Beauty or Beast

Thanksgiving eve the first Nor’easter of the season arrived and packed a wallop.


Although fresh snow is always beautiful, it was wet and heavy and did a lot of damage.



There were almost a quarter of a million New Hampshire households without power for up to five days resulting in it being the fourth largest storm damage in state history.

On Sunday, we put in a couple of hours of hard work and went through several saws, but the downed branches have been chopped up and hauled off.

We were one of the lucky ones because our power stayed on, we were warm, and we enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving meal with family. It’s always handy to have a daughter and son-in-law who have exceptional skills in the kitchen.

Thanksgiving weekend for me always means putting up Christmas decorations. My decorations are like my gardens – cottage variety. I have ornaments from my grandparents, mother, aunt, mother-in-law, daughter, and ones from trips we have taken. Each one has a memory when I unwrap and hang them. The Santa tree topper was a gift from my grandfather when I was about five years old. He’s seen better days, but it wouldn’t be our tree without him.

My grandson helped me move things down from the attic, unpack, and he even gifted me with a village arrangement where Snoopy could drive his sleigh and Frosty could sell his carrots. My daughter always had a special spot in her heart for Snoopy and the grands love him too.


Here’s hoping your holiday weather was more temperate and you had a lovely Thanksgiving. As we approach the countdown to Christmas, good luck shopping for those special gifts because there’s only 24 days left, but who’s counting.  🙂


Photo  color note: I took some of the snow photos a little after 6 a.m. while others were taken mid morning when the sun was rising. The difference in time certainly affected the color.


About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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8 Responses to Beauty or Beast

  1. Donna says:

    BEAUTIFUL pictures as usual!!


  2. Joyce says:

    I like seeing your interior decor and admiring your tree. The topper from your grandfather is such a treasure! We use an angel that our youngest daughter made in grade school. I just love that lopsided smile and the wings covered in cotton balls!
    I’m happy that you escaped the worst part of the storm – an electrical outage – and could enjoy a cozy Thanksgiving!


  3. Grandma Kc says:

    That was some heavy snow you got! I am so glad you were safe and warm. Your decorations do look so very pretty – what a nice way to spend the day. Much better than being outdoors!


  4. Paige says:

    Beautiful photos … your yard looked very similar to mine. I like your title, too! Glad you didn’t lose power like much of the rest of the state!


  5. Ogee says:

    Glad you were spared the worst. We’ll take any storms you would like to dispense with! Beautiful decorations…getting in the spirit!


  6. That tree is gorgeous and so is the snow, since it was there and not here, haha.

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  8. reocochran says:

    I loved the snow photos and the pretty Christmas decorations! Before presents arrive from Santa, I used to put under a medium sized tree, wooden blocks, a wooden creche puzzle and wooden Santa’s. I loved your collection under your tree, Judy. ⛄🎄

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