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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Winter Awakenings

Winter's awakenings have come with the first signs of snow knocking at the door in many parts of the country. The coldest part of the year brings with it short days and long nights, hazardous driving, shoveling driveways/walkways, bundling up from head-to-toe, chills and fever, cozy fireplaces, and so much more BUT not without intermingling wonder, amazement and excitement.

[Photo credit: Marilyn Armstrong]

Fun in the Sun, OOPS! SNOW!

Have you ever had this much fun in the snow?

Dogs Having a Blast in the Snow

It was during a blizzard in the late 1990s where 54 inches of snow fell in 48 hours near Ward, Colorado.  And this dog loved every moment of it.  No snow hill was too deep for him to run around in.
River and Trout are two very goofy and fun loving Labrador Retriever brothers and alpine enthusiasts who like to play in the snow. They like to spend winter weekends at Sugarbush in Warren Vermont playing in the woods and body surfing or body sledding/belly whopping in the snow.

Embrace the Past...

The endurance of Winter today is much different from those of our ancestors. Passageways iced over or snowed under were impassable until Spring's thaw. The wait time was months not hours or days. As time goes by, the hardships and struggles endured by the early pioneers become mostly forgotten. The difficulties of the pioneering experiences encompassed total isolation and danger from the formidable elements of nature.

This Day in History: December 01, 1779
Washington establishes winter quarters at Morristown
After victorious operations in 1776-1777 & defeating the British at Trenton and Princeton, General George Washington chose Morristown, New Jersey for his winter encampment. The worst winter of the 1700s coupled with collapse of colonial economy ensured misery for underfed, poorly clothed and unpaid troops as they struggled for the next two months to construct their 1,000-plus "log-house city" from 600 acres of New Jersey woodland.

 What fond memories do you have of a 'snow day'? What is your worse 'snow day' memory?


  1. I like this post and adore the dog :)

    1. I thought it was hilarious when I found it! Just like a kid:)

  2. Thanks, Sharla for making me laugh today. Love the dog. I'm tired just watching him run around in all that snow.

  3. Just so entertaining! I wondered if he would ever stop - and he still didn't lol

  4. The two dogs in the pictures are Tinker (the lighter one) and Griffin (with the dark brown upper face). They were my two beloved PBGVs (Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen). Both died last winter, the last of that generation of our fur kids. Seeing these pictures, I remember how they loved the snow, love to run, loved to play, how much fun they were when they were young and frisky. How young my granddaughter was, making snow angels in the front yard. It was yesterday, or so it seems. Our canines are all different now ... four, not five, and none of them puppies. Not yet old, but time runs too fast in their lives. It's the curse of loving dogs. That family of five dogs have all passed, old, full of years and many happy snow days. It's good to see them again, though it also brings tears to my eyes.

    1. I just thank you so much for sharing the photos and the wonderful memories! They really added to the posting:)

  5. How funny! I loved both videos. Thanks for giving me a smile this evening.
    Our first snowfall is forecast for this evening (maybe) and I'm looking forward to staying off the roads and enjoying it at home.