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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

in a fog





my favourite tree


The temperature crept up yesterday as the milder air flowed in.  Fog swept over the hill from the river and enveloped everything for a couple hours.    When it lifted it started to rain and drizzle.  
By evening it was pouring rain as the temperature rose to +8C and the wind whipped the rain against the windows.  By bedtime the temperature had started to fall and when we woke this morning it was -7C.  We had a flash freeze and the schools are closed today due to icy roads and driveways.  I don't think the kids minded an extra day off at the end of their Christmas break but, perhaps the parents are not amused.  ;) 

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The tree will come down today.  I took off all the decorations except the crocheted snowflakes, icicles and lights.  It would be nice to leave it up for a while but it's such a big tree and I need to get some order back into the living room.  And, it's been up since November 30th.  The longest I've had my Christmas tree up!!  It's time.

'winter' tree

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The Amaryllis has four gorgeous blooms on it and another stalk is growing up.  I guess I should cut this bloom stalk off and put it in a vase so the other one will get the nourishment it needs.

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I'm finally caught up visiting around the blogs.  I got so behind over Christmas and I know I still missed some posts.  I am trying to get in the groove again but it's slow going.  I guess my brain is in a fog or I have brain freeze.  :)  

The cold and snow are getting to me (us) and we just want to hibernate and do nothing.  With all the cold, snow and the "Arctic Vortex" that has gripped most of the continent I am thankful that we aren't trying to fly to or from anywhere in North America, or abroad for that matter.  I can't imagine being stuck in an airport for days or on a plane on the tarmac for hours (happened here in Fredericton due to no customs officials on duty!) and missing connecting flights or vacations or getting back to work.  What a nightmare!  

 So that's what's been going on here.  
I'm plodding on through January.  
And it's only the first week!   Ha!

I hope you are doing well, staying healthy from all the flu bugs going around, keeping safe and warm in your home and getting through this cold snap.
Thank you for all your visits and comments.
And.  Welcome to my new followers.  Thanks for following along.

Blessings,

Pamela



43 comments:

  1. that 1st shot is a real keeper. so perfect in my book. i always love playing Christmas music to take down the Christmas tree. making it feel like the season is officially over. i really enjoy your burlap ribbon through the tree that is perfect. is that something you have done for a long time or most recently? i love seeing every one's Christmas & how different we all decorate our own. so fun!! we are having 4 degree temps today ... the wind is wild too. i am not sure what is better ... your weather with snow or ... our weather with no snow? you stay warm. i know you are trying to be good in the eating dept. what do you drink when it is chilly like this? do you drink hot chocolate or? ( :

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  2. I was going to say your tree looks beautiful. What I actually mean is that both of your trees look beautiful - just in different ways. Either would make great notecards. I do so hope that you are staying safe and warm and out of the icy chills. We are seeing some horrid sights over here on the news about your weather. Take care of yourselves - please! xx

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  3. Nice tree but ours came down on Sunday as it was back to work this week. We are getting your snow at the moment in the form of rain, loads of it which is causeing some awfull flooding round the country and I don't think it is over yet. Still waiting for the cold snap to come. I must try and grow an Amaryllis it looks rather stunning

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  4. Pam! We have the same tree!! well,,,almost! I will be taking a picture of it soon and sending it to you....and it is one I look at often ! Too funny. Stay warm and I hope January goes by quickly as well!! What is it about this first month of the year that everyone finds too long.....

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  5. I love bare trees in the winter, that's a great shot! It's minus 40 here with the winchill, but will be warming up by the weekend!

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  6. The wintery mix is surrounding you too it seems . . . great photos but this cabin fever is getting to me . . . I want out . . . for just a bit! Be careful with all that ice!
    Always wonderful photos Pam . . .

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  7. Ah...we're in a similar mode. The tree is down but there is much more to be dealt with. I was given an amaryllis bulb for Christmas but have yet to plant it. Thanks for the visit.

