My Winter Memories Thank you for this Challenge Jackie Lynnley

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?

— JB Priestly

Thank you, Jackie


Jackie Lynnley inspired this submission.


Participating in this challenge took me on a walk back in time that I so reveled in as each new memory came to mind.

The sled that I would drag up and down hills was wooden and metal.. And so many of hours of fun it brought my friends and me.

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A Young Girl Trekked Up a Hill Through Knee Deep Snow

The complete silence and stillness that I felt when I would venture out after the snow settled onto the land remains with me even now.

It has been many years since I was the young girl trekking up the hill with my sled in tow. But the feel of those days linger with me. They surely must have been some of my most innocent moments.

My memories of winters past are shared with you as a montage, a collage, a peek at moments in time that remain stunningly vivid.


Snow Meant a Day off From School

Winter in Virginia was a most delicious time of the year when I was a young girl.

Each winter there would be snow enough to keep us home from school for the day. Usually several times as many of us lived an hour from the high school

Sometimes we would be bused to school, stay for half a day and then be bused home before the snow really clogged highways and darkness fell early as it did on those snowy days.

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Snow "Fights" and Fabulous Snowpeople

As we raced off the bus and into our homes, laughing and shouting that we were going to play in the snow echoed throughout. Layer upoon layer of clothing: long johns, two pair of socks, wooly pants, three layers of flannel shirts, a heavy winter coat buttoned to the top, a knit hat, woolen mittens, and galoshes turned our bodies into abmoniable snowman like creatures.

It was a wonder we could move around outside with all of those clothes on but we were unstoppable...nothing would slow us down!!!

One of the first things we did was make piles of snowballs and have 'war.' Most of the snowballs missed their mark but there was more than enough laughter to go around.

We had contests to see who could build the biggest snowman---yes, they were snowmen, no snowladies at this time.

They would stand tall and proud sometimes for as long as a week until the sun came out and warmed up things leaving only a puddle where our once majestic creations had stood.only days before. We were undaunted however as there


The Snow Piled up in 2011 in Arkansas : Coincidentally I Did Experience Heavy Snow IN Arkansas Many Years Before This Event

Sledding, Playing, Laughing, and Frozen Body Parts


We rode down hills on sleds and would trudge back up breathless but ready to go again often with a best friend behind us.

One of our greatest delights was the times when the creek in front of my house froze. An adult would always go out and inspect it for us---up and down the creek--to make certain it was okay for us to go on it.

It was such fun. Skating, running, chasing, falling, and getting up to do it all again.

Some neighbors even brought go carts out onto the ice. What a riot that was to see the go carts spinning out of control when the brakes were hit. Our guardian Angels must have been on the ice with us because no one ever went for an unplanned dip in the creek in the icy water lurking all around us in all of the years that we used the ice as our ice skating rink and go cart course.

Our Geese Missed the Abundant Grass in Winter

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Time to Thaw Out

After a while when we were tired, we would head up to the bank of the creek and perch for a bit. It would not be too long before the geese would come along and go skidding across the ice. They were not happy when they found their sloshy water was now rock hard.

They would waddle up onto the bank and nibble on the grains we provided. They came back day after day looking for a hand out.

After many hours of chasing, creating, running, laughing, and being hypnotized by the snow, we would split up and head off in different directions.

Usually one or two kids came into my house with me to get warm and have my Momma's special treats before hiking home.

My Momma had us all remove wet outer clothing including boots and now ice-soaked mittens on the cement floor of our porch.

She usually had to rub my hands and feet to thaw them out as I always (still do) would be totally frozen from the snow experience but would not have missed it for anything.

We warmed ourselves in the kitchen by the wood stove at first. And then would just hang out in the living room or my room. When I turned 15, we had central heat installed so our home was no longer heated by a coal stove which really kept up very warm indeed.

A Few of My Favorite Things...

The Sound of Music still is a song that captures my feeling about winter long ago and not so long ago....

These lines especially.."Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings"

"Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs"

And for me when at last I would feel a hint of having enough of heavy winter clothing, the promise of spring made my heart sing.

To Make Scones (My Momma's Variety)

Make a basic yeast dough or purchase frozen roll dough. (If you use frozen dough, allow it to thaw completely).

Cut into squares or triangles about 3 x 3 inches Fry in canola or other favorite light oil till golden brown and poofy.

Roll in confectioner's sugar or shake in a brown paper bag (lunch bags work).

Munch out!!!!

Warmed on the Inside Too.

