Thursday, January 5, 2017

Winter Mornings on the Mountain Top

Winter has settled in to stay on the mountain top and we are heading into a deep freeze for the next few days.
 
Sunday night we will be hitting zero.
 
Uggghhhh.
 
 
The skies sure are pretty on these frosty winter mornings....pretty enough that I am compelled to run back into the warm house after feeding the birds, grab the camera, and head back out for photos.
 
In my bathrobe, more often than not. Yup, that's me. Thankfully my house is pretty secluded.
 
 
You can see the road from my house now, through the trees. Come spring, I'll be in my own little world once more.
 
But today, spring seems a very long way off.
 
 
These three evergreens used to shield my house perfectly from the neighbors' house. There were two additional evergreens that had to be taken down after an ice storm bent them in half. Then Verizon came and chopped the tops off these two trees....I was furious and it still makes me angry every time I look at them!
 
 
Someday perhaps I'll plant some others in this corner as well. However, in spring and summer it hardly seems necessary when all the undergrowth fills in so nicely.
 
Summer seems just a memory now.
 
 
Many happy hours were spent out here the past two years. Last Christmas the kids sat out here and had a cocktail with their cousins before dinner.
 
 
Also last Christmas I sat out on this swing and peeled potatoes, with nothing but a fleece on to keep me warm.
 
That's ok....this is how winter on the mountain top is supposed to be. I don't really mind, or I wouldn't live here.
 
Come April, when the snowstorms keep coming, that's a whole different ballgame.
 
 
But for now, the pups and I are warm and cozy in the house, enjoying the glow of the tree for a couple more days.
 
In my house, we always keep the tree up until after January 6th, which is my dad's birthday.
 
Happy Birthday, Pops. I love you.
 
xoxo

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  1. But when spring DOES finally come, nothing will be prettier than your little spot on the mountain top.
    Brenda

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    1. That's true, my friend - spring in the mountains is a glorious affair! I'm regretting that I didn't plant any more spring bulbs in the fall - somehow I never got to it!

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  2. I always fill the birdfeeder in my bathrobe too so you aren't alone. I just make sure I'm not going to get locked out of the house - ha! Your snow is lovely and your skies!

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    1. I try to make sure of the very same thing, Bernideen!!

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  3. Happy New Year, We've had lots of snow here in northern Colorado as well-but maybe not as much as you have. I shoveled the walkways this morning when it was 5 degrees and it was cold. Supposed to get really cold tomorrow. Stay warm and enjoy the pristine snow views.
    Noreen

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    1. Oh boy, 5 degrees is not fun shoveling weather!! Happy New Year to you as well, Noreen!

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  4. Us city-folk get real tired of that snow by the time April comes!
    Moved up in 1993,I swore we'd have a snowman at our Memorial Day party, LOL
    It.never.stopped.

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    1. We've had snow in May here as well - I remember hosing snow off my geraniums one year!!

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  5. Happy New Year, Poodle Scoop! Oh, your snow is beautiful and I know it's cold as everything. We will turn around and spring will be here. After moving up north, I can see now why the different seasons are so looked forward to. I love it! Take care, sweetie, and we'll keep on blogging in this new year.
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well, Shelia! You're so right, before we know it we'll be looking for those spring bulbs to be shooting up out of the frozen earth!

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  6. I didn't get to planting my spring bulbs either! I wanted a few just to force indoors but the stores don't have any for that now, just too late all around. Your snow is beautiful, we are expecting our first snow of the season this weekend. I plan to sew and watch football - its Wild Card Weekend!

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    1. Enjoy your firsts now this weekend, Carole - isn't the first snow just so lovely?

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  7. The snow is beautiful but I'm glad we don't get snow, except every few years, and then not much to speak of.

    Stay warm!

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    1. I can't imagine winter without snow, but I'm glad it makes you happy, Dayle!

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  8. Your weather is much like our's right now. It was -4 F this morning when I got up. I think we may have hit 11 F today. We are looking for the temperature to warm up and then have a week of snow starting this Sunday night.

    Just a quick question. I noticed that your cushions were still on your deck furniture. Are they attached and unable to come off? Seriously, it's little things like this that keep me wondering at night? OCD much???? LOL! ;)

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    1. Oh my gosh, -4 is COOOOOLLLDDDDD!!! And a week of snow? You are going to be buried!! Yes, my cushions are still on my furniture outside, simply because I'm afraid if I put them in the garage the mice will chew into them to get the stuffing for nests!! They're safer outside!

