Winter Storm Watch: Keep Calm and Winter On!


Are you prepared for Winter Storm Jonas? Our snow started in the wee hours and switched over to sleet and is now freezing rain.


We’re under a winter storm warning here in North Carolina through Saturday.


They’re predicting accumulations a 1/2 inch of ice and 6 inches of snow, thankfully nowhere near the 12 – 24 inches forecasted in the Northeast.


 I’m predicting a run on birdseed just like the run on bread and milk at the grocery store. :)


The Winter Window Boxes on my Potting Shed got a light dusting of snow overnight.



You can find a few ways to enjoy winter that are good for your mental health and your tummy and to Keep Calm and Winter On, HERE.

Keep Calm and Winter On

Hope your fridge is stocked and you’re tucked away safe, warm, and cozy! ♥


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  56 comments for “Winter Storm Watch: Keep Calm and Winter On!

  1. January 22, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Mary, beautiful photos! It is pouring rain in Northeast Alabama and it is supposed to change into snow tonight! Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend! Pam @ Everyday Living

    • BamaCarol
      January 22, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Just a cold rain so far just south of Birmingham here. Take care, Pam. You know how crazy folks get when it snows in Alabama!

  2. Susan
    January 22, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Stay safe!!
    You take the most beautiful photographs and I just drink in every one!
    You’re so talented in so many ways!

  3. Ellen Stillabower
    January 22, 2016 at 11:15 am

    We, Indiana in the middle, are getting bypassed!!! Thank goodness!!! Have a fire today and doing some crafts, if I ever get off here and get dressed!!! LOL!!! You all stay warm and safe!! 😍❄️⛄️☃🌨🌬💨

  4. M. Thomas
    January 22, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I too live in NC, Southern Pines. We have a small lake/.pond out our back which has yet to freeze over. Light sleet is falling which is fine. Should it turn to freezing rain, watch out. Got up and made a big pot of Taco Soup. Having a built in generator means I can use my micro wave to heat food. Love your ideas/ designs. many I have used through the years. My favorite dinnerware pattern is still the Queen Thanksgiving, by Churchill It has the beautiful turkey in center and is edged with colorful flowers. Thanks to you I was able to find this and purchase place settings and serving pieces.
    Keep warm and enjoy the beauty of Jonas.

  5. Janet O. Robinson
    January 22, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Mary, Beautiful outside in NC. Sorry you are getting our Maine weather! Stay the Course…

  6. Roxanne
    January 22, 2016 at 11:16 am

    It has been pouring rain all night in Clemson, with temp hovering right at 34. We are supposed to get snow later today also. Stay safe and warm, Mary, with your camera close by! I love the photo you caught of the bird in flight at the feeder.

  7. Linda
    January 22, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Stay safe and warm. Huge beautiful snowflakes here in Michigan with a prediction of sunshine later today and tomorrow.

  8. Linda L
    January 22, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Well at least the snow made your window boxes even prettier. Even in Florida we are expecting severe thunder storms and then much lower temps. Stay warm, and thanks for the beautiful photos.

  9. Donna C
    January 22, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Thank you for shaing your beautiful photos! We are in middle Tennessee and have about 3 inches of snow and it is still falling. Our fridge is stocked and we are tucked away safe and cozy! Our birdfeeder is getting lots of visitors this morning. We’re stocked up on birdseed, too! Enjoy your day!

  10. Kathi
    January 22, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Breathtakingly beautiful!!! Here in North Central GA we are getting tons of rain. Ice and snow predicted for later this evening. I can live with the snow, but spare us the ice!!! Be safe!

    • January 22, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Kathi, I feel the same way about ice! Keep warm! ❄

  11. January 22, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Beautiful Winter pictures. Snow in the window boxes with the snowflake is pretty. Love the pictures of the birds. Stay safe and warm. We are having freezing rain here in Wilson, NC.

  12. Debbie
    January 22, 2016 at 11:33 am

    We are expecting snow again here in Utah tomorrow night. Nothing new for us we’ve had lots of snow this winter. Good luck and blessings for your safety.

  13. January 22, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Ugh, our snow started at 9am here in WV, as predicted (expecting 12-18″). One of my friends on Facebook commented, “Snow is starting right on schedule. Why couldn’t it be more like a cable repair guy – coming sometime between 8am and 5pm and then never showing up?”. Trying to stay calm and winter on, but it’s hard. Very hard.

    • January 22, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Too funny Rita! I hope you’re snow predictions turn out as unreliable as the cable guy :)

  14. Michèle
    January 22, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Always lovely photographs! Mary, you have a knack for capturing the mood. We’re in Reno, NV. I’m sorry to say there’s more on the way. First snow storm then horizontal rain and high winds. We’ve had a two day break but expecting more snow today. Good day for organizing the pantry and baking a loaf of homemade bread.

    • January 22, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Michèle! Warm bread from the oven sounds wonderful :)

  15. January 22, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    The only good part of a winter storm is the beauty that it brings!….I have my spagetti sauce simmering on the stove and all is well…a little bit of snow today, but mainly sleet right now….stay safe and warm and enjoy that gorgeous view!

