Wednesday Words #5

It snowed again this evening. I think we’re all pretty tired of snow by now. I’m ready for winter to end so that spring can come. Winter definitely isn’t my favorite season. Since I was thinking about snow, I decided to search for snow quotes on Goodreads. Some were way too long and some were about Snow White or President Snow and not about snow at all. And then I saw this quote from A. A. Milne:

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“And freezing.”
“Is it?”
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

It really resonated with what I’ve been thinking. It may be snowing and freezing, or it may be a thunderstorm or just a bad day, but there is always something to be thankful for. This is why I love to keep track of those things I’m thankful for, whether keeping a list, pinning them, or blogging them on my Everyday Blessings Blog. Just a bit of thankfulness can completely turn my mood around. For example, quote above starts out in standard Eeyore fashion, quite depressing, in fact, but just that little bit of optimism and thankfulness changes the mood of the entire quote.

“It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily. "So it is." "And freezing." "Is it?" "Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately.” -- A. A. Milne

If it isn’t already your habit, I highly recommend taking notes of the things you are thankful for throughout the day. And if you want a bit of positivity coming in your inbox each day, follow my Everyday Blessings Blog. I post one thing I’m thankful for each day.

What are you thankful for today? Comment and let me know. I’d love to hear from you!

Snow in the South: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The snow from Tuesday’s storm is mostly melted now. It was fun while it lasted, but I’m truly relieved that it is over!

We had a lot of fun playing in the snow. We dug around and found some things to “sled” on — miscellaneous laundry baskets, plastic sleeping mats, etc. We “borrowed” someone’s hilly driveway and had a contest to see who could slide the farthest. The driveway was pretty steep, so we go to going pretty fast. My twelve year old brother, Matthew, smoked us all! He got in his dilapidated laundry basket and whizzed down the driveway and all the way across the street to the yard at the other side.

Matthew with his "sled"

Matthew, the champion driveway slider, with his “sled.”

I even made a little snowman! The snow was really too powdery, but I blew on it and shaped it until it formed this mini-snowman!

my miniature snowman

My tiny snowman!

His eyes are berries from our holly bush, his arms are oak leaf stems and his nose is a piece of a baby carrot. The nose actually fell out right after I took the picture — the snow was just too powdery to hold it up!

We really had a blast since we so rarely get snow, but the storm affected almost everybody across the south. Here in Alabama, I know of so many people who were iced in and unable to get home. My Daddy had to spend the night at his office since he couldn’t get home. My older sister, Laura, was also unable to make it home and ended up staying with a cousin. And I know several people who had to leave their cars on the side of roads and many who slid on the ice and wrecked. Many kids and teachers were stranded in schools because by the time they finally let school out, the buses were unable to run. A storm like this is so unusual, we didn’t expect it and just weren’t ready.

Still it was beautiful and quite the exciting adventure! I’m so grateful that my whole family is safe at home and by God’s grace our vehicles are all intact. I’m choosing to be thankful and enjoy the journey!

It’s snowing!

Snow is rare down in the south, and I’m super excited to see it!  This is the first time in my life that it has snowed and actually stuck to the ground.  It usually isn’t cold enough for that.  It is currently 20ºF and getting colder, I think.

One downside to the sticking snow is treacherous roads.  The road running by our house is covered in snow and people are skidding on it.  We’re snowed in!  Thankfully it isn’t snowing very hard.

Three cars stuck on the hill beside my house

In case you can’t tell, that’s three cars stuck.  See the one behind the tree?  The jeep eventually towed the black car (in process in that picture, actually).

That’s all from me right now!  I’m going out to enjoy the snow :)