I have friends in Minnesota. I give them a hard time about the fact that they can sometimes get snow 11 months out of the year. This stuff happens to them. Not here. Not to us.

This post? I’m warning you now, not a Friday Favorite.

We woke up this morning to this-

Which is hard to see, yes. I could handle it, though, knowing that it will be gone by this afternoon. It’s October, after all. It’s nice knowing it won’t last.

And then I made the mistake of turning on the radio. Not smart.

6 to 10.


As in inches. Of white precipitation. Cold – something defined by a small word which I will not write here.

The twins were still home when we heard the weather. They jumped up and down and squealed.

I walked out of the room.

I called Paul, whining. (Really, I was.)

He was worried– “Hon, I thought something was wrong…”

“What do you mean? There is something wrong.”

He laughed. And I could almost hear his eyes roll.

I resorted to calling my mother.

Wrong move.

She likes snow.

She didn’t know we were supposed to get more tomorrow.

I told her.

She laughed. Happily.

And then I called her out- “Mom! You’ve been playing Christmas carols, haven’t you?!”



We always tease her for her premature playing of carols. She starts playing them, oh, around Labor Day.

Okay, maybe a few days after that.

Which is just one of the many reasons I love her. She’s funny. But this morning I told her she was really odd.

But she was happy. Which is good.

Because it kinda’ rubs off on other people.

Even me.

Even when there’s white cold stuff on our lawn.

And on smothered flowers.

And on drooping roses. Oh, Abraham Darby, I understand. I feel your pain. It has me with my head hanging, too.

Stubbornly, I went in search of something that resembled October.

I found some in our sun room.

Then I found some on our computer, photos of what we have been doing the past couple weeks.Spending sunny Saturday mornings at the library.Studying.

Wearing short sleeves.

Baseball caps.

Hiking Soapstone in the afternoon.

Spending Columbus Day at an orchard. Cold apple cider. Pumpkins, cider donuts, blue skies, green leaves and heavy-hanging fruit.

It was roasting. Sunny. 80 degrees. Lovely.

Having cookouts in the backyard.Grilling hamburgers. Hot dogs.Marshmallows. Then frisbee on the lawn. It was warm- and then just chilly enough to put a sweatshirt on as the sun went down.

October in Connecticut.

And that’s how I’ll end this post- with this blog looking like October, thankyouverymuch.

Happy Friday!

Lots of photos coming up next week…

October 28, 2011 - 11:51 am

Miranda - Think of it this way…. Perfect timing to run out and take a snowy Christmas Card picture!!!

I’ve been hoping for a snow just enough to get my Christmas Card picture ready before Thanksgiving, but we’ll see if I get my wish *You obviously got mine.

And btw, I’ve just created 3-4 more Pandora Stations of Christmas music :)

October 28, 2011 - 12:05 pm

Betsy - Miranda, your comment made me smile. I intentionally don’t do snowy Christmas photos. I try to find the sunniest, most mild day and get ‘em done then. Which means our photo is taken already. I love to get a fresh feeling of summer when it’s time for cards to go out. Winter is not my favorite season. :) (Shocking, I know.)

October 28, 2011 - 2:23 pm

Katie - Our mom called me after talking to you. She was excited! The boys began racing around the room holding hands and yelling at the top of their lungs! If you knit you’d have a better appreciation for winter :) (that is what gets me through anyway)

October 28, 2011 - 2:35 pm

Betsy - I did think of you, Katie– figured it maybe would give you some time to work on all those projects you’ve got going!

October 28, 2011 - 4:21 pm

Cheryl - So, I just checked the weather forecast, because your father wondered if they were still predicting snow. He has no love for winter either. They have changed the forecast, but it will not be pleasant for you. Predictions are now for 10-15 inches! Yes, I really did see it!! Recently, I heard “Let it snow, let it snow……” and yes, I am really kind of happy.

October 28, 2011 - 4:52 pm

Pam - Cheryl,I’m with you. I love the snow and I automatically thought “Christmas”. Didn’t put the carols on just yet, but it was tempting.

October 28, 2011 - 5:43 pm

Betsy - Well, Pam & Cheryl, seems to me that both the love of winter and the dislike of winter are hereditary- on each side. ;)

October 28, 2011 - 7:15 pm

Jeff - I’m with you 100% of the way, Cheryl, and I’m so glad you were able to be home to enjoy the snow this weekend! Tell your husband that maybe it’s God’s way of helping him get the full benefit of a quiet weekend in Connecticut, so he should just sit back and enjoy it himself!

And yes, Betsy, I am slightly jealous. It’s currently 84° where I’m at, and the “feels like” is 89°. Can’t wait to get home to MN, where it’s only half that!

October 28, 2011 - 8:21 pm

Minna - Our Mom called me too Betsy first to tell me about the predicted 6-10 and then a few hours later to update me with the current forecast of 10-15! Needless to say I am pretty happy I live in Illinois right now where tomorrows forecast is 58 mild and sunny just like the perfect fall weather we should be having!!

October 29, 2011 - 10:25 pm

Sally - I’m one of those *weird* people who like Christmas carols in the fall! But I do not get excited about snow in October! I feel for you!

October 31, 2011 - 10:31 am

Vicki - What a great bunch of crisp, fabulous pictures! I especially like the one of you and your kiddos sitting outside. The very first time I came across your blog you had posted pictures of your kids jumping off the roof into the snow. : ) I remember being completely amazed. Today I’m amazed (and thankful) that the snow got you and missed us over here in Wisconsin! : )

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