12/21/10

A Winter Wonderland!

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?  Then do I have some pictures for you!
I wasn't going to post again until Friday. But last night brought more snow and today was absolutely beautiful!



We got the fluffy kind of snow. It's so pretty and fresh looking, just in time for Christmas!
And it warmed up to a balmy 35 degrees today. Which feels like a heat wave after our frigid below zero temps.


I love our trees so lovingly flocked by Mother Nature.

Here's the spot we normally have outdoor fires. 


My son and dil just arrived in Minneapolis about 2 hours ago.
They flew in from Phoenix and they were thrilled to see snow!
They truly are Mid-westerner's at heart. They're heading to see her parents in Southern Wisconsin but they will be joining us by Friday!



Although it's all snowy and white outside my windows, it's warm and cozy inside.


The presents are getting wrapped and I even got some of my food shopping done today.



I lit some candles and I have Cinnamon sticks simmering on the stove.

And as I sit here enjoying  the wintry wonderland outside my window.

I ponder the past year.



I want to thank you all for your friendship and kindness.  I've been lucky enough to meet some of you in person and I value your friendship so much.  You light up my life...
Kind of corny but it fit's!

And here's wishing you all a Merry Christmas!  I'll be checking in to say hi when I can and I hope you all have a wonderful, joyous Christmas and New Year!

Cindy
I am joining Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.

62 comments:

  1. So beautiful, thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!

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  2. Cindy, your snow is beautiful and your home is cozy and warm. I must fake my snow. Merry Christmas!

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  3. The snow looks so beautiful. I remember it well. I saw the skates on the sled. I am keeping my fingers crossed that you will be able to find me a pair sometime!!

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  4. Cindy, I am so very blessed to call you a friend through blogging!!! I am so grateful for that. Thank you for the snow pictures...I AM dreaming of a white Christmas. We'll never see one like that. Beautiful. I love the pics by yoru firepit with the adreondack chairs. So pretty! Merry Christmas!!!

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  5. A beautiful snowy day! I love looking at pictures of it, but not experiencing it first hand ;)

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  6. You have a lovely winterland there. Your home looks nice and cozy. Very welcoming. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  7. You truly do have a winter wonderland there girl. You can keep my portion but I fear we're gonna get hit. We have snow predicted Thursday through Saturday.

    You and your family have a very blessed Christmas. Enjoy your family and that new little doll my friend!!!

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  8. Merry Christmas Cindy Sweetie...
    I so love this post. It is breathtakingly beautiful. I love, love looking at the snow, I just don't want to live in it. Don't like the cold. How pretty everything looks sweetie. It looks like you just painted the grounds white. So pretty. Look how deep it is over the chairs even.

    I love the ice skates, I too have a pair hanging by the front door. They looks so festive during the winter months. That is about as cold as I want to be. Did these belong to Katie?

    How is the baby doing? Are you ready to celebrate her first Christmas? She will be a lot of fun this year. She's probably just looking at everything.

    Have a beautiful Christmas sweetie. It was lovely to stop by and see how beautiful everything looks. Love those cinnamon sticks, they smell wonderful.

    Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

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  9. I am so so jealous! I want some more snow. Your house looks so lovely, warm and cozy. I would love to live some where that it snows much more than what we get here. Merry Christmas.

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  10. Looks beautiful, but don't send me any, PLEASE!

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  11. Cindy,
    It is so beautiful! I love the window you can sit by and see it all. We are suppose to have a storm come through Christmas eve. What perfect timing. Good for us, as we don't have to travel. Yay!
    Merry Christmas!!!

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  12. Hi Cindy,
    the inside of your home looks so festive and beautiful against the snow seen through the windows. So cozy and inviting.

    Thanks for the sweet words. I have enjoyed your blog very much and you have inspired me in so many ways.

    hugs and Merry Christmas.

    Sissie

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  13. Hello, I popped over through another bloggers blog.. I do this often.. You know how that goes.. so many wonderful people here in Blog land. I love your pictures.. I am following you from now on.. Have a fabulous Holiday and new year ..stay warm & dry,,. Don't you just love the snow for Christmas? I really like your sled & skates displayed.
    Cheryl

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  14. I could sit by the window and watch it snow for hours. So glad your family is in town to celebrate Christmas with you!

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  15. Oh my heart is happy for you! The high here today was 86...I'm just taking in your glorious weather. I know it's cold...but Christmas must have snow!

