Monday, November 15, 2010

God's Handiwork

by Anita Mae Draper

I don't know about the rest of the world, but here on the prairies when the farmers get together every morning at coffee row, the topic on everyone's mind is ... the weather. So please, bear with me as I do what comes naturally and tell you about my world.

Just a couple weeks ago, we had our first snowfall. It slowly disappeared, but even as the white stuff refused to melt in the shady spots, a gorgeous Indian summer rolled across the prairie. It enabled the guys to finish cleaning the yard and clear all the summer chairs off the front stoop. They even put up a couple strings of blue Christmas lights.

Thurs Nov 11, 2010

Thursday, Nov 11th was a the national holiday of Remembrance Day here in Canada. The bright sun showed off the beauty of an iced world. Thank the Lord I didn't have to drive anywhere that morning.

Around 7:30 Friday morning I was enjoying my morning coffee and happened to look out the kitchen window. Streaks of pink shot across the blue sky! I grabbed my camera, slipped my bare feet into Nelson's shoes and grabbed a coat. The thermometer said 0C/32F and I was depending on my fleece pajama pants to keep me warm. Here's the pic I took that morning...

Friday Nov 12, 2010

A cold, gray Saturday greeted me.  I poured another coffee and went back to my computer. About an hour later I looked out the kitchen window to see a white covering on the trees and fog everywhere else. Again, I grabbed my camera. This time, I added a touque and magic gloves since the temp was -9C/16F.

Saturday Nov 13, 2010

Frosted Trees

On Sunday morning, I didn't look outside until 9:30 when I went out to warm the van up. Oh! God had iced the trees a sparkling white. I ran back in for my camera and took these shots...

Sunday Nov 14, 2010

Frosted Auto Antenna in foreground

Frosted Blue Christmas Lights on Gutter

A Partridge in a Pine Tree

It seems no matter when I go outside, I'm met with some form of God's handiwork on display. It reminds me of Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Except when I think of that verse, my mind changes the words to 'The earth declares the handiwork of God and I proclaim the work of His hands.'

What was the weather when you first looked out your window today? Which window did you look out?

Photos by Anita Mae Draper, Montmartre, Saskatchewan, Canada


  1. Still waiting for the sun to rise but it's beautiful and stops me in my tracks every morning. As a matter of fact I posted a photo on FB Sat. morning.The beauty of nature never gets old.

    We've had some beautiful mornings recently with both a heavy frost and fog. When the sun cuts through at dawn, it's spectacular.

    Great photos Anita!

  2. Those are great pictures. We've had fog, but other than that, the weather has been warm this week.

  3. Anita!! Those photographs are too beautiful for words...Psalm 19 always blesses me!
    Thank you for starting my day out with inspiration galore!

    Okay, so I'm looking to buy a camera.... any suggestions Anita?? Anyone???

    Oh, it's cloudy with a chance of...

  4. A sunny fifty degrees when I woke up this morning. Usually the first window I stop and intentionally look out is my front window to the bus stop.

    Anita, your world is beautiful, but it makes me shiver just seeing it.

  5. Thanks Deb. I remember seeing your sunrise photo on FB. I clicked the Like button, too.

    Either then or on other comments I remember you saying it's dark at an hour much later than me. I suppose that's because we don't do Daylight Savings Time because if we did, it'd be dark, too. So until April, I'm on CST.

    Anita Mae.

  6. Hey Adge. Once when I was once standing on the Lake Superior chore, I noticed the lake slowly disappearing due to a wall of fog. It was the first time I actually saw it advance. It only took 10-15 mins - if that - and the world disappeared. Very ominous.

    Thanks, Adge. :)

    Anita Mae.

  7. Hey Cheryl - watch out for used cameras these days!

    I only say that because I recently found out the little SD cards which I use in my camera aren't being made any longer. Yikes! They're now making the SDHC cards. And while the HC stands for High Capacity ? or something, the small Panasonic Lumix digital which I use won't recognize the SDHC cards. Ugh! I can't even buy them at Walmart which leaves only a few select places which are more expensive to feed my photo-manic habit.

    Thank you for the kind words.

    Anita Mae.

  8. Thank you Dina. It makes me shiver, too. I'm not looking forward to the days my coat makes crackling sounds and a splash of water bursts into icy smithereens before it hits the ground.

    But as long as those days come after Christmas, I can live with them.

    Fifty, eh? Sounds great. Trust me, every time you mention you're going to the beach though, I think hot weather and bathing suits and not just a walk along the shore. LOL

    Anita Mae.

