Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas snow at last

We finally got the snow that we'd been hoping for for Christmas.  It started this morning and within minutes the ground was covered.  It is still snowing, big white flakes that swirl around and dance to the ground. 

There's something so peaceful about sitting near a Christmas tree with a hot cup of tea and a good book, seeing the snow fall outside the window.  I'm reading The Help, probably the last person in America to do so.  I'd like to just sit and read it in one sitting, but my desk is stacked high with piles of stuff that I mentally tagged, "deal with after December 25th." 

So, my day has been one of work at the desk for a bit, do some laundry, read a few chapters.  Repeat. Not a bad day at all!

Last night, our friends Kathy and Steve came over with their two boys, Tyler and Scotty.  I made chicken tortilla soup in the crock pot, some hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls for those who prefer less spicy cuisine, and we had ice cream sundaes for dessert.  Very simple, but everyone seemed to enjoy it.  We spent the evening playing Wii games.  Everyone got in on the action, and I learned that I am no better at bowling on a t.v. screen than I was in an actual bowling alley.  Except, I never knocked over an entire bowl of potato chips when I was on a league.  Dan's comment:  "I hope you have the wrist strap on that controller."

Oddly, it seems more like Christmas now than it did in the crazy, busy week prior.  Maybe it's the snow.  Or maybe it's that I've been reminded that December 25th is really the beginning and not the end of the yuletide.  It's the end of Advent, and the waiting period.  But now the wait is over and the season of light has begun!  I guess the snow isn't really that late after all, but right on time.

11 comments:

Renna said...

Even though we've had no snow (actually quite warm here now), it's seemed more Christmasy since Christmas for me, too. I guess it's the fact that I've finally slowed down enough to enjoy my surroundings.

My daughter is at home with a cold (in CO Springs). She's sitting on her couch watching Bones on the tv, and watching the snow come down out the window. She's been texting and sending me pics of the snow, which sure makes me wish I was there!

Marilyn said...

We're getting snow, too, out here on the eastern plains! I'm with you in that December 25 is the beginning. Everyone seems to be in such a hurry to "get things decorated" and then hurry up and put it all away. I'm happy to be home from school so I can enjoy Epiphany and my simple tree. Happy New Year to you and your family. ♥♫

Becky said...

No, no, you are not that last one in the world to read The Help. I have not read it yet. It has been on my list for ages and I can't even get it from the library. Someone else is hogging it.

Becky said...

Oh, and there are no rules about keeping a word for 2 years. Go for it if you want!

Susanne said...

Oh, I love how you ended this post!

It snowed here for a couple of days too. It's been cold but tomorrow is supposed to warm up. Just enough for the kids to give their new sleds a run.

I really liked The Help. I just finished it about a month or so ago so I was one of last also. :v)

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

I never even heard of "The Help." Don't think I've read a book since I started blogging. Do I need to get a copy?

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
WE HAD SNOW TOO...A LOT OF SNOW...18".....
IT IS IN THE 30'S NOW...A LITTLE WARMER.
WE ALSO HAD SOME RAIN AND FOG, WEIRD....YOU
SOUND LIKE YOU HAD A GREAT TIME WITH YOUR FRIENDS PLAYING Wii
WE HAVE IT TOO, THE KIDS LOVE IT. HAVE A GREAT WEEK. LOVE YA,
AUNT RIZ

Country Dreaming said...

I am STILL waiting for snow. We have had a "dusting" but that doesn't count.
It is so peaceful to watch.

Happy New Year!

Melinda

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Wonderful photo, so peaceful looking! Glad you guys had a good Christmas season and hope your new year is off to a wonderful start! (Guess what I got for Christmas - TWO new Snow Village pieces, my first in about 10 years, I was SO excited!!!).

I haven't made tortilla soup in ages, and never in the crockpot. You should post your recipe, sounds good. Sounds like a wonderful evening of food, fellowship and fun. My favorite kind :)

Enjoy The Help! They filmed part of the movie in the town next to mine (where I was born), and we're looking forward to it coming out :)

Jen said...

Yep you are right...the snow is right on time. We did have snow on Christmas and it was so nice. I'm trying to get back into the swing of blogging...and I have a couple of books I'm gonna start to look at...one is Choosing to See by Mary beth Chapman...I also want to read the Help...so keep me posted on it. I hope you are having a great week!

BClark said...

Hi Karen, Still tying to get back in the groove,lol. We had lots of snow and since then have had a thaw so while it is white much of it is ice. I always enjoy coming to visit you and your family, not sure why it is taking me so long to catch up. Best to you and Happy New Year!
Barbara