"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Our Wintry Guest Has Left

I just want to tell all of you who stop by to visit and leave a word or two, how much I enjoy hearing from you! From commenting on the farm critters and that silly old frog, to talks about gardening ... it makes my heart glad!
Old Man Winter was a good guest....he didn't stay too long... and he didn't damage anything! He left a few decorative touches and a few gifts. After watching the news... I realize that we just got a dusting of weather compared to what folks are going through up north. But here in Texas...we are not used to slippery conditions.. and unfortunately some deaths occurred in our area. So for us here,... it was enough.

Sophie and I stepped out into the cold morning air and went to find what old man winter had left behind. The cotton fields had a good amount of ice in their rows and the ranch land off in the distance was white. The camera didn't capture it, but it looked like diamonds shining across the country from the sunshine.

As she and I stepped, the crunching was loud in this frozen morning silence.

Even old Mrs. Spider had a visit!

Anything that was out on the grounds was frozen in time.

I love the way the weeds and flowers froze. They look like cake decorations.

Doesn't this look like rock candy on a stick?

I have to say, Old Man Winter is a creative old soul.

Poor Muddy Mildred....my scarecrow. She has been keeping guard in a vacant garden since summer passed. She is in much need of a makeover, and a hairdo. She still has a smile on her frozen face....I think she is glad Old Man Winter left.

Here in Texas, we can have the biggest snow(if we do get snow) or the biggest ice storm one day....and the very next day... it's gone... as if it never happened. The sun soon came out and the trees started thawing leaving hundreds of ice cubes on the ground.

One of the best gifts Old Man Winter has left is the much needed moisture I was hoping for. In no time everything was dripping and running off into flower beds and containers. So for all of you who are probably experiencing even a worse taste of this frozen visitor... I hope he soon leaves and I hope the sun will soon come out and warm your day!


Anonymous said...

I feel a lot like Muddy Mildred looks this morning!!!!! These are pretty pictures; the ice crystals do look like cake decs. and rock candy! I always enjoy your blogs and I appreciate you visiting my blog and leaving words of support and kindness. Thanks.

LindaSueBuhl said...

oh that picture of the cotton fields all frozen made me a little homesick for Midland - but my place is here now. Lovely pictures and glad you didn't have damage either - we came through OK too.

DayPhoto said...

What a beautiful frozen world. I have been concerned about everyone who is having to experice this giant storm. Your post is poetic!


City Mouse said...

Neat pics! Wonderful to have some wet, I bet. Winter sometimes seems so dry, between the air and then having to have the heat on. The "rock candy" pic is especially neat!

Daisy said...

Kathleen, I'm glad Old Man Winter didn't stay long with his visit there.

He's been hanging around here in our guest bedroom for a couple of months now. I'm ready to send him packing! HA HA HA!

Have a good day, my friend. :D

Lanny said...

Your pictures, as usual, are very good. I love the one of the cotton field. I would frame that. I'm glad you are warmed back up and no harm no foul was done.

J and J Acres said...

Whew... you guys are lucky- we're still fighting 10 inches of snow with two layers of ice mixed in there! NOT fun to drive on- even in 4-wheel drive!

Tipper said...

Glad old man winter left you in one piece! We only got rain-no ice.

Sunny said...

Glad your visitor left you some nice gifts! Love your frozen weed pics! I took some too, but can't post as we are in limbo here right now, but cozy by our cook stove!

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Beautiful pictures Kathleen and soooo amazing it is that cold! Brrrrr! You were brave to get out and take them! Thanks for sharing my dear!


Berte said...

I just love visiting your blog. You have a talent with a camera and words. Amazing!
RiverBend Farm

Nancy M. said...

I'm glad you didn't get the worst part of it. The pictures of it sure are pretty. That one pic looks like rock candy almost.

Childers Corner said...

Great picture! I wish I'd had my camera with me on the ride to Lubbock Tuesday.

Conni said...

Love the pictures of the frozen vegetation...

Sugarplum Cottage said...

The pine tree is wonderful with all that ice on it. I so miss this kind of weather. hope your staying warm and safe. Send me that rock candy stick, hopefully it won't melt before it gets here. Hugs, Rosemarie

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Hope the Sun is warming your days. We did not get that much ice here, but it felt very cold. Loved all the pics.

Irma :)

Paula said...

Dear Kathleen,
Such sweet words and beautiful photos!!! I enjoyed my visit so much. So glad you are all safe! I am looking forward to spring and I can hardly wait to see your beautiful gardens. I am so thankful the Lord blesses us with spring after winter!

Keep warm!
Love and blessings,

Farm Chick Paula said...

Beautiful pictures.... everything looks so pretty with the ice on it.
Cold, but pretty! LOL