Snow Day!

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February calendar, Les Tres Riches Heures, Limbourg Brothers, 1416

Susan here, deep in February. We’ve had a few snows this year, not great amounts, but lovely and not too challenging for routine things. Yesterday we had several inches of snowfall, yet today the sun came out, temps rose, and it’s already melting. Spring seems not too far away at this point, so here I am with a little praise of snow before it’s all gone. There's never quite enough of it for me! 

I was raised in way Upstate New York, where the winters were long and deep and white. And though I’m in Maryland now (not the most wintry of wonderlands), I will always love snow and winter. A heavy winter season can be a trial with roads and cold and hazards, I know. But my memories of NY are a kid’s memories; I didn’t have to drive or get to work. To me, winter brought snow, snowmen/snowpeople, snowball fights, skiing, skating, making snow forts…and snow days!  The snapping cold, brisk air, the blue-blue skies and black lace trees and blankets of white; cold pink noses and hot chocolate; and when it snowed, the world grew quiet and filled with peace for a while, and I soaked that in, too. By the time I was a mom with a house full of boys loving snow days somewhat exuberantly <cough>, snow days were a bit less quiet. Now that the house is less populated, I've rediscovered the peace of a good snowfall that cocoons from the world for a while. 

So whether you’re loving the quiet beauty of your snowy yard, or muttering as you shovel once again or scrape ice off your car—or whether you are sweltering in some southernmost climate wishing for a little cool air!—let’s take a snow day on the blog. Here are a few snowy images, with a few snowy quotes to go with. Enjoy!

Hiroshige

Kindness is like snow—it beautifies everything it covers. – Kahlil Gibran

Snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches. – e. e. cummings

Caspar david friedrich

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
– Henry David Thoreau 

 

Edward robert hughes

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted. – Mae West

 

Foschi 1770

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.  – William Sharp

 

Book of hours adele de savoie-1460-1465

Here a small boy says: "It snowed last year too; I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down
and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea." – Dylan Thomas 

Monet magpie

Our snow was not only shaken from white wash buckets down the sky, it came shawling out of the ground and swam and drifted out of the arms and hands and bodies of the trees; snow grew overnight on the roofs of the houses like a pure and grandfather moss, minutely-ivied the walls and settled on the postman, opening the gate, like a dumb, numb thunder-storm of white, torn Christmas cards. – Dylan Thomas

Snowball fight medieval mural italy

 

How do you feel about snow, winter, or snow days?

Are you over it, or looking forward to just one more snowfall for another snow day and a little more hot cocoa before spring and a new season arrives? 

60 thoughts on “Snow Day!”

  1. What bothers me most about winter is the lack of sunlight. The gray gloomy days. I have always thought that snow is beautiful – especially if you don’t have to drive or work in it.
    I love the illustrations and quotations you have included with this post. Lovely and funny (Mae West).
    All that being said, I am quite ready to enjoy Spring.

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  2. What bothers me most about winter is the lack of sunlight. The gray gloomy days. I have always thought that snow is beautiful – especially if you don’t have to drive or work in it.
    I love the illustrations and quotations you have included with this post. Lovely and funny (Mae West).
    All that being said, I am quite ready to enjoy Spring.

    Reply
  3. What bothers me most about winter is the lack of sunlight. The gray gloomy days. I have always thought that snow is beautiful – especially if you don’t have to drive or work in it.
    I love the illustrations and quotations you have included with this post. Lovely and funny (Mae West).
    All that being said, I am quite ready to enjoy Spring.

    Reply
  4. What bothers me most about winter is the lack of sunlight. The gray gloomy days. I have always thought that snow is beautiful – especially if you don’t have to drive or work in it.
    I love the illustrations and quotations you have included with this post. Lovely and funny (Mae West).
    All that being said, I am quite ready to enjoy Spring.

    Reply
  5. What bothers me most about winter is the lack of sunlight. The gray gloomy days. I have always thought that snow is beautiful – especially if you don’t have to drive or work in it.
    I love the illustrations and quotations you have included with this post. Lovely and funny (Mae West).
    All that being said, I am quite ready to enjoy Spring.

    Reply
  6. Even though my schooldays are long gone, any time I wake up and see the snow falling, my first thought is “Snow day!” And since I can now just look out the window and enjoy it without the need to get anyplace, I love it. It’s a day off from ordinary obligations. A snowy day is the perfect time to bake scones and then curl up with a cup of tea and a delicious book.

