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Friday, November 28, 2014

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow




Our deck and pergola around 7:30 Wednesday evening.  It was so pretty.

Sleigh bells ring....are you listening....

It started around 6 on Wednesday evening and stopped late morning the next day.  We got 30 cm of snow.  I even measured the snow on the picnic table to prove it.

Around 7:30 Thursday morning.

As the sun came up behind cloudy and snowy skies we found a winter wonderland.

There's my wood ruler measuring the snow at 11 inches on the picnic table.  LOL

It looks like the adirondack chair has been upholstered in cotton batting or, perhaps a snowman fell asleep in it.  :)


So, of course, I had to take my camera outside for a little walkabout in the yard and capture some pretty snow pictures.

The container on the front deck is looking very festive now.  So much prettier with snow on it.

This is probably my favourite shot.  It's our neighbours yard which has changed a lot from last year as Tropical Storm Arthur took down their two huge Manitoba maples in July.   It's still beautiful though and the wreath around the wood swan planter on the bench makes a nice focal point along with the cedar rail corner fence.  

And another season of this has started.  I did my share of shovelling the front deck, along with the stairs and a direct route to the backdoor on the back deck.  I'm paying for it today with sore muscles and sciatica.   I think it's time to buy that mini snow blower for the back deck don't you?  We haven't even touched the rest of the snow on it.  Yet.

This is the lighted snowman on the back deck.  I thought it looked like Marge Simpson last night with the snow pile up on the snowman's hat and the blue lights.  LOL

I went to town today for our Black Friday here in Canada.  The traffic was crazy and the streets and parking lots busy and still snow packed and icy from the storm.  I mostly just looked and didn't really buy much.  I just can't get in the mood for it and feel so overwhelmed when I get in a store or the mall.  Do you get overwhelmed with shopping this time of year?   I am hoping to get to the farmers markets on a Saturday and buy local products.  There are a lot of beautiful home made products that I would enjoy giving as gifts rather than imported things from the box stores.  I think it's really good to support our local economy and those who work hard to produce things right here at home.  How about you?  What do you think of this idea?

Well, I expect my American friends are filled with turkey and pie after Thanksgiving and I hope that you had a great day with family and friends.  Enjoy the weekend.  

Blessings,
Pam  


32 comments:

  1. It looks very festive! You did your holiday decorating in advance. I did not and now I may not. Too much snow to wade through. Yes, you need something for the deck...you can't be battling sciatica every time it snows.

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  2. beautiful Pam. We only got 6 inches but I loved it. I made so many images on Wednesday and Thursday. love your snow pics and especially the one with the fence in it.

    I don't do much shopping but when I do I make my list before I go so I know exactly what I want and don't wander around the store.

    I wholeheartedly agree with the handmade idea.

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  3. It looks so pretty, Pamela! : ) I don't enjoy busy stores at all at this time of year.

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  4. Beautiful pictures, Pam! Looks a lot like our snowstorm that is just tapering off now. We've also had 30 cm and now it will be cold until the end of the weekend, then we're going to have temperatures of plus 3. Crazy! Stuck at home but getting things around here done for Christmas, watching movies and cooking up some great dinners. Tomorrow? Baking and renos!

    We have never done any Black Friday shopping. Shopping is a fun activity in this house but we always avoid big crowds. Years ago, I would sneak out on Boxing Day morning while everyone was still sleeping to get my Christmas wrap, cards, bows and ribbons 75% off but now that we have Boxing Week sales, no need to rush around. Deals are all over and we shop when the crowds have gone home! Now Boxing Day in our house is pyjama day! I also love your idea of shopping locally. We love to shop at our local Farmer's Market and always find some great unique gifts.

    Have fun this weekend!!

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  5. Winter Wonderland indeed . . .
    I don't think there is anything more enchanting than the "first snow!"
    I love your deck, pergola, mix of woods and rod iron in the railings . . . so very nice!

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  6. Breathtakingly beautiful shots, Pamela!

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  7. What beautiful pictures! I love a fresh snowfall! I am not a big Black Friday shopper either...and actually don't really have much shopping to do this year. We drew names for my family, as we will all be going to Kelowna this year. So just 2 presents to buy for that gift exchange. I don't like shopping crowds either! Enjoy the beautiful landscape that surrounds you in your winter wonderland!

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  8. Oh it is so pretty we are lacking any at this time. I have bought local handmade this year also and grocery gift cards. Hug B

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  9. Pretty pictures! Love the swan. I was so tired after shoveling I didn't take my camera out.

    I try to be done by end of November so I can enjoy the season, and I shop on weekdays. This year I'm taking a few of my photos over to Kay's Framing in Riverview. Usually her work is very expensive (and justified, they do lovely work, just that my retirement budget can't afford it). However, like any true craftspeople, they make good use of their leftovers. They make small frames up from leftover pieces, and will frame a photo for a great price. Sorry Michaels, but I am using Kays this year. I'm crocheting and knitting and baking some of my gifts. I purchased several ornaments from Gifts Galore on Main Street (local), where the beauty of their products is surpassed only by their excellent service. And then I go to WalMart and Sears etc, only then.

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  10. Doesn' snow just make the world look magical? Your photos are magazine quality. Post card perfect. Do you ever use them to make your own greeting cards? Love Marge. I think your snow man has a new name and idendity. I like the pergola lights. I had thought about lighting ours, too. I did go out Black Friday--to the thrift shop--pretty picked over. The grocery store--quiet. Local antique stores--nothing new. Yes, I do get overwhelmed by shopping and stores and the hype. I put away all of the fall and Thanksgiving decor, now I am going to just savor a bare mantle and house for a few days before I pull out the Christmas decorations. Have a great weekend, Pamela and stay warm. I wonder if your snow is headed our way? I heard a weather person hint about a change then I lost interest.

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  11. Sure looks wintry now! Your new back deck looks very nice. I more or less avoid stores at all costs in the pre-Christmas weeks!

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  12. It looks as though the snow is going to be keeping you very busy this winter. I love your Marge Simpson snowman! It is so funny how the snow has done that, but very cute too! xx

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  13. oh, you got a good dose of fluffy white! so pretty. laughed at the snowman falling asleep in the adirondack. and again at marge simpson. :)

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  14. LOVED this post! Your snowy photos are really pretty.

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  15. The snow looks so pretty, Pamela, especially on your deck with the lights.

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  16. That looks so pretty! We have no snow, in fact it is quite mild but it's already dark at 3.30 I also get overwhelmed in stores and tend to avoid the big ones. Like you, I'd rather support the small shops. They have a tough time of it.

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  17. Oh my goodness! That's a lot of snow...and so pretty. We had a few flakes here last night...all whipped away by the winds overnight. It is cold and the wind is howling here today. I'm all in favour of shopping local...and love our little 'mom and pop' stores.

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  18. Wow - amazing photos. We only have cold and wind - and thankfully no snow. South of us a little ways - in Seattle they are getting snow today - hope it stays down there.

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  19. I enjoyed your snow pics, especially the one of the back deck with the lights as the snow begins. Yes I know that overwhelmed feeling in big stores! And today, here, is the small business day answer to Black Friday. I hope people really are shopping at the small places.

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  20. Argh...it's pretty, but...there's a reason I'm a Floridian by choice. :)

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  21. Hi Pam....
    Your backyard looks great! Love when the snow is all fresh and clean♥️
    I am like you.....the mall overwhelms me too!
    I am making a lot of gifts....I like that!
    Enjoy your weekend...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  22. Your snow photos are so pretty Pam. We didn't go anywhere near stores on the so called Black Friday ... I hate crowds. We have done all our Christmas shopping and we tend to buy from local stores and unusual places and stay away from the chain stores. I also make lots of gifts Enjoy the snow.

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  23. WOW ! You guys got dumped on big time ! Wonderful photos . Oh I stay away from the stores at the best of times I cant imagine being in them on Black Friday YIKES !! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day and stay cozy and safe and rest up from the shoveling I know how you feel lol !

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  24. Your snowman looks so funny....a little like Marge S. or maybe one of the Coneheads! lol LOVE the photo of the swan with the wreath, too. It looks like a Christmas card. I don't like shopping at the big stores at this time of year. People seem so frantic and greedy. I try to make gifts and I love shopping on Etsy. Enjoy your weekend! Stay warm! Hugs, Diane

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  25. Your snowy photos look lovely and Marge the snowman is too funny. We have had snow a few times, but there is just a bit left as we had some warm weather. Your idea sounds lovely. I'm not a fan of malls and avoid them.

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  26. Those are beautiful photos! Snow makes just about anything look better even if it is a pain to deal with.

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  27. Snow always looks best in photos, don't you agree? Hah!!

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  28. Hi Pam, your Winter Wonderland is just beautiful! I love your deck pergola with the twinkling lights :) The neighbor's wreath scene is lovely and yes, I do see Marge Simpson visiting there! I feel the same way about shopping the mall - I get so overwhelmed I just want to turn around and go home. Shopping local, small businesses is my idea of a good time! I am going to a craft market next weekend with my daughter and hope to find some goodies. Yes, buy that mini snow blower! It beats aches and pains. Hugs xo Karen

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  29. Hello Pam, your snowy photos are beautiful. The one of your neighbour's yard with the wreath against the tree would make a perfect Christmas card.
    I try to stay out of malls as much as possible, although I do take one day and a big list and try to do it all at once. I have to be in the mood for it though.
    Do you think that perhaps your grief is making you feel more like avoiding crowds and stuff this year? You must miss your brother very much.

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  30. What a chore for you! But so very beautiful! Your favorite is mine too. So lovely. By all means! Get the snow blower! I am with you on the mall shopping. I have not done it for years. Too crazy. We give only a few simple gifts each year. Besides the hassle, the money spent is pretty crazy. Okay, I'm getting a bit grinchy here! Didn't mean to do THAT! I hope it is a lovely December for you!

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  31. Beautiful snow scenes, Pamela. I love your place, and also that wreath around the swan. Gorgeous. I do hope you don't have to deal with it every day this year.

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  32. Your snow photos are just stunning. I hope it all stay there with you and doesn't try to make it to West Texas..:)

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