A Gentle Snow


We had a long, slow, tender snowfall yesterday.

It began in the night, softly blanketing the hills and trees while we slept. It carried on throughout the day.

Chickens fled, fearful of harsh Winter.

Sometimes, oh yes, sometimes She can be quite cruel.

But this was a gentle snow.

Almost demure.

Even a bit remorseful. Trying to make up.

It was a Saturday. No school, no activities, no driving on scary roads.

And it was as if Winter knew….

….that She was welcome…..

….on the weekend.


  1. Barbee' says:

    There is nothing like a peaceful, quiet, soft, gentle snow. Thank you for the pretty photos. Now, I’ll look at them again.

  2. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Nice, gentle photos, too. And after you took the photos, you went inside to cook up 6 dozen eggs. What does Crooked Little Hen think of this?

  3. SkippyMom says:

    We got it too neighbor and you are right about it. It is a light fluffy sort – just hoping the temps rise so it doesn’t all ice up.

    Pretty pics.

  4. Sheryl - Runningtrails says:

    Lovely, pretty kittie! Its my opinion that snow is never nice. You are more than welcome to some of mine!

  5. Nic, SD says:

    We got a tiny dusting this past night, here in SD. Everything is sparkly again! The kitty picture just about sums that pleasant-winter-day thing up. Thanks for sharing with us!

  6. Box Call says:

    I myself do not welcome one point four degrees above zero of cold on my thermometer this morning. That is not demure; no that is dang cold out here this morning on the Mountain. One of the Intelligentsia stated in the local newspaper that all of us who believe weather is cyclical, and that their global warming theory is bad science, makes us ignorant hillbillies. Maybe I am just less gullible than they think I should be. Go away winter! Burrrr

  7. Johanna says:

    It is lovely when nature comes on a “stay at home” day! And I guess everyone wanted to stay at home, especially those chickens!

  8. Kelly says:

    Love those beautiful pictures Suzanne (but I also LOVE snow)!

    The picture that you took looking into the barn at the sheep is gorgeous. I think it would make a nice Christmas card or post card.

    Thanks for sharing your shots of winter!


  9. CindyP says:

    Yes, those calm snows are peaceful, especially when the ground is bare. Makes for some beautiful shots, too!

    Up here, when you’ve still got a couple feet of snow, it’s just one of those “Again?” And the brutal cold just makes me want to stay in the house with all the drapes drawn and candles lit! :sun:

  10. debbie says:

    I just love days of big soft demure snow, as long as I am inside looking out at it.

  11. Myrna Mackenzie says:

    Suzanne, that looks so pretty and peaceful!

    Could I please make a plea for all of us to keep controvesial talk (i.e., discussions of issues, such as climate change) off Suzanne’s blog? I love it here. It’s my peaceful start to my morning, and that comment was upsetting. This is Suzanne’s blog, and I think we all have a responsibility to keep everything friendly and calm and not push each other’s hot buttons. Also, Suzanne, feel free to delete my–this–comment or edit it. I just didn’t know how to say “let’s not talk about controversial stuff” without sounding a bit controversial myself. My apologies if I’ve offended anyone.

  12. Karen Anne says:

    Good luck, Box Call. Denial always works πŸ™‚

  13. Karen Anne says:

    You’re right, Myrna. Our posts crossed.

  14. Kirsten says:

    What a way to start my day! Beautifully written, and wonderful pictures. Baking anything special today?

  15. Leah says:

    πŸ™‚ Your snow is pretty. We got some to Fri and its still hangin around. But your right it is more peaceful when it comes on the wkend. I looked out my window yesterday and saw my lil grandbaby in her red parka. Her dad took a big shovel and made a sm hill for her to sled down on her little blue sled! Just melted my heart…..Plus I noticed the snow had been cleaned off my car! πŸ™‚

  16. Debnfla3 says:

    I know that the one’s living in the north are sooo tired of snow and cold. But I would truly love to see a snow covered field, or snow on the trees like ya’ll have. Our winter was way colder than normal but we got no snow. Perhaps a few flakes fell but none stuck to the ground it melted before it hit. Our ground does not freeze so it will not stick.
    Your snow is very lovely, cold….but beautiful.


  17. kerri says:

    Those “soft snow” days are absolutely beautiful, and yes, it’s delightful when we can stay home and just enjoy them.
    Thanks for these lovely, peaceful photos. The kitty shot is especially beautiful πŸ™‚
    We have 0ΒΊF here in upstate NY this morning. Chilly, to say the very least!