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  7. Even though my schooldays are long gone, any time I wake up and see the snow falling, my first thought is “Snow day!” And since I can now just look out the window and enjoy it without the need to get anyplace, I love it. It’s a day off from ordinary obligations. A snowy day is the perfect time to bake scones and then curl up with a cup of tea and a delicious book.

    Reply
  8. Even though my schooldays are long gone, any time I wake up and see the snow falling, my first thought is “Snow day!” And since I can now just look out the window and enjoy it without the need to get anyplace, I love it. It’s a day off from ordinary obligations. A snowy day is the perfect time to bake scones and then curl up with a cup of tea and a delicious book.

    Reply
  9. Even though my schooldays are long gone, any time I wake up and see the snow falling, my first thought is “Snow day!” And since I can now just look out the window and enjoy it without the need to get anyplace, I love it. It’s a day off from ordinary obligations. A snowy day is the perfect time to bake scones and then curl up with a cup of tea and a delicious book.

    Reply
  10. Even though my schooldays are long gone, any time I wake up and see the snow falling, my first thought is “Snow day!” And since I can now just look out the window and enjoy it without the need to get anyplace, I love it. It’s a day off from ordinary obligations. A snowy day is the perfect time to bake scones and then curl up with a cup of tea and a delicious book.

    Reply
  11. In retirement, north central PA has provided some beautiful winters the last couple of years. Not needing to be anywhere is a blessing and makes the snowy views all the more enjoyable. I always look to see if the local kids have a snow day, makes me feel better that they are not out on these rural roads. But I am anxious to see my neighbor hang the sap buckets for that is our harbinger of the coming spring and longer periods of daylight. We will probably have a big storm in March, but it will melt fast and that’s a good thing.

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  12. In retirement, north central PA has provided some beautiful winters the last couple of years. Not needing to be anywhere is a blessing and makes the snowy views all the more enjoyable. I always look to see if the local kids have a snow day, makes me feel better that they are not out on these rural roads. But I am anxious to see my neighbor hang the sap buckets for that is our harbinger of the coming spring and longer periods of daylight. We will probably have a big storm in March, but it will melt fast and that’s a good thing.

    Reply
  13. In retirement, north central PA has provided some beautiful winters the last couple of years. Not needing to be anywhere is a blessing and makes the snowy views all the more enjoyable. I always look to see if the local kids have a snow day, makes me feel better that they are not out on these rural roads. But I am anxious to see my neighbor hang the sap buckets for that is our harbinger of the coming spring and longer periods of daylight. We will probably have a big storm in March, but it will melt fast and that’s a good thing.

    Reply
  14. In retirement, north central PA has provided some beautiful winters the last couple of years. Not needing to be anywhere is a blessing and makes the snowy views all the more enjoyable. I always look to see if the local kids have a snow day, makes me feel better that they are not out on these rural roads. But I am anxious to see my neighbor hang the sap buckets for that is our harbinger of the coming spring and longer periods of daylight. We will probably have a big storm in March, but it will melt fast and that’s a good thing.

    Reply
  15. In retirement, north central PA has provided some beautiful winters the last couple of years. Not needing to be anywhere is a blessing and makes the snowy views all the more enjoyable. I always look to see if the local kids have a snow day, makes me feel better that they are not out on these rural roads. But I am anxious to see my neighbor hang the sap buckets for that is our harbinger of the coming spring and longer periods of daylight. We will probably have a big storm in March, but it will melt fast and that’s a good thing.

    Reply
  16. We’re supposed to be having winter now here in Ireland but you’d never know it. It was 12 degrees here yesterday and not much lower today. When I was growing up it was always freezing this time of year. We’ve had about one nights frost since November. But last year in March we had snow!! Seems like the weather can’t make up it’s mind what to do.
    Loved the pics that accompanied this post. Gorgeous.

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  17. We’re supposed to be having winter now here in Ireland but you’d never know it. It was 12 degrees here yesterday and not much lower today. When I was growing up it was always freezing this time of year. We’ve had about one nights frost since November. But last year in March we had snow!! Seems like the weather can’t make up it’s mind what to do.
    Loved the pics that accompanied this post. Gorgeous.

