Winter? Wonder.

What do I like the most about Winter?

I DON’T like the cold anymore. I think ice storms make most of the trees, bushes and man-made structures look beautiful! Branches look as though they are encased in glass. A few years ago when I was stronger I braved the ice to take photos:

icy podsIcy tree (2)icy bell


But it isn’t worth it; ice makes the road treacherous. We had a really early one here this year and many trees and bushes were ruined. We lost power for only a few hours; the last power outrage from an ice storm lasted over three days here and some people had their electricity out for two weeks.

I do so miss the dry snows of the west.

Snow is lovely, but getting out in it is something that I will avoid if I can However, I can’t imagine being in a tropical or balmy place for Christmas; I’d miss the snow; it’s something that I like to see in the Winter. It makes everything that is dead, black and brown look bright and clean, at least, for a while.

do love Christmas and Thanksgiving. I bet you can guess why. Besides the decorations, there is the food! My wall oven heats most of my house beautifully, so as soon as the weather gets cold, I start baking and roasting, which I had put off in warm weather, (for the same reason).

Throw in St. Valentine’s Day for fun food when there are kids around, (and not just cookies; I’ve been known to cut out hearts from pepperoni to put on heart-shaped pizzas!)

Winter weather also calls for soups and stews.

There is always curling up in my fleece zippered snuggly, sipping hot teas and reading or watching movies. I indulge in sappy Christmas movies during the season, sometimes on the PC while I wrap presents or make goodies.

So, I even when I am envious of friends who live near beaches in Florida and send pictures something like this: Shells washed-up on shore and beachcombers. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA

I think that I would truly miss Winter.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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9 Responses to Winter? Wonder.

  1. jbrayweber says:

    I would love a tropical Christmas. Most definitely.
    Nature is beautiful in all seasons. Ice is pretty spectacular, but, yeah… Down here in Southeast Texas, when we get a little ice, it’s like no one knows how to drive (or act) and the entire region shuts down. We can handle category 4 hurricanes, but a little ice and we’re toast. Give me a beachy Christmas any day!


    • I hear you, Jen! Maybe I could ‘suffer’ through a tropical Christmas, but gee, I love to cook.I’ve seen pictures of Australians in bathing suits trying to cook a turkey and not die of the heat.
      I just opened the next quarter’s topics for this blog and I see that one week we’ll be discussing being ‘snowed in’. That hasn’t happened a lot , but I have been ‘iced in’ here, as you can see. from above. People still fly around, (and off), the roads. When we’d get that in the Washington, DC area, we’d have people from warmer states and warm countries who had never seen ice and it is amazing that more and more were not killed on the roads, so yeah, Texas. I had a priest friend who was Dutch; he knew ice but when he was assigned to San Antonio, he told me how a little snow or ice on the roads, (which often had a coating of oil anyway), would create pandemonium!
      Stay safe. And thanks for stopping in.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    love those photos from three years ago.
    Like you, I dislike the dangerous road conditions — especially because so many drivers make no allowance for the impaired surfaces.
    Love the look of winter, but not the cold.


    • I’m not sure the dates were right, Jeff.That camera took good shots, but I had trouble with the settings!
      Yes, it’s pretty, but I can’t even ‘hunker-down’ and enjoy it because I know how many people need to be out in it.
      The night before I took those shots, Son #1 was out with the fire dept down my street. He asked them to stop to check on me. It had taken Joe a long time to make it home that night.


  3. Love the pictures. I do enjoy all the baking and cooking that comes along in the winter. I don’t bake in the summer if I can help it. It’s just too hot. So when winter rolls around we can be found in the kitchen where it is warmer and it smells amazing!
    I don’t think we’ve ever been without power for more than a day here, but that might not be true. Not sure of how it was when I was younger and really didn’t pay attention to those things.


    • In places where Winter weather is common, Angie, the utilities and road crews are generally better prepared than places where it only hits occasionally. More on that when we discuss being snowed-in in the upcoming topics.


  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Cold weather foods are my favorites! I can imagine how nice it smells in your home. I did spend one Christmas in the Virgin Islands. It seemed so odd to walk around in a sleeveless dress and sandals on Christmas Day!

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    • Wow! Well, I am sure that you ‘suffered’ through that!
      And yes, it does tend to smell pretty good around here at the holidays, but I have to do something to make it smell Christmasy, since we don;t have a live tree. (I do miss the pine smell of my mother’s trees!)


  5. I used to love waking to an ice storm and see the sun shining through the icicles and everything glazed over from the ice. Then, hopefully, it would melt before everyone started running around in their cars. Maybe in a perfect world. Hmmmm?


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