This early morning the ground is covered with a white blanket - probably about a foot thick - and made entirely out of ... snowflakes!
.... Every crystal was a masterpiece of design, and no one design was ever repeated.
Today is the first official snow day (No school!) of this winter. Always a special occasion around here. I'm not sure who looks forward to snow days more - me or the girls :) They're so quiet. So peaceful. SO special that we celebrate them! Tho' not in ways that one would typically celebrate a special occasion. We celebrate snow days by sleeping as late as we want (tho' I like to get up early bc they seem to last longer that way) & stayin' in our PJs til whenever - and using the time they're so full of to do most anything we don't normally have time to do -- to entertain ourselves rather than to be entertained -- and to use technology less (preferably no TV) and our imaginations more. They're ideal for cuddling under a blanket with a good book, lingering over a hot cuppa, lighting a candle, writing a handwritten letter, sitting by the fire - and for being creative - for making just about anything - music, crafts, food. Toward that end, and assuming the conditions are right, snowdays are often the perfect time to make a friend of this nature...
This guy was a jolly happy soul! Made on a snow day way back in 2007. Perhaps he'll come back again someday ;)
My husband's company even canceled work today - thereby making this the perfect storm as far as I'm concerned - & making this particular snow day extra special, as I don't believe he has ever, in all the years we've lived here, enjoyed a snow day at home with us.
Soon we'll make what basically boils down to dessert for breakfast! -- a giant upside down apple pancake thats preparation is begun on the stovetop in a cast iron skillet then placed in the oven (skillet and all) to bake. Once it's done, all that's left to do then is to flip it out onto a platter, slice and serve warm - topped w/ vanilla ice cream and sprinkled w/ cinnamon.
In hopes of reinforcing the "warm & cozy" generated by breakfast, and in an attempt to encourage it to linger as long as possible, a pot of beef stew will simmer for hours and I'll be baking a loaf of homemade bread. It's been much too long since I've done that.
Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, here's hoping that you also are able to find a reason and make time to celebrate today.