January 14, 2016

Winter

Backyard

We had barely any snow for the holiday season this year. I didn’t even have to worry about any of the family members who were traveling: the pavements were dry. For the last month, my house has been filled to the brim with family: eating, talking, and just hanging out. My youngest sister brought her six-month-old twins for a whole week, and we spent seven days just playing with the babies. My kids (all in their twenties now) and some of their friends (the ones we’ve always called “extras”) have gathered here in the evenings to play board games at the kitchen table or sometimes video games on their laptop computers. When the weather finally turned cold, I built a fire in the fireplace, and the house filled with all kinds of warmth.

This week is the first winter weather we’ve had. The holiday travelers have gone home. My kids are back at work and school. Outside my house, every tree branch is coated with heavy snow. And I’m sitting in a comfy chair in my home office, writing.

  SnowyBranches

8 comments:

robin andrea said...

There is nothing like the quiet earth after a snow. Your photos capture that beauty.

Far Side of Fifty said...

You need a snowy rest after all that activity! I was exhausted after two days:)

Debbie said...

oooooh life is good, really good!!!! i adore being snowed in!!!!

Elephant's Child said...

Bliss.

DJan said...

Wonderful. Just plain wonderful. :-)

Mwa said...

All sounds wonderful. We had our first snow last night, and it's still falling but there's a lot of rain in there still and it's not staying.

Mimi said...

And I thought we had a full house for the holidays! Aren't the sounds of "eating, talking, hanging out" one of the most beautiful things ever? And the quiet that follows in January is pretty nice, too.

Jeanie said...

Your weather is matching up with mine -- a green Christmas (my daffodils had even started). Now very cold, ice, snow... pretty but my passion for winter generally lasts about a week. That time has gone!