First Snow

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For days the weatherman has been warning us that we had a change coming in our weather.  I was totally satisfied with the unseasonable 60 degree days; so this was one time I kind of wish he had not been right. It seems the older I get, the colder I get….(except for those hot flash times and that is another whole story.)

When I woke up during the night I could hear the wind howling, though it was too dark to see what was really happening out there. It sounded like some mythical creature roaring around the corners and snarling as it went. It was an angry sounding wind.

It was fairly typical for an Iowa snowstorm….strong winds, sideways snow. The storm was enough of a hazard to close most area schools and cancel lots of activities. The local radio announcers were kept busy updating those announcements most of the morning.

I have a feeling that how we view the first winter snowstorm of the season totally depends on our age. My facebook feed was full of pictures of kids and grandkids sledding, making snowmen and just generally doing what kids do out in the snow.

Kids seem to be able to find a magical quality to  snowy days. Maybe they are just more adaptable to change.  Maybe they are just more optimistic? Or maybe they just choose to find the joy in a cold snowy place. Perhaps we need some life lessons from children?

I will admit this snow was ideal for packing and making those snowmen and if I were younger, many years younger, I would have also been out there for some snow fun. Instead, I found myself, grudgingly putting on my winter coat, pulling on my insulated boots and trudging out to do my chicken chores.

I was less than impressed by the gusty winds that threw cold wet snow in my face as I rounded the corner of the garage.  The girls were not impressed by the weather either. They stayed close to the coop most of the day.

When I finally went out later in the afternoon to snap a few pictures I saw the snow in a different light. For some reason looking through a camera lens gives an entirely different perspective. Maybe it is because it narrows your focus down to a smaller space? It is always easier to take things in smaller pieces.

I found that the view towards the river, while blustery, had a unique beauty to it that only shows itself with a winter landscape. The blowing snow gave everything a softer, hazy look. The snow softened the rough, ragged look of the harvested corn in the bottom field.

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Looking through my camera lens did bring back some of the magic that snow brings…..not to the degree of a child…..but some. Finding my honeysuckle vine, still blooming, while full of snow, brought a smile to my face.

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I took the bloom as a sign of hope. Hope that though the winter weather has just started, it will not last forever. Hope that during the coming cold, dark days that make up winter,the perennials are waiting under the snow for the warming spring rains.

Hope is what keeps us going. Hope fuels our joy. And hope does really spring eternal. I wish you the joy that is Hope. I wish you joy while you prepare for the Thanksgiving season. And may the days that seem cold and dreary be transformed with a child-like wonder.

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?
And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt;
and perhaps it says,
“Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

Lewis Carroll,
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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48 thoughts on “First Snow

  1. Jessica says:

    Oooooooh!!!!! Snow!! Little Bit and I have been using all of our Star Light, Star Bright wishes to wish for snow. ☃

    Though I totally understand what you mean. My great aunt lives in Spirit Lake, Iowa and the winters are sooooo long and cold.

    The temperature dropped 35 degrees between yesterday and today here. The wind!!!! It is mean! And, the grass is green. 😊

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  2. kindergartenknowledge says:

    The tree seems to be relishing the snow…as if new life has entered her weak branches. The tree may not even be a “her”! I would be so excited to see Iowa snow! I thought about you all this morning when I was listening to the Today Show. They said that snow would be SWEEPING through Iowa! I know that you will see the beauty of the snow. You are right…look at small parts like snow against a fence line…looking like thick yarn for a white quilt. Oh goodness!!! You are so blessed to look out at a blanket of snow! No kidding!!!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You now make me wonder of our tree is a he or she. I do know that tree has persevered.
      The snow did SWEEP through here, howling like a banshee (though I have never heard a banshee or even seen one!).
      When the sun shines on the new snow it is beautiful. It sparkles like diamonds sprinkled on that white quilt.

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      • kindergartenknowledge says:

        It is sunny and sort of chilly in Texas…53 degrees. Pretty weather and on our way to the farm! So much to do to get ready for Thanksgiving! We have 40 to 50 friends and relatives coming! Maybe more…I fix my part of the food and others bring something or another. We don’t even have a menu anymore! Just name a food item and we we are bound to have it! So fun!

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        I have about 21 family members coming here Thursday. We all just divvy the food up. there is always too much! It is so much fun. When they come to our home we usually spend time target shooting if the weather is good. One year they did that wearing their coveralls as it was so cold.

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      • kindergartenknowledge says:

        Just replying to your message about your Thanksgiving! We also have target shooting off and on all day! And way too much food! We could probably serve dessert to the entire county. I think the weather is going to be great! Yes…a very fun day! So…twin sister separated at birth…I think that our Thanksgivings are also alike!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You are so right on the warm blankets. My husbands favorite holiday movie is “Christmas Story”. I suspect we will watch that one as well as “A Wonderful Life.”
      I am with you on the January timeline. It is fun and exciting at first, but when the bitter cold of January and February set in…..I long for Spring.

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  3. marijo1245 says:

    What beauty you weave into your words. What truth you bring to light in this sunless time of year.

    “Hope is what keeps us going. Hope fuels our joy.”

    Yes, yes, and amen. It is by this hope I survive, without it life has no purpose.

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  4. In The Autumn Of My Life says:

    Such a nice tale to wake up to. I do love a bit of snow but we had none at all last year. I live in a part of England with its own microclimate and so we often get different weather to the rest of the country. We miss the worst of it usually.

