We don’t get a heavy snowstorm here in the North Carolina piedmont very often, so when we do it is a big occasion. It began snowing heavily on Wednesday and continued snowing through Thursday afternoon halting traffic and causing everything to close down except gas stations and a few neighborhood stores. On Thursday morning there had to be at least six inches of snow on the ground. We went out with our girls to play in it because we had the streets to ourselves! We walked through the snow that had been hardened by a top layer of ice. We even saw cars that got stuck on our downtown streets and needed a little manpower to get them going again.
And then, puff, just like that, the snow was gone! By Friday the temperatures climbed into the low 60s and the snow quickly melted and turned into sludge. Now there are only a few patches of snow in front lawns and piled high in parking lots where the snow had been plowed. Even though the snow didn’t last long, it was a nice change of pace. Last winter was quite warm and if my memory serves correctly we had just a tiny bit of snow. Looking out of the window and seeing snow everywhere helps you remember that, yes, North Carolina still has a true winter even if we only experience it every other year or so.
I have an obsession with tunnels! The sheer level of engineering it takes to run a four lane tunnel underneath a body of water or through a mountain easily fascinates me. So when we’re approaching a tunnel during a road trip I always fumble feverishly for my camera or phone and watch the magic happen.
Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Virginia. Runs on 1-64. Opened 1958.
Lincoln Tunnel. New York. Runs on 1-495. Opened 1937.
Wild Acres Tunnel. Blue Ridge Parkway. North Carolina. Opened 1974.
Baltimore Harbor Tunnel. Maryland. Runs on 1-895. Opened 1957.
These aren’t even the only photos I have of tunnels. These are just the ones I could find this morning. Can you tell I am a huge admirer of tunnels?
Don’t even get me started on suspension bridges!
Delaware Memorial Bridge – 8 lanes on 1-295. Opened 1951.
I love where I live. It’s not Manhattan or downtown Chicago, but it’s my little slice of the hustle and bustle in North Carolina.
I don’t need much to make me happy. A short morning walk to my favorite, local coffee shop is a great way for me to set my day. This morning I walked around the corner to get a latte and took photos along the way. If there is one thing I love, it’s a beautiful summer North Carolina day.
Wolfies – my favorite local ice cream shop – with a few words of wisdom.
It’s the subtle things I love noticing.
While it was only morning and not yet opened, Hutch and Harris’ patio was bustling by lunch.
Picking my lid.
Don’t you love a coffee shop that’s also a wine shop/bar. Love!
I hope you have a great Friday! By the way, I was interviewed about Social Good Moms today on Jennifer Barbour’s Philanthropy Friday series. I love it. Do give it a read.
Yesterday I had a really inspiring morning with a great friend. Not only did we have really wonderful coffee and conversation, we also cooked up a few things that will be fun in 2013.
One thing I love is really delicious coffee at my favorite local coffee shop. Something about yesterday just kicked my day off well.
Today hasn’t been too shabby either. I will be speaking at Britmums Live in London this year and can’t wait to be back in one of my favorite cities in the world. This year will mark three straight years I’ve visited London Town and I can’t wait to get back.
Yesterday was one of the most beautiful days I’ve seen in quite some time. We usually have pretty temperate weather here, even in the winter, but there’s something about how beautiful the sky is when spring is nigh.
Taking advantage of the beautiful blue skies and warm weather my daughters and I decided to go for a run and then we stopped by Starbucks for a quick treat. I hadn’t had any coffee for about two weeks and nearly inhaled my Venti Pike.
But before we went to Starbucks we were thrilled to see one of the earliest signs of spring – daffodils. It was the perfect present on a gorgeous February day.
Today on my walk to get coffee I decided to take a few photos of what caught my eye along the way.
Berries and sunshine
Have a great Friday. Take a moment to observe more of what is around you this weekend. You may be surprised and be peaced out like I was this morning.