Sunday, December 12, 2010


Snow day! We are pretty much socked in with snow today. Sure, we could try to leave, but since last night many roads are impassable, plows are struggling and even police have chains on. The wheel loaders (aka plows) have been on our main streets, but not our alley. All of the neighbors are out with their snowblowers, and someone has cleared our sidewalk for us not two, but three times in between our own rounds of shoveling. Neighbors have gone out with shovels when seeing someone struggle to drive down the street. Everyone is chatting and waving (nothing like a blizzard to make Madisonians chipper!).

Boys are in the alley with neighbor kids digging tunnels, forts and quinzees to play in. All the while the snow continues to fall. Blizzard winds will continue and tonight will be below zero temps with up to 35 below zero windchills. Winter has arrived, and we are all happily tucked in, prepared and enjoying it all.

For some reason those twinkly colored lights in and around our homes look so much more welcoming when the snow is blowing and drifting outside. And the air just smells like pure crystal.

We bunkered down last night with games and comfort. Pokemon and Scrabble battles, dart games, word searches, and lots of snowy books and today has been spent in and out, shoveling and playing, taking breaks from the icy wind - little boys with rosy cheeks and damp snow gear hanging all throughout the hallway to dry out before the next round.

We have warm apple cider with spices simmering on the stove, hot tea, tons of board games, books from the library, the oven warming up, and a whole lot more. Just perfect for being snowed in as the winds kick into high gear and the thermometer drops.

Stay warm!



  1. Oh, Denise.
    These pictures are fantastically yummy.
    The colors are gorgeous.
    Awesome pictures for an awesome life.

  2. What wonderful ways to spend time in a blizzard!1 I love all your photos!!

  3. Your home looks so beautiful with the colored lights and decorations - perfect for enjoying the storm!

    It's nice to hear that folks are helping each other out with snow removal and being neighborly :0)

  4. Sounds like a perfect snowy Sunday. Lovely photos. Nice to be warm and cosy indoors.

  5. Wow! I can't even imagine what this would be like, but it sounds like fun to me. Oh, to be cosy by the fire and snowed in!

  6. As much as I hate the cold, I do love a good blizzard! Everything looks so lovely and cozy. Have fun.

  7. Anonymous3:18 PM

    Isn't it fantastic? It reminds me how much I love snow and the comfort of the indoors. To quote the song and if you've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

  8. I wish we were having a blizzard too! I am glad you are enjoying it. Your weather headed this way, but turned to RAIN! I am so jealous of your snow!!!!! Have fun for us.

  9. Wow, that's a lot of snow!
    Your Christmas decorations are really beautiful!

  10. Anonymous7:06 PM

    We have had our own blizzard this past week. I'm in SW Ontario and in 2 days we recieved 1 metre of snow. (Just under 3.5 feet.) I can appreciate the hunkering down and enjoying yourself. It's pure magic.

  11. Hi there. In this weather there is no point in fighting it - best to embrace nature and hunker down. Sounds like you have a pretty cosy home. Enjoy your time out. There is nothing like a blizzard to bring out a community. xx

  12. Great pictures!

    We endured that blizzard all day Saturday (as we live in Minnesota)....and the day was glorious! We just baked and baked and baked.



  13. holy smokes! glad you all are safe and cozied up ~ looks lovely!

  14. That's a lot of snow, and your house looks so cozy!

  15. Your home looks so cozy and great and you know I'm so envious of your snow! I love the warm cider, lights and board game kind of days. Beautiful!