Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Experiences

If you follow me on Facebook, you have already heard me tell about the warm welcome we have gotten here in Connecticut...in fact, just this morning some snowfall record was broken in our honor.

Needless to say, it's been a little chilly around here. This week, I experienced negative temperatures for the first time ever in my life. Chalk today up as another new experience day too because I drove in the snow and mess for the first time ever.

For the last couple of weeks it seems any plans penciled into our calendar have been canceled due to the snow. Last week, Alex was supposed to begin a drama class with a local theater group. But the opening class? Closed because of last week's blizzard. In spite of the snow this morning, however, the class was scheduled to go on.

I knew I couldn't hole up in the house again and have her miss her first class just because I'm a little scared to drive in these conditions. On the other hand, as I willed the mini-van to make a left turn smoothly and quickly enough to miss oncoming traffic, I wondered aloud if risking the children's and my life was worth a drama class.

We made it without incident, albeit a bit tardy, but even her teacher was not yet there when we arrived. All total, our 25 minute commute there took us about 50 minutes. And then I had to turn around and take the same route back home. Another 40-50 minutes. Which didn't leave a whole lot of time for school for the boys and Audrey, but we squeezed it in.

And during that time, the snow stopped, the sun came out, and the salt started melting the snow off the streets. I'll say one thing for these Connecticutans Connecticutians Connecticutters people who live in Connecticut: they know how to clear a road fast. I allowed for 45 minutes for the trip back to the theater to pick Alex up.

It took 25 minutes.

So we waited in the car. The kids enjoyed a few moments to play their video games, and I enjoyed a few moments with my camera:

1-26 steeple


1-26 door


1-26 church


Have I mentioned that I don't grow tired of New England architecture?

Sweet Shot Day

13 comments:

Evelyn S. said...

I love photographing architecture, but I need to expand beyond my little old rural town. ;-) You have some beautiful photos....your wedding rings and the Scripture from Ruth...beautiful! Your New England barn is also so impressive. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Jessaca said...

I love the door photo to the church!!!

Teacher Mommy said...

Gorgeous! And well done, driving in the snow. It's not for the faint of heart (because then you hesitate too much or hit the brakes too hard or overcorrect and then, my dear, you are doooooooooomed).

Lorraine said...

I laughed when I read your post, these crazy Ct drivers are in need of safety lessons so be careful blending in with them, lol. We have more accidents in one snowstorm then the state of Maine has in a whole winter! Hang onto your hat honey, we've got another big storm coming tomorrow into Thur. Not wanting to burn anymore PTO time on staying home in a snowstorm, I went to work this morning. My 40 commute turned into 90 minutes of craziness.
The pictures are gorgeous and no blue snow! great job Kathleen.

The Hill Hang-Out said...

Wow! These are fantastic! I love the turquiose doors on the church.

tsinclair said...

I have to admit, it (appears) to be beautiful up there. The fall pictures were wonderful and these snow ones are too.
Maybe that makes up a little for the cold...

SLucy said...

Beautiful, I love great architecture!

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

Beautiful photos! Hang in there...you will eventually thaw out!! In the meantime, the snow makes for some gorgeous scenic shots. :)

Glad you were able to get out. Yay!

@ByHandGiveaways said...

These are beautiful pictures and I agree that the structures are great! While I wouldn't want to be stuck stuck in snow I do wish I was somewhere where saying "snow" meant more than "dreaming of snow" because there is never any snow here and I'd have to go hours just to reach any.

love and life ♥ said...

These are gorgeous photos! Love the one with the church doors, the colors are amazing! Be safe driving! I know how it is, where I live, we have this kind of weather pretty much all winter long. Have a great rest of your week! xx

julie said...

Absolutely LOVE all three shots...just gorgeous! The church doors are so beautiful! Glad you were able to make it out to capture some of that beauty :)

SouthernSass said...

Beautiful shots! I cannot imagine being in that kind of weather. I suppose we all adapt and before long you won't even mind it!

Graceful said...

Oh your beautiful photographs of that church bring me home. I'm originally from Massachusetts (lived in CT a while, too), now a transplant to Nebraska. We have snow here...but nothing like in New England!

Thanks for your beautiful shots...and welcome to Connecticut, from a former New Englander (that church looks familiar, I swear!)