My Outdoor Winter Wonderland

The Makers link party is giving all you creative makers the Thanksgiving week off, so I thought I’d take the day to share the snowy winter wonderland that my backyard is.

My Winter Wonderland yard tour

Snowing at home

It is really quite picturesque here in the winter, but honestly if my realtor had told me this house was right on the edge of the snow belt I might have turned tail and run! 😀 I kid not when I say that on the worst snow days I can drive a mile north of my house and the snow will be several inches less, or sometimes there will be no snow on the ground at all! It’s like a cruel joke.

Frozen berry

I may never grow use to the tundra I live in now (yes yes, I know I’m overly dramatic, but I’m always cold!). After all, I grew up in the desert part of Southern California where the occasional December snow dusting left the kids of the neighborhood wide eyed and jubilant. It is definitely not that way here in Northeast Ohio!

snowy deck play

My husband and my kids on the other hand are snow babies, born in the colder states of the Midwest. They love it! It means snowball fights, and sledding down the deck stairs all the way to the furthest part of our backyard below.

Snowball fight

For me it means learning how to use a snow blower and shoveling pathways. The first year we moved here we hadn’t bought a snow blower yet, and I stood at the end of this loooooong driveway with a shovel in one hand, frown on my face, and my phone in the other hand listening to my husband explain that I needed to clear the driveway before he got home from work because there was no place to park. After the first rough winter using shovels on this long driveway (I think I got ripped that year! Haha!), we finally bought a snow blower in time for winter #2 which ironically turned out to be a mild one! Figures.

My House-snowy


Snowy view from the upper balcony

I’m a bit dramatic about the snow, but I don’t mind as long as we don’t get those grippingly cold days and I can stay indoors.

hanging ice from tree

It is a photographers dream here after an ice rain storm. The trees aren’t covered in snow, they are laced with these incredible droplets of ice everywhere. It is a wonder to see, but there is definitely no driving anywhere that day! I have quite a bit of ice that gathers on my house… it’s actually not good, my gutter system and a few other things need to be replaced… but I joke that I’m just “decorating” for the holidays with authentic icecicles.

Hanging ice

Well, I hope you enjoyed my winter wonderland from a cozy and warm location! 😉 Happy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful winter!

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If you think the winter is pretty, you’ll REALLY love fall! Tour my fall yard here.

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11 Comments on My Outdoor Winter Wonderland

  1. Margo Haynes
    December 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I found your site in a round about manner &
    I couldn’t be more delighted!
    When I worked reetail years ago I had a planner that was purchased but it never seemed to meet my needs & low & behold I stumbled upon yours! Thank you Lord for such an organizer & a talented young woman! I love your blog.I loved the backyard tour, it reminded me of when I lived in South Bend, Indiana in the winter of 1050-early 1060. I was pregnant with my second baby, big as the side of a barn (belly only thank goodness) & I had 27 inches in the front yard & 37 in the back. I too was acclimated to warm weather having grown up on the Gulf Coast about 30 miles from Galveston, TX. Years later there was another stint in the Chicago suburbs with a sunken driveway & snow (only 18 ft. deep at the garage door. I’m now in another winter climate in KS. I still haven’t figured why warm weather woman fall for winter weather men…Your blog is great…keep up the wonderful work and may you & yours have a blessed Christmas & a Happy New Year!

    • Ursula Carmona
      December 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm (6 years ago)

      Welcome Margo! Glad you stumbled over! 😉 Haha, what you said about warm weather women falling for winter weather men is quite funny, and so true!! 😀 Thanks for sharing! ~A blessed Christmas and New Year to you as well!

  2. Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    December 11, 2014 at 3:18 am (6 years ago)

    Wow, stunning! Photographers dream is right. I’m in So Cal now and it’s still shorts weather. I’d need some time to get acclimated to that kind of climate, too! Thanks for sharing your tour. It’s gorgeous!

    • Ursula Carmona
      December 11, 2014 at 9:28 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Jennifer! Haha, it’s funny but I’ve been missing Cali a lot recently, well more accurately I WON’T miss shoveling the snow. I think it’s time for a visit to my birthplace. 😀

  3. [email protected]
    November 29, 2014 at 10:39 pm (6 years ago)

    Those icicles look stunning, but I can’t believe how much show you guys have, WOW.

    • Ursula Carmona
      November 30, 2014 at 8:07 am (6 years ago)

      Haha, neither can I! 😀 Thanks Bettina!

  4. chris aka monkey
    November 27, 2014 at 2:32 pm (6 years ago)

    not to sound mean but i am glad that is not here in tn it’s 40 degrees but no snow or ice i did enjoy your pics it is really pretty to look at xx

    • Ursula Carmona
      November 28, 2014 at 6:51 am (6 years ago)

      HAHAHA! I would feel the same too! The ice I could do without, although it is pretty to photograph, it isn’t so pretty to live with! 😉

  5. [email protected]
    November 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow, we had snow today too but not that much. Love your photos and Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. [email protected]
    November 25, 2014 at 9:17 pm (6 years ago)

    You and me are 2 peas in a pod! The south is calling my name! That is one looonnngggg driveway! Beautiful photos, as always!

    • Ursula Carmona
      November 26, 2014 at 5:59 am (6 years ago)

      Hahahaha! And here we are in Ohio…granted, we could’ve been in Michigan’s UP or worst, so… 😀 On the bright side, if I was in the south I might not have gotten to know you, and that has been lovely! 😉


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