3.06.2009

Beauty and the Beast

I am writing this in the dead of winter. But it’s March, daylight savings time goes into effect this Saturday night, and the first day of spring is not far behind, tra la la. Just because it’s March does not mean spring is here. Like me, some of you may have spotted a robin, the proverbial bird of spring. But the poor bird’s feathers were laden with snow and he had a very perplexed look on his face. You see, we had 10 inches of the white stuff, which started last Sunday around noon, coming down as big fat snow flakes that landed with a big plop and quickly covered the spring green grass. And it continued and continued and continued. It not only snowed but the wind howled and blew like a Chicago blizzard. Dark came early and the lights started flickering. Uh oh…and shortly no more power….. the house as still and dark as a cave in the highest mountains. After an evening of pretending to be Martha and George Washington, playing cards by candlelight and talking, we went to bed early. I could hear the tree limbs snapping and breaking, sounding just like gunshot. The next morning it was still snowing. The world was a winter wonderland, the perfect kind of snow for making a snowman and deeper than the top of my snow boots. It was absolutely beautiful but also ugly. Huge trees down and numerous large branches everywhere: my beloved magnolia torn all to pieces. The power being out here at my home in the country not only means no lights or no modern conveniences but no phones or toilets either since our well pump runs on electricity. And to make matters worse my cell phone battery had died too and of course I was without my beloved computer. And to that I apologize deeply for all the emails and blog comments and boutique questions that went unanswered for the next 6 days. No….we weren’t without power that long (just long enough for me to be in a very bad mood) but I was without internet connection that long for reasons unknown until a field technician could get out here. Turns out the ice and electrical surges had messed us up. For the first two days I was lost without the computer but eventually I realized it was a blessing in disguise. I read the book, “The Shack” which had been sitting around for several months, got The Vintage Nest database caught up, cleaned out kitchen cabinets and actually sat down at night and watched some television programs without running down to the office to check emails. I leave you with some photos of ‘beauty and the beast”, aka as the beauty of the snow and the destruction it caused. Now I am off to catch up on your blogs.

P.S. Did I tell you it’s going to be 75 degrees here tomorrow???!!!!






















27 comments :

M.Kate said...

wow...it looks so cold there, esp for me who has never experienced winter before..I hope everything turns out better and spring pops up soon. Have a good weekend Lynn.

Christine said...

Lynn, your pics are just gorgeous, but I know very well what you mean about "beauty and beast" of a winter snow storm. I personally do not want to endure another winter like we've had in Chicago ever again. I'm glad "they came out" and now it's on to the next phase. Yay! By summer it will all be a distant, but not forgotten, memory. :)

Hugs!

♥ bfs~"Mimi" ♥ said...

Your weather is crazy, but your pictures are wonderful!

We're putting out our tomato plants in the morning. I even wore sandals this evening to a movie.

I particularly love, well, am intrigued, by the glove picture. Trying to figure out if it's trying to dig down or dig out! ;^)

trash talk said...

OMgosh! Can I just say brrr!
That statue photo is fantastic.
Debbie

Suey said...

Lynn, I know your pain -LOL - when winter weather rears its ugly head! This storm looks very similar to the one we experienced here in Dayton last month. We had downed trees and branches, but there was such solitude and peaceful beauty in the woods, as well. I look forward to Spring, but it just wouldn't have been winter without a good snowstorm or two. Will be back to visit soon. Thanks for coming over to visit my blog! ~ Sue

Jenny S said...

I love your snow table cloth!! hehehe!! I am so glad it hit 75 here yesterday and they are expecting 80 today and tomorrow!!Finally those little dark corners will warm up!!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Lynn,
The snow looks beautiful, but I know you are ready for spring and it can do so much damage to trees and plants. Isn't it funny how much we miss the electricity when we don't have it. I usually keep a bag and projects all lined up for hand work, but seem to think of all the other things I need to get done. Hope spring stays awhile for you.
Blessings,
Bonnie

OldBagNewTricks said...

