Sunday, December 27, 2015

Weathering The Big Holiday Storm In New Mexico

We are taking the advice of this sign in our neighborhood, and taking it slow and easy. Not much snow, but icy and below freezing. People are staying off of the roads. We are not equipped for a rogue storm like this in Albuquerque, but I have learned that a lot of folks think we have only warm weather year 'round here. We have all four seasons, but without much moisture, so snow is always a treat!

Our snowmen might take on a different appearance too! Here is a prizewinner by one of the Dads. About two feet tall and complete with an acorn cap, pyracantha berries for eyes, and a handlebar mustache!

Everything seems more fanciful in the snow. I never noticed how much my next door neighbor's house looks just like a gingerbread house at Christmas!

It's the frosting that completes the scene I think.

But the ornaments and the strung chili pepper pods (ristras) look for all the world like colorful candy against the gingerbread hued adobe walls. So cheery!

A late afternoon walk to the park supplies a pleasing twiggy centerpiece for the table.

All in all a rather pleasant way to weather the storm. We had different family cancel travel plans both before and after Christmas partially due to road conditions (sad face here). So we are making the best of it. Others have had so much more serious to deal with than we have. Blessings to those suffering hardship this holiday.

I never think of Christmas being over on December 25th. It goes on all week long in my mind as it did when I was a kid. So Happy Holidays again to you! I'm going to keep stretching it out slowly and enjoying every last crumb until the New Year!

Merry Christmas!
 And a Happy New Year!



  1. So beautiful and yes !!! , your neighbor's home DOES look like a frosted gingerbread house.

    A snowman with an acorn hat, your candle , branch, and leaves vignette... so lovely. And snow, you have snow! ( I'm jealous)

  2. What an adorable snowman! You vignettes with the acorns and branches on the white cloth is elegant. I'm sorry your family had to cancel their travel plans. We had a balmy Christmas Day, but the cold weather arrived today along with a hail storm earlier in the evening. Strange weather this year!
    Enjoy the week ahead. I'm still savoring the twinkle lights of our tree.

  3. This is what I have been waiting for here with you ...the SNOW !! And the snowman is a must right?
    The tablescape is very earthy and feels like winter is suppose to feel. Jacqueline you are so right about the neighbors home feeling or looking like a gingerbread house, and indeed I see that as well.
    The door is so bright and cheery, the trees that flank either side trimmed in colorful holiday ornaments add to the gingerbread feel.

    Sorry to hear plans for the holidays had taken such a turn, knowing you here it was still a wonderful Christmas.
    Yes it's not really over with until the new year for us as well :)

    See you soon dear,
    Happy snow days


  4. I only know 2 sorts of American oaks - red and scarlet. But I don't think the acorns are quite like that? Can you help me out?
    It's always such fun to get snow when you don't usually. Fabulous snowman!

  5. We've had snow in Colorado as well and I know we are the envy of everyone back east. I am so jealous of your oaks and acorns! Your natural twiggy decor is delightful.

  6. Gave this a shout out on my FB page... lovely! Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. That's exciting that you had snow over Christmas. And yes, your neighbours house does look like a gingerbread house. How cute! We had a mild green Christmas here but a big snowfall yesterday made up for it. And we have more coming tomorrow from the same system that hit Texas (and you). My heart goes out to all those affected by the tornadoes in Texas. So devastating! Have a wonderful week and blessed new year, Jacqueline.

  8. So beautiful. There was a little snow on the ground this morning. Thankfully, we were spared the tornadoes but we could see the clouds just to the east of us. Terrible.

  9. Hello Jacqueline. I've been away from blogging lately, so I had to come over and catch up on all of your holiday posts. Of course it was such a treat for me to see your lovely home dressed for the season. The table posting from past Christmas' made my heart sing. So many beautiful settings, with linens, and candle light.
    I trust your Christmas was Merry. Wishing you a Happy New Year, with warm holiday hugs.

  10. Just saw the weather with your unusual storm. We haven't received a bit of snow, just cold. Stay warm and safe, plus enjoy the slower pace. Sally

  11. We spent Christmas 2010 in Santa Fe hoping to ski. We had one less than mediocre day, but we loved Christmas Eve on Canyon Road. On the 27th we were planning to drive as far as Winslow, Arizona, but Steve woke me to say that a storm was coming and we needed to get going. We drove all the way back home that day with the storm chasing us. Had we stopped in Winslow, we would have been snowed in for a few days. I was that New Mexico got that much snow.

  12. I love the snow photos and the snowman's eyes are fabulous! We're due for an ice storm this afternoon, so they say. From warmish to icy in days! I hope they'll be wrong -- I'd rather enjoy your snow! Delightful!

  13. Hi Jacqueline,
    We are having about the same kind of weather. Lots of freezing rain and snow today. Stay home and safe.
    Good day for hot cocoa and a good book.

  14. So cozy...I LOVE your centerpiece! We have had very little snow here, a dusting on the grass for Christmas...but today we are supposed to get big snow. Hunkering in...
    Happy New Year, Jacqueline!

  15. Jacqueline,
    Adorable SNOWman, dear friend!!!
    I'd love to see SNOW, but here on the Prairie we're under 1/4" to 1/2" ICE!!!
    "Mr. Ed" and I are staying "put"!!!
    Your nature inspired centerpiece is lovely!!!
    I have to agree with you.
    As a child Christmas went from Christmas Eve to New Years Day!!!
    May all your hopes for 2016 come true!!!
    Happy New Year!!!

  16. I love your neighbors sign and that adorable snowman. Your photos are beautiful as always Jacqueline.

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas. Wishing you a happy and blessed new year.


  17. Jacqueline, looks like a magical Christmas around your home. The acorn twigs and candles on the table look so festive and pretty. I hate to let go of Christmas. I was noticing just tonight that our tree still fills the air with its beautiful pine scent..Happy New Year..Judy

  18. I wish you a very wonderful, love-filled, hopeful new year!!!

  19. Love your neighbors house....I made two entire clay/gingerbread Hispanic Villages for a customer. She brought me loads of small terra cotta pots, figures and miniatures to embellish my clay houses with. This architecture is so reminiscent of what I did.

    Really a lovely post, love your winter branches and the small snowman---we had ice/snow here in Chicago with horrid winds yesterday. Welcome Winter, lol. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Sandi

  20. Snow does make everything beautiful. Your neighbors house is so festive. Enjoy the holidays and continue the celebration. Sending love.

  21. Your Southwestern Snowman is very handsome indeed!!! Loved how the snow put the icing on the gingerbread...those long chain of peppers are so cool. Thanks for sharing your "snow Storm"...Happy Holidays to you. Best ~ Mickie

  22. The S L O W sign is wonderful. Your Winter home is so peaceful. The snow covering the bare branches outside and the white candle glow inside. So peacefully beautiful.

    Happy New Year dear Jacqueline

  23. Love your odd snowman!! And the notice warning for cats, dogs and kids...yes!!!Happy New Years!!


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