This morning, we awoke to the sharp cracking and popping sounds of tree limbs, along the creek, breaking from ice. Freezing rain began sometime after midnight. The first photograph; our side garden under ice. It continues to rain. The prediction is for freezing rain through Tuesday.

At right, the Christmas tree sitting on our back porch.
One year ago today, the sun was shining and snow was on the ground.

Looking toward the corner berm, in our front yard and beyond to a line of trees along the creek.
Trees along the creek at the back of our home. We've heard the ice is worse to the west of us; the Lake area, Jefferson City, Columbia, all across Missouri. At the moment, in our area, there is about 1/2 an inch accumulation, with the temperature around 30F.
Friday evening our small town celebrated Night of 1000 Stars. The weather was rainy, but the temperatures were above freezing, so we went to Main Street to see what we could see.
We visited with friends and shopkeepers, we haven't seen in awhile. I took a few photos during our stroll.

The four photos above, were taken inside our neighbor Laura's shop. Home accessories and original work by local artists can be found here.

These photos show the windows at a hardware store, on Main Street, that has been in the same family since the 19th century. The store looks much the same as it did over 100 years ago. All sorts of home repair items are found here. Also found in this interesting store are, Victorian Christmas trees, tapestries, cards, porcelain dolls and beautiful Nativity sets, among other things.

A look at one corner of Main Street, luminaries lining the sidewalk.


The annual Garden Club Holiday Home Tour is scheduled for today. The home of a friend, here in our subdivision, is one of those featured on the tour. We haven't decided whether to venture out. We would love to see the homes and church on the tour, all done up for Christmas.
On the other hand, staying home, sitting beside the fireplace and addressing cards sounds pretty good, too!
Edit: I came back to edit a couple things. As I was working on this, we lost power for a bit. Last year, during the storms we didn't lose power. We also just lost a tree limb along the creek. J went to town for birdseed and other necessary M&Ms!!


Nunnie's Attic said...

Sorry to hear about the freezing rain. That's terrible. I'd opt for staying in and staying safe!

BUT, I could probably live in your neighbors shop. I found a bunch of things that I would love to own. Kenny feels differently, of course.

You have a wonderful hometown. Do you know how blessed you are to have it? I'm sure you do!


Rosie's Whimsy said...

I think the ice on everything can look so pretty but a disaster in the making. Hope you and your stay safe and warm. Have the Best of Sundays.......Rosie

bj said...

brrr, the pics of the ice storm make me c-o-l-d.....the photos of the downtown area are beautiful!
And, yes, I hope he did stock up on the important things like, M&M's, ice cream, cookies, fudge,

Andi said...

Pat your pictures are always so nice. I love coming to visit your blog.

Sometimes staying inside where it's warm and cozy is a very good thing. But I would have to venture out to see the neighbor's holiday home. Stay safe!

smilnsigh said...

I'm sending good thoughts your way, that you don't lose more power. And keeping some for us too. We have some sort of winter storm watch. But I don't think it is to be as much ice, as you and other ladies, are having.

Ice makes such beautiful photo opps, even though it is scary.

Sorry the house tours are today, in the storm. I'd not want to venture far from home. We're under a storm watch, starting this afternoon, but we are only going to a Christmas Party, next door. :-)

What a lovely downtown celebration you have there! I love all of it. Especially the store which has been in the same family for generations. Lovely, alllllll.

Warm hugs,

The Feathered Nest said...

Dear Pat, Your photos are beautiful but I know ice can be so dangerous. I do hope nothing else snaps or that you lose your power. All of your photos are beautiful, as usual, I love the lumineries (?) simple but magical! have a wonderful Sunday, xxoo, Dawn

Brenda said...

Oh Pat what beauty. I hope the freeze doesn't cause damage.

Southern Heart said...

Pat, the photos are beautiful...there's nothing prettier (or more painful) than ice. I certainly hope you keep your power! Addressing cards sounds like just the ticket!

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Wow.. Pat,I can't believe your ice storm and we have sun and a temp. of 78 outside..The ice is bad for you, but it looks like lace on the trees..The cold weather really puts you in the spirit of Christmas...I enjoyed all of your pictures and will be back to visit later. Baba

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

I am obviously living in the wrong part of the country. lol I'm longing for snow! My dad called this morning from OKC to say they were getting a little sleet and snow mixture. He's not a big fan of the winter weather, but he knows I love it so he called to tease me. I'm tempted to move back there just to make him ride with me during an ice storm. That'd teach him to tease me about winter weather! lol
Love the pictures!
Merry Christmas -

Terri and Bob said...

Our freezing rain caused major limb breakage and power outages. NO school for me tomorrow!

Love your cards!

Our home tour was today too but I didn't go out to see...

