Winter is definitely here!

Saturday it snowed for most of the day. Being that it was Shabbat (the sabbath), I was free to sit in front of the living room window and watch for long periods of time. It’s strange, but like sitting before a fireplace and gazing endlessly at flickering, dancing flames, I can watch snow fall for hours and not grow bored. Watching the fine snow slowly whiten the ground as it eventually formed a winter blanket, calmed the cacophony of sounds and thoughts that tend to run through my head on a normal day. Coffee (and later, hot chocolate) in hand, I reflected on the season and the fact that during the darkest time of the year, Chanukah brings us the miracle of light. This holiday reminds us that when in life’s bleakest, coldest, darkest moments, miracles can and do happen. With the first night’s candle, and for each day following, the miraculous light begins to increase little by little, shedding light on hopelessness and thus restoring awe, wonder and hope for spiritual renewal.

The peacefulness of watching snow fall added to the sanctity of the Sabbath, slowing down our bodies and minds, pausing to reflect on the spiritual aspects of life, refraining from the busyness of “creating” our existence. To sit and watch, reflect and listen, is a form of prayer, too. Days like Saturday remind me to connect to the Divine Presence, ubiquitous throughout creation. Β The formal prayers of the day prevent one from becoming too insular, singular in thought, or isolated from the world at large. Yet, the isolation of the moment, sitting by my window watching the snow fall, was a time of connecting with Holy Presence and refreshing my soul; a beautiful, peaceful “island” in time.

And then yesterday, Sunday, I pulled on my boots and headed out into the invigorating air. I couldn’t let a photo-op pass me by! These photos were taken with my little Olympus point-and-shoot. I had let the battery run down on my D-SLR (Pentax), but I’ve taken many great photos with the little pocket camera, so I wasn’t too worried. After about thirty minutes though, the battery gave out on the Olympus, too. Fortunately I did get some shots depicting the fun and beauty of the day. AND, I decided I needed to do better about keeping back-up batteries charged and read to go. Oy. . . after all these years, you would think that I would learn. Oh well. . . enjoy these few photos. There will be many more in the days to come, I’m sure.

And there will be more days to contemplate the more holy aspects of life, too, while I watch snow fall.

Thanks for stopping by. For those of you in the southern hemisphere (or more tropical climes), enjoy your warm weather and/or SUMMER!

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47 thoughts on “Winter is definitely here!

    1. Yes, I imagine that too much of a good thing (sunny, warm weather) is too much! If I could send some of the cold and snow I would happily do so. πŸ˜‰ But I must admit, there is beauty in the snow and cold, too. Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Cecelia, I just noticed the tiny flecks of “snow” crossing your page. It always amazes me that a snowfall sometimes starts with flecks of snow no larger than those, then accumulates until the ground and most of everything else that is outside is covered in a beautiful white blanket.

    1. Thanks Kathy. I am really trying to develop a “like” for snow. I’m not there yet, but I do enjoy certain aspects. If I could send some your way, I would happily do so! Take care and have a great week.
      Cecelia

  2. Snow over coffee- wonderful. Snow-coffee-reflection about life and memories lived- priceless! This is one beautiful winter post. Snow on pine, snowman, all reflects the magic of the season. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  3. I LOVE pictures when I see them of the snow, and people’s houses in the snow. We just don’t get that here in Australia. It’s coming up to summer right now. Christmas and snow …. how lovely πŸ™‚

    1. I am a spring and summer person myself. The cold is hard for me, but since we’ve recently moved to this climate, I am determined to learn to love snow. Thanks for stopping by. I think Australia is lovely (based on pctures I’ve seen.)

  4. Lovely pics, Cecelia. You’ve inspired me to dig out some of my own. I’ll put them up on my site in a day or so. I particularly like the feeling you create with your words backing up the photo…peaceful and joyous. Thanks for sharing your skill and your vision.

  5. Chanukah sounds like a wonderful holiday to celebrate.
    “This holiday reminds us that when in life’s bleakest, coldest, darkest moments, miracles can and do happen. With the first night’s candle, and for each day following, the miraculous light begins to increase little by little, shedding light on hopelessness and thus restoring awe, wonder and hope for spiritual renewal.”
    A beautiful post with gorgeous photos Cecelia! Thank you.

    1. I’m glad to hear that this post was soothing. When I wrote it I didn’t know how people would respond, but, as I should have expected, folks respond to snow as I did when writing this post. Thanks for stopping by. I do appreciate it.

  6. My blood pressure lowered after reading your post this morning. My husband and I are traveling to Georgia today and it’s been a hectic morning. I somehow lost the second set of keys to one of our cars…and it was not pretty. I am glad that it’s not snowing this morning, because that could cause all sorts of airport delays and travel hazards. However, your blog has reminded me that there is a half hour now to turn off the computer and breathe and watch the sun rise above the trees. Blessings for this sacred holiday season…

    1. I know how it is when one is trying to get away on a trip. The last moments are always crazy. I’m glad that I could help you calm down and breathe deeply. Some day maybe you will do the same for me. Enjoy the trip . . . and the beauty. Blessings to you.

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