A Cold Winter's Day

Winter at 18 degrees in West Texas today, a cold front moved in yesterday bringing rain that froze as it hit the ground, creating chaos on the highways, and hundreds of accidents.  Our law firm had planned to be open until noon, thankfully saner heads prevailed and they decided not to open.  The roads are slick with ice and there is almost no traffic on the usually busy highway out here. I am content to snuggle with the furkids and watch winter from the window. 

The good thing about living here is knowing that it will begin to warm up by Friday and by Sunday we will be back in the 50's for the week ahead.  I can handle a few days of winter cold each year, it serves to remind me of why I don't live in South Dakota, even though it is still my home and always will be.  I wish it would snow a lot more,  since I don't have to be out and about in it, but the frosted ice on everything looks pretty too.  My poor little globe willow isn't so thrilled about the ice coat though, bending its slender branches to the ground.  It is sturdy though, and will come thru just fine.

We didn't plan to go out partying for New Years Eve, we are long past the years of finding that fun. Instead, we will be curled up under lap quilts with cats a cocoa to see the new year in on TV... and then head sleepily off to bed. :-)

My parting thought for this year, is as always... "I survived another one, hallelujah!"  One foot in front of the other, one day at a time, we journey into the next to see what it will be.  I wish you all love and laughter and blessings in abundance, remember to love each other as we travel on together.  I thank you for your friendship here, on Facebook, and in the bigger world of "real life" too, in getting to know and care about so many wonderful people my life has truly blessed beyond measure!  Happy New Year!


  1. Happy Warm New Year to y'all. May this be the best one ever!

    1. Thank you Gail! I always hold out hopes for a great year ahead, I am the eternal optimist when it comes to life, because I know that God loves to surprise us with amazing blessings. Happy New Year to you and your family too! XOXO

  2. We are just going two streets away from home to have dinner with friends, and probably play some cards or games. Probably when the ball drops in New York (11 here), we will call it a night!

  3. Have a warm and happy evening, Josie! Sounds much like what we'll be doing here. Way cold here today, too - temp is reading 29 but the wind is blowing and the real-feel is about 20. Brr. Too cold for my bones! I'm off to put on my at-home clothes and enjoy a snuggle with the Hub and Kidzilla!

  4. Wow! That's some serious weather. We in Indiana haven't even had anything like that yet this winter. Glad you were able to stay home, warm and safe.
    Happy New Year!

  5. Happy New Year and many blessings in 2015, Josie!

  6. Happy New Year! Hope you thaw out quickly.

  7. Happy New Year, Josie! I hope to be visiting blogs and writing more in 2015! God Bless!

  8. Brrr....we've had the super cold temps (but no snow) Yay. - Stay warm.
    We spend our NYE watching movies, eating junk food and doing fireworks and a toast on our own at home. It's safer and way more enjoyable then going out.

  9. I cannot believe the South got snow.... and me up here ready to hibernate got warm rain!! what is wrong with our planet? Although, it does look rather pretty all crisp and fresh doesn't it? I am sure we will be back to snow again in no time up here. Happy New Year!


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