Saturday, November 21, 2015

First snow








I'm just starting to emerge from the rabbit-hole of illness, where I spent most of the week. It's a bad cold, or a moderate flu, maybe. All I know is that it hit me fast and I was down for a few days. One of the last things I did, on Tuesday morning, was to wander the backyard with my camera to take some photos of the snow we'd gotten on Monday. There had been a slight chance of snow in the forecast, but they got it very wrong - it snowed quite heavily for the entire day and we ended up with about three inches in my neck of the woods. The children were very disappointed when they realized it was the heavy, wet kind of snow that is no good for playing in. It looked pretty, though, especially since so many autumn leaves were still on the trees (many have since dropped off). We watched the snow fall all day while we had homeschool, watched a movie and baked brownies. By evening, the snow had stopped and the storm moved on, leaving two days of frigid wind behind it.

I was beginning to feel a little achy by Tuesday night; on Wednesday morning, I could barely get out of bed. Life didn't exactly stop - I still had to do the school driving and the usual household things - but the Bear helped where he could, as he always does. I rested as much as possible and tried to stay warm (see, this is why you should make stacks and stacks of blankets - someday, you just might need them all at once). Today is the first day I've felt somewhat energetic. I went to the grocery store for the basics (including orange juice and cough syrup), and straightened up around the house a little. I hate being sick, I really do. I feel completely useless. I'm not a slow-down-and-rest kind of person, even when I really need to be. I know, I know. It's hard for me. I'm learning.

I'm starting to prepare for Thanksgiving; in fact, I need to go back to the store on Monday for my turkey and some of the other fresh foods I plan to make. I have a cooking plan for myself next week, to get some things prepared before the holiday (I keep wishing for that double oven but it hasn't materialized yet). I've got a special day coming on Monday, and we're still planning to celebrate with dinner out tomorrow night, so I'm going to rest as much as I can today and tomorrow. I'm determined! Watch me power-nap and hydrate myself! Feel the burn.

I'm far behind on blog-reading, and I owe some emails too; I'll try to get back on track soon. For now, I'm heading back to my couch and Netflix documentaries. I hope you're having a good weekend, my friends.

38 comments:

  1. Stay warm, hope you stay on the mend.

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  2. It looks beautiful! I do hope you are soon fully recovered. x

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  3. Keep warm and drink plenty of warm fluids, rest as much as you can. An evening with the TV is the perfect scenario for this time of year. Take care.

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  4. Rest and get better!
    We usually have had quite a bit of snow by now, but this year is different. Today it is snowing for the first time, but we are supposed to get 6-10 inches!

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  5. Stay warm !!
    http://dimplekhadi.blogspot.com/2015/11/oasap-evening-lookbook.html

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  6. The juniper with its berries and snow captures my heart! Hoping you are feeling better soon and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. Eek, snow, is it that time of year already. So sorry you've been so under the weather, I do hope you're all better soon. In the meantime take it as easy as you can. As you say, a good job you have all those blankets. Hugs, CJ xx

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  8. Forget the blogs, forget the emails - we'll still be here when you're well again.

    Thank goodness the flu hit the week before your birthday and thanksgiving, not next week! Take it slow and enjoy the season. Lots of love and well wishes to you my friend. X

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  9. Get better soon, Jennifer. You've got that special day to celebrate, after all!

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  10. Try and take it easy Jennifer ,at least it's now and not next week. Beautiful photos .

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  11. I like your pics. I hope you get well soon especially with Thanksgiving on the way. It's no fun being under the weather. xx

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  12. Keep in the warm and get better soon. It is so hard when you are a mum to just stop because you are ill.
    Rosezeeta

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  13. Stay warm and let the Bears spoil you for a day or two. Have a peaceful weekend, hope you feel better soon. x

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  14. It is never easy being a Mom and being ill at the same time. Hope you are feeling even better tomorrow.
    Meredith

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  15. Oh no Jennifer, I do hope you feel better soon. Sending healing vibes across the miles. Rest up my friend, and take care of yourself.