  9. Great pictures as always Anita. You're like my hubby, quickly grabbing the camera to take pictures. A falcon landed on our fence the other day, but when hubby went to get the camera, the battery was drained so we didn't get the picture *sigh*. We both love to pause and enjoy what God has created in nature. Probably stems from our love of scuba diving.

    Your pictures have me pining for a Colorado Christmas. Believe it or not, I miss having "real" snow. Not the wet, wet, slushy stuff Virginia Beach gets every few years or so.

  10. I did go for a walk on the beach this weekend, Anita. But I was wearing jeans, boots, and a wool jacket. I did see some little girls up to their knees in the water and wearing bathing suits. It takes a while for the giant body of water to cool down. This time of year the city actually transforms Virginia Beach into a five mile Christmas lights extravaganza. You drive on the "boardwalk", which is made of concrete, not wood.

  11. God is always giving us something amazing to look at. My pictures look much like yours. I live in Minnesota. I love how the fresh snow beckons my kids to find their winter wear and play outside!

  12. Gorgeous pics, Anita. How lovely! I imagined myself walking down your road, filling my lungs with painfully frigid air and listening to the snow crunching under my boots! But loving it!

    I look out the back windows when I get up but it's usually too dark to see much. The sky's an unimpressive gray-blue today...but it's not that cold.

    Thanks, Anita!

  13. Hey Deb, I used to use the rechargeable batteries but they drained so fast and were never ready when I needed them. So now I use the regular AA's. I have to hide them though or my kids will find them. Seems everything uses them these days.

    I would have loved to have seen your falcon photo. Maybe next time, eh?

    Yeah, I believe Colorado has snow now too, eh Niki?

    Hubby just advised there's a blizzard warning out towards Alberta and it's heading our way tonight/tomorrow. Lovely.

    Thanks for sharing, Deb. :)

    Anita Mae.

  14. Dina, you're wearing a wool jacket and the little girls are in bathing suits? What's wrong with that picture? LOL

    Your boardwalks sounds wonderful. Well, except for the name. In my historical, I'm calling the raised wooden sidewalks in the western towns 'boardwalks' and I had someone point out months ago that boardwalks are only on the east coast. I dunno... a walkway made of boards can't be called a boardwalk? Sheesh.

    Anita Mae.

  15. Yes Mary, I'd assume Minnesota is pretty much the same as here. Plus you have the humidity from the lakes which would give everything a more dazzling effect.

    As for the kids playing in the snow... by the time mine finish chores, all they want to do is sit in front of the TV or computer and drink hot chocolate. They don't bother making snow forts, etc until there are several feet of snow on the ground. And it sounds like we'll get that this year, too. *sigh*

    Thanks for dropping in.

    Anita Mae.

  16. You're welcome Susie. When it really gets frigid and you breathe in the air, it makes you cough. Then you tear up and your tears freeze to your cheeks. But hopefully, not for a couple months.

    The other thing is that if you look in the pics... you see the trees and then the open prairie beyond that... well, once you pass those trees, that prairie wind practically takes your breath away. It's the main reason I don't walk out of the yard much.

    If it's light when I awake, I open my curtains and look out my bedroom window at these huge pine trees. That partridge is sitting on top of one of them. The trees are only about 25 ft from the window and several times I've surprised deer when I pulled on that string and the blinds zipped up. I really like that view from my room even though it faces north.

    Thanks for the compliment, Susie.

    Anita Mae.

  17. Oh Anita, I should have read this yesterday... but I was having a full-fledged panic meltdown over the snow outside!
    We got about 4-6 inches and I was supposed to be driving my son to the hospital 2 hours away and I need tires and brakes. Hubby found me sobbing through my exercise routine, shook his head, and said, I'll take him. Thank heaven.
    Snow IS beautiful. As long as I don't have to go outside. : )I'd much rather look at your lovely pictures while sipping a pineapple something on the beach.

  18. Oh Niki, I know the feeling. I don't mind driving on our gravel roads in the winter when they're frozen and hard-packed because if I need a grip, I just move a couple feet over. But I hate driving to the city on the pavement because of the black ice threat. The final 10K/6Miles is so bad at times. That's where my hwy joins the double lane TransCanada hwy and there's usually a car or truck in the ditch along that stretch.

    If the temp is close to the freezing point, there's always the threat of freezing rain. And sometimes it's nice when I leave home, but the weather changes while I'm in the city. Ugh.

    In the summer, I don't like driving when it rains because fish-tailing down the gravel road isn't something that inspires me.

    At least once, Nels has come home to find me in tears because I had to drive Jessie to her music lessons in the city and I just didn't want to do it. I don't like using tears to coerce him into anything, but sometimes I just can't help it. Nice to know I'm not alone in the driving and weather bit. :D

    Anita Mae.


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