  16. January 22, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Mary, I’m loving the birds in the trees (male and female cardinals) and the pretties on the feeder!
    The view is so gorgeous there, it makes my heart melt! Enjoy the beauty out your windows, God is good!

    PS what do the girls think of the snow? <3

    • January 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Jacklyn! Chloe would walk around and eat it all day, Gracie doesn’t like to get her feet cold and wet :)

  17. Donna
    January 22, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Stay warm!!!

  18. Shirley
    January 22, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I am new to your blog – love your photos! I have been reading about your expected snowstorms on BBC news. Hope it’s not as bad as you are all expecting as we usually get the same weather here in England a week later!

    • January 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      HI Shirley! Welcome and thanks for your visit! I hope the storm fizzles out before it crosses the pond :)

  19. Sandy Park
    January 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    WOW I didn’t think your window boxes could get any prettier, BUT… That dusting of snow – they are gorgeous. Love your pictures. Snow is so pretty when it has just fallen, and then you have to wait for it to melt.

    • January 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks Sandy! I look forward a little winter snowfall as long as it doesn’t come with ice. It usually doesn’t last very long around here. :)

  20. January 22, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I’ll take inches of snow over that black ice that you guys get, any day!! Very scary!!
    I hope you can stay inside, by a fire, with a QUILT & a cuppa hot tea or cocoa & just read…or blog some more! LOL
    Love seeing your pretty window boxes, Mary. You are SO creative in everything you do.

    Stay warm hugs,

  21. Onoosh Gahagan
    January 22, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    So far, so good in beautiful Spartanburg, SC: snow on the ground, frozen water droplets in the trees, bamboo bending over…but we still have power, and my husband has got the generator ready to go and made a big pot of soup! Hope everyone stays warm and sheltered!

  22. Linda
    January 22, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Hi, First and foremost, I love your blog! I always take away something after enjoying the read and pictures. In todays photos, I spotted something, I have been wondering about, since I go through Finch food like crazy. On the plastic tube feeders, (I have the same as yours pictured) should the place where the little guys get their seed be fully opened, like yours shows or do they peck it out of the hole on the lid when it’s closed? I thought you opened the little doors, if you were serving larger seeds and kept it closed for the tiny Thistle seeds. Ideas anyone? Thanks again and stay warm!!!

    • January 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you Linda! The feeder in the photo is designed for sunflower seed and it has a standard size opening that is stationary which the Goldfinches flock to in the winter. I have a cardinal blend in the feeder mixed with some sunflower seed now. I have a thistle feeder too but they seem to prefer the sunflower seed in the winter :)

      • Linda
        January 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm

        Thanks Mary, I’ll have to try some other seeds to wet their appetite! Right now, I have the thistle seeds in the tube and I’m keeping the little covers down so they can peck through the tiny holes. It’s working! The tube is slowly emptying and I’m not going through as much as I was, while keeping the hatches open. I think a lot of the thistle was falling to the ground. Looking forward to your next newsletter. By the way, I rushed out to buy those wonderful lighted snow flakes. That’s a great idea to carry through the winter months, but alas, all our stores have turned over to Spring stock!

  23. franki
    January 22, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Here, too…started at 11am and already an inch and predicting 25 more…ugh! Ice is NOT nICE!! franki ps That could have been a photo of one our bird feeders…complete with “Crazy Ivan” our resident cardinal!

  24. Beth Gilreath
    January 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Mary, please know that all on the East Coast are in our prayers. We’re too far West to be in on this round of bad weather, but I’m sure we’ll get our turn later in the winter. Question I have, in your beautiful pictures your bird bath is still upright. Do you have a problem with freezing water and the bowl cracking? My birdbath is getting enough age that I’m concerned about leaving it out in the winter. Take care and stay safe.

  25. January 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Your pictures are always so gorgeous—and NC, makes me want to become a a Southern gal, instead of a dang Yankee. Stay warm and be safe, Sandi

  26. January 22, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Love pictures of new falling snow! No snow on the east coast of Florida. We are under a severe thunder storm warning until 5 0’clock. High winds and rain. Falling temperatures for the weekend into the 30*. Love the winter weather for a change though. Enjoy your snow, and stay warm & cozy!

  27. January 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Mary, I’m so impressed that you went out and took these beautiful photos! We have no snow here but lots of ice on the trees. Hope you don’t lose your electricity!

  28. Angela
    January 22, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    hey! my brother and sister in law moved to New Bern, NC about three years ago. they love it, and so I guess you have to take the good with the bad. weather wise!!! stay safe!! love the birds at the feeder!! I just threw bread scraps out…usually the squirrels eat up everything, but I see the birds are out there. I try to keep my ‘watering holes’ unfrozen for them too. all good. I live down the shore, NJ. so we’re gonna get hit bigtime. but….45 on Tuesday!!! stay safe, and thanks for sharing. I love your stuff!!! (not the boat, though……!!!)

