Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lessons We Can Learn From A Snowman

More Huntley Meadows photographs. The actual trail was covered with about a foot of snow, packed down by the many footprints of fellow walkers. Without them we wouldn't have known which way to go and as it was, we were taking a leap of faith that these people knew where they were going. We came across this lovely snowman. He had melted a little but he was still very impressive. Too bad we weren't there to watch him being built but we were glad he had waited around long enough to get these shots.

Lessons we can learn from a snowman
Wearing white is always in style - even after Labor Day.

If you're a little bottom heavy - hey, that's okay!

Accessories don't have to be expensive.

Sometimes sweating too much can have disastrous results.

Getting outside in the winter is good for your health.

Don't get too much sun.

You know you've made it when they write a song about you.


Well, we still have quite a lot of snow around. On the other side of the street the sun hits our neighbors' gardens a lot longer, and you can now actually see grass. Our side where the front of our house seems to be in almost permanent shade, still has enough snow for me to hope for the temperatures to raise high enough to get rid of it. Gregg actually tried to remove some but it is rock hard ice now and I think we would need the help of a jackhammer. At least our driveway is free and clear. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the forecasters are predicting more snow. Maybe it will be relatively light and I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Last week Gregg was away on another business trip, to Seattle this time. We really liked our last two trips to Seattle and hope to go back together in the not too distant future. I could go on these business trips but prefer to save our money for a time when he won't be tied up all day and we can enjoy the whole experience of an extended road trip, instead of being in one hotel for a week. I think we were nomadic in another life.

Brad came over to take his mother out for lunch on Tuesday and it is always great to catch up. We went toThe Olive Garden and then on to Best Buy to look at their movies. I felt like treating myself and Brad is such a movie aficionado he always steers me to the right one.

Wednesday I met up with a group of friends and as we have had to cancel our get-together's the last three times, we were all keeping our fingers crossed that bad weather would not get in the way of this one. The forecast was still a bit iffy but all went well and we had a fun time.

Thursday Gregg arrived home at around four in the afternoon. Last time he was gone until the Friday, so coming home early is a treat. I don't mind my own company but it's always lovely to see him walk through the door. I can't imagine how years ago he used to go off on six month and eight month deployments. I always managed. You never liked it but got used to it because you had to. I became a very independent and self-sufficient woman but a week is enough for me nowadays. Maybe that is an age thing and you realize even more how each day together is precious, never to be taken for granted.

Yesterday we drove to Gregg's favorite Vietnamese sandwich shop. Whenever he has business in Washington DC he will occasionally stop there. This is a new place to me and of course I had to take some photos. I would have taken a lot more but I didn't want to be too gauche and tried to do it rather discretely. I'll be posting photos of the place in a day or so. We ran a few other errands and that took care of our day.

Sunday (today) there was a Home and Garden Show over at the the Expo Center in Chantilly. I'll post photos of that visit later in the week. We didn't stay there long as I was looking more for garden fair than all the other displays they had, more for renovating homes than actual gardens. Okay, I was looking for something more like the Chelsea Garden Show and was a bit disappointed. It was a great place if you were thinking of renovating your home though, and we did leave our name with a company who do walkways. We have been talking about redoing ours in the front of the house for a long time, including the steps, and we might actually get to it this year. Gregg, bless him, was glad it was such a short trip around as I think he thought we would be tied up there all morning and he was getting hungry for his Mickey D's bacon, egg and cheese biscuit. We were walking into the Golden Arches by 10.35, having gone inside the expo center at ten. Yes it was a very short visit and he was a happy man!


  1. Hi Denise, Love your Snowman story.... We could learn from that little guy for sure.... So--it's okay to have some junk in the trunk????? ha ha ... I have my share!!!!!

    Glad to be home!

  2. I love your snowman lessons! What a cute post!

  3. I love your snowman photos! Perfectly done! I was blown away by your header. Wow! It's gorgeous!!! Sounds like you've had a very busy week.

  4. My daughter is dating a sailor, who has been in the Navy for 2 years or so. His ship will sail to Asia sometime in March for 3 months. It will be hard for her, but her college studies will keep her occupied, I'm sure.

    I can't imagine being separated from my husband for 8 months at a time.

  5. wow Denise, congratulations!Your snowman is fabulous and you did such an adorable post here!
    Have a wonderful and blessed week my sweet Denise,
    Stay warm.Here, I'm dreaming about Spring all time! :)

  6. great post, I love to hear all about what you have been up to....


  7. Betsy from Tennessee, we certainly could and yes it's okay. Indeed I have my share too ;) Glad you're home after a wonderful trip.

    Mary, thank you.

    Kay, thank you on both counts. It certainly was and fun.

    gigihawaii, I can sympathize with your daughter and I wish her young man fair winds and following seas.

    Cezar and Léia, thank you. You have a wonderful and blessed week also, with hugs, Denise

    Gill - That British Woman, glad you enjoyed my rambles Gill.

  8. I loved the snowman also, when the kids were young we always built at least one snowman a winter.My sister is a nomadic person, she travels back and forth to her kids at least five or six times a year, and she goes by plane because they live in different parts of the country. Glad to hear you went to lunch with your son, that is always nice. Will be looking forward to your photos. Have a nice week.

  9. Delightful snowman lessons ;-)
    I enjoyed catching up with your week ... sounds like a good one. Glad you're feeling better.
    Hugs and blessings,

  10. Love the snowman comments - so true to life! Ann