Thursday, November 8, 2012

Quiet Calm

We woke this morning to a brisk wind and our first snowfall of the year thanks to a nor’easter coming up from the Gulf of Mexico. After last weeks Sandy and a week without electricity we’ve been praying this storm would be mild. All of our leaves are off the trees thanks to Sandy except this one little bit of new growth hanging onto its colorful leaves.

There’s a certain kind of quiet calm and a sense of peace with the first snow of the year.

We were also lucky enough to wake up to a ten-point buck feasting on one of the deer blocks we place out for them as a treat. We knew he was in the area from certain traces he has left behind and this morning we were graced by his presence.
So the first order of business this morning was to crank up our wood stove and get a toasty fire going for the day.

This guy on the other hand hates the heat and is very happy to spend his time playing out in the snow.
Please keep the people hardest hit by Sandy in your thoughts and prays. While this first snowfall is beautiful a lot of these people have no home and only the clothes on their back and this storm is going to be hard on them.
I hope you all are safe and warm and enjoying your week!


Divine Theatre said...

I take my blessings for granted.
I wish there was more that I could do for the people affected by Sandy and the extreme weather.

Please give the fluffy angel a kiss for me. Is kitty still araound?



Simple Everyday Glamour said...


So glad you guys are getting back to normal...blessings to you!


Simple Everyday Glamour

An Urban Cottage said...

I thought you'd been quiet; I didn't realize you'd been without power. We had four inches of snow this morning and we weren't supposed to get any.

Beautiful deer! Do you ever find shed antlers?

Stay warm!

Phyllis Trevor Higgerson, Henhurst said...

Beautiful photos, Debra! What a treat to see such a gorgeous deer in the yard. Glad you are safe and warm.
All best,

carolyn bradford said...

Wow! Stunning pictures! That buck is beautiful! I'm very glad ya'll are safe and warm and will definitely keep those less fortunate after Sandy in my thoughts and prayers!

I Dream Of said...

Such beautiful photos, Debra. I hope that you all are staying warm (except Dylan Dog). Heat and light are so easy to take for granted and my heart goes out to all of those who are without a warm place to go in the aftermath of Sandy.

Thanks for sharing the beauty with us! XO

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Debra...stunning images right out your door....just amazing! My heart goes out to the people who lost their homes...what a tragedy.

Heather Robinson said...

I too have been so worried for those that are out in the cold or still don't have heat--how long can this continue?

Very happy that you are warm and dry--save for silly DD of course!!
Gros Bisous,

Pura Vida said...

what beautiful photos. thanks for sharing them and the message!

Stacy CUrran said...

So glad you are getting back to normal. My sister in NJ just got her power back yesterday. But that's the least of it. What a disaster. My heart breaks for everyone affected

michele said...

debra, thank you so much for your support and kind words.

and thanks for these incredible images. may i have permission to save and print this deer image? i think i may have to have it on my wall!

love to you.


Woodside Park said...

I'm so glad to hear you all are safe and have power, Debra. It's been tough watching the news.

The snowfall on your property is beautiful. Especially lovely on your stonewalls!

Take care!

The enchanted home said...

Hi Debra....those pictures are stunning and certainly show this pre winter season at its prettiest. The picture of the buck deer is amazing!!! So close! I love deer, they are so beautiful!
Sorry you too lost power...its been a crazy 10 days for anyone in the northeast, some more than others. I too feel so sad for those without homes, power and/or food and of course those who lost loved ones. Such heartbreak with not a break given the snow we just got.
Stay safe and warm....thanks for your kind message- give cute Dylan a hug from Teddy!

Anonymous said...

Oh I wish it were Christmas already! Your lovely photos conjure up thoughts of Paper Whites, beautiful wrapping paper, and festive cocktails parties.

zanetastyle said...

Oh my ...Debra, could your place be more magical? no! The deer shot is spectacular, your fireplace so very inviting and the forest around is calm and romantic in this wintery snowy day...we have the same snow out here(:
Enjoy! hugs Z

zanetastyle said...

Oh my ...Debra, could your place be more magical? no! The deer shot is spectacular, your fireplace so very inviting and the forest around is calm and romantic in this wintery snowy day...we have the same snow out here(:
Enjoy! hugs Z

Splendid Sass said...

First Debra, I am so happy that you are ok. I have worried so much for those hit by Sandy. We feel so helpless down here.
Such beautiful snow, lucky you, and the deer is amazing. And you puppy is just precious. The wood burning stove takes my breath away! Wow!
Thank you for sharing. Have a nice weekend.

Stacey said...

I'm thrilled you're all fine. You're so correct that they are so many that are less fortunate and I have been praying for those who've been affected by Sandy. It is such a difficult time. My Mom is still without power too... Beautiful photos however, especially of the buck. What a treat!! Take care of yourself and stay warm. XX

Anonymous said...

Oh, that is such an awesome photo of the deer. I always think they bring luck! Dylan looks happy!! xo

Anonymous said...

Each year I appreciate the snow less and less, but there is beauty to be enjoyed, so I bundle up and TRY to like it. The photo of the deer is stunning - so majestic!

pve design said...

