Friday, January 27, 2012

Like a Bridge Over Frozen Water

The bridge
This is the bridge that is over the canal that is near my house which isn't the house that Jack built.  An even better picture of it (well, one that I like better anyway) is my photo for today over at my Project 365.
Today was another bright, sunshiney day. A total Godsend to me, for I am solar powered and I desperately needed the recharge.

However, the recharge doesn't really work unless I actually go out in the sun, and lucky for me, it was even fairly warm today.  Like, so warm I didn't even really need a coat.  FYI, so warm I didn't even really need a coat is around 34 degrees Fahrenheit if the sun is out and the wind isn't blowing.  Let's just say I've acclimated.

So, as soon as Sophia hopped off the bus this afternoon I fed her a quick lunch and we were off to run errands.  We went to the bank to deposit some checks.  We went to the recycling center to drop off nearly two months of recycling (what a relief THAT was!).  We went and washed the car, which was so dirty you couldn't tell what color it was anymore.  We went to WalMart to get a few things--some of which ended up being Cadbury Eggs.  Cadbury Eggs!  Last time I checked, it was still January and Easter is months away, and WalMart is already stocking Cadbury Eggs.  Which means I am in huge trouble because I love those things.  Anyway, after WalMart (and after eating a couple of those darn eggs) we went and paid the water bill downtown and then we headed to little Sophia's violin lesson.
On the way to her lesson
See?  It was warm enough for her, too.  In fact, she was so warm she asked if she could take off her long-sleeved shirt, too.  I said maybe she should keep it on.  Also, I often find myself regretting the fact that I let her cut her curls off.  I miss them so much.  But that is neither here nor there...

After her lesson, we would normally run home to meet the girls as they get off the bus, but I decided we should quickly drive down to the canal and catch some pictures of the bridge.  I really do need to branch out on my daily photos and I was realizing today as I drove around how pretty the water is all frozen--especially in the sun.  It sparkles like diamonds in the sun.  When it's overcast, as it usually is, I think it just fades into the rest of the black & white scenery, but wow, when the sky is blue and the sun is shining, it's just gorgeous.

When we got there, Sophia wanted to take some pictures, too.  So I gave her my phone and she took her job of photographing the bridge very, very seriously.
IntentSophia the photographer
And look what a great job she did!  She even managed to capture the blue sky much better than I did. (P.S. I did not edit her photo one bit.)

Then I took a picture of her (poor little thing fell on her face last night and scraped it up),
Pretty Sophia
and she took a picture of me (I did not fall on my face, but she did catch me at a rather dorky-looking moment).
Sophia's Mommy
And then we went back home to meet the girls on the bus.

All recharged, and minds at ease.

And then, probably because I had the audacity to wash my car, it began to snow tonight.  I guess we are going to get several more inches this weekend.  Harumph. (At least I'm recharged.)
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I love the pictures! I'm a little jealous. We never have winters that are as serious as yours way up where you are, but we do generally have, you know, winter. Where it's cold enough to wear a coat... here lately though? My ten year old has been going to school in shorts, and a cotton hoodie. Where is my cold weather?! We haven't had one single snow, not one miserably cold cold front... I'm almost so annoyed that I'm ready to hang up my hope for winter and move on to Spring. Though maybe I feel that way because I'll have this baby in the spring... and that will be really nice.

  2. Mmmm... somtimes I miss snow. Sometimes.

  3. I don't know where you live but that is a heck of a lot of snow!!!
    It is beautiful and the bridge pictures are fabulous!!!

    I also love that you posted the picture your daughter took of you - Love it!

  4. That picture of Sophia with her violin to super cute! I love the smaller violins:)

    And both bridge pictures are beautiful!

  5. We're still acclimated to New England. We go around in jackets for months while everyone else in WA is bundled up.

    I need to go out in the sun some more before I lose my mind completely.

  6. That bridge is awesome! I loved all the photos but that one in particular is an eye catcher. I'm so glad you feel recharged. I too must have sun and really felt depleted when I lived in the North. Now that I live in Texas I haven't had that problem so far this year.

  7. Cool pics! (yeah, I'm not too thrilled with the Cadbury eggs either. For me it signals that it's going to get hot soon) You're brave to let the kids take pics of you. So far none of those that I have had made it to a "permanent" folder. haha

  8. The pics are great. And I really could have gone without knowing that Cadbury eggs are out. crap

  9. I am going to steal your phrase that you are "solar powered." Me too!

  10. I am also solar-powered (love how you stated that)! Luckily, we've got a new greenhouse at work so I shall go there and soak up the green and sun and that ought to keep me going.

    Gorgeous photos! That 'canal' would be a huge river here! LOL! You live in a very beautiful, albeit freezing, place!

  11. Wow! those photos are amazing! Looks like Sophia has inherited your photography skills. Beautiful.

  12. I love winter sunshine! And running around in shirt sleeves when it's 30 degrees. Last year I went back to visit MN in January, and it was 15 below; when I got back here, 40 degrees felt like summer. Except everyone in WA was wearing parkas, and looking at me, in my hoodie, like I'd gone completely nuts.

  13. You are such a beautiful writer.

    Also. I had NO idea Cadburry eggs were out, already! Wow. I'm going to have to make an emergency WalMart run.