Winter Wonderland has arrived.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

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This is the time of year I hear mixed emotions from my friends about the weather. It is or can be, one of the most beautiful times of the year. When I was a kid, we lived across the street from a park. The city flooded an acre sized rink and my brother and sister put on our skates, walked across the road and skated until our ankles couldn't take any more or we were saved by the dinner bell calling us back home. We didn't know about wind chill, so we had no fear of winter weather. We just had fun skating, sledding or just romping through the snow being outside. Do you remember the feeling of your pants being frozen stiff? As we got older, early teens, we began skating in the marshes near where we lived. The bombfires were so warming, the crackling of the timbers and the fireworks of sparks that would erupt periodically from the blaze.
These memories warm me as I process the fun and freedom we celebrated. No longer agile enough to do those same things, winter can be still enjoyed by getting outside. Being a participant rather then a member of the audience. Instead of skates, I now grab my camera. It is thrilling to capture the splendor of the snow glistening in the sunlight. Dead tree limbs take on a majestic appearance when they are clothed in a thin layer of ice. The howling wind no longer holds the appeal it once did, I know about wind chill now.
Winter sights and sounds have always been intriguing, especially if your not responsible for shoveling or physically attacking the snow. As when I was a child, we made it fun and I hope to experience the feeling again through photos or just observing nature.
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    Your blog brought back a lot of happy memories. It would be great to play like children again. I wonder what happened to me. As a kid I was outside all the time, and I used to go play with my kids outside even as a grownup -- now I like sitting in front of the fire instead. It just wouldn't occur to me that being outside in the cold and snow would be fun. Thanks for the reminder!

    2277 days ago
    What I remember about those ice skating times is how icy cold my toes would get. I wasn't a very good skater anyway, but loved getting warm in the shack with the hot chocolate and little fire in the stove! Thanks for the memories! Jeannie
    2277 days ago
    What beautiful memories you have! Having never lived around snow, I can only imagine what it must be like to live where it snows. Thank you for sharing your memories, and I look forward to your sharing your winter wonderland pictures with us.
    2277 days ago
    Those are beautiful memories. emoticon
    2277 days ago
    Really beautiful writing! I hope that you enjoy exploring the snow with your camera tomorrow. I was supposed to have the day off, but I got jeopardized, so I will be going in to skiing for me tomorrow...Maybe Sunday...
    2277 days ago
  • JILL313
    i live in usually sunny with mild Winders in Southern CA. But just reading your blog made me want a White Christmas here which I highly doubt is going to happen. I'm so spoiled living here and actually think 60 degrees is cold--LOL! Enjoy the Christmas season and capture the Beauty all around you. Merry Christmas new friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2277 days ago
  • JO88BAKO
    This is a great time of the year- now. We bought a house in N.C. to live in for the winter and get away from cold and snow in Iowa. We will go back there in the spring. The beach is awesome, and not many people are there. I love winter now.
    2277 days ago
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