Wednesday, November 27, 2013

First snow











This weekend we had our first snowstorm of the season. The storm left about an inch of snow on Saturday night, and a half-inch on Sunday night. It does snow in the desert, which some may find surprising. We live in what is referred to as the "high desert"; we are at significant elevation here, about 5500 feet above sea level, so it can get very cold in wintertime. The mountains nearby receive lots of snow in the winter but we typically experience smaller amounts - usually only a few inches at a time.

I don't mind snow; I've lived in much snowier places before. This climate is pretty extreme and it often feels like we only have two seasons, summer and winter. But we love our adopted home and we appreciate the fact that we have a little bit of everything here - short but pleasant springtimes, hot summers with impressive thunderstorms, splendid autumn color and moderately snowy winters - not to mention the stunning mountain views and painted skies.

This weekend's storm brought just enough snow to lure the family outdoors on Sunday morning for an investigatory walk through the snowy yard followed by a snowball fight. The LB is getting really good at making and throwing snowballs. He and the Bear each got a few good hits in. The GB doesn't really participate yet, but she likes to stand nearby and offer noisy support. I mostly took pictures but they did hit me once or twice, always low to protect my camera, which was very kind of them.

The sun appeared while we were outside and the snow began melting fairly quickly. It was still very cold out but the sun is strong here. Snow-play always winds down when there's more mud than snow in the grassy part of the backyard. Back indoors, we hung up coats to dry them, put mittens and gloves in the laundry (they were muddy), changed into dry pants as necessary, put on the kettle and piled some more wood on the fire. It was warm and everyone was satisfied by their time in the snow.

Today is another cold one and the small Bears and I have stayed indoors so far. Their schools are closed today for the holiday break. I've been working on Thanksgiving tasks; I baked a pumpkin pie and cooked whole-berry cranberry sauce (the easiest thing in the world; I was thrilled to discover it and will never go back to the canned type). They played nicely in their bedrooms together all morning while I puttered, cooked and cleaned. I've also crocheted (I'm working on the border of the LB's granny stripe; I will be done for Christmas! I'll share it soon). I'm thinking about a walk later this afternoon, a little exercise in advance of tomorrow's feast.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate! I hope your holiday is full of warm and happy moments with the ones you love. And excellent food, of course.

53 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you Jennifer, I hope that all of the bear family have a happy day. Love the snowball fight between the boys, snow just begs to be played with when you don't have to be somewhere doesn't it. Looking forward to seeing your finished blanket when it is ready. xx

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving Jennifer!!

    We rarely get snow here, so I loved looking at your snowy photos. The contrast of white and red is a favourite of mine. Your little bears look as though they are having fun. My boys have always nagged us to go on a snowy holiday.

    Leanne xx

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  3. I really enjoyed your snow photos...and it looks like your family had a lovely time playing in the snow too.
    Happy thanksgiving to you Jennifer!
    Marianne x

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving Jennifer. We woke up to snow this morning and I posted pics on my blog. It's so beautiful, Enjoy your extended weekend!

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  5. Beautiful pictures, Jennifer. I miss the FIRST snowfalls of Toronto, although not the slushy, muddy, cold stuff that it turns into sometimes. The darkness of North American winters also affects me now, as I have been spoiled by the Mediterranean sun all year round, bright and bold and warm, for 25 years now! We also get a short spring, a long, hot summer, and basically autumn and winter are merged together, as well. Snowy scenes outside, a fire burning inside, and lots of great food should make for a wonderfully cozy Thanksgiving for you and your lovely family tomorrow. Enjoy!

    Poppy

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  6. My goodness Jennifer another snowy photo blog! I am slightly envious at the extremes of temperature you get over there. Proper summers and proper winters! Happy Thanksgiving.

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  7. Wow-ie-wow, such beautiful snowy pictures! i'm hoping for snow here soon, but your photo's will keep me going! i hope you have a marvelous day together tomorrow, you and your bears.