    - The Tablescaper

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  8. The cold is really hanging on! We are cold here, but a low normal, but over in the mid west and east it is REALLY cold! make sure yiu do stay in and warm! Sounds like a cup of tea, a fire and a good book kind of weather. We used to live in the mountains at 5,000 feet with snowy winters and were without power for 3 weeks once. Kinda fun...we were younger...but a lot of extra work. Melting snow to heat on the wood stove to wash the dishes was no fun! We had wood stove heated water for showers though, so that was great!
    Ruth

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  9. Can't seem to get a comment to fly. Perhaps the iPad is as frozen as I am. Love your winter tree with the snowflakes and icicles...it is perfection. The amaryllis must add a lot of cheer. Hang in there...this cold snap has to break eventually. Until then, I am keeping my fake fire on high.

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  10. I have a favorite tree too, it is half dead, but very photogenic. I loved seeing the Amaryllis, it reminded me of growing up in Sweden, where everyone seems to have one that blooms at Christmas. How they do that, I have no idea.

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  11. I can totally relate about feeling lethargic concerning blogging... is taking some time to get back in the swing.

    I have 3 amaryllis with long green leaves, but no blooms. Maybe they need more light? Not sure, but yours is very pretty! :)

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  12. Your favourite tree is lovely. There's something so attractive about bare branches with snow. The contrast is lovely. Did you crochet the snowflakes on your tree? They are very pretty. It always feels good to get the house back in order after the holidays, I find. It's like a big exhale.
    What weather! Crazy.

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  13. Blog slump here too, I am hopeful the swing of things will get going soon!

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  14. Ah, Pamela, January will be over in a flash, - but you are having crazy weather. It's back to drippy and wet for the next week here.

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  15. Uh huh, only the first week of January and we've had enough! All the schools in our county are closed today but thankfully we didn't get the rain you did - just more snow!
    Do you get Mark Cullen's newsletter? He has a photography challenge with amaryllis on right now. I haven't grown one for years because we go away in the winter.
    I feel sorry for all those people at the airport too - wished we lived close enough to offer some hospitality.
    Judith

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  16. Pam, I love your white snowflakes! Beautiful...perhaps next year, will be time for a change for us!...:)JP

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  17. Pamela, it sure makes for a pretty picture of your favorite tree, but BRRRRR that's too cold! Yes, I'm sure the kids are so disappointed that they had to stay home. lol! Your Winter tree is gorgeous, but I know what you mean about order. Kind of nice for the New Year. Stay warm my friend!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  18. Hello, my dear Pamela.......I am with you......I got so behind with the Christmas holidays that today I am finally catching up. Your tree is simply gorgeous but I thought it was before. But so pretty just as it is now, too. We took ours down on Sunday and that night I really missed it. But before you know...it will be Christmas again! HAHA! All decorations are put carefully away and now to make each room look good for winter.

    I have missed you.
    Bless you,
    Susannah

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  19. I've been reading blogs today and trying to get caught up with a few comments. It doesn't take long to get behind! LOVE your crochet snowflakes. I have a few that my sister made years ago. Sometimes I pin them on a banner to enjoy. You have such a pretty variety. Hope you're staying warm and snug inside. It's cold all the way to Florida today! Sweet hugs!

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  20. Absolutely LOVE your favorite tree. Great shot! The Amaryllis is gorgeous!

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  21. I have a snowflake tree created from red dogwood branches in a large vase. I also have my crocheted snowflakes on the mantle with some wooden trees I bought this year. I'm keeping them up till the end of January ... not that we need any reminders of winter. It has been another awful day .. freezing temperatures, high winds, blowing snow ... an inside day for sure.
    The amaryllis is beautiful.

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  22. Your winter tree looks lovely, Pamela.
    I understand about being behind on blog reading. I am behind on that and so many other things right now. Hope to return to some semblance of order by next week. Fingers crossed.
    Your amaryllis is a beautiful color.

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  23. Hi Pamela
    Isn't this weather crazy ? We have whiteouts and frigid temps I am soo looking forward to spring now, I have had enough of this stuff and yes it is only the first week of January HO HUM ! Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing . Stay cozy and have a good day !

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  24. I know what you mean about reading blogs over the holidays, I didn't blog and hardly read any posts, when you get that far behind, there is no catching up!

    The weather is awful, it has been so cold here!

