show us many many more. wish we could have some here in VA. i need a snowy Christmas. make it feel like a real Christmas again. like when i was a kid.

    if you continue the party i am there with ya. i plan on continuing with my normal blogging routine. i'll never forget. i will just continue with my way of remembering each & every one of them. i back away from the news & hold them up in my own way. GOD bless us all. big hugs ( :

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  3. Words of wisdom. I do envy you your snow. As you know, I live in the area that didn't get much rain last year and had a bad year agriculturally. The trend is still going. The temps are up and the moisture is missing. It's nice to be able to get around, but I really miss me some snow. It'll change. I don't believe in global warming. :D
    Debbie

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  4. Beautiful photos Vee. They would make great cards. ;) And your words are beautiful said. I was wondering if you'd be holding Note Card Wednesday. I will be there if you do. I agree with you. We need to keep going on and we can remember in our own way the horrific events last week. Blessings and hugs. Pam

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  5. Such beautiful snow! I dearly love how quiet and still the world gets outside our windows when there is a fresh blanket of snow. I hope your hubby doesn't overexert himself!

    I would like to go forward with the note card party. I agree with you that the silence effort seems to be in the opposite direction. If anything, we need to comfort each other and give each other virtual hugs right now. It's not the time to shut down. It's a time to reach out. I was really looking forward to this one and planned to reshare some beautiful photos that may lift a spirit or two. Christmas is next week. Now is the time to demonstrate love and friendship.

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  6. Oh, I forgot to thank you for the links. I'll scamper off and read them right now!

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  7. good morning! Loved your photos! I honestly can't imagine Christmas in the snow..but how I would love to. : ) I've only heard about one shut down, and my feelings are mixed. I think I am more inclined to agree with you. I find such comfort sometimes in blogtown ~ I'd rather see it go on, right now especially. But everyone must do as they are lead. My prayers will remain steady either way. Have a wonderful, cozy day and enjoy that snow!

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  8. What a beautiful photo looking through your window at the snow, with the Christmas tree in the foreground...lovely scene.
    I plan to participate in the note card party if you host it this week.

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  9. Boy, when you grow up having lots of snow by Christmas but have green grass out there now, it's rather disheartening. I'm envious of your gorgeous photo of the Christmas tree with snow laden branches in the background. I do know to be careful what you wish for. :-)
    I've read about these silent days and like most, don't feel they're the best thing to do. In times of need, people should be connecting and just because we carry on posting, doesn't mean we don't still have the thoughts of these people from the tragedy in our hearts.
    Judith

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  10. I'm okay with whatever you decide...I like to keep posting and sharing our lives together.

    Thanks for the links to the posts....I had not read them. Debbie is always good.

    Love your snow photos! The kids will be jealous! It's mild and rainy here.

    Deanna

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  11. I love seeing your lovely snow, too. Could you start your notecard party on Wednesday morning? I definitely want to be join in! (I guess if you start earlier, I can just link up on Wednesday morning, can't I?) Enjoy your day! I appreciate your links. I see that Donna commented. I thought her post was excellent, too. Sweet hugs!

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  12. Each of us is feeling the grief in Newtown. Blogging gives us a way to express it. I guess honoring the silence is a personal choice, but to me that doesn't include blogging or other media, it's simply a reminder to reflect on the stillness those families are feeling. We all have to do it in our own way and honor how each of us deals with this as we mourn for the families. Thank you for the heartfelt post you shared with us this weekend.

    We've been getting just a little snow here and there, but I would welcome that beautiful blanket of snow you've received.

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  13. I feel like you should do whatever suits you best. I, for one, will participate if I find time to get some photos together. This will be a busy week for me, so if I don't participate it is because of busyness and not any other reason.
    Love your snow photos, that first one especially. Enjoy that softly falling snow and stay warm! Now I'm off to check out your links. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Hello Vee - I thank you for pointing out some comforting blog posts. Broken hearted is the way I think most people feel - every time the recent tragedy comes to mind. I believe that the future of our modern society will be affected by the way we treat all of our citizens, including the mentally ill. Kindness starts at home when children are small and children are our hope for the future. At Christmas I love reading stories of how Christmas was in the old days, how people helped and cared for their neighbours and how special moments and family times were so greatly treasured.

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  15. Ah snow .... SOmetimes I think that I am a northern girl at heart with my love for winter and snow. When we lived in Iowa I couldn't get enough of it! I agree with you that a bright light is snuffed out when the world of blogging goes silent. All of the thoughts and opinions of other bloggers speak more than silence can. But that is just me. Your post card parties are such a break from the everyday as the pictures are always so pretty and comforting.... the happiness in someone's mind at the moment.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  16. Vee, What a beautiful post. The way your words can wrap around a feeling is so amazing. Thank you for mentioning my post, I am going to read the others you have linked. I have decided to keep that post up for Advent 16 and 17. There have been people who have written and said that the image comforted them as much as it did me. LIke Dolores always writes, God is good.

    Karen

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  17. Beautiful post, Vee.

    Yes, let's carry on with the Notecard Party and give each other a big hug!

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  18. What a wonderful photo. Visiting your blog brings comfort in so many ways. Like snow. :-) I think you should go on with the card party --- that is, I will participate if you do!

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  19. I haven't posted anything since that tragic day. My heart has been so heavy with sadness for the loss these families have suffered. I think the card party is a good idea Vee. Since I'm at a loss for words, I'd be happy to share photos.