    Cate, xxx

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  8. Loved your snowy pics, happy thanks giving
    Clare x

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  9. You captured everything so beautifully. Looks like you all enjoyed some fun in the snow. (Our snow has finally melted) =)
    I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving friend.
    ~Stephanie

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  10. Loved the photos you shared.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you !

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  11. Wonderful! My mom rang from PA this morning, skyped to show us a foot of snow! Oh I do love a good covering of the white stuff, thank you for the photos (snow on chili plants, genius!). Happy happy Thanksgiving to your family, eat an extra sweet potato for me (we're having our dinner on Saturday - everyone still has to go to work and school here in the UK, so my Thanksgiving meals are better served at the weekend...), Chrissie xxx

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  12. Beautiful snow photos! We're getting 2-3 inches of rain that I wish was snow instead. Just discovered homemade cranberries a few years ago and agree, so easy yet so delicious. Cute snowball pic of the family. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  13. Looks like everyone is having fun in the snow. :)
    Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  14. Snow on the chilies...now, that is not something you see everyday!
    Great shots, Jennifer...
    Happy Thanksgiving my friend♥

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  15. I remember you showed some snow on the distant mountains, but I didn't realize you got snow at your place. Looks like everyone enjoyed the snow play! Great shots ;) Wendy x

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  16. Love to see a bit of snow and especially the children playing in it.
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Sally xxx

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  17. I love your snow pics Jennifer - the family look so happy and excited with the snow-balling - you were lucky to escape any real hits!I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving Jennifer and I think it' a celebration that should be adopted worldwide - we all have so much to be thankful for regardless of hiccups in daily life! Thank you for a very lovely post once again my friend, warm hugs, Joy xo

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  18. Wow, neat photos and so much family fun! I love all the pix but the stunning one is the snow on the red berries of the Heavenly Bamboo. You should use it for your Christmas card!

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    Teresa :-)

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  19. It looks absolutely beautiful and fun! I've experienced snow only a few times and it required a lot of traveling by plane or car. I've enjoyed those times and wish I could play in the snow like you and your lovely family!

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  20. Hi Jennifer,

    How very pretty the snow is and must have been fun playing out there and throwing snowballs.
    Lovely photos.
    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  21. Looks like your kids were having a blast in the snow! We only have a dusting here in northern IL. It's been so cold here though (teens - low 20's). I make homemade cranberry sauce too - so easy, like you said! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  22. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family friend! Your photos of your snowfall are gorgeous! And I did not know that you all got so much snow! Your menu sounds so delicious as well! I too have to get out for a walk before the feast! All the best and a very wonderful day to you tomorrow!!! Nicole

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  23. Beautiful, Jennifer! Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for posting :)
    Gracie xx

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  24. Snow I love it Jennifer but don't live near any and currently just coming back from a hot place so enjoyed all of your cooling pictures lol Happy thanksgiving too.

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  25. Wow, that's really high up. How lovely to have such clearly defined seasons though. It does always look beautiful where you live. It sounds as though you all had fun in the snow. I do hope you have a really happy Thanksgiving. I'm still wishing we had that holiday here! Alas, it's off to school as normal for us. Enjoy, Jennifer.

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  26. This is what I love about blogging. Seeing the opposite seasons.......I would love to have snow at Christmas. We swim at the beach on Christmas day! xo

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  27. Wow!! so beautiful. Love the first picture. snow in the chilli. color combination is great.
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  28. Lovely, fun pics and a warm & snuggly post! Happy Thanksgiving to you & your bears,
    Enjoy the celebration. Xx

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  29. Looks like the you all the most of the snow fall, I think Sydney had two season also.

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  30. Hi Jennifer!! sounds wonderful the place you live. Is so nice to see through the photos how much your family was enjoying playing around with the snow.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your lovely family!!

    Lluisa xx

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  31. I'm not a lover of snow, but I can appreciate its beauty. Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you all have a wonderful day.