Heavens to Hannah!! That's an impressive sight of which you have impressive photos. Mighty impressive. Dare I share that while the snows were raging on you we were in the midst of the prettiest day we've had since last May -- sinshine, light breezes, 70-something degrees. It was only because it was my birthday -- surely there's another nasty day or so laying in wait for us. I'm waving my mnagical wand that your snows are over!

Jenny

Judy said...

What beautiful snow!!! We have had such a warm dry winter. We need moisture badly.

Dana and Daisy said...

heaven's to betsy!

so glad you are okay! what did we ever do without our computers? I know my house was cleaner for one!

Theresa said...

Hi Lynn,
I am glad you are back! I should have known you knew Polly before me, lol. She's a sweetie, and so are you..... I am enjoying the French Cupboard. My English china feels quite at home there, lol.
Love the winter pictures (from afar).
God Bless You Lynn. You are a blessing to many, many people.
Theresa @ Cottage Violets

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh Lynn, I am so sorry that Mr. Winter ruined your beautiful trees. The photographs are awesome, and that one with the snow covered angel garden ornament is wonderful. 75 degrees? OMG. I thought 60 today was unseasonable weather. Well, I am glad that you are back on-line. Have a beautiful weekend.

Karen

dana said...

SO! NOW I know whey you weren't in the Pink Sat. Loop! OMG---I am so soooooorrrry you had to deal with that nasty stuff!!! I can feel your pain, Lynn, cuz we we were whopped by an ice storm (followed by snow) in 2002 and were w/o power for 9, I said NINE,days. THEN my hubby had a heart attack and had triple by-pass surgery! SO, I HATE ICE and I HATE SNOW, cuz it brings backs really crappy memories!

I am glad you took the opportunity to read and catch up on stuff! I'm really glad you're OK! L, dana

GMG said...

Hi Lynn! I heard about that snow fall from some in Charlotte, NC. It seems last Sunday was really cold... ;)) The pictures are awesome, and I understand you're just oposting because you believe it's over, at least for this year... ;))

Thanks for your comments Blogtrotter, now posting the last of the beautiful Forts in Jaipur : The Nahargarh Fort! Enjoy and have a great week!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Beautiful pictures of the snow. Having recently been without power for 9 days because of an ice storm, I can certainly commensurate with you. I too got a lot accomplished while I didn't have electricity. Read 4 novels by flashlight! laurie

Lalchand Khatri said...

Great post....WOW! I like it....Thank you for such a great post....

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I want Spring enough with winter now...Have a great week...m..

vintage chic mom said...

Beauty and the Beast is a good name for the weather. We live about 4 hours south of you and were very glad it all stayed north...we're really over it this year. But, with March, we know that snow one day and warm temps the next are par for the course....April will be here before we know it! Take care.
Kelly

Lisa said...

Beautiful photos, glad to see we aren't the only ones treated to a winter wonderland! Have a nice cup of cocoa on me and consider yourself invited to my soon to be party! Wish you were here!

Nola @ the Alamo said...

What a pretty snow angel, and I love the white tablecloth! Can you believe this weather? We had 80 degrees this weekend; I got my first sunburn of the season!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Those pictures are just magical!

m ^..^

Margaret Cloud said...

Lynn, those pictures are just beautiful and very depressing. Our snow is gone, we had rain for two days. Our temps are going up and down like a yoyo. I feel for the Robins that come back and get snowed on, I use to go out and shovel a trail for them, but I am too old for that. Thanks for coming by.

Nana Net said...

Oh my what a blizzard you had. So much more than we had! I am thankful that you did get to spend some much needed time with the TV. LOL Luckily we only had power surges here. But did have tree branches falling around everywhere else. I am sorry for your Magnolia tree. Those are such beautiful trees. And so fragrant too!
BTW your pictures truly hold the beauty of it all. Take care and blessings as always.

Annette

antigoni said...

What a storm you had!

Vintage Kitten said...

Your snow pictures are beautiful. X

Susie Q said...

I know I am late with this comment but how I love these photos! I know I am odd but I LOVE snow!! : )

Anonymous said...

great post

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