Sunday Salon: A Snowy Walk on Sunday, A Snowy Read for Winter

It’s been snowing since Friday afternoon.
My husband is wondering where the global warming is because it’s not in Illinois.

But, I love this weather. It’s perfect for walking…

and laughing…

and photographing…


and playing with Henry in the snow on a Sunday afternoon.

I wouldn’t even mind a picnic if I could get someone to sit by me on the bench,

while we looked at the remnants of November…

and December.

I’d sit on this old stone wall and read, but my coffee is inside.

It’s the perfect weather for reading Consumption, a book I finished yesterday by Kevin Patterson. The setting is the Arctic, and it’s about a whole lot more than the disease. We read, and come to care deeply, about characters who are Inuit but also those who are “southerners” (from Manitoba). We see what it means to live in the extreme temperatures of the north, hunting for tuktu (caribou) and fish. We understand what a diamond mine can do to a rural community, and ultimately, what a family does to self-destruct. It’s a fascinating book, a perfect read for January.

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44 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: A Snowy Walk on Sunday, A Snowy Read for Winter

  1. Thank-you Meredith for sharing those beautiful photos, you are so lovely.I wish I could see some snow, not yet in Virginia also it is supposed to drop into the twenties tonight and not much more tomorrow. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

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  2. I love your pictures, Bellezza!! We got snow on Friday, but not nearly as much as you. Maybe just an inch. I love the second picture of you laughing. And Henry reminds me so much of Annie. Is he shy when the camera comes out, too?I took a similar photo of a leaf on the snow just yesterday. Great minds think alike!Enjoy your wintery weather. I'm counting the days 'til summer! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I LOVED this post an all of your beautiful pictures (including the ones of you ๐Ÿ™‚ I want snow so so bad! We got teased with that bit of snow we had down here. If I were there, I'd be happy to sit on that bench with you with a warm cup of coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Madeleine, are you saying you're not a big fan of snow? My cousin lives in Virginia; she says it's much warmer than here in Illinois. I, however, would really miss the snow. Hope you stay warm!Debnance, thanks for visiting me. I'll have to come to your blog and see where you're from. If you've just had a hurricane, I'm surprised to hear about snow following it!Les, Henry IS shy. He probably wouldn't want to share this with anyone, but I'll tell you: he even goes into the bushes to poop! For this particular picture we tried and tried to get him to look into the camera, but he was distracted by some fowl in the river. Silly Henry. I can often imagine him and Annie playing together on our river's path. They look like they'd be great friends. And, it makes me smile that you took a leaf picture. I'd never put myself in your category as far as photography goes, but great minds do think alike!Chris, I'd love to have a cup of joe with you on that bench! Wouldn't you be chilly with your southern blood, though? ๐Ÿ˜‰ It would be great fun to talk books and really meet you in person.Samantha, Consumption is a book that one of my book clubs is reading for January. It's very Canadian, in that it's almost depressing as so many Canadian authors can be. But, it's also very intriguing and insightful. I can't imagine reading it in the summer months, but for winter? It's perfect!

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  5. That book really sounds fascinating! And my, your pictures are gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous. But hey, aren't we somewhat close in age? How come you look 15 years younger than I do? No fair. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Shhh, don't tell a soul, but Annie goes into the far back corner of our yard, back behind the bushes to poop, too! Maybe she and Henry are related!

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  7. Debi, the book is a really good read. Thanks for liking my pictures, and as to me looking younger? It's probably the effect of the falling snow: quite softening. ;)Les, I knew it!

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  8. I said this on Debi's site as well…I am so very, very jealous! I so want to have some snow. We've only had a bit of snow this winter, not near enough to satisfy this Nebraska native's heart. Feel free to package some up and send it my way.Oh, and your pictures are wonderful. You look like you are contented in a winter wonderland.

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  9. One of my favorite things about snow is how it lays on the branches like in the second picture. We had a day where all the trees were frozen and it was quite beautiful, but by the time I got home it was too dark to take picture and the next day was in the 70s…go figure. You look beautiful!

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  10. What goregous photographs and you look so jaunty in that hat! Here in the frozen north we're due for2-4 inches of snow tonight and then artic cold the middle of next week. I'm taking a high of -3F on Wednesday and lows in the -13F range, without the wind. The book really does sound like a wonderful read. Thanks for the review.cjh

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  11. That pillowy snow looks just heavenly! Unfortunately we haven't had any snow in Texas this year…just some ice and freezing rain. Blarrrg!

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  12. Carl, not only am I contented, I prefer Winter to any other season. I know, it makes me in a great minority…Gina, normally I don't wear a hat (it crushes my curly hair), but it was so cold this weekend I had to!Lexi, if you don't miss the snow, it's good you don't live in a place that has it. Don't you even miss it a little bit at Christmas?Trish, I've missed photo opportunities like that. Especially with our crazy weather, you never can predict what will happen. I like it best when the branches are covered in a clear ice. So beautiful.CJ, you know what cold and snow mean even more than those of us in Illinois! You'd love this book for a cozy inside read during Michigan weather.Beverly, you're so sweet. Do you ever look at a picture of yourself and think, "Is that how I really look?" I mean, I wonder sometimes where the multiple chin thing came from. Even though I had one as a baby, too. That's it: I must be getting younger!Literary Feline, the worst part about the cold is driving in it, I think. I hope you have a good week, too.Tanabata, I wonder what you'll choose. Are you leaning toward something Japanese, or other?JoAnn, I'm not normally a hat person either. Only when it's exceptionally cold. Or, I don't care too much if my hair is smushed. Which is hardly ever. ;)Andi, what is up with freezing rain in Texas? I was there visiting a good friend one SPRING break, and it hailed! I would have been better off staying in Chicago!

