A Blizzard of Blessings!

Snowy Greetings, friends!

What a weekend we had here in the Midwest! A massive storm developed as two weather systems collided, combined with the effect of Lake Michigan. The Blizzard of 2015 dropped twenty inches of snow, while high winds created large snowdrifts everywhere.

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Sunday morning we woke up to several inches of heavy, wet snow.

Frigid. Exhausting. Swirling.

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As the day went on, high winds swirled the snow around in the garden.

Deep. Drifting. Relentless.

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The limbs of our pine trees were heavy with snow, as they swayed in the strong winds.

Dangerous. Stressful. Endless…

These were a few of the words

 that came to mind as we drifted off to sleep,

after spending Saturday evening and all day Sunday

working to keep up with the accumulating snow.

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ABC7 News reporter, Judy Hsu used time lapse to capture the

Blizzard of 2015 in her yard, in just 26 seconds! Amazing!!

Click here to see her video!

{With special thanks to Judy Hsu.}

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This morning,

as a new day dawned,

tiny snowflakes were falling gently.

Bright sunshine and blue skies soon revealed

the ‘Marshmallow World 

that was once our garden…

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Mounds of snow turned our evergreen bushes into huge marshmallows.

Our herb

Snow piled halfway up the garden gate, burying our herbs under a white, fluffy blanket.

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Marshmallow snow caps topped our white picket fence.

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The pine trees were iced with heavy, wet snow.

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Icicles began to form in the cold afternoon sunshine.

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The seed heads and stems of Black-Eyed Susans created a ‘shadow garden’ on the glittery snow.

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Rooftops and pine trees wore mounds of fluffy, marshmallow whiteness.

As I trudged through knee-deep snow in our garden this afternoon,

reflecting on the past thirty-five hours of falling snow,

my whole perspective changed…

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Although we had a very difficult thirty-five hours,

the Blizzard of 2015

had actually dropped a mixture of swirling snow

and a ‘Blizzard of Blessings’ upon us…

Sunday:

∗  Our family and friends were all safe.

∗ Our power stayed on through the storm, keeping us warm and cozy.

∗  My husband and I were together through the entire storm. It’s always nicer with two!

∗  A kind neighbor surprised us (twice!) by clearing our sidewalks with his huge snowblower.

∗  Using our small snowblower and shovels several times, we were able to clear our sidewalks and driveway.

∗  Neighbors waved to one another, as we weathered the storm together.

∗  Our family and friends, nearby and oh-so-far away, checked to be sure we were safe.

∗  Snowplow drivers worked throughout the storm to keep our suburban roads open.

∗  A big pot of lentil soup warmed us inside, so that we could keep shoveling outside.

∗  A cozy ‘time-out’ to watch Downtown Abbey provided a wonderful escape from the snow.

Monday:

∗  This morning, a group of crafty friends gathered to make Valentine cards and shared our blizzard tales.

∗  Today was a Snow Day for many students and teachers, keeping everyone safe.

∗ Huge trucks hauled the snow away from our library, so that families could come warm up with a good book.

∗  Big snowmen began appearing all over town!

∗  The snow-covered garden looked gorgeous sparkling in the afternoon sun.

∗  There was a beautiful sunset this evening.

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Our fifth snowiest storm ever

was a HUGE challenge for everyone.

As we remember the hardships of the Blizzard of 2015,

we are also counting our blessings.

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Now the storm is heading east,

where everyone is still recovering from last week’s historic blizzard.

We wish everyone still in its path a ‘Blizzard of Blessings’… along with all of the snow!

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We are expecting more snow tomorrow.

Today the Groundhog saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of Winter. Brrrrr!

It’s the perfect week for some heartwarming fun ~

making Valentine cards and baking goodies to share!

Stay safe and warm!

♡ Dawn

            P.S.  Are you enjoying a snowy winter or a mild winter this year?

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32 thoughts on “A Blizzard of Blessings!

  1. Thanks so much, Barbara! The fresh snow was so sparkly in the afternoon sun. Soon you will be planting seeds in your greenhouse. It must be so nice to spend time in your greenhouse on a warm Winter day! Have a great week! ♡

  2. Thanks, Julie! We got much more snow than expected. The ‘Lake Effect’ helped to create the powerhouse storm here. I try to avoid driving on snowy days now. (One of the special benefits of retirement!) We are expecting more snow tomorrow. Our snowblower is ready! Stay warm, Julie! ♡

  3. Hi Penny! It truly is a Marshmallow World today! (I think I’ll be singing that song for days!) When I walked around the yard this afternoon to take the photos, I was up to my knees in snow! It was so peaceful and sparkly (and cold!). I’m sure your yard looks gorgeous in the snow. Have you seen deer since the blizzard? Stay warm and safe, Penny! More snow is on the way… ♡

  4. Gorgeous snow but such a lot of work too! I was pulled in by that cute drawing by Susan Branch which made me think that I was coming into her blog!

  5. I like your positive thinking and especially the one about the electricity staying on. It seems like you can handle whatever Mother Nature dishes out if the power stays on. 🙂 We are buried in white – 3′ last week, 10″ yesterday and more forecasted for the end of the week.

