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Sunday, March 15, 2015

the farmhouse in snow... lots of snow


Hello and welcome back.  
I want to thank  you ALL once again for the love, support, prayers, comments and emails you have sent to me, Dan and Ella in the unexpected loss of sweet Amelia.  We are slowly healing and have felt the undeniable comfort of the power of prayer by having so many people say a prayer for Amelia and for us.  Every night when I light candles around the house I say a prayer of gratitude for you... each and every one of you.  Words can not express the depth of my gratitude and appreciation for all of the love you have sent to us.
From my heart I thank you.


I felt it was time to start blogging again and I have been asked by quite a few people (especially those of you in the south;) to show the farmhouse in all the snow we've gotten this winter- and it has been a lot!  Some of the photos need an extra foot or more to depict the true height of the snow, but every time I would take photos for you I couldn't imagine that we'd get even more snow on top of what we already had! (I think that is called "survivalist thinking" :)   We heard on the news several weeks ago that this is the third snowiest winter in New Hampshire on record.  Considering that we landed in New Hampshire smack in the middle of the second snowiest winter on record back in 2008 we feel we have definitely earned our "New England winter survival" scout badge!

I once wrote on the blog, years ago, regarding living through the snowy winter in New Hampshire...
"It is absolutely beautiful, but what truly surprises, delights and amazes me on a daily basis is how natural this winterscape is to the soul of this born-and-raised Texan."
I feel sooooo grateful that I still feel this way.  While it has been a long, snowy winter (even as I type this post- with feet of snow still on the ground and a snowstorm blowing outside:) I have loved every second of it.  Winter in New England is magical to me.  Yes, I'm sure in a month I will be antsy for spring to arrive in May, but it "is" winter here and it is beautiful and I am embracing it.  That's why we moved here to experience all four seasons fully and.... we are!

So, take a look around and see how pretty the farmhouse looks in all this snow!






The stone beehives at the entrance buried in snow.









The snow came up to the top of the porch steps after this snow storm.




Ella loves the snow!




The south french door in the barn room.  Needless to say we weren't using this door;)




The snow up against the north french door in the barn room.




The "snow trail" out the front door.

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We have amazing sunsets all year, but they are especially beautiful set against the snow.




The cutting garden.








The terrace off the barn room.








Note the footprints in the snow on the gravel drive to see the depth of the snowfall after the tractor has scooped away the snow.








Sweet Ella ready for a walk wearing her sassy coat and her protective Pawz boots to keep the road sand, salt and cold snow off her little feet!


Warmest regards, 
xxojoan



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  1. Wow! As a Californian, I am amazed and thrilled to see your pictures. It looks so beautiful. Ella looks so cute in her coat and boots.

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  2. Your home is absolutely lovely any time of year, but it lends itself well to the pretty snowdrifts!!

    I've missed you! I hope and pray for happy smiles in your days!

    Jane xx

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    1. They really are so pretty. And I love the sound and feel of snow underfoot!

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  4. Beautiful photos! Loved your post and seeing sweet Ella! Welcome back! ❤️From Ontario, Canada

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  5. It amazes me each year that the plants and flower bulbs manage to survive under the frozen ground and heavy blanket of snow. It really is a miracle. Before you know it you will see green sprouts coming up.
    Ella looks so adorable in her coat and boots. And the house looks so beautiful with the blanket of snow layers surrounding it.

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    1. Like you said Katherine, a blanket- I think it protects all the roots!

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  6. The house looks so lovely. And I love Ella's booties!
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

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  7. Gorgeous! This Texan can't begin to imagine living with all that snow. It's beautiful, but I know that life can't be easy when dealing with that amount of snow. Our sweet Sadie girl wouldn't want to go outside. ;-)
    Love the little booties. Who makes them?

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    1. They are "Pawz". There is a link in the post! ^^

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  8. I am so glad you posted the snow. My goodness it is deep! Do you have to rake it off the roofs too? As you know my son moved to Maine this fall. He is loving it. They have had 90 inches of snow in his area since he got there. Personally I love winter and the stillness. It is a pleasant break for the soul after the rush of the holidays and before spring burst forth. Kisses to sweet Ella.

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    1. hi Dianne, Yes, coastal Maine really got hit hard this year (like Boston) - much more than us. Yes, Dan does rake the roofs (that he can reach - no ladders involved;) to get the weight off. Glad you son is loving it.
      I loved how you described winter and the stillness- perfect!