We warmed ourselves in the kitchen by the wood stove at first. And then would just hang out in the living room or my room. When I turned 15, we had central heat installed so our home was no longer heated by a coal stove which really kept us very warm indeed through many winters.

One of my fondest memories of those childhood winters was that Momma made scones and hot chocolate…more than we could possibly eat in a week.

These scones, as she called them, were not like the ones we know today which are a dense bread creation and quite tasty.

The scones she made were little dollops of elastic, yeast roll dough cut into triangles and fried to a golden brown in a cast iron skillet. Removed to drain a bit and then tossed in a brown paper bag that was filled with confectioner’s sugar. We took turns shaking the bag so the scones were totally covered.

They were light and chewy and divine!! I have tried to make them but never have been able to duplicate the ones Momma made on those cold, snowy winter afternoons. But I still TRY every winter. They are OK but lack my Momma's magic.

That is as it should be…of that I am certain.

The calm after the fallen snow was almost hypnotic.

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Hot Chocolate of the Very Best Kind

I 16 ounce container of Nestle's Quick

1 cup coffee creamer

1 cup confectioner's sugar

3 packages of nonfat dry milk

I really think you can omit the confectioner's sugar. Replace with 1/2 cup creamer (non fat is fine) and 1/2 cup extra of nonfat dry milk.

Place about 1/3 cup (or amount you prefer) in 8 ounce cup; add boiling water

YUM

Always Early for School

In May of 1973, I traveled with my one year old daughter to Japan to be reunited with my husband who had gone ahead of us to secure housing as he was in the Air Force.

I never really thought about what the weather would be like there but I was soon to find out. It actually was very much like Virginia’s weather….warm, even hot, in the spring and summer, and then, much to my surprise, snow in the winter.

One morning my friend that I carpooled with and I made it through about seven inches of snow to our school on Yokota Air Base. If you know anything about Japanese highways at the time, they were narrow and crowded so we accomplished quite a feat to arrive safely.

We always got to school before anyone else so we were not surprised when no one else was there. We waited and waited and still no one came. Finally we decided to call the principal, Glendon Shirley ( I will never forget her…she retired one year later) to see where everyone was.

We had left home so early we missed the call to let us know that school was cancelled for the day!!! We both cracked up and piled back in to her car and headed home.

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Camping in the Snow in the Black Hills


We also camped in the snow while in South Dakota. We were avid campers then. I am NOT now. We would pack up everything we needed, lots of warm clothes, and pile it into the little tow along camper and head up to the Black Hills.

One morning when we awoke our camp stove was covered with snow. Brushing it off, and standing in knee deep snow, we cooked our breakfast. I caught my sleeve on fire but it was no biggie...plenty of snow to put it out quickly.

That meal was one of the best meals I think we ever ate….bacon, eggs, and pancakes swimming in hot syrup never tasted so good.


Snow in the Summer

Four years later, we returned stateside to Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.

And winter was winter. We had tons of snow…sometimes it drifted up above our shed which was about 6 feet high and it packed down so solidly we could walk on it.

It is a funny thing about cold, you know. Many many days were subzero so when it was 32 it was like a heat wave. I often went to school with no coat on and open-toed shoes.

One morning I had a flat tire along the way and a truckload of Air Force guys happened along, changed it, and sent me on my merry way.

One of the most fun experiences with snow while we lived in South Dakota was when we traveled to Yellowstone in July.

When we got there snow was on the ground and we took pictures of each other in shorts in the snow.

Our stay at Yellowstone was ccccooooold. The cabin was not insulated and we really were not prepared for the cold. I guess we did not ask enough questions about the unpredictability of the weather. But it was a glorious experience even though we were a bit chilly.

To see a moose up close and personal was thrilling to me. To watch Old Faithful shoot into the sky was another moment I shall long remember.

A markerBlack Hills -
Black Hills, Black Hills National Forest, West Pennington, SD 57745, USA
[get directions]

"Brrr....It's Cold in Here"

Cold winter fun at Gaylord Palms Resort in Florida last year...they had a winter wonderland.
Cold winter fun at Gaylord Palms Resort in Florida last year...they had a winter wonderland. | Source

Winter Fun for Grandson Last Year

used with permission
used with permission | Source

Three of My Most Favorite Lovelies on the Planet: Baby Grandson, Daughter, and Eldest Grandson

Winter fun at Gaylord Palms Resort last winter
Winter fun at Gaylord Palms Resort last winter | Source

Sadly most of our photos from winters long ago were damaged beyond repair while in storage. Thank goodness I can still 'see' those lovely memories.

Winter Memories ...Aaaah What a Lovey Sojourn

Winters now are far different from those idyllic months that often meant knee deep snow and hours of outdoor fun in freezing weather.

Winter now means having very few days of freezing temps and rarely do we ever feel a snowflake on our cheeks.

Rather, flip flops and shorts are often the customary clothing but I am loving it.

Having the memories of winters past that remind us of snowy days gone by keeps those them fresh and new and allows us to slip through time back to when days were filled with the euphoria we often felt.

© 2015 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Vespawoolf You know they would sound like a doughnut but when they cooked they puffed up and were hollow inside . Momma did make doughnuts too but they were cake like.

Interesting to me that you made that observation.

Always nice to have you visit Angels are on the way to you and yours. ps


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vespawoolf 22 months ago from Peru, South America

I really enjoyed your memories of snowy winter play days. We also enjoyed building snowmen and drinking hot chocolate. We would probably call your mother´s scones by the name of doughnut, but it doesn´t matter! They are delicious. Thank you for sharing two delicious recipes too.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Genna for both comments. It was such a lovely walk back in time I was able to relive those days as I wrote about them

Angels are once again on the way to you today ps


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Genna East 22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

I am glad that you can still “see” those winter memories as well…you recounted them so well to us. “Having the memories of winters past that remind us of snowy days gone by keeps those them fresh and new and allows us to slip through time back to when days were filled with the euphoria we often felt.” So true. Thank you for this enjoyable hub. :-)


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Genna East 22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Your wonderful story brought back many memories…you took us back to those delightful times; when life was simpler, and we experienced many joys the snow would bring. We didn’t care about the ice-drenched leggings or frosted fingers and toes…it was the fun and freedom those moments would bring. I think back to them, wondering where have those days gone? Beautiful. Voted up and sharing. :-)


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes it is Rtalloni Some of my most vivid memories of my childhood are from winters.

Thank you for visiting. Angels are on the way to you and yours this morning. ps


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RTalloni 23 months ago from the short journey

Isn't it curious that there is something about winter that gives us memorable adventures? Neat hub, complete with winter recipes!


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Again Rachel Nice to see you popping in to add a bit more of a comment.

Angels are winging their way to you ps


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Rachel L Alba 23 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Yes, I see what you mean. Our school were not that far away. Blessings to you too.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Actually I do not think I am much younger. We got snow days because we rode 45 minutes one way on the bus to high school which began at 7th grade. I walked to school 2 miles as well when I was in elementary school

Nice to you see you, Rachel. I enjoyed sharing this walk back in time. Angels are on the way to you ps


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Rachel L Alba 23 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

What a beautiful hub, the pictures and stories, everything. I guess we all have fond memories of snow days. You must be a lot younger then I am though because when I was a little girl, there were no snow days off for school. We walked to school, 2 miles, and when we got there if they thought it was not going to stop snowing they would send us home early and we would have to walk home again. In those days if you lived 2 miles or less from the school, there were no busses. I loved this hub.

Blessings to you.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Stella...I looked up to see where Bell, FL, is and you are really not far from where I live.

Thank you for stopping by to visit...this was a fun hub to write...I could feel the cold and hear the laughter and yum, those scones are still melting on my tongue.

Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

That is so true, Phyllis. Momma's special creations are always ones we can never quite capture. I can feel her close when I do try to make them though.

Thank you for visiting.

Angels are on the way to you this morning, my new Friend. ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Me too Peggy. The snow and ice and all was so much fun back 'when' ...I was not bothered with all that it meant. The worse I had to do was get a scuttle of coal from the coal bin (until I was 15)---it was cold out on that wing of our home.

No, do not wish to go back there but am so glad I have the memories.

So lovely to see you this morning, Peggy.

Sending you many lovely Angels today to brighten your way. ps


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ladyguitarpicker 23 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

A wonderful Hub and memories. If I miss snow I just take out my photos and look at them. I'm sastisfied just looking.


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Phyllis Doyle 23 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Oh, such a delightful hub filled with memories that invoke my own similar fond memories. There is no warmth quite like the old coal or wood stove in the kitchen. The things Mama made for us we cannot always duplicate exactly - and "that is the way it should be", as you say Patricia.

I so enjoyed reading this hub and voted Up, across, and H+


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Peggy W 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

I loved reading this and it vicariously took me back to my childhood when we also looked like snowmen ourselves bundled up in all those multiple layers of clothes when outside playing in the snow.