    Reply
  18. We’re supposed to be having winter now here in Ireland but you’d never know it. It was 12 degrees here yesterday and not much lower today. When I was growing up it was always freezing this time of year. We’ve had about one nights frost since November. But last year in March we had snow!! Seems like the weather can’t make up it’s mind what to do.
    Loved the pics that accompanied this post. Gorgeous.

    Reply
  19. We’re supposed to be having winter now here in Ireland but you’d never know it. It was 12 degrees here yesterday and not much lower today. When I was growing up it was always freezing this time of year. We’ve had about one nights frost since November. But last year in March we had snow!! Seems like the weather can’t make up it’s mind what to do.
    Loved the pics that accompanied this post. Gorgeous.

    Reply
  20. We’re supposed to be having winter now here in Ireland but you’d never know it. It was 12 degrees here yesterday and not much lower today. When I was growing up it was always freezing this time of year. We’ve had about one nights frost since November. But last year in March we had snow!! Seems like the weather can’t make up it’s mind what to do.
    Loved the pics that accompanied this post. Gorgeous.

    Reply
  21. This winter we have not had many lovely snow days. We have had cold, windy and less snow falling at one time.(I now live in Indiana) I do not miss the huge snowfalls – 20 plus inches at a time. When I was a child in Pennsylvania and New York I loved the snow and had lots of friends to join me playing in it. Now as an older person I have no one to play in the snow with me and if I did, would I go out and join them? I think not as much. Probably would be thankful that my neighbor is clearing my driveway with his snow blower, watch the birds at the feeder along with my cat in our warm house. I do not have to go out to a job so can stay indoors and enjoy the view. I do enjoy walking in the woods after snow has piled on the branches and their is now wind to disturb the beauty.
    I grew up in the tropics and was taught songs about snow, had stories read to me about blustery winters, saw pictures such as the ones you posted here, and heard what it felt like to be freezing cold. Yet had not experienced any of this, till we moved to North Dakota in mid winter.

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  22. This winter we have not had many lovely snow days. We have had cold, windy and less snow falling at one time.(I now live in Indiana) I do not miss the huge snowfalls – 20 plus inches at a time. When I was a child in Pennsylvania and New York I loved the snow and had lots of friends to join me playing in it. Now as an older person I have no one to play in the snow with me and if I did, would I go out and join them? I think not as much. Probably would be thankful that my neighbor is clearing my driveway with his snow blower, watch the birds at the feeder along with my cat in our warm house. I do not have to go out to a job so can stay indoors and enjoy the view. I do enjoy walking in the woods after snow has piled on the branches and their is now wind to disturb the beauty.
    I grew up in the tropics and was taught songs about snow, had stories read to me about blustery winters, saw pictures such as the ones you posted here, and heard what it felt like to be freezing cold. Yet had not experienced any of this, till we moved to North Dakota in mid winter.

    Reply
  23. This winter we have not had many lovely snow days. We have had cold, windy and less snow falling at one time.(I now live in Indiana) I do not miss the huge snowfalls – 20 plus inches at a time. When I was a child in Pennsylvania and New York I loved the snow and had lots of friends to join me playing in it. Now as an older person I have no one to play in the snow with me and if I did, would I go out and join them? I think not as much. Probably would be thankful that my neighbor is clearing my driveway with his snow blower, watch the birds at the feeder along with my cat in our warm house. I do not have to go out to a job so can stay indoors and enjoy the view. I do enjoy walking in the woods after snow has piled on the branches and their is now wind to disturb the beauty.
    I grew up in the tropics and was taught songs about snow, had stories read to me about blustery winters, saw pictures such as the ones you posted here, and heard what it felt like to be freezing cold. Yet had not experienced any of this, till we moved to North Dakota in mid winter.

    Reply
  24. This winter we have not had many lovely snow days. We have had cold, windy and less snow falling at one time.(I now live in Indiana) I do not miss the huge snowfalls – 20 plus inches at a time. When I was a child in Pennsylvania and New York I loved the snow and had lots of friends to join me playing in it. Now as an older person I have no one to play in the snow with me and if I did, would I go out and join them? I think not as much. Probably would be thankful that my neighbor is clearing my driveway with his snow blower, watch the birds at the feeder along with my cat in our warm house. I do not have to go out to a job so can stay indoors and enjoy the view. I do enjoy walking in the woods after snow has piled on the branches and their is now wind to disturb the beauty.
    I grew up in the tropics and was taught songs about snow, had stories read to me about blustery winters, saw pictures such as the ones you posted here, and heard what it felt like to be freezing cold. Yet had not experienced any of this, till we moved to North Dakota in mid winter.

