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We finally got snow here at Serenity! I’ve been waxing happy over the 40 degree winter temps and how I can go running outdoors several times a week (Cause I’m recently tough enough to run outside in winter, but still too wimpy to do it if it’s less than 35. One day I did it at 27. Didn’t like it. Don’t do stuff I don’t like. ‘Nuff said.) But back to the subject. I was really enjoying the warm winter. And then today, I woke up to the most breathtakingly beautiful snowfall I think I’ve ever seen. It was all light and fluffy, and clinging an inch deep to every branch, every twig, of every tree. Even the power lines look magical. Everything has sprouted a coat of pure white wool.

As we walked the dogs this morning, I just couldn’t get over it. Every direction, a different, fairyland-like view. The wind was blowing cold into my face, and I was bundled head to toe. And yet I was loving it. I had to run back inside for the camera to capture it all.

The dogs loved it even more. They went crazy over the snow, especially Niblet, my little snowbunny. She couldn’t get enough, and kept pushing her nose through the fluff like a doggy-snowplow.

Anyway, I’m just basking in the beauty of it today. I’m going to try to hold onto this feeling, and not let it morph into grumping and griping about the endless winter around the end of February or so. (When I start that, someone remind me and point me back to this blog post.)

I just had to post these photos and gush with praise for nature’s beauty today. As I looked back at the house, from the magical little woodlot beside it, I thought to myself that it’s a wonder the walls don’t bulge outward with the amount of love it holds. We are very lucky and very blessed and every single day, we notice and really relish the wonderful things in our lives, from each other and the dogs, to the natural beauty around us, the gorgeous rebuilt “Phoenix” we live in, our home, Serenity, and the fabulous people and experiences in our lives.

Basking. Appreciation. Pure raw joy. Dancing in the first snow like a four-year old. These are some of the keys to a fulfilled life. Do these things every single day, and you’ll get happier and happier. It cannot fail.

Happy Friday the 13th! Happy Winter! Happy Snowdays!

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