A new snowfall always looks wondrous. Everything is blanketed with white and looks clean and whitewashed.

I have many fond memories also but at my age I am glad that I no longer have to deal with the snow and icy conditions on a regular basis. I will cherish my memories as you do yours.

Hoping that you are surrounded with angels today and in the days ahead. Happy to share this delightful hub!


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting Romanian

You know, I do miss the idea of snow in winter but am so glad I no longer have to deal with the issues the ice and snow cause.

I love to see it from afar now that I am not 12 any longer :D

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Jo...

O, you will be so glad you visited both places. I was so saddened by the fires in Yellowstone in 1988 but nature has a way of taking care of itself and now much that was devastated is regrown and flourishing once again. Japan was a most wondrous experience (I have written a bit about living there here on HubPages).

So glad to see you stopping by and glad you enjoyed visiting some of my favorite winter 'places' with me.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Romanian 23 months ago from Oradea, Romania

These stories are wonderful, thanks for sharing them , everybody loves winter.


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

No worries, Jackie. Actually I did not even think of contacting you. I know you are busy with your own writings. I just loved this so much that I wanted you to know how glad I am that you began this lovely challenge.

It was so lovely to take a walk back down those lanes of my childhood and my 'not so' childhood to recall times in winter that are vivid.

Have a lovely day, my dear.

Angels are once again on the way to you, Jackie.

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tobusiness 23 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

A wonderful collection of winter memories, those lovely images makes this even more special. Two of the places still on my bucket list are Yellowstone National Park and Japan. Great hub, thanks for sharing. Up and awesome.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South

I left a comment here ps but don't see it so apparently I forgot to post it. Sorry; kind of crazy lately I guess. I did share and put your memory at the top of the list as should be though and I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for taking the challenge and I know what a great feeling it has brought you too if sharing your memories has the same effect on you as it does me! Really therapeutic isn't it?

God bless and may you get many reads to jog others memories!


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South

Wow ps; wish you had emailed me or just popped into one of my hubs and screamed so I could have shared you and added you to the list. No idea why I didn't see this in email since I do follow you. So sorry is all I can say and will try to make it up by sharing all that I can!

Great share of winter memories and I loved reading them. I know we could all really go on and on with our memories. I have been tempted many times to write a new one myself because the one I started the challenge from is listed but not out being shared to be read; wish we had better ways of getting our stories out there. I would not have seen yours though if someone had not shared it! So proves those are really worth doing, huh?

Will share right now and add you to the top of the list!!!


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Theresa I hope all is going well with you.

I so enjoyed participating in this challenge....wonderful memories came flooding back.

Hugs and many blessings and loving Angels on the way to you as well ps


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

What wonderful winter memories you have shared here, dear PS! This is so beautifully written and you have captured the snow memories perfectly. I always love your photos you share.

I am thrilled you have participated in Jackie's Winter Memories challenge. You have surpassed the challenge and then some! Jackie will be so pleased with your submission.

Snow angels on the way! I will take a cup of that hot chocolate.

Hugs and blessings

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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O my yes, Ann....those grandchildren help us to recapture that time that was like no other. What a grand time it was indeed.

Thank you so much for visiting today.

Just know that many Angels are on the way to you today ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

So nice to see you Randi... It was such fun to slide down those hills again and to slip and slide on the ice....and those scones....O my yes...pass me more of those

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Got 'em, Bill (the Angels). Now our winters are pretty much warm cool warm cool warm clothes shorts and then maybe a COLD DAY OR TWO.

The precious Angels are on the way the way back to you this afternoon ps


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annart 23 months ago from SW England

Lovely memories here. It's fun doing this challenge isn't it? You've conjured up some lovely images. Yes, freshly fallen snow is 'hypnotic', maybe because everything is so silent. It seems to deaden echoes.

Funny how winter memories are often of an innocent childhood; maybe our lives become too complicated then. I do find, though, that I'm reliving the fun with my grandchildren.

Great response to Jackie's challenge.

Hope 2015 is great for you.

Ann


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btrbell 23 months ago from Mesa, AZ

What a great hub, full of nostalgia! I haven't read all the submissions but this one reminds me of so many of mine. It is a bit uncanny.

Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

Love love love it!

Happy New Year!

XO Randi


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

Great pics, wonderful memories....I sure do miss being a kid when it snowed....now, with climate change, I miss the snow. Rain, rain, and more rain...that's our winter. Sigh!

Look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's....angels flying your way.

bill

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