Snow Day

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home." - Edith Sitwell

We finally had our first snow day from school yesterday. I've extolled the virtues of winter many times on this blog, and snow days top the list of what I love most about the season. We didn't get much snow, maybe 4 inches, and it slowly and softly fell all day. Beautiful.

With it being our first snow day and all, I partook in my favorite snow day activities, chief among those are making myself a cup of mint truffle hot cocoa and curling up with a book.  Such a luxury.

I just started The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe yesterday, after finishing Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper the day before. Loved Morton's latest! Love everything she does, really. The House of Velvet and Glass is starting out strong for me, and since she is the author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, one of my favorites, I'm hoping for good things.

This year I came across these ceramic cups (pictured above) with silicone lids at L.L. Bean and bought several. Really loving these for the hot cocoa season. Keeps the kids from spilling (and myself, honestly) and they keep the drink toasty warm.

As per usual, the kids took to the yard and built another snowman as my husband cleared the walkways. We also spent a lot of time puttering around the house, indulging our hobbies, generally being lazy, and at one point cuddling up on my bed to watch Dark Shadows together.

Snow days always seem to make the world stop, to encourage us to forget everything else and just be with each other. I found a quote that really sums up what I love most about days like these:

"I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still.  Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs.  No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened." - Rachel Cohn

I took the above photo from a second floor window of our home yesterday.  That colonial home to the left was once an inn and tavern in the 1700's and even served as the first courthouse for the county, until a proper courthouse could be built on our town green. I just love living in a village center with all of its history!

Today it's back to reality, the kids are back in school and the warm sun is making quick work of melting the snow.  But I do hope for another snow day or two before the winter draws to a close.


  1. That sounds like a perfect snow day - and in a picture perfect town. We also got 4 inches yesterday but school was not cancelled. The roads were a slippery mess.

  2. Sarah - Bummer school was cancelled for you! It was a lovely snow day for us.

    A. - Thank you!

  3. We've got our snow day predicted for today, although with a lot less snow than you! Lucky you to have such a lovely view!

  4. What a pictorial scene out your window. I loved hearing about the long history of the house across the way.


  5. Love the last shot ... I've always thought living in one of those big old houses in the village center would be wonderful. More snow coming tonight!

  6. Alyson, you are amazing. We have had the most stressful week and then I come home and open my laptop to this, my favorite blog post on my favorite blog! Are you kidding me? ...sipping mint truffle cocoa while watching the snow dance out my windows, magically coating the village homes in a blanket of snow. You filled me up! Just enough to keep going. And you posted it on my birthday, the 17th, so I'm taking it as my birthday gift! Both your quotes uplifted me and I feel ready for the day. Beautiful photos! Thanks for always reminding me that it really was as good as I remember :)

  7. It must be so beautiful where you live! That last picture is so lovely. Our snow is slowly disappearing now though it did actually look quite nice here for a change (it usually just ends up grey and slushy) and we did enjoyed it while it lasted... xo

  8. How gorgeous! I'm afraid to move to NE because of the snow, but when you post pictures like this it makes me seriously want to reconsider!