Spoiled, spoiled rotten

This morning I had a few interviews set up to talk to some high school students that are participating in the program SCOPE, Student Congress on Politics and Education, in March. After watching the news last night, I learned that I had a tight timeline I had to make if I wanted to interview those students.

All Washington County schools in Tennessee were closing at 11:30 a.m. because of the snow storm that was on track for our area.

This sweet man of mine saw reports that the snow could start as early as 10-10:30 this morning and decided to drive me to my interviews. Jason’s Subaru handles snow much better than my Mitsubishi. I love how he knows when my nerves need to be calmed down, how he always looks out for me. Well, my interviews went well, story has already been turned in, it was a great way to start my day.

Good news was we got home in plenty of time before the storm started. So, Jason could have slept in, but I am thankful he was looking out for me. Interstate 26 is a nightmare when the weather is fine . . . IMG_1055

The snow started about 2-ish this afternoon and has been off and on since. We saw some really big snowflakes when we left to pick up dinner, but has since decreased in size. Fortunately this snow storm has brought some nice snowman, snowball packing snow . . .

So Jason made us a little snowman with the little snow we had this afternoon on top of my car. We went back outside just a little before midnight and it’s still there, much smaller of course.

IMG_1056Jason made sure I took a picture farther away to show just how small the snowman was. It made me laugh, made my day actually.

The memory of today was making snowballs and throwing them at each other, as well as Jason throwing them at his car.  I felt like a little kid, it was great.

I thought of our family dog Mandy. When I lived in Illinois with my family as a young girl we used to make snowballs and throw them at Mandy and she would catch them with her mouth. Oh such great memories flooded my brain tonight.

IMG_1057Since that first time we went out earlier this afternoon, a lot more snow has accumulated. Around 11:30 p.m., Jason measured about 4 1/2 inches and it’s still coming down.

IMG_1082One of our neighbors has a table in front of their porch, which provides a good visual of the amount of snow we have received so far.

IMG_1066The snow on the back porch.

Jason came back inside to get me tonight after he walked towards the decline of our driveway down the hill. He knew I would want to take pictures, which he was right. It’s such a beautiful site, especially with the snow still falling.

IMG_1067Both Jason and I commented on the silence that surrounds you in the snow. The sky also provides an incredible view, there’s kind of glow that engulfs you while filling the night sky.

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Winter Storm Pax sure made its presence known today and is expected to continue Thursday with possible snow on Friday as well.

Today was an incredible day. Jason and I spent the majority of the day, night laughing hysterically. I had tears flowing freely at one point as I could not stop the laughter.

Frozen

This morning Jason woke me up as the sun was rising, so we could see more of Kingsport covered in snow. He’s so good to me, on his day off he woke up much earlier than on the days he works, just so I could see the sunrise.

It was beautiful, oranges filled the sky as the sun slowly made its way up. I don’t know if it was the sunrise that made me smile, or that the sun was actually making an appearance today.

IMG_1025After driving downtown, Jason took me to one of my favorite spots, the Kingsport Greenbelt.

One of the ducks was laying in the snow, which instantly made me cold. IMG_1033

Every time I see and hear the ducks it takes me back to when I lived on the farm in Illinois. Mom had a duck, pure white, named Matilda. It used to lay on the pool cover in the winter and talk to Mom all the time. So Mom, you consumed my thoughts this  morning, you were with me as I watched the ducks do their thing.

Shortly after I spotted the first duck on the bank, I heard quite a few more chatting as the swam. A cluster slowly made its way down to where I was standing, sinking in the snow.

IMG_1034Part of Reedy Creek was frozen on the Greenbelt this morning, which only reminded me just how cold it was outside. It was really pretty to see snow around the creek and on the trees. Another beautiful moment created by this Winter Storm Leon.

IMG_1026  IMG_1027  IMG_1030  IMG_1031 IMG_1028Since we don’t have boots and I was only wearing my running shoes, my toes started to get really cold. I took a few more pictures before heading back to Jason’s warm car.

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I’m glad Jason woke us up early so we could see more of the snow that swept through the area yesterday. That same quietness that I heard last night, surrounded me again as I stood by the creek this morning. As the sun made its way through the trees, the white glistened, promising a beautiful day. A spray of snow started to sweep off the trees as the sun began to melt what accumulated on the branch, creating another beautiful sight to see.

I’m glad Jason and I moved to the mountains and got to experience the seasons this year. The fall was absolutely breathtaking with the change of colors and the winter, well I still don’t know how to put into words the beauty that it holds, that white coverage.

When we arrived back home, Jason’s car said -2 . . . yep this Florida girl had enough of the cold for a couple of hours. I think I might just admire the view from the windows of our warm home for a little bit.