    Hugs,

    Nancy
    Texas

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  16. What a lovely post, Cindy! Love the pictures and the warmth they give us. I can imagine you all in this room on Christmas Eve, while outside is snowing..... Gorgeous. Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and ... sparkling new year, Clara.

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  17. Hello Cindy, girl you can keep the white stuff ha ha!! Your home looks just beautiful my Dear friend..How is Addison doing...Many CHRISTmas Blessings to you and yours, from my mountain to yours hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  18. It is so beautiful, Cindy and your home is beautiful too and so cozy. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!..Christine

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  19. Beautiful scenery. Your home looks so snug and cozy.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  20. Cindy- Well, you have the same snow that we do, I see! We got about 5" last night. Glad your family made it in and will be with you for Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays to you- xxoo Diana

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  21. so lovely.....

    merry christmas, my friend

    kary
    xxx

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  22. Oh my friend, your view is heavenly, and your home looks so warm and cozy.
    Have a wonderful Christmas enjoying your family :-)
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  23. such lovely photos! 2nd photo is postcard perfect.

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  24. Your home is beautiful, inside and out! It's so warm and welcoming, I imagine that visitors never want to leave! Happy Holiday! Annie

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  25. Everything is so pretty Cindy. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas with your family.

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  26. Beautiful snow. Very cozy Christmasy home!!

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  27. Merry Christmas Cindy!
    Your home is warm, exquisite decor & so inviting. What a fun Christmas you will have with Addison ... nothing like a baby to make the celebration even more joyful.

    Blessings & joys ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  28. Hi Cindy! You have a beautiful home. My children (5 & 7) are always dreaming of a White Christmas like the one you'll have! Thanks for sharing. Happy Outdoor Wednesday and Merry Christmas.
    ~Holly

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  29. I enjoy looking at your wintery pictures! We've had only small amounts of snow, it's been too warm around our part of Colorado. I miss snow!

    Christmas blessings from Jessica

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  30. Great job on the pictures. Your home looks very pretty and festive. We had the light dusting Sat. morning and hope that is all we get.
    Enjoy the holidays!

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  31. Your home is so festive and cozy. It would be lovely to spend Christmas there. Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas.

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  32. How beautiful your Christmas will be with all that snow...thanks for sharing your photos...they put me in a Chritmas mood!

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  33. I just love your snow pictures, and I remember how it was lovely at Christmas when we lived there.. just a tad too cold for me lol. love all your decorating and your festive, warm cozy cottage. Merry Christmas to all of you and I hope to see you in 2011!!

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  34. Fantastic!!! I wish to you and your family a fabulous merry Christmas, ciao Flavia

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  35. HI!!!
    I LOVE THIS!!!
    It is so beautiful!!!!
    Love that winter wonderland!!!
    Your home is lovely and so charming and it does indeed feel so warm inside!!!Warm by heat and warm by a Mother's LOVE!!!
    I can feel it through the pics!!!
    Great shots!!
    Merry Christmas,
    hugs 2 u,
    jamie

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  36. Cindy your room looks absolutely beautiful and so cozy! I was hoping for some snow, just a coating of white but it's not to be this year :( Sunday into Monday we may have some. Blessings to you my friend and Merry Christmas! Hugs

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  37. We didn't get much snow in this last go-round, maybe 2 inches.

    I love your skates on your sled!

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  38. Cindy, It looks beautiful inside and out at Applestone Cottage! I love the warm glow in your living room - great photo of a pretty room!
    Merry Christmas,
    Beth

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  39. It's not corny and it's been a pleasure getting to know you a little better this year.
    Your home looks so warm and inviting. Enjoy the kids when they arrive.
    Merry Christmas!

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  40. It does look cozy at your house! I'm in Florida...where it was 39 when we got up and 78 this afternoon. Talk about crazy! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas...enjoy that little sweetheart. Thanks for being such a great blog friend!

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  41. I'm so envious of your beautiful snow. It is so dry here in the foothills of Colorado; but we've had mega snow in the mountains. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Sally

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  42. BRRR....beautiful photos...Merry Christmas to you and your family Cindy....

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  43. Hey Cindy, they say that confession is good for the soul, so I must confess I saved some wonderful pis of your fabulous decorating to my cmputer so I could remember the decorating for next year!!!! I will say lots of Hail Marys for my thievery, and I am not even Catholic..