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  9. Glad to see that you're posting again! Your home looks gorgeous with all the snow- We have about the same amount here on the Cape but unlike you I have definitely had enough of the white stuff and can not wait for it to be gone! Looking forward to warm weather and getting out in my yard and garden again! Stay warm! Barbara P from Ma

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    1. It always looked like the Cape was getting more than us. Spring will be here soon!

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  10. Missed you all and so glad you are thriving and well! The power of prayer is immeasurable! Continuing to send our love and prayers! Hugs and kisses to sweet Ella!

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  11. The snow looks lovely in photos, but I don't miss it. Ella is such a good doobie, cooperating by wearing a coat AND boots. Gotta love her.

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  12. Oh my goodness sooooo happy to see ya back, the pics are just sooooo beautiful.
    We have been in Michigan for three years
    and being a southerner born bred Texan
    and Louisiana roots to, i loved the snow we had but some of those temps were bone
    raw chilling.
    Bittersweet as I am sending this we are
    enroute back to Big D, just for hubby
    to finish out his career and retirement.
    Love Love the pic of Miss Ella, she looks soo
    adorable in her coat and boots.
    Thank you for sharing
    We send big big and bunches of kissaroos
    and bear hugs to Ella from Tank and Tanner

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    1. Than you. Wishing you, your husband, Tank and Tanner happy times in Texas!

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  13. I am surprised Ella wears the little boots. Our dog would NOT wear them when we tried. Your photos are gorgeous, thanks for sharing them. I am not a fan of winter at all and just tolerate it. We had very little snow this year, it always seemed to skirt us and head right for you! It really IS beautiful, I love watching it fall but after 2 days or so I am over it;):) Thanks again for sharing this and I hope you are all healing....slowly. XO, Pinky

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    1. She's a really good girl. If her mama says to wear them she will! I think lots of people just tolerate it, so you're not alone Pinky!

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  14. We got a fair share of snow in the NE corner of Ohio and though I love the snow, I'm happy to see the grass! I think my favorite spot of all in your home would be by the fireplace in the kitchen petting dear Ella who looks so cute in her coat and "shoes."

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  15. So glad to have you back! I've missed your posts (I do love your instagrams too!) The snowy scenes are gorgeous--something we don't see much of here in Charlotte NC. Hugs to Sweet Ella!

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    1. Thank you! I really do enjoy Instagram- thank you for following there too!

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  16. It's a great time of year to look back at photos of winter to appreciate what you endured. Thank you for sharing them!

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  17. Oh my Joan! Your photos of the snow around your home are gorgeous! I especially like the one with the trees and the orb. And sweet Ella looks adorable in her snow boots! I was so glad to see your email!

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  18. I missed you! Glad you're back and know you are still in my prayers. That Ella's one sharp-dressed girl!

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  19. Your pictures are beautiful. Here in Mississippi we had a whopping 6" of snow three weeks ago. We had ice the next week,and this past week we had rain. Today the Bradford pears are blooming out and the tulips and buttercups are blooming! It does keep things interesting. As I always say,I love all your posts and pictures. Please keep them coming.

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    1. That is a LOT for Mississippi Betty!! How lovely spring is blooming there!

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  20. Living in So. Calif, it's been in the 90's the last 2 days so this looks great! Send some of that our way! Give Ella a pet for me!

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    1. Dan was in LA yesterday and he said it was HOT! I will give Ella a pet for you!

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  21. I was so excited to see a new post from you! It's crazy how much snow you have gotten this year! I can't even imagine! This year our winter has been incredibly mild. I don't think we have had more than 6" in KS city. I love how pretty the snow is but I tire of it quickly. Spring is my favorite season so I'm always anxious for it to show up. Our trees are already budding!
    So glad you are back to blogging. I hope your heart is healing.

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    1. Thank you. It's been one crazy winter- some places not used to snow getting so much and others, like KS city, not getting hardly any. Seeing the trees budding is always exciting!

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  22. Greetings from Texas. Love the beautiful snow you have. I love winter too, but we have been having warm weather here in the Panhandle

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    1. But it looked like y'all got hit hard this winter?? We were just talking about driving through the Panhandle on our way to Colorado the other day. I always thought it had a special kind of beauty! Miss those drives! Enjoy the warm weather.

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  23. Beautiful photos. So glad you are back on the blog. Ella looks gorgeous in her little snow outfit. Being from Queensland, Australia, I have never witnessed snow. It looks amazing. From Wendy.

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    1. That is such an interesting though Wendy, that you have never experienced snow. It "is" an experience for sure;)

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  24. I am glad to see you are back and love the beauty of the snow. I love your house almost as much as you do. There is something about New England in every season of the year. I am glad that Ella loves the snow. My dogs always did too. I hope one day to have such a place again... I do miss New England. I have lived in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and visited as far as Denver area in the west... but of all the places I miss the most New England is it. Specifically New Hampshire and Maine. One day....