Surrounded by quiet

My mom asked me the other day if it seems quieter with snow on the ground. Tonight as I stood on the front porch, I was engulfed by the quiet as I admired the view of snow. IMG_1016

It’s hard to explain how peaceful it is looking at snow. All of the noise seemed to disappear as I stood there in the extremely cold temperatures. That’s another thing, I had three layers on, a hat and gloves and I didn’t notice how cold I was until I snapped that last picture. I was mesmerized, the snow was almost twinkling as the light cascaded off the pure white.

Jason came out with me at first, but since I had his jacket on, he quickly went back inside.

That’s when I was completely engulfed, lost in my own thoughts.

IMG_1019As the snow slowly comes to a stop, Jason said we got about 5 inches of snow in some parts of the property today.

All I want to do is explore more, take more pictures and capture this first true snow storm of ours in Tennessee.

I would have walked around to the back of our townhouse, but when Jason said some parts had 5 inches of snow, I figured I better wait until the morning.

I hope to wake up as the sun comes up to see how the light plays on the snow that has now covered everything.

Although I was stuck at home for the majority of the day, I was extremely entertained by the snow. I’m glad I work from home and have the option of doing phone interviews, or email interviews for that point.

I’m excited to see what tomorrow brings, what kind of new memories I can capture for Jason and I to look back on when talking about our first winter in Tennessee.

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Snowflakes landing on my eyelashes

When Jason came into the bedroom this morning to kiss me goodbye before leaving for work, he asked if I had to go anywhere. Well, the gym of course. Unfortunately, he told me it would be better if I stayed home for the day because we were supposed to get a lot of snow.

Winter Storm Leon made its presence know today in the tri-cities area.

I got up and looked out the window a little after 8 this IMG_0991morning, sure enough the snow was already starting to accumulate. Every time I stole a glimpse out the window, the snow continued.

When I walked downstairs to start my lunch, I figured yep, it would be better if I stayed home for the day. The snow was not going to let up at all.

Jason took my car to work on Saturday because he had a flat tire. He couldn’t make it up the driveway in my car, due to the hill that pretty much goes straight up when he got home later that night.

After he made it through the front door, warmed up a little, the both of us walked down the driveway to my car to move it, just in case one of our neighbors came home. So since we were there, Jason tried one last time to get my car to the top of the hill.

I have to say just sitting in the passenger seat spooked me enough to stay home on days like today.

So my car sat at the end of the driveway that night and poor Jason had to walk through the snow down the driveway the next morning to get to the car.

After I spent all  morning and pretty much all afternoon in my office looking out the window, I decided to go outside once I completed all of my work.

IMG_0982Throughout the day I would catch the cats sitting on the back of the couch looking out the window. Every once in a while both of them perked up as their heads tracked down whatever was outside. Sure enough it was a pair of robins playing around in the branches. I tried multiple times to get a picture as it sat perched on the branch. Unfortunately this was the best I could do.

IMG_0992I don’t know what it is about the fences around the driveway, but I love taking pictures of the top and the bottom when there is snow. I guess it’s because of the white back drop between the posts and the snow that gathers between.

IMG_1003The bottom of the fence is pretty cool to photograph, just because you can see how high the snow has piled.

I always try to find new things around our home to photograph, but there are a few things that I have to capture every time I walk out doors.

IMG_1004This picture I like because the snow was starting to pile up on the post towards the bottom.

Yep, I’m enjoying our first true snow day.

It’s after 7 p.m. and the snow is still falling. This is my first all day snow since I was a little girl.

When Jason came home from work this afternoon, we both sat on the couch with our faces close to the window, butt in the air,staring out the window like two little kids. It’s beautiful when the big snowflakes fall.

IMG_0990 The contrast in this picture caught my attention, the brown with snow sitting in the leaf. IMG_0993 Same with this picture, the white stands out as it puts weight on the leaves.

The next six pictures are my favorite from today. Yep, you guessed it, snow on the trees. Beautiful!

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As I was standing outside taking pictures of the trees, snowflakes started hitting my eyelashes, which of course made me giggle. I had another snow moment for the day. Jason’s coat was covered in snow by the time I walked back indoors and I was frozen. Although the snow is gorgeous, I’m not a big fan of the teens, it’s just way too cold.

After relaxing for a little bit after Jason got home, we left and headed to the grocery store. All in all the streets in Kingsport were not bad. We noticed a good amount of people out walking around taking the new white scenery in.

It’s something to see, 3 1/2 to 4 inches of snow.

The best part about our trip to the store was the drive back. Once we turned on our street, Jason turned on his bright lights and the snowflakes came to life, all different sizes, as they hit the windshield. We both looked at each other and smiled.

Since Jason has tomorrow off, we too will be heading out and hitting a couple of our favorite spots around town, so I can take some more pictures.