    L&K

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  44. Save all you want my dear!
    I am always saving other's on my computer as well.
    If you go check out some of the other blogs on my blog list you won't want mine anymore!
    hehe!
    Now you have a cute house!!!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  45. Merry White Christmas to you and your family! It is beautiful! and warm and cozy inside!
    ~ Julie

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  46. These pictures are so beautiful. The snow is something my kids are praying for here in NY. Love all of your Christmas decorating. Have a very Merry Christmas.
    CareyAnn

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  47. Cindy, your home is so warm and inviting! With your description I could almost smell the cinnimon. Everything looks charming...and I loved being able to see things as you see them..from across the room. It's like..being there..being able to get the feeling of your home up close and personal..and like you, it is just charming, warm and inviting and so very friendly!
    Merry Christmas, my friend. Merry Christmas!!
    Mona

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  48. Your winter wonderland is gorgeous! Since I've been sick all week, I am very behind with everything:( But thankfully it looks like I will be much better by Christmas morning when the grandkids will arrive!

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  49. It's a winter wonderland outside and a cozy haven inside! Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  50. Hi Cindy! How beautiful! Your home looks so warm and cozy, too! They say we may get out first white Christmas in 100 years! Woo hoo! Of course, for us that means, 1/2 inch! lol Wishing a wonderful Christmas filled with peace, joy and love to you and your family!...hugs...Debbie

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  51. Hey Cindy, think I have finally figured out how to follow your blog...whoo hoo!!! Yes, I have checked out other blogs, but yours wins hands down.....

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  52. Merry Christmas Cindy! We have snow too!:-)

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  53. Cindy, I am dropping by to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! And boy, do you have the weather for a White CHristmas, or what??? WOW! Loved the scenes of the pretty snow.

    You are such a blessing to so many of us, and I hope you know how much I love and admire you. May all of your Christmas wishes come true!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  54. Cindy, your photos are gorgeous. I particularly love the photos of the sled and skates and the benches (fire pit area) peeking out of the snow with the snow-covered trees in the background. And your family room (or is it your living room?) looks unbelievably cozy and inviting. I feel like I could just walk right in and make myself at home. :-)

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  55. Cindy, I hope you and all your family had a wonderful and warm Christmas. I can't wait until you get here. We will definitely so to my favorite fabric store, so save some room in your luggage. Hugs, Marty

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  56. Hello Sweet Cindy.
    Just coming by to say Merry Christmas. I thought you would have pics of your sweet little grandbaby... I will look through your photos again. She must be there somewhere.
    Love your home, and love the kitty on the porch. Your home is so warm and inviting.
    Happy New Year to you and your family Cindy.
    Love Claudie
    oxoxoxoxo

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  57. Cindy, the view out that window is fantastic! Your home is so warm and inviting! I love the sled and skates outside - so cute. Linda

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  58. Hi Girlfriend...

    Just stopping by to say hello and see how you're doing! I know that you are still visiting with your kiddos...bet you're having the time of your life!!! Ohhh my...you guys really do have the snow at your place...it looks gorgeous!!! You know, I just love those big ol' picture windows that you have in the living room...what a beautiful scene!!! It's like letting the great outdoors in...but like you said...it's soo warm and cozy in that beautiful room! Thanks for sharing the beautiful snow photos and more of your fabulous Christmas home, Darlin'! This is such a treat!!! Can you believe it...I live in Colorado and there is NO SNOW!!! Yep...we didn't even get a white Christmas! Sheeshhh...what's that about! Hehe! Well sweet friend, enjoy your family! Darrin and Danielle are still here as well!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  59. Cindy, this is so beautiful! It really is a winter wonderland,isn't it? Bet your home smelled wonderful...cinnamon is my favorite scent for the holidays. Happy New Year to you and your family!
    Love,
    Susan

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  60. HI Cindy! Your snow looks so beautiful and I would love some too! Your is so cozy and warm looking and I love the pretty golden glow in your photos!!
    Can't wait to see your projects and yes the grandma thing is the best!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  61. May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
    Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria
    Yes Girl I got your message..was out Baby sitting my little Landen james so Candace could Christmas shop...How's your Addison doing..Much fun on Christmas day having the little one here junping around in his Johnny jumper ha ha!! Santa Gigi got it for him...took a video of him and he just loved that thing to death..Freedom at last ha ha!! May you have a GREAT New year my Dear friend..Love ya..

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Welcome,
I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy