Friday, December 20, 2013

A Gift of Snow

It's been a busy week around here. Two days of teaching (including demonstrating how to bake gingerbread cookies - fun) and one day of frantic running around, one day of ferry and car travel (including a zip across the border to pick up a parcel) and then a late afternoon arrival at my parents' home in Chilliwack.

And then! To wake up to SNOW! Tim and I bundled up this morning and went out to revel in the lovely white fluffiness of it all. Above is the scene over the Vedder River valley.

Berries under snow. 

As we walked, I thought about all the years in Ecuador when I longed for snow at Christmas time. I missed it so much. Our move back to Canada took us to a beautiful place where snow rarely falls, so I still miss it. When it does snow, it's a gift that I cherish. I'm glad to be on the mainland today because the overnight snow on the Island has already turned to rain.  

Tim snapped this photo of me looking happy in the snow.

I showed a glimpse of this project a week or more ago. I did manage to finish it before we left. The pillow cover is from a pattern by Katherine of Sew Me Something Good. It's available on Craftsy, for free. I adapted it slightly, and I might make it again. 

So that's what's happening around here. Tonight we'll be enjoying a turkey dinner with my parents and siblings, then back home through the Valley and over the water tomorrow. How are things going for you? 


  1. Lorrie,

    What a spectacular surprise for ME, too! SNOW!! It is breathtakingly beautiful where you are, such calmness and serenity in snow, don't you think?

    Have a Merry Christmas and wishing you all the very best in the new year!


  2. What a pretty cushion/pillow!
    I'm crawling back to life after a very heavy cold, feeling much better and getting on with the last bits and pieces now. Just making some Shrewsbury cookies to pop into a pretty jar for my neighbour.

  3. Wonderful! I am looking forward to the first snow here. :D

  4. A true gift for you with the snow! And a really nice photo of you. Enjoy the weekend!!

  5. Glad you had some fun in the snow! Love that pillow!

  6. Oh I love the snow in the branches and red berries! A chinook a week back has taken alot of our snow....I really hope we get some more in time for Christmas eve would be wonderful! Love the photo of you as well,,,your scarf caught my eye as well. We are having friends in for a ham supper tonite, so the table is set and I am looking forward to getting to know new people. Enjoy your family time as well!!

  7. The snow is very pretty - we had a lot up here in the hills and it was a challenge getting to work this morning, as the road doesn't get ploughed. Safely back home now though, and able to appreciate the white fluff on the cedar branches.

  8. That's a great photo of you! Looks like a winter profile pic waiting to happen. =D I have enjoyed all the snow talk coming from your corner. Everyone seems very happy with the event!

  9. I am hopelessly behind on blog reading. Have just spent a few moments catching up here. I truly appreciate that post on Butchart at Christmas. A place that will always hold a special place in my heart.
    You truly do look happy to be reveling in the lovely white fluffiness. Snow is very rare here too. When it happens we almost always grab the camera and go for a walk.
    Your pillow is so, so, so cute!! Love it. It just exudes JOY and cheerfulness.
    Ah, turkey dinner with your parents and siblings... lovely. Enjoy every precious moment.

  10. We are enjoying what is left of our snow - but it is slowly turning to rain. Schools were canceled so the kids and teachers got one extra day of winter break - and a chance to play all day in the snow. By morning it will be in the low 40s and snow will be a memory.

    We are getting ready for the big family dinner on christmas day - such planning and cooking and wrapping gifts and surprises - I love it all.

    The pillow is wonderful - perfect for this time of the year - and yes, you do look so cute and happy in the snow.

  11. Sounds and looks beautiful! Great picture of you!! This city comes to a complete halt when it snows here! Seldom happens. We went to see American Hustle this afternoon. I was disappointed. Great acting, but I wasn't too crazy about the story. About to go to dinner with friends. Stormy tomorrow! Enjoy!

  12. I'm glad you got a bit of snow so close to Christmas. Sweet picture of you! The pillow is darling. Safe travels back to the island. Pam

  13. You look beautiful in the snow! Our snow is leaving us due to a crazy weather pattern that is going to give us nearly 70 degree weather on Sunday! Boo!

    Glad you got to enjoy the snowfall - there is something special about it at Christmas time.

    I finished my Christmas shopping today, so I am enjoying being done! So excited for Christmas Day!

    Thankful for God's plan of redemption.


  14. Snow just makes everything pretty, like a touch of lace.

  15. I love your pretty pillow...but have to admit that I DON'T love SNOW....brrrr...
    It's raining here tonight and it is wonderful. :)
    A great photo of you in the are such a pretty lady.
    Have a great Christmas..
    xo bj

  16. You manage to make the snow look appealing -- and you look gorgeous in it! Almost makes me feel ashamed of my grumbling about the white stuff this morning. Almost. . . .For your sake, I hope you get a few more days of it up the valley. Enjoy!

  17. Happy Snow Day. I'm like you in being very excited about the beautiful scenery around me today. You have been so busy and have accomplished so much. The cushion is gorgeous

  18. You look so pretty and the scenes about you are glorious...snow is magical among other things...Merry Christmas~

  19. Yay for snow! We had a huge snow storm yesterday and today it is so lovely out. Love it! Kit

  20. I love the picture of the red berries in the snow.
    How nice that you enjoy the's getting a bit "old" here...along with the short daylight hours...
    Have a very happy Christmas!

  21. Good Morning Lorrie, these photos are so lovely and I love your pillow. I am a quilter "new-bee" and having so much fun at it. My two granddaughters will be receiving my first two quilts for Christmas. I am your newest follower and would love to invite you over to follow me back. I love meeting new creative bloggers and will be looking forward to a delightful new friendship.
    Merry Christmas,
    Your newest blogging sister, Connie :)

  22. Beautiful! I never tire of seeing snow--hoping we are blessed with more soon.
    I remember that area--enjoy your visit and safe travels home.
    Advent Blessings,

  23. The snow looks so beautiful! I love the new picture of you. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  24. Well, if it's snow that you would like, I can send lots more your way...remember this in March, when I am whining about all the white stuff.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.


  25. I think snow would be nice to visit but I could never live in it. My son is happy to be here right now thawing out from all the snow they have where he is in Colorado. They won't thaw out until at least April. The Joy pillow is lovely. Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday. Tammy

  26. I am glad you had some of the snow you missed so much! It does look lovely, especially with the red berries. The pillow is so cute, I love it!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family! I Wish you and yours all the best in 2014!

  27. I envy you! Envy your snow! Would love to have a white Christmas like it was in the "old days". There is something magic with the snow, isn't it. Wonderful images!
    Love all your December posts! Of course also the others during the year, being just not very good in commenting, mildly spoken. Will try to get better next year, hopefully.

  28. What a GREAT photo of you, Lorrie! I'm glad you made it your profile picture....very pretty!
    Anytime you want to romp in the snow, we've got plenty here in Ohio. It was coming down softly when I woke up & I'd better get out there & sweep the front sidewalk before the kidlets & co. start arriving.

    Loved seeing your cute "JOY" pillow. Following the link to capture the freebie just as soon as I hit "publish".
    Loved your reference to "turn toward the light - figuratively, spiritually, and spatially" Beautifully said!


  29. Beautiful pictures of sunset and snow and I love the photo of you Lorrie. Looking so young.


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