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Monday, January 10, 2011

When Snow Falls

When snow falls, nature listens.
Antoinette van Kleeff

The little country store where I work on the weekends was very busy this weekend.  It seems everyone was preparing for the unpleasant weather that had been predicted for us.  The farmers and ranchers in the area were taking measures to ensure their animals had feed, others were fueling up their vehicles and still many others were cutting and hauling firewood.  Past experience has taught all of us to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Around noon Sunday, the first tiny snowflakes made their appearance.  It was as though they were saying, "This is your warning, get set".  And then it snowed and it snowed and it snowed.  How can it snow this long and only leave an inch or so of accumulation?

By this morning, most of the schools in the area were closed for Snow (Ice) Day!  Stepping outside to take pictures, I faintly hear the sound of children laughing.  Oh, to feel young again!  Not be young, mind you, just feel young.  Now, where was I? Oh, yeah. This is what I saw from my front porch:
I am glad we have a protected area (sort of) for the dogs to go outside.  Everything around here has to multi-task and that includes the greenhouse.  The wieners look like little football players running onto the field when they run through the tunnel coming to the back door.
Greenhouse frame doing double duty.  Noah & Gigi love it.
 After carrying out scraps to any four legged animals traveling through, I turned my attention to the wild birds that frequent our air space.  Cardinals seem to love us, so we return the favor by making sure the bird feeders stay well stocked.

Now it's time to turn my attention to the inside critters that allow us to inhabit their space.  First I feed my beta fish, Lucky.  With four cats in the house, I felt this was an appropriate name for a fish.
Front entryway to our home.

Lucky (blue glob), hiding in plain sight.

Even on overcast days, with our sunny yellow walls, we can pretend it is summer time year-round.  Glass of lemonade anyone?
Outside today?
Inside today?
It's a real no-brainer, huh?  Think I'll kick back on the couch and watch the red birds outside the window enjoying the buffet.  There seems to be quite a crowd gathering.  Think they tweeted all their friends to join the party?

Weather Update:  6:30 p.m. Keefeton, Oklahoma Time
It's snowing again.  The snow, that had partially melted today, is now forming icicles hanging from the roof.  It is so quiet outside, as though Mother Nature herself was holding her breath.  I am thankful that we have a warm, cozy home and are surrounded by all of our beloved animals.  We had a lovely dinner of fish, mac & cheese and salad.  Simple Living at it's best.  Thank you Lord for blessing us with a cup that overflows with your abundance. 

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