Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Snow of Home


You wake up on a winter morning and pull up the shade and what lay there the evening before is no longer there—the sodden gray yard, the dog droppings, the tire tracks in the frozen mud, the broken lawn chair you forgot to take in last fall. All this disappeared overnight, and what you look out on is not the snow of Narnia but the snow of home, which is no less shimmering and white as it falls. The earth is covered with it, and it is falling still in silence so deep that you can hear its silence. It is snow to be shoveled, to make driving worse than usual, snow to be joked about and cursed at, but unless the child in you is entirely dead, it is snow, too, that can make your heart beat faster when it catches you by surprise that way, before your defenses are up. It is snow that can awaken memories of things more wonderful than anything you ever knew or dreamed. ~Frederick Buechner   
 ~east, north, and west in my early morning neighborhood~


~looking south at our wee haven~


~footsteps in the snow, Molly waiting on the deck, clogs on the rocks~

< Video Removed ~ Falling Snow Doesn't Show ~ Please Take My Word ☺ >
~Trees Shedding Snow~

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Thanks so much for sharing all your fun school days' stories with me yesterday. Such delightful reads and John and I had a great time laughing over them.

Love Vee

43 comments:

  1. Buchner wrote this beautifully, but at first I thought it was you. Beautiful snow pictures. I love the silence of snow falling. I'm listening to wind here. In the 70s here today with a whopper of a storm on its way.

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  2. I enjoyed the words of the author, Buchner, though I've never heard of him before. Your snow pictures are beautiful. I love your pretty street and the older homes and large trees - a mature neighbourhood. ;) I went back to yesterday's post and read the rest of the comments. There are some good stories there aren't there? Freezing rain this morning here before it warms up to rain. Trying to decide if I should go to town on the icy roads to the dentist in another hour. Not my favourite thing to do on a sunny day either!

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  3. There's nothing like a new fallen snow! Loved the opening of your post. Thought you had written it and was very impressed! Still am! We had heavy rains most of yesterday and last night we had thunder and lightening along with it. So, for now the snow is gone. But, they are saying we will get 6-10 inches starting later this afternoon. I will love the fresh look, but not everything that comes with it.

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  4. The snow pictures are so pretty. If only the snow didn't make driving so hazardous.

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  5. A lovely piece. I love it when it snows. It rarely does here in NC. Today we have very high winds and rain will start this afternoon. Thunder storms are predicted with heavy rain fall.

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  6. Beautiful... Beautiful... Taking what-is, and making a lovely post, out of it. :-)

    Interesting, both our houses "back" to the south...

    "Auntie"

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  7. Morning Vee, wonderful words...also really enjoyed the pictures, very soothing, still not as much snow as I have here, yikes!!!! Blessings Francine.

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  8. Good morning Dear Vee - Yes, it's cold, and I know you tire of it, but it IS ALWAYS beautiful. Washes everything clean and muffles sound so that it feels like a great cloud of down has covered your world. These pictures are beautiful - I especially love that pretty grey house with the newly remodeled windows in the garage. :) It's a lovely place to live! Love the sun photos, too, and looking down the road...

    Stay cozy and have a cup of hot tea for me! Hugs!

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    1. Yes, it is reading rather gray, isn't it? But it is really a very light green.

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  9. It has been far to long since I stopped by Ms. Vee! Your pictures are lovely. We are in a thaw right now and I was just thinking yesterday how funny it is to see what is uncovered as the snow melts. Discarded toys and sledding equipment left behind for the promise of warm homes and hot chocolate look out of place now that dead grass and mud make up front yards instead of big piles of snow.

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  10. We are at the "evening before" with the sodden gray yard and dog droppings stage right now. All the beautiful sparkly snow disappeared over the last day and night. I do hope the white stuff returns once again to make things crisp and clean looking. Your early morning shots in your part of the world are beautiful Vee!

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  11. We are still waiting for that magical snow this year. Isn't it wonderful to wake with the excitement of looking out the window to find your world has changed? It was fun to see the newly fallen snow in your pictures.

    Was Molly waiting patiently for her spot to be shoveled?

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  12. What a beautiful way to begin this post...with words that are put together so masterfully... I so admire one who can use words in this way.

    And your pictures are lovely! I especially love the ones of your own haven. The window picture is particularly engaging. Set there among the snowy outdoor photos, it beckons. A haven is a blessing indeed.

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    1. P.S. I also love the picture of dear little Molly, who looks as if she is ready to go back into the Haven. :)

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    2. Yes, I call that her "Mama, are you coming?" look. I get it a lot.