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  13. Such lovely pictures! We were getting some very chilly seasonal weather for awhile, but the winds kicked up the other day and they are now blowing warm air in from the desert. I can still see some snow up on top of our nearby mountains, but if this warm dryness keeps up much longer all of our snowboarders will have to come down the mountain and go surfing instead! I enjoy the cooler weather myself.

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  14. These photos are fabulous!! Thank you for sharing them. And your book reminds me a bit of my current read: "The Children from Nowhere" about a man who moved to rural Alaska to teach Eskimo children. It's amazing.Susan

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  15. I love snow photos and those pics of you are cute! I like the fact that everything is pretty much monochromatic, except for little splashes of red — your gloves, the berries. The book sounds great. Our daffodils are up but not blooming, although other folks' daffodils are in bloom. Too soon, too soon!

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  16. This post is such a fun one to me because practically every blogger friend I have has left a comment. You make me smile, friends!Terri, I'm not sure where you're from, but mountains sound like a wonderful place to live!Susan, I haven't heard of the book you've mentioned, but it sounds so good about Alaska AND teaching. Sometimes I think it would be so neat to go off to an under-developed area to help the community as a teacher. Not that we're not helping right where we are.Becca, we might even have a Snow Day tomorrow! More time to read, in my opinion. Happy New Year to you, and you're not so late. It is, afterall, still January. ;)Bookfool, trust your eye (like Lesley's) to find photographic aspects to remark upon. I noticed the same thing about the bits of red popping up; but, I was mad that I had pink lipstick on instead of red because to me it clashed with my orange-y gloves. Well, we're still concerned about color, aren't we, I'm just a little more vain about it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We planted daffodils this autumn. I sure hope they come up when it's Spring.

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  17. snow is lovely to look at in pictures. You look gorgeous, btw, but I really do not like cold weather at all!Where I live the forecast for this week is mid 70's. I actually thought about driving home today with the top down on my car!

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  18. For a strange reason you remind me of Snowhite in the fantasy TV series called "The Tenth Kingdom". I have no idea, whether you have watched it or not, but the resemblence is quite striking and it's needless to say that those pictures are amazing.

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  19. I would so love to actually live in the mountains, but most days I can see them.I was just looking at my blog and noticed you were not listed on my blogroll for book bloggers! Not sure how that happened, but I've fixed it :o)

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  20. MS Teacher, so many people I know feel as you do: negative on the snow. 70s in January sound like great temperatures; my parents are enjoying that in Naples right now.Daydream, I'm not familiary with The Tenth Kingdom's Snow White. But, she is one of my favorite fairy tale characters, so I'll take that as a compliment. I'll also look up the fantasy series you left in your comment.Terri, thanks for adding me to your blogroll; I'd be honored to be on it.

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  21. Yeah, we have snow coming tonight. I don't know where global warming is either! I wouldn't mind it if I didn't have to shovel.. I hate shoveling snow!

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  22. Beautiful pictures of snow, and you look so happy. I'm envious only because snow for me means holidays!…. We're not expecting snow, today's it's been close to 40 deg C (Northern New South Wales, Aus). Still, like you, it;s good weather for reading.

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  23. Oh, I think it was a German production, but based in the US as far as the real world goes, but I can be very wrong. I followed it before my teen years kicked in and they just stopped showing it. And yes it was meant as a compliment. *grin*

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  24. Gorgeous snow pix! So cute about Henry. A shy boy, eh? The Tenth Kingdom was a miniseries here not too long ago (I think). It was a goofy fantasy. At least you don't have the Snow Queen's personality! Global warming reared it's head here this last week. It's been in the 80's. OTOH, the week before it was global cooling. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  25. I love the pictures, esp. of you!, and I love the snow. Even if I don't cavort (don't you love that word?) in it, I love it through the windows. You really look beautiful, and there is an actress those pics remind me of, but I can't think who right now.

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  26. Hi Meredith ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love snow, got my english a bit mixed up ๐Ÿ˜› No we have no snow here, not yet. Today it is freezzing as your cousin can tell you, low twenties and at night teens, for us in the south this is cold, ha ha! Anyway if it keeps up we might yet have snow, I hope so, except they close the bridge tunnel and we are isolated on the Eastern Shore.You to keep warm, I am in a delightful house and Oliver is staying toasty

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  27. Simplicity, I didn't know you were Canadian! My mother is also, and I've spent many vacations in Winnipeg or Toronto. So, so beautiful. I think you'll like Consumption. Have you read much of Margaret Atwood, who is also Canadian? She is one of my favorite authors of all times.

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  28. Yes I am Canadian to the core! Born and raised on the east coast, lived on the west coast and settled in the middle in Toronto! I know that Atwood is a celbrated author, but truth be told I have not read one of her books! I will! Just browsed through your pictures again. You're so pretty!

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