Let the Sun Shine

Some much needed sunshine begged me to get outdoors. It was cold, cold, cold, so I wasn’t able to be out for long. The wind made the bridge of my nose ache. I was amazed at just how much snow there was out there. The piles in the grocery store parking lot towered over my little car.

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Nobody on the court today.

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Overlooking the snow covered creek bed. Care to take a seat?

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It certainly looked like a winter wonderland out there.

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And a little shadow play before heading home.

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So grateful for some time in the sun.

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Winter Weary

The end of last week the sun came out and some of our ice and snow began to melt. I took a detour on my way home and stopped off at the nature preserve to shoot some shadow play. It was even warm enough to ditch my heavy overcoat and go out, briefly, with just my vest.

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I just couldn’t get enough of the sun. It was a glorious afternoon.

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As I was leaving the preserve parking lot, I spotted a field of enormous fun.

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I had to take a moment and get a little closer. It looks like some one, or many, had a great time with all the snow we’ve have had.

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It was too good to last, though. The sun and melting was replaced with yet another winter storm. A good deal of snow topped with ice this time, leading to one more snow day for the schools. This is what I found when I ventured out finally this afternoon.

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The snow was deeper the further toward the center of the driveway and yard we got. I couldn’t really tell where the grass ended and the sidewalk began.

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She thought she’d tackle the driveway, but found that this snow was super heavy because of the ice.

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Even though our street was eventually plowed and I got one of the neighbor boys to shovel the driveway for us, there is still an awful lot of snow and ice to be removed out there. I’m grateful that the girls will go to school tomorrow, even though they’ll be on a two hour delay.

Our Ohio groundhog, Buckeye Chuck, didn’t see his shadow over the weekend, so I am really putting my thoughts on the arrival of some warmer days, return of the sunshine, and a more permanent melt. A girl can hope, anyway!

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Winter Wonders

The strange weather we’ve been having this winter has certainly been an education. The first polar vortex came with a nasty winter storm that made roads a mess and left us in negative temperatures for several days. After it left, though, things warmed up. That’s the way we like it.

This latest bout of frigid weather has been interesting as well. The snow came early enough that the roads haven’t been too bad. But we’re going on our sixth (total, not in a row) weather day off from school now, and everyone’s nerves are getting a little ragged.

Yesterday, while running errands, we ran across an interesting winter weather phenomenon – snow rollers.

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Snow rollers are a rare meteorological phenomenon where chunks of snow are blown along by the wind, picking up more snow as they go, much as snowballs are rolled by children to make snowmen.

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Unlike snowballs rolled by people, snowrollers are tubular and often hollow since the inner, weaker layers are easily blown away. The resulting snowballs look like a donut or Swiss roll.

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They are frozen on the outside, making them stable enough to be picked up. Little Bit had a good time playing with them. We didn’t stay out long, it was cold and windy.

With this cold weather, we’ve been lucky that the sun has been shining. Golden hour lured me outside again, with wet hair no less, in order to capture the gorgeous light.

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The snow is a lot easier to take when it has that pink glow to it.

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Hoping that wherever you are, you’re keeping warm. And let’s keep our fingers crossed that there will be school tomorrow. We’re all ready to get back to routine.

Only 49 days until spring!

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Columbus View

The view from the Ohio Supreme Court building was beautiful. From the main court room, there was a perfect view of the river with the COSI building on the opposite side.

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It was a gray and dreary day, but the sun peeked out a bit as we were up in the law library.

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Lifting the shades revealed a gorgeous view of the Main Street bridge and beyond.

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Almost black and white beauty.

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Ohio Supreme Court

Columbus IGers met earlier in the month, during the World Wide Instameet. A tour of the Ohio Supreme Court building was arranged. What a treasure. The murals in the main supreme court room were breathtaking.

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The detail on the walls in the room was just as stunning.

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The north hearing room featured American Realism murals.

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Heading upstairs, we had the opportunity to explore the law library.

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Spectacular eagle scuplture.

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And the elevator doors were gorgeous brass works. Each door had a different panel. This was my favorite.

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The view from the upper floors was gorgeous. I’ll share it next.

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Winter Wonderland

We survived the first polar vortex, though it was cold. The sun made the dehydrating snow sparkle like diamonds.

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Just before the temperatures dropped into the deep freeze, the girls got some sledding in.

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Thankful for the warmer days that came after the vortex. It was sunny a few of them, even warm. There’s been more snow, but not too much of it. I guess we’re supposed to get a bit more over night. And another little polar dip following it. Brrrr! You can be sure I’ll be here dreaming of spring.

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Starting the New Year Off Right

If 2014 follows suit from the first day, we’ll be in good shape. The girls and I started off with chocolate croissants and our traditional Rose Parade watching. Our favorite float was the Grand Marshal’s award winner for excellence in creative concept and design by Public Storage — “Adventures in Space”. It featured three adorable space aliens riding in a large vehicle that then opened up and each was in its own car that exited the larger part of the float and drove around by themselves then re-entered their carrier vehicle through a ramp on the back. It was really amazing. You can see a photo of it here

As soon as the parade ended, we hopped in the car and met some friends at the movies. We thoroughly enjoyed Disney’s Frozen. We laughed, we cried, and we cheered. I thought it was one of the best Disney films I’ve seen in a long time. Highly recommend it.

After the movie, it was time for our new year’s day love-bombing project. Inspired by my friend, Gennifer Carragher, I gathered stones and clothes pins and on new year’s eve, and together with friends we painted them pretty and added positive, loving messages to them. The kids really got into creating and came up with some of the best messages like Be Your Own Star and Make Things Happen.

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We had two plates full of stones and clips and we headed out into the community to spread the love. I think the kids had even more fun leaving these beauties for unsuspecting people to find than they did creating them in the first place. It was delightful to see their excitement and exuberance in spreading the love.

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Cold and happy, we headed home. We’re already making plans to have another love-bombing event at Valentine’s Day. I hope, too, that it will become a new year’s day tradition. Set the year off right!

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Happy New Year!

Finishing up my second 365 here at the end of 2013.

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I want to thank each and every one of you for taking a moment of your day to receive these posts as they come, for your support and your comments, for your encouragement and cheers. It’s been a year of growth, a year of adventure and a whole lot of fun. I look forward to the new year ahead of us with much hope and anticipation. While I haven’t chosen a word for 2014 just yet, I have decided on a couple of photography challenges. I plan to work on my 3rd 365 project, though this year I’m going to do an Instagram 365. I will be participating again in the year long NowYou course, and I am committing to all 52 self portraits this year. And finally, I am inspired by my friend, Suzanne O’Brien, and will be doing an Just Us 12 Times project as well, setting out to capture a photo of the girls and myself every month.

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I’m not sure how it will all translate here on the Wolf Tales, you may find a little more writing from me this year, along with the photos. I do hope that however it shows up you will continue to enjoy it. Here’s to another fabulous year! Cheers – and thank you for being with me on the journey!

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Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

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Frozen Beauty

After the snow, the sun came out. It didn’t warm up but it melted enough to create a frozen dreamland underneath the downspout. It looked to me like a frozen fairyland. Magical.

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We got some magic going on inside as well. Getting into the spirit of the season with some decorating. The girls love putting the ornaments on the tree, and they do such a great job of it.

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