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  32. Beautiful, beautiful snow pictures. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones:)

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  33. Lovely. When you live in the subtropics, that looks like absolute magic. Enjoy xx

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  34. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your lovely family, Jennifer! I hope your day is filled with good food and wonderful memory making moments. I have to say, I think it's sort of funny that you are reporting the first snow of the year down in NM, while I'm still waiting for it to move down the mountains here in BC!

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  35. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family. I hope you are having a wonderful day. I love the way snow transforms everything. And the best bit about going out in the snow is coming back inside to get warm and dry. x

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  36. Thanksgiving greetings to you and your family of bears. Hope you have a wonderful celebration. Loving the snow pictures and ever so slightly envious!
    Patricia x

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  37. Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. Lucky you to have snow already! It looks beautiful! I enjoyed seeing the happy faces of your children. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Madelief x

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  38. Lovely snowy photos. Looks like you had such fun x

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  39. Me again,
    Your parcel arrived - plop - through the letterbox this morning.
    Thank you.
    It was rather emotional to open it and hold those things that you chose and made.
    Is that foolish of me?
    Olly enjoyed the chocolate santa very much indeed. So much so that I caught him under the dining table with the other two. They were retrieved for Alf & Sam. Alfie thought is was great to be eating an American chocolate. They all say thank you as well.

    Leanne xx

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  40. Happy thanksgiving Jennifer! The snow looks lovely. The photo with the peppers and the snow is so great, I love the contrast x

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  41. Dear Jennifer , what a perfect ambiance for celebrate Thanksgiving day! Really fabulous! I'm so glad to look at these happy family photos , wish I could join you... We don't celebrate thanksgiving day here.
    Many hugs from me!
    Olympia

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  42. Happy Thanksgiving!! The snow looks lots of fun. We're notoriously bad at coping with even the smallest scattering of snow here in the UK!
    N

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  43. Happy Thanksgiving :) Wow, you did have quite a bit of snow. It looks like your little bears really enjoyed it though!

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  44. Happy Thanksgiving . Love the photos. It's cold here after Dubai too.

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  45. Fabulous photos Jennifer, especially love the first!! It looks like the family had a ball and I know from experience that once the knack of snowball fights is there, oh there can be serious trouble as we learnt earlier this year. It does look and sound like you live in such a beautiful place. Happy thanksgiving to you all and I hope you had a wonderful meal last night, sorry I am a bit late at getting this message to you. Enjoy your weekend xoxo

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  46. Snow is so much fun when your a child, your kids look really happy.Have a happy thanksgiving x

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  47. There is nothing like this first snow, lovely pictures! Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving.
    Sarah x

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  48. Wow!! I love seeing photos of your first snow. Charlotte is so excited for snow this winter - I sure hope we get some!

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  49. Children and snow - the perfect combination. :-) I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, Jennifer. I'm one who was surprised to hear of snow in New Mexico, but your elevation explains everything. That's 1500 feet higher than the highest mountain in the UK!

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  50. Beautiful pictures Jennifer, celebrating the first snow of the season. My daughter in Ottawa also had a lot of snow the other day. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving; I am sure you did. New Mexico is so attractive - I loved it when we visited - and must look fantastic under snow.

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  51. yum!
    the snow ball fight looks like a blast!

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  52. Hello neighbor! I had to come see your snowy post too! Last week our snow was gone by ten a.m.. When our family was young we lived at Tramway and Montgomery. Coasting into town was sort of like landing an airplane! Haha! Honestly, my ears would pop! But I also tried to explain to everyone how much more weather we had up there. It'a a whole different system. When you did your Los Poblanos post (which I also enjoyed by the way) you were right around the corner from us. I tell everyone now that this is the real Albuquerque. But I have lived here all my life and spent a lot of time in the valley where my Grandparents lived in my youth. The older part of town feels so different from the rest. Enjoy the lovely snow! (How could we not??)

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