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  16. I'm so sorry you got the dreaded lurgy. I had it and it took me two weeks to recover. Seems like a lot of people have succumbed. But you sure got some pretty photos of your snow! My favorite is the Juniper and berries.. that would make a nice Christmas card! Get better.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. Take care of yourself and enjoy your special day! Lovely pictures of the snow, we actually had a little here in the UK too, I went out and danced in it as it fell, I love it so! It's all gone from the the town now but I can still see it on the hills and it makes me smile. X

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  18. Jennifer, I'm so sorry to hear that you've been sick. I had aches and a low grade fever Thursday but was better the next day. I'm hoping I avoided the scourge that seems to be going around everywhere. The snow is beautiful. I got my snow tires put on yesterday so I'm ready whenever it decides to fall. Rest and try to relax so you're ready for the big day next week.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  19. get well soon xxxx your snow is beautiful xxx

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  20. I love your photos - especially the one with the lamp-post; it looks like Narnia! Hope you are fully recovered in time for your birthday. Rest and lots of fluids is the order of the day. Take care. xx

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  21. Hope you're feeling much better very soon Jennifer. Take it easy, keep warm, lots of vitamin C. Xx

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  22. Beautiful wintry photographs. We had a flurry of snow on Saturday morning and this morning woke up to the first frost so we're just about to go for a walk to pick sloes to make sloe gin. Hope you're feeling better Jennifer and you have a great evening and a very happy special day tomorrow.

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  23. Oh, it does look beautiful, but enjoy your rest and stay warm. xx

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  24. bbbrrr that looks cold but at the same time so mystically beautiful!
    do stay warm & hope you have a speedy recovery, no more ventures out to take pictures! as lovely as they are.
    thanx for sharing

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  25. Hey Jennifer,
    Your snowy pictures are gorgeous. We get snow rarely here. I'm so sorry that you have felt unwell. Marc has been struck down with another heavy cold, and I'm waving a shaky cross at him to keep away. I can't handle colds at all. Have a lovely birthday and Thanksgiving, my lovely. Eat, drink and be merry!
    Leanne xx

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  26. Hurrah for warm blankets :). I do hope you feel better soon, especially for your special day :).

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  27. We had our first snow this weekend too, though not as much as you got. I'm sorry to hear you've been ill, I do hope that you're now on the mend and that you're ready for all the celebrations ahead.

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  28. There is always something magical about the first fall of snow.

    I do hope you are feeling better - and can fully enjoy all the celebrations.

    All the best Jan

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  29. Eek! I LOVE the snow! I was hoping, as the temps have plunged here this weekend, but so far no white stuff has fallen. Sorry to hear you've been poorly. I am RUBBISH at slowing down so I sympathise. Your Thanksgiving preps sound lovely. I've just ordered our turkey for Christmas from college where they grow their own. Hope you continue to get better X

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  30. Dearest Jennifer, hope you are feeling much better now and be able to enjoy all those white beauties around you!
    Have a great week ahead
    Olympia

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  31. why oh why is it that you getting knocked low when there is the most to be done? (and then life gets prioritized and you realize that most of the stuff that you thought 'needed' to be done managed somehow without you!) Do hope you are feeling better soon....for the big day, and the turkey day, and all those days in between!!!

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  32. We had a dust of snow like icing sugar but nothing more it is just so windy.Get well soon Jen. Jo x

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  33. i hope you're feeling better!
    it snowed here too, but not so much...

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  34. Wow, I loved seeing all your lovely snowy pictures! I hope you are feeling fully recovered now, Jennifer, and enjoy the week ahead.
    Helen xox

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  35. So sorry you've been sick. I hope you're feeling 100% by Thanksgiving! Beautiful photos. We got our first snow here a couple of days ago, too. But we got socked with 13"! And then the bitter cold set in. It has "warmed up" today to 27. I'm actually going to bundle out and go out for a walk now. Sometimes the four walls close around you and you need some fresh air! If I don't talk to you before the holiday, here's wishing you and your family a healthy, fun and blessed Thanksgiving!

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  36. Sorry to hear you've been unwell. Hope you're fully recovered now and have enjoyed your special day. We've had our first snow here over the weekend but so glad it's gone now. Have a happy, healthy week!

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  37. The first snow is always so exciting! We had plenty here yesterday too. The kids were excited - but they still wouldn't put their boots on this morning!

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  38. Well I am thankful you are getting better, Jennifer, and I hope you have fun during your special event today! Thanks for the great photos of your snow! We have none in the valley yet, but Mt. Hood is gorgeously covered in white. Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!!!! xxxx

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