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  20. I agree with Podso, and may I add that I greatly appreciate your wisdom and perspective. Keeping the party provides a way for us to remain connected ~ let's do it.

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  21. I like to see the gently falling snow too and it is peaceful and comforting.
    It's warm and foggy here by me.

    I didn't realize it was time for the Note Card Party already. If I get around to picking out some pictures I'll be participating.

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  22. I think that encouraging one another and spreading light and love is healing and respectful. Let's not let the light go out. I am certain that we have all reflected on the tragedy in Connecticut, have prayed and wept, and will continue to do so, whether or not blogs are silent or active.
    I'll participate if the party is on.

    I envy you the snow. There is snow on the hills around, but only rain here in the city.

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  23. Hi Vee, you have a lovely blog (I stumbled here from Donna's art blog). Your snow looks very pretty as does your tree. Have a really wonderful holiday.

    Ruth

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  24. It looks so pretty Vee! I wish we would receive some snow in time for Christmas. Your tree looks fantastic next to the blanket of snow.

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  25. Love your top photo so Christmas like and warm on the inside while cold on the outside. We had our first snow a few weeks ago but then we had hard frost for a while.

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  26. Although I don't participate in this, somehow winter and snow with light shining through does seem appropriate right now.

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  27. That first photo is so pretty, Vee. It is note card material if ever there was :). It is also a very comforting photo to me. I completely agree with falling snow being a comforting thing.
    Personally, I hope you carry on with the Note Card Party. I think we could all use some beautiful inspiration right about now.

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  28. You are so right about falling snow. I never realized but when I thought about it I couldn't agree more. Tour top photo. With the snow is beautiful fl.
    I wish you Merry Christmas Vee.

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  29. A beautiful post and I did go over and visit the other blogs you noted. Beautiful. I always enjoy Susan's and don't know why I haven't visit there in awhile.

    I can't even IMAGINE your snow! It is like a spring day here. Doors and windows open, short sleeves, bare feet, even the outdoor sounds are anything but wintry! Machinery is going as building is happening in the RV park. This does NOT remotely resemble a December day!

    If the snow is falling ever so gently - just ask John to go out there and blow it away! You know - like blowing out candles! He won't mind!

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  30. I agree... let's not let the Light go out.... here in blogland, in our hearts, and in the world where we live.

    Hugs back at you. Beautiful posting.

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  31. When I heard about the silent day (days?) in blog land, I immediately thought that it was a good idea. As the day has progressed, I have wondered something similar. I think silence might not honor the very essence of a child as much as sharing things that make us sing or laugh or just plain sigh.

    I'm open to going along with the crowd.

    And THANK YOU from my heart for sharing my words. You took me by surprise. I also loved the other posts you linked and was so blessed by clicking the links.

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  32. Snow is soothing, Vee. It leaves a blanket of purity and cleanliness on the earth. Something we need to be reminded of right now.
    I think your note party would be nice.

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  33. I'm TRYING to stretch my brain and imagine snow.... or cold weather...it sounds deliciously wonderful!!! I have capri pants and a short sleeve shirt on, as I take our dog, Casey for a walk. It's hard to get the Christmas spirit when it's warm.

    I'm living through my sweet blog friends... and thinking cool weather...
    Hugs,

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  34. Definately need the card party.

    No way my silence is disrespectful...........life really does go on and I am in agreement that blogging is a source of joy and light to me, too.

    Your blanket of snow is such a blessing for Christmas mood. Your first picture could be a magazine cover.

    Hugs.

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  35. Beautiful photo, Vee! I agree that the falling snow is a very peaceful sight.
    I really like Karen's and Susan's posts as they were very uplifting after all the sadness of these past few days, and just what I needed.

    I'd love to participate in your note card party, so count me in!

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  36. I love this post, and the links you shared were very beautiful and comforting as you said. I am glad this snow can bring a little comfort and peace.

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  37. Yes, we need light to pierce the darkness! I am so down right now which is unusual for me--this tragedy is just so sad--Eldest daughter is having all kinds of medical tests - bone marrow biopsy week before last--a full body C scan this week--some sort of autoimmune blood disorder diagnosed, but lots we don't know yet--I'm just overwhelmed. "C" is dealing with some health issues too! Hoping the light and hope of Christmas will dispel my dark mood. Praying that something good will come of this terrible, evil tragedy at Newtown.

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  38. Light must shine to dispel darkness! Enjoy your lovely snowfall. Ours was rather short lived...and has already been washed away.

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  39. When I first read about the blog silence thru many tears on Sat., I thought it was a good idea...after being in prayer these last few days, I agree that we should go forth, always keeping these precious lives lost in our minds and hearts. I have several things on my blog honoring the tragic event....but I also have my post all ready for your Note Card Party AND my note cards are entitled ...JOY.

    AND...I WANT SNOW.....!!!!!

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  40. As always, your photos are beautiful, Vee. Love the fresh fallen snow!

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  41. Hi Vee. I need to pull that blanket up around me. I'm stressing over Christmas and company, and getting the house all cleaned, and the sad news about all the little children, and I'm not feeling very festive right now. I did finish my commission piece that I've been furiously working - guess that's kinda put me in a dither, to say the least. I can stop being a whirling dervish now. I'm going to try to get my act together for a Note Card post tomorrow.

    Yes, life does go on. What a brave community Newtown is... can't stop thinking about them, praying for them ... when I put things into perspective - I ABSOLUTELY HAVE NO PROBLEMS in my life that can even compare to those folks!

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