    Oh gosh, you have a big, red barn! That’s so iconic for me of a farm in America! It’s funny the things which come to represent that which we don’t directly experience 🙂

    Wishing you a lovely weekend, Faye, stay warm, gal!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Our winters are always full of snow. We always joke about why do we stay here?…..but we do.
      I love our big red barn! I was so sad when we had three different neighbors burn theirs down. It seemed like barns used to be the heartbeat of the farm. My husband and I are pretty old-school so our barn is safe :).
      You have a blessed weekend also!

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  5. Anne Mehrling says:

    Snow! You wrote about it honestly. I tell people I had a deprived childhood, because I grew up in Tennessee where we seldom had snow that disrupted things. I almost got my fill with blizzards in NY when we lost power for five to seven days. Cavorting in the snow is a thing of the past, but I do love to watch the flakes coming down. I loved your photos and your ending of hope.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      There truly is an upside and a downside to snow. As kids we loved the snow days where we had no school. It is still kind of exciting when it is that bad. Our power stayed on this time around. It is worse when it is an ice storm…then lines come down all over the place.
      I grinned about how you felt deprived as a child :). That would be sad to not experience snow and sledding as a kid.
      You have a blessed weekend!

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  6. rabbitpatchdiary.com says:

    lovely, well written post-The pictures are just beautiful! Here we get snow once or twice a year, never much. When we do, am soooo happy!! I am as bad as any child waiting for Santa! I loved the way you concluded with “hope” and that quote was another perfect choice! Stay warm and safe!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I do find the first snow exciting! I was supposed to have a doctor appt. yesterday morning but they canceled it due to road conditions. I was more than happy to stay home where it was warm and help install the refinished baseboards.
      I found the quote by googling :). I thought it was a good fit for snow, childhood wonder and hope. Can you tell I love quotes and verses?
      You have a blessed weekend!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      When it gets to be closer to zero we put a heat lamp in the coop. Birds put out an amazing amount of heat and they all roost together. I do put a heater under their waterer so it does not freeze. The girls love to still get out even when it snows. I usually shovel them a trail to a few places where they can sit in the sun, out of the wind.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Snow if fine as long as I don’t have to shovel it too often and the cold isn’t bad either till I have to go out to do chores. Other than those two things it is great to sit indoors by the woodstove, grab my crochet hook and just enjoy looking outside.

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  7. goldenbrodie says:

    Lewis Carroll is one of my favorite authors. Love these:
    ‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ said Alice. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the cat. ‘We’re all mad here.’
    One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

    Your snow is beautiful. I’m wishing for some around Christmas time. Peace

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  8. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Beautiful photos! There’s a whole story in the one photo where you can see the tree on the left of the photo and the building on the right. Because you’ve framed the view with those two things (tree & building), it’s like the start of a story, which holds wonderment and enjoyment. It’s a fabulous picture ChickenG.

    On the Winds …. we had your winds last night. I feared that our little place would be like Dorothy’s house – whipped up in the wind, and eventually land in Oz! (Of course, you would be Glinda in this story).
    Sending warm squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      So glad you enjoyed the photos. I love the view we have…..in any season.
      How do you feel about the monkeys in that movie? I was always scared of those flying things as a kid…..still don’t really like the ones in the movie.
      I might be a combo of Glinda and the “other one” LOL. Depends on the day?

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      • thecobweboriumemporium says:

        LOL ”the other one” …. yeah … the one with the stripey stockings. BOOO HISS!

        Aw those flying monkeys gave me quite a bad time when I was little. They scared me half to death. And like you, I don’t like them now either. I just don’t look at them when they come on screen.

        I can be a combo of good and naughty, depending on the moment you catch me. If I’m stressing over getting something just right … and you ask me something complicated, like .. “Would you like a coffee?” KABOOOM!!
        But then about half an hour later, Glinda steps in and whispers that I need to apodgeamise to someone. So off I go, eyes looking down at shoes, kicking imaginary dirt around with the toes of my shoes, and saying “I’m sawreee. I was ‘avin a time’.

        And it’s all sorted out again. 🙂
        ❤ I'm so glad that he loves me! LOL ~ Cobs. x

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        I had to laugh that you just don’t look at the monkeys…..I don’t either!!! My husband thinks it is hilarious. I just tell him I always liked monkeys just not those evil ones!
        It can be hard to be Glinda ……(big sigh) I really don’t like myself when I am the “other one” and then acknowledging it (once again big sigh).
        And yes, like you, I am so glad my husband loves me.

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  9. Deb says:

    We had that same howling wind here too! You’re right it was angry sounding. We escaped the snow but not the turn in temperature. I’m with you I was quite happy with the 60 degree days, no complaints here!! I think the reason kids like it so much is because they haven’t lived through as many as we have…like you the older I get the colder I get except for those pesky hot flashes. I’ve always run cold, but now more so. I must say your photos are enchanting, I love that the honeysuckle is blooming with the snow and ice on it too. I love that quote at the end and yes that a wonderful way to look at winter, that it wraps everything snug and warm til summer! I’ll have to keep that in mind next time I’m cleaning the snow off my car in 10 degree weather with the wind whipping though my hair!! 😉 Beautiful story. 🙂

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I hear you on the clearing snow in 10 degrees. It gets a little hard to maintain that cheerful childlike attitude. We can always try! Or we can just look at it in the sense it makes us really grateful for spring :).

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