    Reply
  25. This winter we have not had many lovely snow days. We have had cold, windy and less snow falling at one time.(I now live in Indiana) I do not miss the huge snowfalls – 20 plus inches at a time. When I was a child in Pennsylvania and New York I loved the snow and had lots of friends to join me playing in it. Now as an older person I have no one to play in the snow with me and if I did, would I go out and join them? I think not as much. Probably would be thankful that my neighbor is clearing my driveway with his snow blower, watch the birds at the feeder along with my cat in our warm house. I do not have to go out to a job so can stay indoors and enjoy the view. I do enjoy walking in the woods after snow has piled on the branches and their is now wind to disturb the beauty.
    I grew up in the tropics and was taught songs about snow, had stories read to me about blustery winters, saw pictures such as the ones you posted here, and heard what it felt like to be freezing cold. Yet had not experienced any of this, till we moved to North Dakota in mid winter.

    Reply
  26. Snow is beautiful on Christmas cards and in beer commercials. I do not want it to touch me. I do not want to have to deal with it in any way.
    I live in Austin Texas, we seldom get snow and when we get frozen precipitation, it is ice and very dangerous for driving or walking.
    As has been said by others, winter equals grey and gloomy days and I have S.A.D. It is a physical and emotional issue to get through days without sunshine.
    From all this it is obvious that I prefer spring, summer (even our hot hot days) and autumn.
    I loved the pictures, and the quotations about snow. I understand that painters and poets find snow lovely. I, on the other hand, do not. But, then I have no talent whatsoever so that probably explains it.

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  27. Snow is beautiful on Christmas cards and in beer commercials. I do not want it to touch me. I do not want to have to deal with it in any way.
    I live in Austin Texas, we seldom get snow and when we get frozen precipitation, it is ice and very dangerous for driving or walking.
    As has been said by others, winter equals grey and gloomy days and I have S.A.D. It is a physical and emotional issue to get through days without sunshine.
    From all this it is obvious that I prefer spring, summer (even our hot hot days) and autumn.
    I loved the pictures, and the quotations about snow. I understand that painters and poets find snow lovely. I, on the other hand, do not. But, then I have no talent whatsoever so that probably explains it.

    Reply
  28. Snow is beautiful on Christmas cards and in beer commercials. I do not want it to touch me. I do not want to have to deal with it in any way.
    I live in Austin Texas, we seldom get snow and when we get frozen precipitation, it is ice and very dangerous for driving or walking.
    As has been said by others, winter equals grey and gloomy days and I have S.A.D. It is a physical and emotional issue to get through days without sunshine.
    From all this it is obvious that I prefer spring, summer (even our hot hot days) and autumn.
    I loved the pictures, and the quotations about snow. I understand that painters and poets find snow lovely. I, on the other hand, do not. But, then I have no talent whatsoever so that probably explains it.

    Reply
  29. Snow is beautiful on Christmas cards and in beer commercials. I do not want it to touch me. I do not want to have to deal with it in any way.
    I live in Austin Texas, we seldom get snow and when we get frozen precipitation, it is ice and very dangerous for driving or walking.
    As has been said by others, winter equals grey and gloomy days and I have S.A.D. It is a physical and emotional issue to get through days without sunshine.
    From all this it is obvious that I prefer spring, summer (even our hot hot days) and autumn.
    I loved the pictures, and the quotations about snow. I understand that painters and poets find snow lovely. I, on the other hand, do not. But, then I have no talent whatsoever so that probably explains it.

    Reply
  30. Snow is beautiful on Christmas cards and in beer commercials. I do not want it to touch me. I do not want to have to deal with it in any way.
    I live in Austin Texas, we seldom get snow and when we get frozen precipitation, it is ice and very dangerous for driving or walking.
    As has been said by others, winter equals grey and gloomy days and I have S.A.D. It is a physical and emotional issue to get through days without sunshine.
    From all this it is obvious that I prefer spring, summer (even our hot hot days) and autumn.
    I loved the pictures, and the quotations about snow. I understand that painters and poets find snow lovely. I, on the other hand, do not. But, then I have no talent whatsoever so that probably explains it.

    Reply
  31. I love the pictures and the quotations.
    Even as a child, I got too cold too quickly. I did go out and play with my friends, but I didn’t really enjoy it so much.
    As others have said: retirement allows me to enjoy looking at the snow without needing to cope with it.

