and just like that.

There’s nothing like a good snow day to fill you with holiday spirit.  Last week I mentioned that we could use a little more snow for good outdoor holiday photos, and just like that, we got a perfectly picturesque snowfall last Friday afternoon and evening.

Some parts of the Twin Cities got up to 21″, but we probably got somewhere closer to 8 or 9″ here at our house.  Just the right amount to be festive, but not totally overwhelming.

And I’m sure some of you are tired of hearing about it, but boy, how fabulous to be retired and not have to commute in a snow storm!

Mr. Q and I stayed home and watched it come down.  He made his famous secret family recipe brownies, while I watched And Just Like That.  Any other Sex and the City fans out there?  I was a huge fan of that show.  I knew that they were coming out with a reboot, but I wasn’t quite clued in to the fact that I could watch it on HBO Max, which we just happened to add to our channel line up when Dune came out.  So, I’m a little behind (what’s new there?) and two episodes are out already.  Spoiler alert!  Don’t read the rest of this paragraph if you haven’t seen the show yet!  But wth?  I wasn’t expecting them to kill off Big in episode one.  Then again, it makes sense.  What would be the ongoing story line in ‘happily ever after’?  I love the fact that the characters are all around my age, and their lives have changed accordingly.  I can totally relate to Carrie trying to stay relevant with Instagram and podcasts.

But I digress.

I got up early on Saturday morning as the sun was just coming up so that I could get some photos before shoveling out.

On the one hand, the snow is gorgeous.  On the other hand, it covered up a lot of my outdoor decorations!

Hmmmm.  You can’t even see the arrangement of greens in my various containers.

But not to worry, that snow will melt later in the week and my greenery will be revealed once again, including my garden Christmas tree (I’ll share the details on that soon).

Since I knew the snow was coming, I took some time on Friday morning to finish up my front window box.

Well, more accurately, to almost finish it up.  You see those stars?  One of my readers (thanks again Connie!) sent me three of them.  I only had enough lights on hand for two of them on Friday though.  I’d like to get the third one in there too, hopefully I’ll get to that this week.

In the meantime, I’m just going to enjoy this snowy wonderland for a bit.

There’s nothing like that first good snowfall of the year.  I absolutely love it.  How about you?  Are you a fan, or are you in the ‘snow is a four letter word’ camp?

19 thoughts on “and just like that.

  1. That is so beautiful!! And there’s nothing better than waking up and being thankful you don’t have to be out in it. I love how it gives everything a clean white fresh look! But… after 48 hrs I’m over it🤣. Love all the greenery and I can’t wait to see it without the snow. Ps-8 or 9 inches here would be a ton of snow. Guess it all relative😁


  2. Ha, here in Chicagoland we are holding our breath. With 60’s forecasted this week, who knows if we will have snow. Your photos anre lovely—and your are right, it will melt in this weird year. Have Happy Holidays, Sandi


  3. Boy, we had more like 20 inches down here in Lake St. Croix Beach…seems like it took forever to get cars shifted around to be able to plow the driveway, etc. Then we let the little pups (20 pound Shihtzu’s) out and they went from the top step into the snow and literally sunk in. After rescuing them, Jim made a “dog run” around the yard with the snowblower for them. All we could see was the very tops of their heads and happily wagging tails. Fun watching them chase each other. It’s beautiful til you need to get somewhere….lol


  4. The snow is certainly beautiful. You are so right. It is wonderful if you don’t have to commute or go anywhere. I prefer Florida, where we are now snowbirds. 81 degrees today. A lot of outside activities. Back to Washington in April/May sometime. ☀️ ❄️


  5. Ooooooooooh aaaaaaaaaah Miss Quandie! A winter Christmasy wonderland! So beautiful and cozy for the holidays……and I just LOVE how you “caught” some falling stars in your planter 😀 I have an IMPORTANT observation to make about your life: You must REALLY love that Mr. Q! Sadly, if I was with my husband ALL THE TIME I would be forced to murder him!!! You are SO lucky in that! (But maybe time will tell! Hahahahahahaha)


    1. Well, we’re still working out just exactly how much togetherness we can stand. Fortunately we both have hobbies that keep us occupied and out of each other’s hair for the most part. As for the stars, I do love them. They look awesome lit up at night. I’m afraid I left buying the white lights for that 3rd one too late. I went to Target yesterday and they are all out. I’ll keep looking, but I may have to wait until next year to add the 3rd one to the mix.


  6. Snow is a four letter word in my world. I live in NW Illinois and we haven’t had any snow yet which is unusual but fabulous as far as I’m concerned!
    Congrats on being retired, I’m so envious and not just because you’re retired but you have a husband that bakes brownies…🤯 He’s a keeper! I was also a huge Sex in the City fan and like you, I couldn’t believe they killed off Big. It will be fun to see where they take the show from here.
    Love the pics of your snowy wonderland!


  7. So very beautiful! Living in Texas we don’t see snow that often. So I’m not a fan of the cold, lovely to see.
    Smiles, alice


  8. I personally would love to have snow in winter but I live in North Texas. Our snow is almost always accompanied by ice and massive power outages. No fun! Love to see your pictures and live vicariously through you!


    1. Yeah, I know you guys have some terrible ice storms. We don’t get too many of those here (knock on wood), it’s usually cold enough here for it all to fall as snow. That being said, it’s supposed to be 54 tomorrow, and rainy. Hopefully that won’t turn to ice!


  9. I love the snow. I’m from Texas so we I was able to enjoy it at least once a year but not in Florida. Oh no, I don’t think people would know how to act in snow. I miss it so much. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.


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