Ashley's graduation was today at Stephens even in the ice!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Wow, you got the freezing rain storm that we were supposed to get last night. Last week during an ice storm my neighbor/friend lost her cousin and the cousin's husband. They were on their way to the family Christmas party when their car hit black ice, lost control and they both died. I will forever stay in when the weather gets icy again. . . for the rest of my life. The funeral was soooo sad. Both middle aged people with so much life ahead. Tragic.

Blessings, (and stay INSIDE),


auntpittypat said...

We just have cold in Wisconsin, the ice stayed south of us.

Aren't you glad that your house wasn't on the tour THIS year? I think staying in sounds like a good idea.

Your pics are so wonderful but I know what damage the ice can do. Hope you have been able to keep your electricity.

Robyn said...

Oh what lovely photos! I too am sorry to hear about the freezing rains but it sure is pretty! Did you make the home tours?

Rosemary said...

I have never seen freezing rain Pat.
It sounds so cold. I can't imagine.
I was cold, and it was in the high 50's today. That is cold for a California girl.
Your town is so charming and quaint.
I wish I could see it sometime.
Enjoy your m&m's.
Rosemary said...

Hi Pat
Just found you! We are almost neighbors! I live south of Harrison Ar. in Jasper. We are missing out on all the ice again! I really really want some of that. I know you think I am nuts but I lived in Florida for 13 years and now I am back and I want snow and all we have had for the past 3 years is a light dusting! Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow! Love your blog!

Elzie said...

Even if the freezing rain isn't too nice, you got some lovely pictures out of it. And all the trees. I long to take our in now.
Hope you have a good week.
Love Elzie

Nan said...

The freezing rain can make very pretty pictures but it's a shame that it can be so destructive.
Thanks for sharing the pics of the Main St. shops.
Your header is gone. Are you under construction?
Have a great day.

Deb said...

Hello Pat
Doing lots of catching up here at Back Porch :-} So many lovely pictures & stories. I love Molly's stocking :-}and your Lodge Christmas photos are spectacular! Keep safe & warm.

Lib said...

I found you trhu Sher's blog.
I fully enjoed my visit ,what a BEautiful Blog you have.:o)
Sorry to hear of your ice storm.
Hope you have a Blessed week.
Blessins', Lib

Midwest Nest said...

We got quite a bit of ice over the weekend. Our house is without electricity. Trees and branches are everywhere. Luckily we have relatives nearby that have their electricity and are staying with them. Hope you don't get all that we got.

Amber said...

I hate freezing rain and don't miss it one little bit...That said, dang, it sure creates the prettiest icy scenes, doesn't it? I guess I would love it if I didn't have to drive in it. And of course, if I had a cozy lodge to snuggle up in! Beautiful photos, Pat! I just love how you see the beauty in everyday, simple really live life to the fullest and are an inspiration!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, hope you are sitting cozily by the fire waiting for your ice storm to pass. We haven't had one of those in SO long down here, I wouldn't know hot to act. It's been in the 70's all weekend, really too hot to be in the Christmas mood. Your pics are so pretty!


Julie said...

Freezing rain...makes for beautiful photos and a Christmasy feeling...and it great only if you can stay safe at home!

BTW - Molly is adorable too.

The Feathered Nest said...

Sorry about the freeze! I remember well the ice storm we had a few years back. We had so many limbs fall off these Georgia pines that our trees never really recovered. The power was out for about 6 days! Hope yours stays on! In front of the fireplace sounds good!


Esther Sunday said...

Those ice storms are nasty, but boy, do they make nice pics!

Paula said...

Of course M&M's are a necessity! I agree 100%!! Lovely photos of your Night of 1000 Stars. Thanks for sharing!!

Mary said...

Hope you and your home are safe Pat - ice storms can be so devastating. We had one here a few years back and lost all power for 10 days - it was terrible, much worse than snow.

Hate to tell you this - it was 77 here today and will be up to 80 on Wed. Needless to say we are back in cropped pants and short sleeves!! I would like it to cool off for Christmas though, doesn't feel right this warm!

Your town looks so inviting - the true feeling of the Christmas season comes through in your lovely pics.

yellowfarmhouse said...

Oh Pat your weather sounds awful - but those pictures of the ice are beautiful. Hopefully things are getting better.

The pictures from your town are wonderful and I like the luminary lights along the street. It looks so inviting along with those wonderful shops

Hugs - Karen

Susie Q said...

I have been thinking about you and worrying! This is the first chance I have had to check in! I am so glad you did is so pretty but the most evil of weather things. Can not drive on it, it takes power and causes havoc. I well remember one Christmas at my parent's home! We had an ice storm and no power for 4 days. NO hot showers but they did have a big wood burning fireplace we kept going so we stayed warm and could heat water and even cooked some in it.

Your hometown is so pretty and the night out looks like such fun. I love such things...

I am enjoying catching up with you!


Suzanne said...

Your little town looks picture perfect Pat! Like a scene out of "It's a Wonderful Life"! Very pretty!Hope you stayed safely indoors!