Although I know Jo’s shivering just read this and will continue to do so as she virtually walks with me, this really was my dream walk. Many of you know we’re getting ready to move to Arizona in a few months, which prompts everyone to tell us how lucky we are. Truth be told, I grew up in the Midwest and, except for several years when I lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado (think skiing plus an extra season, mud season, which comes after winter), I’ve lived with four seasons all my life. I confess: I love winter!

I’ve been actually praying for a good snow before we leave, but it’s been an almost snow-less winter so far. But when I woke up last week, we had about 5″ of snow, enough to feel and look like a good snow, but not so much that it was a problem.

After shoveling the driveway, I headed for the park, where my dream got even better…I was the first person to walk there since the snow had fallen!!! My cheeks and my smile were both frozen on my face.

Everything was covered with snow and breath-takingly beautiful!!

There were even snow cone heads. πŸ™‚

Although by the time I got this far, I’d warmed up due to putting a lot of effort into walking in the unbroken snow, I wasn’t really tempted to sit down for rest.

At one point, my footprints paralleled those of a deer that had walked there earlier. Other animals had been out and there were tracks everywhere, crossing the path along animal trails or weaving around on my path. Rabbits, deer, probably coyotes, and squirrels had all been out and about. However, none had gone near this little bit of plant that had fallen into the trail before the snow started.

(I have so many photos of this day that it was difficult to choose. I hope you enjoyed this small selection and I’m sure others will surface in the future.)

After more than an hour and a half of trudging, I was both drunk with joy and starving! Had a lovely breakfast, but you might be more interested in the Valentine’s Day meal I made: lamb chops in a red wine-mustard sauce, oven-roasted asparagus, farro, and the rest of the lovely wine. Cheers! Feel better now that we’ve eaten, Jo? πŸ™‚

for Jo’s Monday Walk

Comments
  1. pommepal says:

    Since leaving UK in 1961 I have never missed the cold winters and snow. But I love these pristine images

  2. Sue says:

    Love that second image!

  3. beth says:

    isn’t that the best to be the first one out to walk on a freshly fallen snow?

  4. restlessjo says:

    Your second last image is my favourite, Janet. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ If I’m going to be laden in snow I still have a preference for blue rather than ice grey skies, but it wouldn’t do for us all to have the same dream. I’m so glad yours came true!
    Not much of a lamb fan either (poor little chaps). I suspect we would be chalk and cheese. Dessert, did someone mention? I bet it was chocolate.

    • Blue skies would have been lovely but as it was still snowing a bit, that wasn’t on the cards. I was more than happy with what I got and it also made it more likely I’d be there on my own. πŸ˜‰.

      I imagine we like quite a lot of the same foods and we obviously share a love for all things chocolate. 😘

  5. Leya says:

    Wonderful, Janet! Finally – snow! Here this will not happen this year, I am convinced. It is the first year in my life I haven’t used my winter boots – and I am not happy with it. I so enjoyed your lovely whites β™₯ I will visit my daughter in two weeks, and up north they have some snow at least – but less than usual.

  6. I can’t imagine missing the cold but I don’t love it the way you obviously do. It’s going to be quite the change of pace for you but …wow…all those new photography opportunities!

    • I’m looking forward to the desert, too, Dawn, as there are so many amazing things and places there. But I will miss seasons of this type.

      • I get that. I complain about the snow (and we don’t get near as much as you) but I’m not sure I would never want any.

      • We don’t get all that much in the Chicago area compared to where we lived in Cleveland. We were on the east side, which is the west end of the snow belt that ends in poor, old Buffalo, NY. We got lots and lots of snow there, but I didn’t have a lovely place to walk like this, so I had to appreciate it around our suburb. πŸ™‚ As many things as I like about where we are, I’ll miss this park the most. This county has a fabulous park system!

  7. Dan Antion says:

    Mmmmmm, dinner looks wonderful, Janet. I’m still hoping for one more good snowfall this year. We had two in December, but none since. I liked looking at your photos.

  8. The second picture is great – but the third – totally amazing. (I am also a late fall/winter person – it’s not for everyone m- and better when you are able to be totally flexible about having to get out or not)
    It will be interesting to see how you manage your new climate’s moods. the desert is a whole different universe – intriguing and fascinating, but only to visit for me.

  9. Lignum Draco says:

    It looks like a winter wonderland. I can imagine your joy when you looked out your window and headed out for your walk. That last snow photo almost looks like an ice version of a gingerbread man. πŸ™‚

    The dinner looks good too. I’m a fan of tomato and mushrooms when I cook lamb. πŸ™‚

  10. Lovely walk, spectacular shots, and a delicious dinner. Life is good, Janet. πŸ™‚

  11. The like is for the photos capturing the naked beauty of the trees in winter.
    Not for the lam chops although if you cooked them of me I would eat them.
    I answered your comment about Pauline on jacksjottings.

    • Glad you enjoyed the photos, Jack. The trees are as beautiful with the snow as with their leaves, I think. I know not everyone likes lamb chops, but these are quite good. Thanks for stopping in and for commenting as well.

      janet

  12. de Wets Wild says:

    You’re a very brave person to head out into THAT cold, Janet. Unlike you, I am not very fond of winter or cold…

    • Not everyone here likes it, either, but most of the time, I do, especially when there’s snow. I like the contrasts of the seasons and I think each makes you appreciate the others as well. We’ll be much more like you when we move. Not much winter where we’ll be, although it can sometimes get near freezing at night. The desert loses heat as quickly as it gains it. At least here you can enjoy the beauty of winter without any of the cold. πŸ™‚

  13. I don’t do it anymore, but, when I was much younger, I used to love walking outside our house or in the woods by myself and listen to the near nothing after a fresh snow.

  14. JANE says:

    Beautiful walk… nothing more exhilarating than a winter adventure in virgin snow. Thank you so much for sharing β„οΈπŸ’•

  15. Amy says:

    What a joyful experience walk on fresh snow. I love the second image especially.

  16. Resa says:

    Gorgeous shots, I feel your enthusiasm, and BRRRRRRR!

  17. Hello Janet
    Your prayer has been answered, it is superb to see such a large blanket of snow blank of all traces. I am happy for you (I also love winter)

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