I just drove my husband to catch the morning train to the city and on my way back something told me to slow down and lo and behold 3 dear galloped across the dog was with me and I think it was his sixth sense to warn me.
What a gorgeous image of that 10 would make a splendid holiday card.
My heart goes out to those who are struggling to carry on without heat and electricity. I have a few bags to give, some warm coats and some canned goods for our village drive - We were without power for a week and not a day goes by that I count all my blessings. We all need to be mindful of those living with hardship - especially as the holidays roll in.

Greet Lefèvre said...

Hi Debra,
I am pleased that everything looks fine again!
It must be hard for the people who have no home at this moment. My prays and thoughts are with them.

Doggy looks so happy sitting in the snow!!
Beautiful pictures Debra!
Have a nice weekend!

Karena said...

Dear Debra,
Your home and surroundings paint a lovely image. The deer looks so regal! I hope that you have been hit with the worst of are in my thoughts and prayers.

Art by Karena

Leslie said...

Hi Debra,

I too enjoy the calmness that we feel as winter sets it. Such an amazing photo you got of the buck! Usually I see them in my yard and if I take the photo through the window, it isn't very good and if I open the door they move on. Glad you are leaving them a treat :)

Our dogs enjoy the snow too! They like to get silly, run around, and apparently there are lots of good smells because they are always sniffing around. You'd think the snow would cover the smells..?

Enjoy your weekend ahead.


Garden, Home and Party said...

What a beautiful post. The snow is magical and the close up of the buck is wonderful.

I have been thinking of those who were hit by Sandy, now without homes and it makes me sad. I hope they will get some relief soon.

La Contessa said...

What is a deer block?Do tell as I would love to put out for our California deer!Are you visiting me from time to time at vintagehenhouse?I just went to France and Italy you may enjoy the photos!

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

I'm glad you survived the storm with your family and home intact and my heart goes out to those less fortunate! This looks like a winter wonderland to me. We don't get snow in Cape Town, only sometimes on the high mountains. Dylan looks so happy in the snow. x Sharon

LaPouyette said...

Really lovely and beautiful images, Debra! And the reindeer looks just stunning!
Oh my, the first snow, winter seems to knock on the door. Had a snowy weekend 2 weeks ago in Germany, felt like Christmas, rather mad :-(

Pleased to hear that you're safe and back to electricity, thought and was concerned about you.

Keep warm and have a great weekend!

debra @ 5th and state said...

there is nothing like the first of the season snow and the hush and beauty it creates.
can i live your life?!
but seriously, it is hard to imagine the untold misery and loss too many are suffering. aren't we blessed?
happy to hear all is well with you debra

Fashion-isha said...

Beautiful pictures! I hope you're enjoying your weekend!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Sorry to hear about the power, it does make for some miserable days. But at least you have Dylan to sit on your toes and keep them toasty!

therelishedroost said...

Beautiful images, I especially love the close up of that buck.. thats a hard one to get!
XO Karolyn

La Brocanteuse said...

thinking of you and everyone affected by Sandy, even if not directly..sending you love and prayers.. Thanks giving is going to be quite real for you..
Colette xx

Linda Leyble said...

Hi Debra - what a lovely post. Glad you and your family are safe since the storm.

We endured 8 days without power - and few fence sections and a huge tree limb came down (but not on anyone or thing!).

Since this storm I have really become more aware of just how lucky I am - that the storm didn't harm us (and we are a block from the water). I also know that I have been wasteful of electricity and gas - and I've begun to conserve. That probably wouldn't have happened before the storm.

We have deer on our property all the time - I wish they would only eat what I set out for them...but they love our plants...including the ones thaey are supposed to hate!


cindy said...

Oh my goodness! That picture of that buck stopped me in my tracks! You should put it on your Christmas Card. That is honestly one of the most beautiful photos I have ever seen!

Unknown said...

It is SO great to be connected again! We, too, had a little snowfall last week. It is pretty, but melted within a couple of days. I still need to get my tulips planted for next Spring, so I was glad.

Your photo of the buck is incredible. Gorgeous. Such elegant creatures. It still takes me back when I see a fawn bouncing across my lawn.

Glad you are warm and safe after these crazy storms.
xoxo Elizabeth

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


I was so happy to hear from you! and now to see your beautiful photos! That deer is stunning! What a wonderful sight for early am.

The storms have been so horrible for so many that the damage the rest of us suffered is insignificant. I am heartbroken that two weeks later there are so very many still in such miserable conditions.

I hope you have a great week, stay warm!


Loretta Fontaine (EcoHappy Blog) said...

Debra- What a beautiful scene you have. Nature can be kind and nature can be cruel.

My friend Liz and I are donating to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts with our Holiday Open Studios sale this December, I can't think of a worthier cause right now...


Ivy Clad said...

The snow is beautiful. It does make one consider it from a different perspective when thinking about people without power though. I hope you're doing well.


Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


I hope that you had a great week!

Enjoy your weekend! Elizabeth

Decor de Provence said...

My heart still aches for those who have suffered so much! Thank goodness you have that wonderful stove to warm things up! What gorgeous images Debra! I hope all is well and you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

much love,

quintessence said...

Beautiful shots! But I'm glad we're back to our more seasonable fall weather. While Sandy was a major inconvenience for us (we still don't have phone service) I feel lucky that's all it was! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving week - we all have much to be thankful for!

Lisa said...

So pretty! Beautiful post.

Eddie Ross said...

Such gorgeous photos! That fireplace is so chic and perfect for when a nor'easter blows through.
xo E + J

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