Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Natural Enchantment

Technically, this was the second snow of the season; this one occurred magically overnight. Quietly. I heard nothing of its descent as I lay comfy and warm inside listening to my audiobook. Then, not-so-bright and early this morning, I spied the predawn blue-tinted winter wonderland of my front yard. It sparkled in the limited light and was downy soft—so very fluffy. At that point I was only mesmerized by the beauty of it. Too soon though, I had to consider the mechanics of clearing a path and a vehicle.

Although I have been on the east coast for many years I will always have been from Southern California, where snow was a magical and mysterious thing which happened everywhere but there. The weather here is such that I can wear sandals most of the time; snow boots are a necessity only every few years. The same goes for gloves. This morning, however, if I had had the appropriate attire, I would have gladly remained outside for much longer.

Be warm and safe where you are. I plan to cuddle up with my Corgi, a cup of coffee, and a good book!

Friday, January 3, 2014

A Historic Visit: George Washington Birthplace National Monument

It was less than two weeks ago that the temps in our area were in the high 70's. Mid-afternoon today it's reached a high of 26, which made for the icy photo op above.

Just last Saturday it was 59 degrees and sunny which was ideal sightseeing weather for me. My daughter and I drove over the Rappahannock River to the Northern Neck where we visited George Washington Birthplace National Monument. This was our fourth visit to this lovely historic park. We strolled the grounds for awhile, each of us taking photos with our iPhones, before settling at a bench situated next to Pope's Creek for our picnic lunch. It couldn't have been a more perfect day!

My Flickr Album: George Washington National Birthplace