Tuesday, February 1, 2011


We have a saying in New Mexico, "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute."

We get a taste of all the seasons here. Just enough to make you stop and pay attention.

Where would we be if we couldn't cozy down and gaze into a fire a few times in the year?

But the snow reminds me of lines from James Joyce:

Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.

from The Dubliners, The Dead.

I met my husband in a class on James Joyce, and not so long after, we traveled together to Dublin. We walked the streets from his novel, Ulysses, on June 16th, and visited sites from scenes that all took place on that single date in 1904. One single day over its eight hundred pages.

I had never walked through the pages of a novel before. And it made a deep impression as we gazed upon the treeless hills, and churchyard crosses.

We had what we learned was a highly unusual series of sunny days. And we had rain. I heard a movie line once that "when you're in love, rain is just another kind of good weather."

So many days have passed since then. Many days of hundreds of pages.

A few of tragedy, like in a story. And many of beauty.

And if I don't like any in particular, I just wait . . . .

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Ciao! for now!



FourSistersInACottage said...

Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Vintage Gal said...

Beautiful post ~ beautiful pictures ;-)

Kay said...

Very beautiful! My brother says you're in for below zero weather!! Stay warm and cozy with your love!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Seems like most of the country is seeing some snow this year. I think that's neat! Enjoy your cozy fire.

Vicki said...

What a lovely story about you and your husband. Keep thinking warm thoughts!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Beautiful, beautiful...such lovely pictures. I admire anyone that can make it all the way through one of Joyce's novels...I have tried several times and always failed. Maybe I should try again. It is kind of like Proust...I have a bit of trouble with him too.(-:

High Street Cottage said...

Jaqueline, I love the photo of your bird bath filled with snow. Not happy for the birds, but it's just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous Jacqueline!!!

Custom Comforts said...

Very pretty. Makes one think about the pages of our lives. Thank you for your deep and though provoking post today. I wonder what page today is in my life.

Anonymous said...

Such beautiful pictures!!What a wonderful comment you left me!!If you did the same on one of your projects i would think that would be such a compliment!! Thanks again.


Olga said...

Beautiful and inspiring post. Thank you, Jacqueline.

Bella said...

Hi J,
Ha, you with snow and me with sunshine... there is a swap :-)))
Faling in love in Ireland, what a lovely love story that is to tell. Seriously your words are so beautiful. I hope you are working on your own novel?
stay warm and enjoy the fire:-)

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