Fresh coat of white

Yep, I got snuggled up again and went outside for round two of photographs, since it stopped snowing. This time I put on an extra layer, as well as gloves.

As soon as I walked off our deck, my foot sunk in the snow. I’m not going to lie, it made me smile.

IMG_0974The first time it snowed after we moved to Tennessee was Nov. 27, 2013. I remember Jason making fun of me every time I looked out the window and saw snowflakes and got excited. Well, that’s what happens after living in Florida for more than 20 years, you get excited.

When Jason and I went to visit his sister in Illinois a few years ago for Christmas, it snowed on Christmas Eve, the first time I saw snow since we moved from Illinois when I was 8-years-old. So, it was quite exciting when Jason told me it was snowing . . . we put on our coats and headed out of the hotel to stand in it.

Here are some more snow pictures . . .

Jason’s car has accumulated a little more snow since earlier today. That flat tire may just have to wait a little longer. Good thing I work from home and I don’t have anything scheduled to cover for next week yet . . .

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My favorite part about looking outside is seeing where the snow has piled . . .

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The trees are my favorite. I love seeing snow in the middle of the tree or along the tree branches.

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IMG_0979Or the grass on the ground, with twigs sticking out of the snow.

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While I was taking pictures I heard our neighbor trying to get up our little hill of our driveway. So, I headed over to the other side to take some pictures.

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IMG_0965This area always grabs my attention, I love the vines that come down.

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Would you like to have a seat?

IMG_0976After taking more than 40 pictures, I decided to come back inside since my hands were becoming numb, making the rest of my body cold.

White blanket

IMG_0923Repeatedly over the last few weeks, the meteorologist have said we would get snow. Yes, we would get a flurry here and there, but not enough to stick to the ground. It’s weird you kind of build up this excitement when you hear you may get an inch of snow, just for the pure beauty of that white blanket.

It also justifies the extremely cold weather. Right now it’s 24 degrees, with a forecasted low of 9 degrees tonight. Who would have thought NE Tennessee would get this cold? I sure didn’t.

The temperatures have been absolutely freezing lately, yes freezing for me. When you are used to the chilly Florida winter’s, 30, 20 and even the teens are way too cold. So, again, when you look out the window and see the snow falling, actually collecting, it makes the cold weather bearable if you will.

When I woke up I looked out the window and the snow was coming down, almost like a white rain. Every once in a while the snow falls sideways as the wind grabs a hold of the flakes.  So I put on Jason’s huge jacket, my hat and slippers with camera in hand to take a few pictures.

IMG_0924Since Jason’s car has a flat tire, his remains in the driveway today, instead of mine. He had to take my car because he is doing  a double at the restaurant today.

I walked out onto the fresh snow and left a few foot prints. So what did I do after I saw that initial footprint, walk in a circle, haha. It’s the simple things in life. Yes, this simple act left a smile on my face.IMG_0927 I had my little moment in the snow.

I hope we get that predicted amount of snow, so maybe we can build a small snowman. Or, just have a pretty blanket of white covering the ground. There is something magical about the snow, a pure beauty when falling, especially when there is enough to stick to the ground.

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I know it’s not a lot of snow . . . especially when seeing some of the snow in the northern states. But it’s enough to make me smile and of course admire from inside my warm, cozy townhouse.

I’m sure I will go out in the snow again as the day goes on to take more pictures as the snow collects on the trees, branches and the ground.

Falling snow

This morning Jason woke me up before 7 a.m. and told me to look outside . . .

Well . . .   I didn’t budge, I was too comfy under the warm covers. When I finally did crawl out of bed a little before 8 a.m. I saw a beautiful blanket of white.

After looking out the window, I had to grab my camera and head outdoors. The cold blast of air hit me as soon as I stepped outside and my hands were numb by the time I was done taking pictures . . . but it was all worth it!

My car was covered in snow. The funny thing is, the majority of that snow traveled with me to Jonesborough for an interview I had.

IMG_0770Yep, I have a sweet boyfriend. He took the majority of the snow off the windsheild on the drivers side of the car, so I could drive to Jonesborough and interview the fire chief for an article.

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Yesterday all we had was rain, a new record rainfall according to local newscasts, and today it’s been snowing all day long.

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And this is what Winter Storm Boreas’ brought to Northeast Tennessee.

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The snow on the leaves instantly caught my attention. It was stunning to see a flash of color with all of the white snow.

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The picture above is one of my favorites from today. It was beautiful how the snow collected on the branches.

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I love the footprints on the stairs going up to our townhouse.

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The two pictures below brought me back to my childhood. I remember pulling icicles off the side of the barn and house in Illinois.

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And here is our driveway . . .

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Although it is absolutely freezing outside and the nerves still get the best of me while I am driving in the snow . . . it is an incredible sight to see.