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    1. New England is a very special place. I hope you make it back.... soon Bonnie Jean!

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  25. All of these pictures are beautiful! I am still choked up about Amelia!

    And the ceilings of your porches show beautifully with all the snow! Since 44 years ago; when I first started decorating here in Southern California.....I said..."the ceilings of the porches have to be blue!! And not just any blue!!" You have the right blue!!!

    It must have been that hellish two years I spent in boarding school (prison) i Northampton Mass....1962-1964; I was so lucky to visit some wonderful families who "took me in" at Thanksgiving!!!! New Canaan Conn (Kathy Sneaker) later married Ron somebodyorother;
    Laurie Hoffacker......the coolest house EVER in Rhode Island.....( they had the best boat I have ever seen to this day!!!) (it was called Warwick; Rhode Island!!) and their house was on the water.....and had a central staircase that went up three floors....with a skylight of some sort at the top1

    magnificent!!!

    Warwick, Rhode Island! Laurie Hoffacker! And what a boat!

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    1. hi Penelope, Yes, I tested many ceiling blues to find just the "right one"!
      Boarding "prison" :) That is funny. Have you stayed in touch with your old friends from Rhode Island? We were down there just last week to antique.

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  26. ...love love love...blessings

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  27. Loss is hard. My dear friend, Cindy, died of breast cancer on Thanksgiving day. Her children, particularly, her young son who is 16 years old, are having a very hard time dealing with her death. She was 52 years old.

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    1. I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear friend. Such sadness- she was so young, young children and then to die on Thanksgiving day. Such loss. My condolences to the loss of your friend.

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  28. Nice to hear your blogging voice again. Your snowy scenes are breathtaking X

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    1. "my blogging voice" - I like that Penny, thank you!

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  29. Beautiful pictures. I have some questions to ask about the snow . In my part of Australia snow is something we don't see. What sort of damage does the snow do to the house. ie: around the windows, do you have to get it off the roof to stop it from becoming too heavy and when it melts what happens to the water does it run away from the building ? I know probably fairly naïve questions.

    Kind Regards
    Karen

    PS: So glad your back.

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    1. Not naive at all Karen. We don't see a lot of damage around the windows per say, but this year we will be painting certain sides of the exterior of the house as the elements have caused the paint to chip/peel/come off - mainly the southern facing and a few random spots. Yes, "roof rakes" (think metal rakes on really long poles) are very common here. Dan will rake the roofs to keep the weight off. We have french drains around the house that usher the water away from the house, but we also have a sump pump in the basement just in case!

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  30. Hello Joan, Somehow it seems very appropriate to be enjoying the snow from an old house--like a Currier and Ives print come to life. Of course, winter must be a lot more enjoyable with an on-premises snow plow, especially when combined with a willing operator.
    --Jim

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    1. I like the visual of a C & I's print come to life Jim! Yes, it is indeed nice to have big blue and my plow boy handy. But, sometimes (actually surprising often) Dan will be out of town during a snow storm and I will be snowed in until he gets home and plows! Those snowed in snow days are actually favorites of mine!

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  31. Hi Joan:

    Southern New Hampshire got it worse this year than we did in northern Vermont. Although we still got our fair share, probably about two feet overall with bitter cold temps in Feb. Still have about a foot on the ground in some places. But don't you find that the colder the temps, the more beautiful the sunrises and sunsets are, and the trees are spectacular! But we're warm and cozy inside our post and beam home with beautiful lighting on the wood this time of year. While we're all getting antsy for spring, I'm with you and trying to enjoy all the beauty nature has to give us, in all of her seasons. Good to "see" you back. Take care.

    Bev

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    1. hi Bev, And we had much less snow than Boston (who usually gets far less than us) and the Maine coast. Yes, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets over the mountains in the distance. So blessed to be inside and warm and cozy indeed!

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  32. So nice to hear from you again. The photos of your home are so lovely and Ella looks so sweet. I look forward to seeing a post of Springtime photos of your lovely home

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  33. I'm glad you're back. Smiling at these pictures from Connecticut. We had two warm days last week which caused some flooding in some areas but everyone was so happy to see the snow disappearing no one moaned about the water! Love the pictures of Ella. My pups carved a trail to run on one side of our property, sheltered by pine trees because the snow was too deep in most of their other favorite hangouts. Occasionally they would venture into the deep snow and go crazy, jumping and diving and burrowing which was hilarious. They're both white so they always had to keep their little orange coats on so we could find them in the snow!

