gratitude journal

1. The Great Race

2. Stisters

3. new friends

4. fiesta ware memories

5. secure jobs

6. kind hair complements

7. Grown-up gold-stars

8. play puppies for all!

9. almost having all our teeth

10. motrin

11. corner view stretching my creative side- seeing a new side to myself develop

12. being asked my opinion

13. photography session contests

14. an essay written that makes me smile

15. LOTS of days off lately

16. snow that reminds me of my childhood and the unlikeliness of it all

17. maple snow cream

18. maple snow taffy

19. remembering the good ole days from 4 years ago with our photo library

19. babies growing up

20. a happy cat

21. our Snow Queen returning to the “North Pole” and a four-year-old letting me know that, “Mommy- the snow queen still left her clothes here!”

Fave-O-Lit Friday

 

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen passed our way last night,
Between the darkness and the light,
And flowers from an enchanted star,
Fell showerlike from her flying car.

And silently through all the hours,
The trees have borne their magic flowers,
And now stand up with dauntless head,
To catch the morning’s gold and red.

by Dollie Radford in 1907

corner view: organic form

I’ll be honest, I was a bit intimidated by this week’s theme and considered backing out. Then I thought about the thing that I love about corner view and keeps me coming back. For me the themes give me a new set of lenses to view my past work through. Sometimes I’ll go out and shoot the theme; but usually I go through my library and try to see it in a new way. Really it keeps my brain and eye fresh I think! So I decided to do a quick peruse of my photo library and see what I had. I’m not entirely sure that my choices meet the technical definition here, artistically speaking. What I was most drawn to after a quick reading of the definition was the flower middles I had shot. So for your orangically formed, nature-loving view:

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Corner view is a weekly Wednesday post hosted originally hosted by Jane, currently by Theresa. A topic is given and you can see impressions; be it in photographic or poetic form from around the world.  See what’s going on around the world:

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corner view: winter

Apparently I took Theresa’s suggestion for a break quite literally! It’s good to be back with posting. It’s been a cozy month with much downtime with friends and family snuggled deep in our nest and neighborhood. I was wondering what I might do for this weeks theme since before Christmas. Ask and ye shall receive indeed! Here in South Carolina it snowed on Christmas for the first time since around 1968. Mind you we aren’t on the coast- we are in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so it often snows within an hour of us but usually here it might dust us and melt by midday. Well late Christmas night down it came and we went out to play. Zuzu was convinced it was ice-cream falling and a treat for her to enjoy. The girls were invited out to romp in the snow. The day after Christmas we had to deliver Lovey’s brother to the airport and more happy snow scenery shots were taken on the ride. Then yesterday we got a real midwestern snow! Between 6-12 inches in our own backyard!  Lovey was able to pull out his cross-country skis and surf wax and take a little ride down the road. Zuzu was in hot-pursuit letting me know I needed to go up to the attic and bring down her skis and skates. She still believes in Santa Claus, but I’m fairly certain a little bit of magic that your parents just produce what you need when you need it wore off this morning as I attempted to explain that she was not born in a land of snow where children routinely ski and skate like Max and Ruby and Arthur and Dora. Even as I explained it for the third time she was insisting that I just go upstairs and look for them for her.  Her sister on the other hand would have preferred to have been left indoors. Even though there is a widely smiling face in the pictures, the gravy train of a wagon ride ended fairly quickly when Zuzu spotted an Uncle she could stalk with a snowball. The Quail was delighted to be toted around, less so to be let go into the snow on her own. Monday’s snow had no-such wagon rides though since we got a few too many inches to be able to safely pull her through. And with that the delight was all of two minutes. You can hardly blame her though seeing as her parents also didn’t magically have good snow pants to tuck her into and ended up stuffing her into enough cottony layers to leave her standing as a scarecrow on her own. Between that, the mittens and a hat being secured to her head there wasn’t much happiness and frolicking to be found.

As I was typing this though it changed over to freezing rain and becoming much more treachorous outside. South Carolina winters as we have known them have typically produced a handful of snowdays a year- but really should be called ice-days. When the typical driver routinely carries a chainsaw in his trunk to move away dead limbs he comes across, well the little girl in me decides to just stay home.

Onto the scenic beauty:

See what’s going on around the world:

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Snow Day take two!

And we continue to be snowed in with our little world shut down once again! Most likely once the sun comes up tomorrow we’ll be back into our regular patterns but in the meantime- here’s a few more frosted beauties to share: