Share Your World – 2014 Week 51

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why? 

I never prefer snowy winters. Not any more. When I was a kid, snow meant not having to go to school and instead, playing in the snow. These days, it means being trapped in the driveway by sheets of ice. Treacherous, slippery roads and walkways. Dogs coming in and out dragging half a snowdrift with them. Puddles on the floor, followed by mud everywhere.


Snow is for the young. That’s why no one retires to Minnesota.

On the other hand, snow is beautiful. As a photographer, I admire it. The shine on new-fallen snow is stunning. Waking to a world covered in a thick layer of white, unbroken by plows, cars, even feet.


Out comes the camera … but also out come the boots, the scarves, the hats, gloves, sweaters. I would like one nice snow every year … followed immediately by spring.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

I know I saw my umbrella just the other day, but I’ve already forgotten where it was. We don’t really use umbrellas around here.


Too much wind to use umbrellas, so we wear hats and other rain gear.

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?


What is set as the background on your computer?

Which computer? This one has the Alienware backdrop. I have wolves in the bedroom and Northern Lights in the office. At least that’s what I have today. Tomorrow may be different.

Categories: Personal, Pets, Photography, Seasons, Weather, Winter

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22 replies

  1. Who wouldn’t want to have wolves in the bedroom and northern lights in the office? 🙂


  2. Umbrellas are more trouble than they are worth sometimes.

    I love the snowfall pictures, even if it is a pain to deal with beyond that.


  3. I used umbrellas in the South, but they’re useless here in the Pacific Northwest not because of the wind, but because the rain is usually a drizzly affair and umbrellas are better for hard rain. Here, rain gear is better.

    I like snow though. And I love your pictures. I envy your talent.


    • Thank you. For me, umbrellas — even if they might be useful — getting in and out of a car with an umbrella is such a pain in the butt, it’s not worth the effort. And you have to give up an entire hand to holding it … totally useless if I’m taking pictures or have a dog on a lead. Now if I hand another hand or two …


  4. We weren’t exactly the same with the answers. It is fun to photograph fresh snowfall. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.


    • Different climates … but marked similarities, given the gap between your weather and ours. I’d take your weather over ours in a heartbeat … but alas, it’s not an option. I found my umbrella, again. The one I don’t use. It’s in the kitchen by the dog food canisters. It’s been there for years, unused … but now, because of you, if I have an umbrella emergency, I will know where to go 🙂


  5. We get snowy Winters whether we want them or not, a regular disease in Switzerland of course couples with a few layers of ice, and not the sort you can eat, but Mr. Swiss being Swiss he has it in the veins and me being England, does not. My Swiss chauffeur to the rescue.


    • Garry has been living here in our heart of ice and snow since 1970, but he has never learned to love it. He comes from New York, which is only nominally less snowy, so his excuse is entirely personal. He just doesn’t like cold, ice, and snow. No matter where it is, he would prefer being somewhere else. That being said, he drives pretty well in it because he has had a LOT of practice! And now that we live in the country, we do a lot of driving because all our doctors are an hour away and the hospitals are even further. I remind myself that at least we HAVE great hospitals and doctors, even if they aren’t conveniently around the corner. Other than the grocery store, nothing is conveniently around the corner from us.

      No Daily Prompt at all today. They have run out of excuses and decided that nothing is the perfect prompt!


  6. My new car has slots on either side of the front seats to hold small umbrellas. I keep an umbrella in the slot next to the driver’s seat, but I never actually use it. Usually it’s too windy and I’m carrying too many files or bags to have an hand free to use the umbrella.

    As for snow – I’m with you all the way. it is, indeed, beautiful – so long as you don’t have to actually go out in it.


  7. love your snowy photos- but feel the same way you do about the snow


  8. I’m not an umbrella person either. They keep blowing inside out and whacking people in the eye. I can’t control umbrellas.


    • Only Mary Poppins seemed to have a real grip on hers. But that one was magic. Mind are just awkward and impossible to close while getting into a car. The best thing to do with an umbrella is have someone else hold it for you!


  9. Gorgeous snow picture! I like your idea of one nice snow each year followed immediately by spring.

    I have a blue-and-white Chinese porcelain umbrella stand by the front door, but, even though I live just outside Seattle, I seldom use an umbrella. Our rain is usually light. A jacket with a hood is all we need.


    • I got used to never using umbrellas when we lived in Boston. It was a wind tunnel. I own half a dozen umbrellas, but I can’t remember the last time I used one. Even when it’s raining hard, a hat and a rain jacket will do the job. Umbrellas need a hand and they are awkward and clumsy, so even if I could use one I probably wouldn’t.

      So far, no snow this year. It IS beautiful … but I’d be just as happy without it, thanks!

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