When I posted on Tuesday, schools were dismissing early due to inclement weather. While the forecast said a coating to an inch of snow, this is what it looked like here by the time my husband and children arrived home in the early afternoon. I just happened to create a new chalkboard design that day, and once everyone was home safely, I felt I could display this and mean it.
When the children went to bed that night, they were hopeful they'd be on a 2 hour delay the next morning. I told them not to hold their breaths because it was supposed to warm up and start raining by midnight. Instead, we got the call at 5:30 AM Wednesday that schools were, indeed, on a two-hour delay.
Shortly after that, schools were canceled for the day due to the 1/4 inch of ice that coated everything overnight when the temperatures didn't rise as predicted.
I put my Yak Trax over my hiking boots, picked up my new camera, and headed to the woods.
If I stayed off our lane---which was a thick sheet of solid ice that my spikes couldn't penetrate---I could safely hike and photograph this winter wonderland.
Things were just starting to melt as the clouds began clearing, but I managed to get some photos of ice stubbornly clinging to everything around me.
A strange fog sort of hovered near the tree tops, and the sun never shone fully that day.
However, it did warm up A LOT as temperatures reached the low sixties yesterday, and everything completely melted.
But I am so glad that I braved the ice and took some time out of our busy, noisy, bustling house on that snow day to slow down and be in the moment and notice the small, simple, beautiful gifts that surround us here on the mountain. Above all else that I hope to accomplish this year, choosing to be still and aware and present tops my list.
And now, to finish this week on a totally different note, here is a peek at our kitchen at the end of day three of the renovation. We all wait until the evening when the carpenters leave for the day, and then we practically run to those doors and have a look inside as we watch it transpire. I've been visiting a local antique mall looking for farm treasures, and my Pinterest boards are expanding as I peruse the farm kitchen pins. I think it's safe to say a trip to Home Goods and Pier 1 is in the plans for this weekend.
May all of you have both moments of excitement and stillness this weekend.