  6. Dawn,
    I love reading accounts of snow as we don’t “get” snow where we live. I tend to romanticize the weather pattern, although I know in my heart, and from your beautifully descriptive words that there is hard work and worry that can accompany a storm such as the one that hit your neighborhood. Still, I love the calm and stillness that envelopes the landscape. Your blessings after the storm are many and your descriptions are always fun to read. I’m happy to hear you and your family are safe.
    xo,
    Karen

  7. Hi Sandra! So happy that you stopped by! The snow is so beautiful, now that it has stopped falling! It will stay around for a long time due to our frigid temperatures. I’m a huge fan of Susan Branch’s work!! So, you will find many connections to Susan on my blog. If you click on her artwork at the top, it will take you to her post about the blizzard on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s a ‘Marshmallow World’ in so many places this winter! Stay warm, Sandra! ♡

  8. Oh, Judy! You have really been buried in snow this winter! We had a winter like that last year and it was so hard to endure the constant snowstorms. We are thinking of all of our friends in New England during this snowy winter! Stay safe and warm, Judy! ♡

  9. Heartfelt thanks for your kind words, Karen! We had our biggest blizzard of all when I was little. It seemed like so much fun, building snow forts and snowmen and pulling our sled to the store to buy milk. Such fun memories! Now, of course, we think of our safety and taking care of the house, without taking time to play in the snow. So, there is always cause for concern in a blizzard. Once it’s over and the sun comes out, it’s so pretty to explore the ‘Marshmallow World’ all around us! Falling snowflakes are just so beautiful, Karen! It’s fun to bundle up and walk in the snow! ♡

  10. Good morning, little snow bunny! It sure is pretty in your garden with all that snow! Glad you both were together and safe and cozy in your sweet home. We got NO snow here!! It was all south of us. 😦 It’s been a very mild winter for us here in the Frozen Tundra! Beautiful sunny day today. Tonight is the Snow Moon so I hope it stays clear. It shoukd be BEAUTIFUL shining on your marshmallow world! Hugs, Karen

  11. What?? No snow in the Frozen Tundra, Karen?? The sun just popped out this morning and it really looks pretty!! I’ll bet your grandchildren are having so much fun in our deep snow! I hope we will be able to see the Snow Moon tonight. I think we will have cloud cover and more snowflakes will be falling. I’ll be thinking of you… and waving under the Snow Moon. Stay warm… and come south to play in the snow! ♡

  12. Rabbit, rabbit, dear friend! I’m sure you remember visiting us here during some very snowy Winter days. Such wonderful memories! So happy that you are enjoying the warm sunshine, Anne! Big hugs! ♡

  13. Snowing but the grandkids loved it. They were up here for the Super Bowl party. Brian and Julie and Kevin and Holly made wonderful food and snacks.

  14. Oh my goodness, Cathy!! It’s so lovely to read your comment! Such a blessing that everyone was able to come visit for the weekend! I love the idea of a Super Bowl party in a Victorian inn! I think of you every day… and will come visit again very soon. Love and hugs, dear friend! ♡

  15. Adore snow and still living my snowflake filled life vicariously through the snow of others! Not sure which I love the best, but the snow covered picket fence images are quite arty! I guess the buzzwords are stay safe and warm! ~~~Deb

  16. Oh, Deb! You would love our big snow piles! It really is a ‘Marshmallow World’ each time we look out the window. We have had a few more inches on both Tuesday and Wednesday, as well. Our shovels and snowblower are getting a real workout. Staying safe and warm is the most important part of our Midwest winters! So happy that you stopped to visit today, Deb! Waving across The Pond! ♡

  17. Thanks for visiting on a snowy day! It has snowed each day in February, so far. The deep snow looks so pretty and is insulating my garden with a blanket of white. It will be a very long time until we see signs of Spring here! So happy to see the snowdrops blooming in your garden! ♡

  18. Wow, Dawn! That’s a lot of snow. It looks so beautiful in your photos though. I loved reading about how your friends and your community all came together when it snowed. I’d love to live in a welcoming place like that 🙂 Hope all is well. Stay warm! ❤

  19. So glad you stopped to visit, Chris! The time during the blizzard was very challenging. After the storm passed, we were able to appreciate the beauty of the snow! We did lots of shoveling for the next few days! We feel fortunate to live in a smaller suburb. It always seems to be more of a challenge for those in the city! We are thinking of all of our friends along the East coast again today as another huge winter storm arrives. Stay safe and warm, Chris! ♡

  20. Hi Dawn, I just came by after Deb talked about your lovely picket garden. What lovely images you have captured from your snowfall! That is an incredible amout of snow! We have had little more than a dusting this winter—I do love the snow, but I’m not sure how we would handle this amount! Stay warm and cozy! ♥

  21. Thanks so much, Jayne! Wouldn’t it be fun to be gardening neighbors? We are still knee-deep in snow. So, seeing your daffodils in bloom in Georgia gives me dreams of Springtime! Enjoy your lovely weather! ♡

  22. Welcome, Martha Ellen! Thanks for visiting… and following.♡ It was definitely a big challenge during the blizzard, but afterwards the snow was so beautiful. Now it is a thick blanket of insulation over my perennial and herb gardens, keeping them warm in the frigid weather. Dreaming of Springtime in the garden! Have a happy week! ♡

  23. Oh, Donna! We really feel for everyone in MA. The past few weeks have been unbelievable for you! I remember feeling like I was driving my little car in a tunnel last winter. Our snow piles were so high everywhere. Our town had to haul the snow away in huge trucks. There was just no more room for snow piles. Look for silver linings… like the ‘Marshmallow World’ song. Stay safe and warm! Spring is on the way… ♡

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