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I know this is totally off topic, but we're now recovering from our "First Snowfall of the Season..." to quote the song, and it's inspired so much beauty as well as the urge to snuggle up with a good book (a fluffy warm cat would be a nice accompaniment) and just relax. I thought I'd reach out to see how others respond to these storms.


For those in winter areas, do storms excite you, or do you see them as more work? Do you watch the gentle path of tiny snowflakes as they fall silently from an overcast sky? Does the artist in you want to take photos to preserve the scene? Do the bakers want to make the house fragrant with delicious foods "from the oven"? (I'm thinking chocolate chip cookies here!)


If you dread going out into the zero or subzero wind chill weather, how do you prepare? Hot chocolate, mulled cider, herbal tea, flavored coffee?


Do you study the changing colors of the sky, often ranging from the pale white when snow is falling to baby blue with tufts of quickly moving clouds?


Do you get out garden catalogues and start marking off seeds or plants to buy next spring?

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Referring to your first post, I do all of the above! 😉
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Have a dusting this morning. Just enough to really mess up my new car.😕 If it is going to snow at least let it do it like it really means it!
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Chili....yum!

I took some photos outside my house during our largest snow last winter. IT's just the yard, a couple of trees and a light post covered in snow. I thought about using it as my Christmas card this year, but, decided against it. I don't think others would appreciate the beauty of it, like I do.
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I am jealous! I love the snow and the beauty and silence, muffled sounds it brings. I have not seen a good snow in two years. Kansas only had ice store's while I was there. Here we should have had at least one good storm. But nothing measurable in, what did weather report say, 66 days. The last measurable was only 1.5 inches. But, MAYBE this weekend. HUMPH!

When a good storm is coming I head to the store to buy chili fixins' mmmm, nothing better on a cold snowy night with a bit of salad and crusty French bread or flour tortillas.
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I get out my camera. A couple of weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the night and glanced out the bathroom window. The sky was spectacular with pillars of light in a green gold stretching up into the night. As I worked to find the right camera setting to capture the scene, they slowly faded to soft pinks and blues. In an hour or so they were gone. 

Wikipedia -  they are caused by the interaction of light with ice crystals, light pillars belong to the family of halos. 
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CWillie, lovely poem. I can visualize both the winter and spring seasons from the lovely descriptions.
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Snow is falling on my garden
Whirling, dancing lightly down.
Snow is sparkling on the branches
Of the trees tall and brown.

But the flowers are not forgotten
Spring will bring them all to light.
For the frost in dreams has traced them
On my window last night.
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We recently got a nice light blanket of snow here. (NC) LOVED seeing it come down. It was cold too. I was able to put on my fleece lined leggings, that I had put in the donate pile, since, I didn't think I'd be able to wear them due to being too hot. Oh no.....they felt great. I snuggled up with my remote and just watched some tv, while looking at my Christmas decorations! LOVE that too.

My only qualms are having to get out on the slippery roads. I used to enjoy it more slipping around the streets a little, but, now, I'm not amused at the prospect of sliding in a ditch or getting property damage. lol I don't enjoy the prospect of having to venture out on snow or ice to the ER, if my LO has to go. So far, it hasn't happened, but, you never know.
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I love the snow as long as I don’t have to go to work.

I especially love red cardinals perched on a branch that has snow on it. Love this.
 
I love watching the snow fall and the peace and quiet it brings. 

I love feeding the birds especially the day after a good snow- I will trudge out there and clean the feeder so the seed doesn’t get wet for them.

But...there were plenty of mornings when I had to get out to work especially when I was a dialysis nurse. Techs couldn’t begin dialysis without a RN present. Those patients had to have treatment and if they made it, then so would I. 

But I haven’t had a job where I have had to go out for 3 years & love snow now. Thank heavens.

If it snowed back when I was a clinical nurse, it better have been Saturday night into Sunday!
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I love watching it fall. I hate going out in it or driving. My younger daughter age 18, but think between 8-12 goes out and brings in large bowls of snow to eat.
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