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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Horay for the Winter Solstice!

Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Officially the first day of winter. In ancient times this was a celebrated occasion.

When we think about the fact that most of our coldest weather and the bitterest winds happen in January and February, why be happy about this day? Because after the 20th of December, the days will begin to get longer again! Only by a few minutes a day, but still it is progress toward spring.

For people like me who suffer from seasonal depression from lack of sunlight, this is indeed the big turning point in the year. I know that it's still going to be cold and dark out, but the thought of extra daylight brings me hope. The seasons are turning in a positive direction!

This was the scene out my front door early Saturday morning. It's snowing and the weather people were predicting a nice one!

A few seconds later I snapped this picture. I don't know how the snowflakes turned into fat white balls! Isn't that crazy??? I took a few more pictures afterward and none of them turned out like this.

It snowed all day Saturday and into the night. On Sunday morning at dawn our front yard was blanketed in about eight inches of white. You can see the very pale pink where the sun is going to come up.

It looks very stark and wintry out our back window looking toward the mountains. The wind comes rushing down from that direction without much to stop it.

I am not a cold weather person, but I do love sitting inside by the woodstove watching it snow. I hope some of it lasts until Christmas.

Keep warm, friends!
Have a joyous Christmas!!!

Peace and Love from Pat and Zip


  1. Pat, your photo's are wonderful! Like post cards.
    I'm looking forward to Spring! Trying not to dwell on the rest of the winter. One day at a time...
    Have a great week.

  2. I hear you!!! I was just telling my husband that yesterday while we were clearing away a foot of snow from our driveway and walks! Bring on the added daylight!!!! I like snow at Christmas, because it adds to the beauty of the season... but December 26th... well... I've got my pad and paper out and I've already started planning my garden!!! LOL! And, like Kathy said... "One Day at a Time", and we'll get there! :-)

  3. Hi Pat - I measured the snow on my picnic table - 23" can you believe it! It's beautiful but I've had enough. Eloise is confined to the deck - drifts so high she can't manage. It does look peaceful tho - and adds to the beauty of the season.

  4. Pat ~
    I'm with you, girlfriend. Bring on more daylight and warm weather. I wasn't meant to live in northern Ohio. Maybe the northern Bahamas, but not Ohio...LOL!
    Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing. I'd love a white Christmas but it looks like we may be getting rain.
    Merry Christmas and pug hugs to you and Zip and the kitties :)

  5. Pat - such pretty pictures! Yep - it's unaminous(okay i probably spelled that wrong!) - anyway - i agree with everyone - Where is Spring! Merry Christmas (and yes i do believe it will be White) to you and the kids and Zip too!


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