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  13. Oh! So beautiful! I envy your snow today, especially as we sit with tornado watches and temps in the 70's.

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  14. I'm visiting one 'snow blog' after another...from Montana to Maine. From my perch by the window I only see snow on the mountain peaks...mostly obscured by the clouds today...so snow on my blog visits suits me just fine. Your neighbourhood is looking lovely in white!

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  15. I LOVE these pictures. soo pretty. Again, I honestly just can't imagine what that would be like. I should post my views out my windows some day...soo different. Though! On a clear pretty day you can see all the snow covering the mountains in the distance. Enjoy your day!

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  16. Love the quote! All the photos are great fun to see from my little place in front of a window looking out at fog again. Blessings on your day...

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  17. How beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  18. We're having grey days too, but ours are rainy! I did spy a yellow finch yesterday in the backyard and hope that it's scouting out its spring return:-)

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  19. Beautiful snow pictures! You make it look so cozy and enticing.

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  20. Molly is so cute, and I think not as enamored of the snow? Or maybe the cold? Anyway I thought it was you talking as I first started reading your post, and I thought, broken yard chair? dog poop?? That doesn't sound like Vee or John!! lol xo

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  21. Your snowfall is so pretty and peaceful. The quote you selected is such a nice way to think about a fresh snowfall. I have to admit, I too thought you were the author until I saw Frederick's name.
    I enjoyed reading your post and comments yesterday while on my lunch break at work. Never had a chance to comment, but was highly entertained by all who did.

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  22. Love the scenes, especially the white lace trimmed curtains!

    Leann

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  23. I like that "the snow of home"...

    Lovely photos and words.

    Such a delightful visit to the Haven today!

    Deanna

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  24. You are a hoot Vee. Waiting for a moose on my post. LOL This was a beautiful post and enjoyed it much. We have not had anything so pretty. Just the one day when it covered just the street and drives. It is probably on it's way however. We got tornadoes all over now. Been hearing thunder. In 75 years the strangest weather I have ever seen. Won't be long til spring. WooHoo
    QMM

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  25. Such beautiful words to match beautiful images Vee.
    How still it all looks and peaceful.

    cheers
    Fi

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  26. So beautiful and cozy. Your home truly looks like the haven it is in these shots!
    And your garage is looking great, too!
    I think I'd better check out yesterday's comments. Hope I commented...because I sure did read the post!

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  27. oh wait, of course I commented. I loved how Sam's reaction to the storytelling and how it was "satisfying". What a great description....a story of storytelling. It tickled me! and I was thinking of it again this morning.

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  28. Vee, beautiful photographs of snow and lovely sentiments found in the writing. I love visiting you, I always leave feeling good.

    Karen

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  29. Your snowy scenes look delightful, though a tad cold! My, my. Mister John sure did do a mighty fine job on that siding.

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  30. Love your snowy pictures. One thing I like about the snow is that it is so quiet and sounds seemed muffled.

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  31. Those words at the beginnning of this post are as beautiful as the snow pictures you took. I love snow. I'm sure I wouldn't want it for a long spell, but here in Georgia it's nice to see it once in a while.

    And now, I'm going to read the school stories in the previous post.

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  32. Snow when it first falls is lovely to look at - right now i would be glad to see what's under the white stuff but that won't happen for a few months! Glad you're enjoying your lovely neighbourhood this morning!

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  33. Beautiful pictures. I think we are about to have a return of snow too, after two days in the high 50s/low 60s. But close to the shores of Lake Erie they are predicting a foot or more accumulations of snow!

    And Mr. Buechner writes nearly as well as you do.

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  34. It is so pretty to look at, I would so love to wake up in a land of white shining snow it has never happened here but in 2000 I spent a month with my family driving across your country and in Denver it was snowing so I spent a day and a night in the snow, the hotel we stayed in had a heated swimming pool with large windows so you could see the outside, now that was a great feeling watching the snow fall while swimming in warm water. We were the only ones there swimming that night.
    Merle...

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  35. I love Narnia.

    You sure know how to pick em.

    The pic with doggie pootch looking through the slats is adorable. What a precious look you are getting, haha.

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  36. I don't think I have every seen a newfallen snow picture that was not pretty. Yours are very very nice and I love the quote!

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  37. Beautiful photos, Vee! We had snow a few days ago and we learned we live on the wrong side of the block, as the hot Colorado sun melts the snow of the houses across the street but our side stays cold and frozen.

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