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  25. Hi Pamela,
    This blast of cold has thrown everyone for a loop, it seems. I love January when routines are back and the house is back in order. I always enjoy your wonderful photography!
    Mary Alice

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  26. Your photography is spectacular. That tree surrounded by gray is beautiful although I am not sure I could survive in the climate. I love snow when I am skiing, but I don't think I could live in it.

    Stay safe and warm during this crazy weather pattern.

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  27. That first photo is just gorgeous! Very nicely done!

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  28. Happy New Year, Pamela! This winter so far has been something else, hasn't it? I'm glad we took our trip to Vancouver last Christmas instead of this year. Your weather pretty much did the same as ours did yesterday and today. And the wind is simply howling out there. Hubby has chased the garbage can at the end of our driveway {awaiting pick up in the AM} a half dozen times tonight and our driveway is like a skating rink. I wonder where the can will be in the morning!
    Your tree is so pretty covered in snow flakes and icicles. I took ours down on the weekend. Our living room always has to be rearranged to accommodate the tree so I was anxious to get it back to normal again. Stay warm and cozy, my friend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  29. I love the fog, for me it's a photo op in the making.

    Not sure if you are interested but I sent you a link for a free day of Pic Monkey Royale.

    Jen

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  30. I really like the tree with just the white on it - so soothing. It would make a good winter tree - but I do understand about the space. Take care in this cold weather.

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  31. Beautiful flower....
    Did you cut it?
    Would make a beautiful photo.....just sayin...
    More pie!
    Cheers!
    Linda:o)

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  32. What a beautiful photo of the tree in the snow, Pamela! We escaped the Arctic Vortex here in Washington State, just barely, but winter has just begun....I've been thinking of and praying for everyone suffering through the cold. I am feeling that same brain freeze, though. It's these short, dark days. Stay safe and cozy. xo Karen

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  33. I love your trees! Both the tree in the fog and your Christmas tree. Did you crochet the snowflakes? My mother-in-law used to tat snowflake and gave me many. I have given them to my girls now. I'm plodding along here in Janurary too and just glad to be able to stay home. Stay warm!

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  34. That's a beautiful photo of your favorite tree. You should do a mosaic of different seasons with your tree and frame it! Nice to see your Christmas tree still looking pretty! And your Amaryllis is gorgeous. What a shade of pink! Stay warm and have a good day!

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  35. I LOVE that first image Pamela, of the tree. Stunning.
    I am so tired of talking about the weather but it just seems to be so unreal at times that it is hard not to talk about it. We are going up and down so much that it is also hard to not get sick!!!
    I think I will force grow some tulips...just to remind me that there is another season to follow this one. :)

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  36. It sounds like we have had similar holidays! My tree is still up too. No hurry. Yiur weather is so dramatic and beautiful, but I'm with you. Glad to stay home. I'm catching up too. Always nice visiting with you. Cozy down!

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  37. Pamela
    I can relate to your brain fog, for sure.
    The flower is beautiful-it makes me long for Spring.
    We are getting out of town for the first time since before Christmas tomorrow!

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  38. Hi Pam, I'm dropping in for a second, the cold and fog is still with us in the early am. Trees are always so lonely looking in the winter months. I'm seeing evidence of ice storm damage as we drive down the highways. I know what it is like to stay caught up and don't know if I can with this android device as I'm not great at using it. Well now that you are caught up, I'm behind.

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  39. Stay by the fire, Pam. Keep warm. Your tree was beautiful. Does your house noe feel as bare as mine? I rather like the freedom from the Christmas glitter.

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  40. That lone tree in the fog is just a great shot! Stay warm and stick it out.

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  41. I like all the snowflakes on your tree! The foggy tree is beautiful!

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  42. Ph, Pamela- that first pic of your favorite tree barren in the snow with the grey sky background dropped my jaw. That is an award-winning photo if there ever was one. WOW. You can really snap 'em, lady!!

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  43. Glad that you are staying safe and warm through the cold snap. It has passed through here and now a distant memory. It's 60 degrees out right now! Your tree is beautiful, so I can well understand why you kept it up so long. And catching up with blog reading is a never ending endeavor, LOL. It seems like I get badly behind every couple of days.

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