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  9. Looks like a postcard!
    We are supposed to get some snow this weekend. I haven't seen snow for 30+ years, so I'm excited! Enjoy your cozy nest.

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    1. Oh, yay, good for you!! I wonder how much snow you will get?

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  10. We suppose to get our first snow starting today. Its been in the 50's all week and in the 30's today. Sunday, it supose to be 7 degrees! Oh wow.
    Guess what? Im making your butternut squash soup today when I get off work. We will eat on it all weekend. Do you have any sugestions on what else goes with it on the side? such as cornbread, or crackers?
    Lisa

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    1. How exciting, I love the first snow of the season, Lisa!! I often eat the butternut squash soup as my lunch at work, for a zero point lunch....especially if I have plans to go out to dinner that night. Saving points for dinner and drinks, you know? :) Cornbread would be awesome on the side, the sweetness would balance the soup nicely. I hope you love it!!

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  11. We've got the deep freeze here too right now brrr....

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    1. Stay indoors and stay warm, Deb!! Good time for your quilting projects!

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  12. Best of all, I love the tribute to your dad. HB in heaven to your dad.

    ps....I feel the same way of the utilities wreaking havoc on the trees. I know they have a job to do but, just like everything else, there are alternatives to how it's done.

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    1. Rita, thank God my Dad is still with us, he's in Florida for the winter with my mom, and they come back to NY for the summer and early fall. I just got off the phone with him -he's cooking his birthday dinner right now! :)

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  13. You do have a gorgeous mountaintop place! Too bad the trees had to come down or be trimmed. The inside of your house is so cozy and inviting. It was in the mid-50's last week and now we are down to single digits with wind chills in the minus range. Stay warm! xoxo

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    1. Oh my gosh, your weather sure has changed, Donna, hasn't it? Wow, stay warm, my friend!!

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  14. Gorgeous. So serene and pretty.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  15. Beautiful scenery out your back door- and like you...I would be furious if the electric company topped off any of my trees. They are known to cut at will and be darned to whomever it upsets. Well, stay warm!

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    1. It was awful, Terri, they didn't even ask me - they just showed up and did it! I got home from work and nearly had a canary!!

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  16. It was -4 here in IL when I got up this morning. I am so cold even in the house today that I turned the heat up and am wearing a fleece scarf around my neck! We went out for lunch and man, does that wind ever sting your face! No snow here right now - the ground is bare except for some big dirty snow piles in parking lots (and one in our yard where it's constantly shady) leftover from our last snow storm. Looks like we're in for some snow next week, but I think more like just flurries and a dusting.

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    1. We don't have any significant snowfalls in our immediate forecast, either, Melanie - a few inches here, a few more there. No big blizzards. I guess I'm ok with that!

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  17. Oh! How very beautiful your setting is!!! Our high today was Minus 4° and not much higher predicted for tomorrow either. Your tree by the fireplace looks so festive and beautiful.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

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    1. I feel so blessed when I walk out my door and look at the beauty that surrounds me, Diana - even when it's super cold!

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  18. Snow on the mountaintop...just as it should be. And super cozy inside by the light of the tree. We still have our up, too. I'm not ready to say goodbye to the sparkle just yet!

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    1. I gave up the sparkle on Saturday, Kim - it was time!

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  19. It certainly looks like a winter wonderland! We woke up to -1 here this morning. BRRRR! The sun shined all day and it looked beautiful from inside. Walk outside, and you know that it is definately cold! I was going through some old photos today to clean out my laptop. Garden photos had me longing for spring! :)
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I woke up to zero degrees this morning - nearly froze when I went out in my bathrobe to feed the birdies! :)

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  20. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr........looks very cold and frosty and its also very pretty isn't it? stay warm and cozy and inside underneath nice warm quilts and fur throws as much as you can! Its a great season for cooking and baking isn't it? And you have such a pretty fireplace, perfect time to enjoy it!

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    1. It's the very best season for cooking and baking, without a doubt! I love putting my oven on when the temps are so low - it helps warm up the house!

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  21. I think it is cold over most of the US right now. In Nashville Tn... 10:50am and its 23. Yesterday morning at this time it was 18 with a feels like of 6. But at least you have the snow to go with, and so pretty it is. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Wow, it certainly does seem that the cold weather has really spread across the US!

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  22. It looks cold and wintry there, like here. I would have been mad about those trees, too!

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  23. It is definitely a shame they chopped the trees like that. All for technology sake :(

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    1. So true, Karen- and you know what? It certainly didn't help my internet any, that's for sure - Verizon's internet is awful!

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