Sunday, December 06, 2009

Let It Snow!





I should be so lucky.

I miss the East Coast winters. I never lived far north enough to despise the winter months the way some folks do -- folks who suffer from seven months frozen earth and the kind of ice storms that render entire counties powerless for days, and whose spring is known only as "mud season." In southern Connecticut, it would snow several times every winter, but snow storms were often few and far between. I can count on one hand the times the snow fell hard enough to be waist-deep. We had fewer white Christmases than rainy ones. And snow days were rare enough that they remained special, the eternal hope of homework procrastinators.

There's foliage in Napa that I didn't expect. The vines turn brilliant colors, and the vineyard expanses are...well, they're gorgeous. Winding through Napa's highways is not as traditional as driving up the Merritt Parkway and through New England's autumnal glory, but it's pretty spectacular. If West Coast travel and winemaking had been part of the American landscape 100 years ago, Currier & Ives would have had much to capture. But I guess that's the point. This Napa wasn't here 100 years ago.

Regardless, it doesn't snow and won't snow and winters -- while chilly -- won't ever quite be the same as they were in Connecticut. But that doesn't mean I won't make them as homey as possible.

These photos are of Eve and Ish, just before we left to get our first "family" Christmas tree.


14 comments:

  1. They are both heartstoppingly gorgeous. And homey, very homey :)

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  2. Beautiful picture! We got our first snow here in the northeast this weekend. It created that winter wonderland with the thick snow stuck to all the branches. As wonderful as it is now, I know what's around the corner! Have fun creating your homey Christmas. Please post pictures!

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  3. OH that last picture is just gorgeous. What a lovely little family you have there. They both look so so happy.

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  4. Very adorable!! :)

    JL

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  5. showed this to a coworker while she was on the phone, and she practically cooed to a complete stranger!

    -el snarkster

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  6. I'm originally from VT (which is freakin' freezing usually 'til May) but went to college in CT. I always thought CT weather was perfect - Fall was pretty, winter was cold with some snow but it got warmer in MARCH. Loved that!

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  7. She's a doll...looks like you!

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  8. Eve is so adorable and cute and fuzzy and hugable. I'm glad she is your's and Ish's, cuz I just couldn't handle that much cute all over again. Our grandson is 8 and not quite as cute...still funny as heck though.

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  9. Shut up with her fluffy pink bear suit, I love it!

    I grew up in NY right on the other side of the CT border and we had tons of snow days, several every year!

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  10. Adorable! She also kinda looks like Charlie in these pics...

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  11. Great pictures. I especially like the one of your husband and baby. Her smile is adorable.

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  12. Eve is just far too precious!

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