  29. Marie
    January 22, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Mary and friends, It is such fun to enjoy beautiful winter photographs from afar. Would wait to post, but here in Northern Virginia they are predicting snows around 2 feet with likely power outages. I have enough craft projects to occupy me for days, but no electricity will curtail most of them. As predicted, the snow began right after noon and it is coming down fast. Right now it is pretty fine but accumulating and they say it will get much heavier tonight and most of tomorrow. Anyone who has lived in the DC metro area knows that snow of any kind is a nightmare, people panic. I am expecting that things will be pretty much closed down at least until Monday and probably part of next week. The grocery store yesterday was beyond description, I should have taken a photo but forget that I can do that with my phone. I told one friend that it looked like looters had swept through. Interestingly, there was some bread and toilet paper still available, but the meat counters were stripped bare, the milk cases completely empty, and there wasn’t a potato or onion to be had. I stocked up on what I could find and luckily it is so cold that if we do lose power for days I will just load up coolers and put the food in the snow! We are hunkering down and hoping for the best. MM

  30. January 22, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Your icy photos look beautiful, Mary, and it looks like,the birdies are happy! It’s sunny, but cold here, which is fine by me!
    Happy weekend and stay warm!

  31. Paula
    January 22, 2016 at 5:39 pm


    awwww isn’t it just beautiful !!??! The snow, not the ice of course. Nothing here in northeast Indiana, funny even here mention SnOW and everyone runs to the store!!

    The bird feeder picture amazing!! I love birds , but I have no feeder because doesn’t the seed droppings grow weeds? I need no more weeds to pull !!!

    Be safe !:)


  32. January 22, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    It looks beautiful Mary! I hope you don’t get as much ice as predicted, the fun ends when the electric goes out! I’m just grateful this is happening on a Saturday and I don’t have to worry about work. Have fun, but be careful:@)

  33. Cynthia Randall
    January 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    You ar looking a lot like Maine today. Except we had blue skies, sun, and 23 degrees. Stay warm and stay safe, I love the snowflake in your window box!

  34. Donna Perdue
    January 22, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Beautiful pictures as always! We have about eight inches of snow and now sleeting. It’s supposed to switch back to snow overnight with another ten to twelve inches of snow possible. Praying the power doesn’t go. Stay warm!

  35. Heather
    January 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Well, it’s sunny and about 74 today in Scottsdale, AZ :) Come on out for an extended visit this winter!

  36. January 22, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Stay safe and warm..feed the birds and keep the pets inside.

  37. Stephanie
    January 22, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    I can’t believe it is snowing where you are! It started here in NJ around 7 pm. I can handle the snow. I can’t handle not having electricity and it goes out at the drop of the hat. Praying it doesn’t. Stay warm!

  38. January 22, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Mary, I know you enjoy a little bit of snow so I hope you get a nice blanket but with very little ice. I can’t wait to see your photos after the flakes fall! I checked out your link for ideas for staying calm and I’d love some of the minestrone and a snow cream, adult version please. Our forecast has been crazy, from this morning when they were predicting nothing for us (we were on the edge) to 15″ now, starting tonight and going all day tomorrow. We will just wait and see what it looks like when the sun comes up! My plow man awaits, thank goodness! Stay warm and safe! Linda

  39. January 23, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Love the bird feeder pictures, the cardinal is beautiful. What a snow storm you’re having. Great post.

  40. Morwenna
    January 23, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Stay safe and warm!

  41. Pondside
    January 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I hope you stay safe and sound at home, Mary. We have been following the storm on the news – quite a lot of snow! Good luck with the clean-up.

  42. Melodie Strickland
    January 23, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    What beautiful photos you have taken–I like the snow on the window boxes and the bird feeder. We have bird feeders in our front yard and they are supposed to be squirrel proof. We have over a foot of snow and my husband shoveled a path for our sweet Shortie (she is part Beagle/Corgi) in our back yard. Sorry to hear you may get ice–stay safe and warm.

  43. January 23, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Everywhere is so beautiful under the snow, lovely photos. I hope that you are keeping warm and safe. Kind regards, Agnes

  44. Cynthia Raines
    January 23, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Pictures are beautiful. Sorry about the ice, but now you can know what we in the north deal with from November – March! Although we have heavy equipment and tons of salt to assist. It’s always pretty at first, but the older I get the more I want milder winters like we are having this year in MI. Hardly any snow, temps in the 20’s and next week in the 30’s! Yea! Hope all of you stay safe and warm with heat, lights and food.

  45. January 23, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Praying for all my friends of the east coast! I love your winter photos and I’m sure the birds really appreciate your feeders. I really love your window pretty with the dusting of snow! Stay warm!

  46. January 24, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Hi Mary, I hope you didn’t get that 6 inches of ice and lose power, I haven’t heard much except about NY and PA…B’ham was spared this time. It is COLD on the coast with strong winds so we’ve been watching tennis and today FOOTBALL! We’ll be rooting for your NC Panthers!!! Your photos of the snowy lake are just gorgeous~ I hope all is well and the girls are snuggled up~

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