    Reply
  32. I love the pictures and the quotations.
    Even as a child, I got too cold too quickly. I did go out and play with my friends, but I didn’t really enjoy it so much.
    As others have said: retirement allows me to enjoy looking at the snow without needing to cope with it.

    Reply
  33. I love the pictures and the quotations.
    Even as a child, I got too cold too quickly. I did go out and play with my friends, but I didn’t really enjoy it so much.
    As others have said: retirement allows me to enjoy looking at the snow without needing to cope with it.

    Reply
  34. I love the pictures and the quotations.
    Even as a child, I got too cold too quickly. I did go out and play with my friends, but I didn’t really enjoy it so much.
    As others have said: retirement allows me to enjoy looking at the snow without needing to cope with it.

    Reply
  35. I love the pictures and the quotations.
    Even as a child, I got too cold too quickly. I did go out and play with my friends, but I didn’t really enjoy it so much.
    As others have said: retirement allows me to enjoy looking at the snow without needing to cope with it.

    Reply
  36. There was actually, according to some reports, a bit of snow falling on Sunset Blvd., though I didn’t see it. But from my part of town you can see it on the mountains as well as the mountains behind the mountains.
    It has been extraordinarily cold for February here in LA – even not so far from the coast where I live, it’s been down in the 30s at night. And it’s rained more than usual.
    But the days are getting longer again, and I do believe my bones ache less when there’s more daylight. And I love the cold and clear nights when I can actually see some stars in the midst of the city. I saw my old friend Orion tonight. I used to have a joke with friends that that star pattern is not a mighty hunter; God so loved Cary Grant that He put his bow tie in the heavens so he would not be forgotten.

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  37. There was actually, according to some reports, a bit of snow falling on Sunset Blvd., though I didn’t see it. But from my part of town you can see it on the mountains as well as the mountains behind the mountains.
    It has been extraordinarily cold for February here in LA – even not so far from the coast where I live, it’s been down in the 30s at night. And it’s rained more than usual.
    But the days are getting longer again, and I do believe my bones ache less when there’s more daylight. And I love the cold and clear nights when I can actually see some stars in the midst of the city. I saw my old friend Orion tonight. I used to have a joke with friends that that star pattern is not a mighty hunter; God so loved Cary Grant that He put his bow tie in the heavens so he would not be forgotten.

    Reply
  38. There was actually, according to some reports, a bit of snow falling on Sunset Blvd., though I didn’t see it. But from my part of town you can see it on the mountains as well as the mountains behind the mountains.
    It has been extraordinarily cold for February here in LA – even not so far from the coast where I live, it’s been down in the 30s at night. And it’s rained more than usual.
    But the days are getting longer again, and I do believe my bones ache less when there’s more daylight. And I love the cold and clear nights when I can actually see some stars in the midst of the city. I saw my old friend Orion tonight. I used to have a joke with friends that that star pattern is not a mighty hunter; God so loved Cary Grant that He put his bow tie in the heavens so he would not be forgotten.

    Reply
  39. There was actually, according to some reports, a bit of snow falling on Sunset Blvd., though I didn’t see it. But from my part of town you can see it on the mountains as well as the mountains behind the mountains.
    It has been extraordinarily cold for February here in LA – even not so far from the coast where I live, it’s been down in the 30s at night. And it’s rained more than usual.
    But the days are getting longer again, and I do believe my bones ache less when there’s more daylight. And I love the cold and clear nights when I can actually see some stars in the midst of the city. I saw my old friend Orion tonight. I used to have a joke with friends that that star pattern is not a mighty hunter; God so loved Cary Grant that He put his bow tie in the heavens so he would not be forgotten.

    Reply
  40. There was actually, according to some reports, a bit of snow falling on Sunset Blvd., though I didn’t see it. But from my part of town you can see it on the mountains as well as the mountains behind the mountains.
    It has been extraordinarily cold for February here in LA – even not so far from the coast where I live, it’s been down in the 30s at night. And it’s rained more than usual.
    But the days are getting longer again, and I do believe my bones ache less when there’s more daylight. And I love the cold and clear nights when I can actually see some stars in the midst of the city. I saw my old friend Orion tonight. I used to have a joke with friends that that star pattern is not a mighty hunter; God so loved Cary Grant that He put his bow tie in the heavens so he would not be forgotten.

    Reply

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