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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Winter Wonders

It was only 8* this morning when I awoke. That is just too darn cold. We have a few inches of snow on the ground, which doesn't create much of a problem.

I'm trying really hard to embrace winter this year. Saturday, I ventured out in the cold and wind in search of some winter beauty and fun. If you live in Marion and there is snow on the ground, you can bet someone is at Harding Memorial sledding.

Remember Harding Memorial? I showed it to you here. It is the final resting place for President Warren G. and First Lady Florence Harding.

Usually after a snow, the Memorial hill is littered with sledders. I was surprised to only find a group of four people at the Memorial Saturday morning. Perhaps it was too early in the day.

In a moment of stupidity, I left my gloves in the car. As I walked toward the hill, the wind was at my back and my hands were in my pockets so I didn't notice the cold too much.


This little boy was having a fantastic time.

I watched the sledders for a bit and snapped some pictures as they came down the hill...and then...I noticed...um...it's cold out here.

Turning to go back to the car, a gust of Arctic air smacked me right in the face and my car looked like it was 5 miles away, UPHILL....ok maybe it was only 200 yards. I felt like the skin on my forehead was going to split and I experienced an acute case of brain freeze.

Embrace winter my ...

I'd rather be here.

I'm linking to the following parties:
Blue Monday
Mosaic Monday
Outdoor Wednesday

MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!

26 comments:

  1. Oh La, thanks for these photos! I LOVE WINTER and SNOW!! I know people think that's weird, but I absolutely hate being hot. I would much rather be cozied up in a blanket reading while the snow swirls around outside the window!!

    Have a good day!

    Polly

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  2. Ah yes, embracing winter... After our chat yesterday I went out to shovel then grabbed my camera... Let's just say that the pics I took are the ones I'm using! I wasn't going back out there to take some more:@)

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  3. La,
    You have such a sweet way with words!
    I'm actually enjoying winter this year ~ I think it's because I don't have to go out much and I'm not in school walking across campus. I just love my new time freedom and enjoying winter from the inside. Stay warm ~ more snow coming on Tuesday.
    Cindy

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  4. Embrace it you did!! Thanks for the beautiful pictures...other than going to and from my car, I haven't been out in this cold weather! Too cold for me!

    XO,
    Jane

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  5. Hi La! Love seeing some summery pics...but I have to confess that I love winter! Hope you are warm and cozy today!...hugs...Debbie

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  6. That memorial is beautiful in the snow. We used to go to the McKinley Memorial when I was a kid. Never in the winter though. I haven't been out of the house much in two days and don't plan on leaving it today. Stay warm and remember your mittens.

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  7. Cute pictures and so brave of you to go out in the cold just for us, hah. I have actually been thinking of how I could make summer work better for me. Yes, summer. I don't like it. I am so with Polly. I like this weather (not the slick roads). I don't like the heat bills but I like being in a warm house and watching the snow fall. The sun has been a nice addition to the cold.

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  8. Great pictures but if you come to Florida bring gloves. It's 43 today. I know that's not 8 degrees but this is Florida...lol...

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  9. Oh how lovely. I prefer other peoples snow LOL

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  10. I have enjoyed the snow this year,better than misty drizzle we get so much of here in Cornwall!

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  11. 8*! I've been complaining about 30s at night and 50s during the day. I think I need to man-up a little. :)

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  12. Your pics made me think of a time when we were in Marion to get a microwave fixed,,,this was years ago, and it looked like the frozen tundra! We even visited Harding Memorial! I am afraid more of the white stuff is coming!~Hugs, Patti

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  13. I've lived through enough Canadian, northern winters to say that they've lost their attraction. Give me warmth, sunshine, flowers...
    Your description of the wind on your face was bang-on!

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  14. Thanks to your sacrifice, we have some great pictures. I love the one where all the sledders are lined up.

    Happy Blue Monday, La.

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  15. I wanted to do sledding this Winter but here in MI we don't have that much snow. But our temperature stays below freezing. Keep warm!
    Blue Monday

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  16. La, Thanks for these beautiful pics. I love to look but I am so cold all the time, I would surely suffer an untimely demise. Glad you made it back to the car and were able to share.
    I can handle the tropical clime depicted. Love it.
    Hugs, Ginger

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  17. Oh, what a pretty spot. The snow is beautiful, and that memorial looks stunning in it. Looks like a fun sledding spot.

    And if you want tropical, come see me! :-)

    Happy Blue Monday...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  18. I can relate to your feelings about winter, much like Polly, though, I like it best indoors with blankets, a fire in the hearth, a good book and a hot chocolate. Blogging, though, encourages you to go out and enjoy all the seasons. Thank goodness for that.

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  19. Your winter pic's are great, love the little boy sledding. I would much rather have spring or summer or fall.

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  20. I haven't been sledding for so long--looks like fun!

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  21. Popping back by to wish you a Happy Outdoor Wed, LA!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  22. Great pictures. And actually I live in the Sunshine state, but it's been cold here too :-)

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  23. La, you are a trouper... out in 8 degree weather. I couldn't take it. Thanks for taking the shots for us to enjoy. Try to stay warm!
    Annette

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  24. *8 is a bit cold...I can't believe I was complaing when it was 50...great photos!

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