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.

Snow falling

This afternoon as I opened our door the cold breeze kissed my face and sent a chill to my toes. My purse was slung over my shoulder, my mini computer tucked under my arm and keys in hand ready to lock the door. As soon as I turned around and looked at our trees, which are now almost empty of leaves, I saw little white speckles float through the air cascading to the ground. I instantly got my phone out so I could take pictures, which didn’t seem to be enough, so I started recording this beautiful site. It was snowing!

Well my fingers started to become frozen, so I walked to the car a few steps away in a rather rushed motion, so I could get out of the cold. I opened the car door, set all my stuff on the passenger side and looked at my black jacket, and my dark hair, both full of little snow balls. I couldn’t help it a smile crept across my face.

I turned on the car and my dashboard starting flashing telling me the roads may be icy, again a little smile spread across my face. Well, like they say there is no better time than the present, so I put the car in reverse and went on my way to Greeneville to do my in-person interview with an artist.

You see, although I lived in Illinois once upon a time, we moved to Florida when I was only 8-years-old, many years before getting my driver’s license, many years before the thought of driving crossed my mind.

So, as I drove down our driveway I was thinking, “oh my gosh I am driving for the first time in snow!” I have to admit I was a little nervous about it, but as soon as I turned down the road that took me to the interstate the nerves started slowly going away. I actually became emotional. The emotions started deep down and slowly made its way up to my throat where I fought back a few tears. You ask why? I have no idea. Maybe it’s because this is Jason and my first winter together in a state that actually has a winter, maybe because I was driving in snow for the first time, who knows.

It snowed the entire ride to Greeneville (40+ miles) and the farther I drove from home the larger the flakes became. It was an experience like no other.

I’m used to driving in the rain. After living in Florida for most of my life, it became second nature to flip on your lights, turn on the wipers and drive until you reach your destination.

It was crazy driving, and having these, what looked like little cotton balls, hitting my windshield. It was incredible really. I felt like a little girl seeing snow for the first time. It was almost like there was a little wind tunnel right in front of my windshield grabbing a hold of all these little white circles that hit the windshield before flying off the side or onto the roof.

As soon as I arrived at Lawrence’s house, I apologized for being a little late. Yep, I was a little cautious driving in these new conditions, so my lead foot drove the speed limit and at times a little below.

We instantly hit it off . . . he lived in Fort Lauderdale for 30 years after growing up in Chicago as a child. I love interviewing artist, especially this gentleman because of his love for animals. His paintings were incredible, each set of animal’s eyes drew you into the painting.

I have to be honest when the interview was over and I said my goodbyes, I was a little disappointed that the snow stopped.  But with that said, I made it home a lot faster.

I remember driving the entire way home excited to tell Jason about my new adventure. His excitement matched mine . . . he said he stuck his head out of the door at work a couple of times to look at the snow, which in Johnson City he said were a good size.

So now that I drove in my first snow, the next battle to tackle, the ice!

It’s in the high 20’s right now and I plan on getting up early to exercise before my hectic day begins with writing. I wonder what kind of weather conditions I will face then.