  18. Chic says:

    I love snowfalls like that and sometimes I miss them. We had bare ground up until this Thursday and Friday when we got dumped on but it was so bright and cheerful with all that white stuff on the ground. I guess we better enjoy it here today because it looks like we’ve got warming temperatures heading our way and freezing drizzle tomorrow…yuck. Enjoy your snow while you can!

  19. sara sammon says:

    these are just breathtaking ……I love the way the world looks on a snowy day.

  20. shirley says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. :hug:

  21. BuckeyeGirl says:

    Yes, living where there’s lots of snow does get a bit tiresome, but it is what it is. If we would get snow in moderate amounts that the road crews can keep up with, it’s nice when it lays a gentle blanket over the landscape.

    Too bad mother nature has such a wicked sense of humor most of the time!

  22. Sandra says:

    Pure poetry, both the words and the pictures. Thank you!!

  23. Wendy says:

    Holy cow, lady! How many eggs you got?! =-)
    I’m likin’ your Photo of the Day there.
    …so… When are you going to start blowing the “innards” out and making Easter Eggs? They’d be so pretty!
    Especially if you do them the old fashioned way… I think they’re called Matroiska eggs? Or something like that. You put wax designs on, dye them (the wax acts as a “resist”)starting with the lightest color, repeat but using the next-lightest color, etc, and at the end, you take off the wax and have bee-you-ti-ful, decorated eggs!
    (I’d post a link, but I’m a dork…)

  24. Technobabe says:

    Love seeing all the animals adjusting to the snow. I so know how they feel!

  25. Erin D. says:

    Just lovely. πŸ™‚ I adore your animal photos – thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait until spring, when we’ll be getting our own chickens!

  26. NorthCountryGirl says:

    Northern Pennsylvania and the ground is bare. The chickens are out in the yard…one is sitting on the ground absorbing sunlight. Squirrels abound and the little birds are singing. It will soon be Spring and I can’t wait. Time to order seeds and plan gardens.

  27. Mary says:

    All January has been mild and melty here in Michigan..at least where I live. There’s nothing as breath taking and magical as getting up in the morning to new fallen snow. Beautiful photographs!

  28. catslady says:

    What a beautiful blog – pictures and prose. I just wish it was a little bit warmer. Single digit nights are too cold for my outside ferals. My older one didn’t make it even though I have tons of places for them to sleep under a covered porch. I’ll be happy when it gets at least in the 30’s!!!

  29. Kathleen in Michigan says:

    I love that type of snow!

  30. LisaAJB says:

    We’ve had a LOT of snow this winter, but for the past two days the sun has been out. I even fell asleep curled up in my rocker with the sun shining on me yesterday. I’ve been having dreams that all the snow is melted, and it’s time to start planing the tomatoes and peppers. SPRING IS COMING! But your gentle snow was sure pretty!

  31. Estella says:

    Great pics—but you’re welcome to the snow!

  32. Mittened Paw says:

    We too had a gentle snow here in Tennessee, unfortunately it started at noon on Friday! But what a nice quiet weekend it has been – baking, making candles and meals from scratch. Thanks Suzanne for all the encouragement to “put away” for winter – it makes it easier to appreciate the snow when it does come down.

  33. Kim W says:

    Lovely. :heart:

    Blessings from Ohio…Kim W<

  34. Cathy Bendzunas says:

    Yall might have gotten a gentle snow but further south (Virginia Beach, VA) we, who rarely get any snow at all got slammed by 8 inches of snow! The whole area has been shut down and probably will stay that way for several more days. I haven’t seen this much snow since the storm of ’81
    I feel bad cos we had a lot of stuff blooming, the fruit trees had flowers, the hyacinths had bloomed, all that is frozen now.

  35. Mary says:

    I was so excited when I read about the bread bags with twist ties in your newsletter that I raced to Walmart. I couldn’t believe how many different bags they had in the Great Value brand but all with zippers. They had nothing like the ones you showed. If you think of it next time you’re in Walmart ask them to send some up to the upper peninsula of Michigan. πŸ™‚ They sound like just the thing.

  36. Michele Messier says:

    A gentle snow would be nice in California. I think it is very romantic. :hug:

  37. Box Call says:

    My apologies to Miss Suzanne and objections duly noted.

  38. Sarah says:

    Oh, that kitty cat looks so happy and cozy. πŸ™‚

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