Monday Morning Musings - 2.8.16

Picture by yours truly, quote credit Kahlil Gibran

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this past Tuesday, signifying an early spring.  You could almost hear the whoops of joy from people around Cape Cod.  After last year with 'The Winter That Would Not End', not many people wanted to see much, if any, snowfall this year.   

I, however, love snow.  Maybe it's how, so abruptly, it can force us all to slow down, keeping us cozy in our homes next to family and fires.  Maybe it's how it serves as a reminder to me to be grateful for what I have, because with a storm I will check in with my family, and pause to appreciate mine when we're all sitting together in a warm room, just being together.    

I was happily surprised on Wednesday when a winter weather advisory popped up on my phone saying snow was in the forecast for Friday. I don't like being cold one bit, but I don't mind it if I know there's warmth on the other side of that cold.   Always one to keep us on our toes, Mother Nature of New England did not disappoint us, starting with rain on Thursday night, transitioning to freezing rain early Friday morning, and snow by late morning.  The snow didn't stop until close to five o'clock that night, either.  

Heavy, wet snow, with wind gusts, and we even lost power for about three hours, too.  Now, I might feel differently in a few decades with winds that cause me to lose power as well as shoveling wet, heavy snow, but for right now, I love it.  

Want to know what else I love?  Waking up the next morning, warm in my pj's, and running from room to room like a kid on Christmas, admiring the fresh fallen snow that has plastered itself to everything it could.  It's like someone dumped a huge vat of marshmallow fluff from the sky.  The sun is out, so it's blindingly bright, but still not quite warm enough to melt what it's kissed yet.  And the sky?  Such a brilliant shade of blue, and so crystal clear.  

I let my dog out, and take deep breaths of the crisp air, listening to the silence a blanket of snow brings with it.

Later on, Boo and I take a walk with our dog, and I'm continuously amazed by the brilliance Mother Nature has provided to us.  My boo runs ahead, falling into the snow, reminding me to be a kid myself, and my dog, Lucia, keeps looking at me in bewilderment, as if to say, "where did all of the smells go?"

I find myself smiling at it all, and it lead me to find my quote for the week: Kindness is like snow - it beautifies everything it covers.

To further show you some of the beauty I covered, there are more pictures below.  I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I loved taking them!  

Love, Happiness & Coffee, 

~ Heather ~

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