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    1. Yes, those warm days last week were wonderful weren't they Wendy?! We didn't get the flooding though- that part is not so good. It definitely felt like spring is on it's way!

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  34. Do you dig out your boxwood? Mine are pretty trashed but they should recover. The Japanese maple isn't so lucky. It broke in several places under the weight of the snow.

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    1. It's crazy the amount of snow y'all have gotten this year Steve. Dig out the boxwoods?? I'm sorry, I don't understand the question. Ours are buried under the snow (which I think protects them??) Except for the ones in pots- those are in the basement and the garage. I contemplated covering the rows of boxwoods with burlap and the wood frames (like Martha and Carolyne Roehm do)- but we were lazy fall gardeners and didn't get around to doing that :) Sorry about the Japanese maple :(

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  35. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for reminding me to find the beauty in everything, and in every season.

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  36. I'm very envious. I live in a California mountain resort where we have had one of the driest winters on record. Most winters our home looks like your's, blanketed in snow. This year my trees are already blooming and I've had to start watering! Send some of that snow out west please.

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    1. I'll put in an order to send some to you Celia!!

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  37. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures. I love New England and the winter to me is just as magical as the other three seasons. Ella looks adorable and is ready for the snow! My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you both during the loss of Amelia. What an amazing gift you were to each other.

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  38. wonderful.!!! love it..........what a lovely house covered of snow..........www.ideasshogar.blogspot.com.es

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  39. Joan I have missed you and are so glad you are back. You are still in my prayers. We are in Connecticut but we didn't get as much snow as you did. One of our sons is in Massachusetts and is over 6 feet tall. He said the snow in his front yard is almost to his shoulders. Our snow is finally melting and I can't wait to get started outside.

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    1. Crazy snow in MA this year! Yes, my mind is slowly wandering to thoughts of plantings!

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  40. Hi ! So glad to see you posting ! I look every day :)
    I am so tired of the sight of snow ... how tired ? well, I finally gave in and I am going to move South. Not as far South as I would like, I still want to go back to Argentina, but Florida will have to do.
    Being alone through this winter did me in. Even Minette is crabby .. she wants to see her chipmunks again.
    I remember when my Standard Poodle, Tate, would throw himself in the snow, the delight , the manic fun he had ... and then we would sit on the floor with towels and brushes and spend hours getting the ice balls out of his hair .. oy , what a mess.
    But his joy in that snow was worth it !
    Sending love ..

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    1. hi Candice, I am happy to hear you have decided to move to Florida! I hope it will be a happy fit for you and Minette, and hopefully you can adopt another dog once settled. xxo

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  41. Your photos of your home and yard are so beautiful. I love the light in them. We have also had a lot of snow this winter in eastern Canada and got through another huge blizzard yesterday. I've lived here all my life but never really 'embraced' winter, especially the last 10 years. Must be an age thing. And we don't go south at all. We stick it out here. We are all looking forward to spring weather in May as that is when it will be best and prettiest here. Enjoy what's left of this season and the new one to come. Pamela

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  42. I have missed seeing you post, but am happy to have you back.

    I cannot believe all of the snow, of course I have heard all about it on the news but when you see it in photos it seems like another world!

    I think about your beautiful pup and think each time how lucky here life was with you. She was blessed as were you.

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  43. I'm so glad to see you're back! I've been thinking of you. Your home looks beautiful in the snow, but it always looks beautiful regardless of season! My dog runs though the snow like a crazy pup, sticking her nose in the snow as she runs. Fun to watch :-)
    Betsy

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  44. I had thought of you several times during all the snow. Yes, it is beautiful but I am sure you can't wait to see green grass!! :) Ella too. ;) Thanks for sharing with your readers. :)

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  45. Joan,
    Ella could be on the cover of Dog Fancier magazine with that outfit! Matching coat and boots, how wonderful. :-)
    The farmhouse looks like a Christmas card photo. So beautiful. How do you keep the moisture from the snow from seeping in under the French doors when it stacks up to the glass that way?
    As a Southern California girl I have always longed to live where there are 4 seasons and most easterners have cautioned me against that wish. It's nice to hear you still embrace the season. We were at the 90 degree mark on Sunday. :-(
    xo,
    Karen

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  46. Amazing photos!
    Good to see you back.
    xx

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  47. So happy to see your post today! Having grown up in Illinois but now living in Georgia, I was thrilled to see your pictures of lots and lots of snow. That brings back some very fun memories. Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  48. Your house looks beautiful wrapped in a blanket of white and I'm gad that you enjoy the snow. I'm not a fan and here in SE Virginia we had more than I like this winter. It was 74 degrees here today - halleluiah! In your pictures I spotted the sticks with the pink ribbon. I'm guessing those are used to mark the walkways and the driveway so Dan will know where to plow the snow? Does he use Big Blue for that job? Ella is so adorable in her coat and boots - she is such a good dog. Take care, Vikki in VA

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  49. My wife and I have often dreamed of following in your footsteps... leaving Texas for the Northeast and enjoying the beauty. I have missed experiencing it through your blog, thanks for sharing and again my heart goes out to you and Dan for your loss of Amelia...a very dark day for me when we lost our Winston. God will turn your mourning into dancing... He did for us!

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  50. Beautiful photos and a lovely reminder of the beauty of snow. It is so lovely and so Winter, which is indeed a very magical time of the year. xoCatherine

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  51. Your photography is wonderful and a real pleasure to always see. That said, living in a snow belt region (Canada/Ontario) in all honesty I cannot wait until it disappears and am so looking forward to Spring. ☺
    -Brenda-
    P.S: Can relate to your loss of Amelia and feel your pain, as not quite a month ago I had to make the decision of putting our sweet little (11 1/2 year old) Cockapoo to sleep. (She was diagnosed with Kidney Disease in November which rapidly escalated to a stage four and sadly all treatment had failed.) She too loved the snow like Ella.

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  52. Just beautiful, and the dog and her socks!

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  53. This was a beautiful post and a special reminder to all those who either have or do not have treasured pets, that those feeling go very deeply and should be respected. I'm truly sorry for your loss, but it sounds like Amelia spread lots of love in her short time with you.

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  54. When I decided to check in on your blog, I had no idea I was in for sad, sad night. My heart breaks for Amelia that she did not have more time in such a wonderul home where she was loved so well. But I also feel that her last days could not have been happier, and the excellent care you gave her and her compassionate end help lessen the sadness. We found a lost beagle many years ago - named him Mr. march because we rescued him in a march blizzard and we had him for only 4 years before he had a very bad back ailment that was extremely painful. Your sharing about Amelia has brought that painful time back into focus, and though it was so very hard to let little Mr. march go, we knew it was the only thing we could do to save him from his pain. Like you, we knew we gave him the very best years of his life and that was some comfort.
    Your home looks beautiful in the snow, what a wonderful place for a playful dog to live! Though we moved to Georgia to escape the snow, I must say that it does look quite beautiful.

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  55. I sure enjoyed the sunsets over the snow pictures, especially since we are having early summer in southwest Florida. Loved the last picture of Ella dressed in her red coat and boots! I got our Holly a little purple raincoat to wear for the Florida summer rains when she absolutely has to go out!

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  56. Welcome back! Ella is adorable in her coat and boots. Love those boots!

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  57. Glad you're healing, I have house and weather envy - again. Looks absolutely beautiful would love to be there!

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  58. Happy to see a post from you today. Healing is good...it just takes time.
    I wish I could say I am enjoying winter as much as you are. With 6 and 7 ft drifts still around the house, I honestly can say I've had enough and ready for spring to arrive. Maybe I should seriously think of moving where the winters are not so harsh....sigh
    Enjoy your weekend.

    Jeannette

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  59. Thank you for this post. I enjoyed it so much. Stay warm

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  60. I so enjoyed these snowy pics as our high here today was 90. Thank you for the visual breath of fresh air! So glad you're back!

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  61. Amazing snow! So beautiful. It is hard to believe that one day very soon the grass with be green and trees and flowers will be blooming! xo, N.

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  62. Joan, Dan, and Ella: I was so happy to see a new post from you! Love the pictures and of course Ella with her coat and pawz! As much as I love snow, Mike and I found that we didn't do as much snow shoeing or skiing, as we would have liked; it was so cold. That said, nothing beats spring skiing and then on to the yard clean up, which I look forward to. That's why we live in NE; all the seasons hold something special.

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  63. I love Ella's snow outfit!! Such a lovely post.

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  64. Love your pics and sweet Ella! Thanks for sharing.....we only had one really good snow this winter....about 7 in and that's the first in several years. I think I would love living up north...I love the snow!! Blessings~~Shine

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  65. GaaaWWW. That is SOME snow! Won't that be a LOT of thaw...wet...?? Ella in her boots and coat!! Adorb! She has no prob with the little boots?? Wishing you some green. Do you plant bulbs that start showing their pretty face in spring??

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  66. Lovely post Joan,
    Love to see Ella loving the snow!
    We hope you are well,
    Robin and Markus in Umbria

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