Friday, December 12, 2008

Santa Came Early

Delight, sheer delight is so rare, but here we have it. This is what folks woke up to yesterday in New Orleans. While my body tries to heal itself, I hope you will just sit back and think about the magic of a clean fresh snow in a semi tropical town where some children have never even seen it.

This is the house where I rode out the storm. It's only a block from the river, but has the unique distinction of being nine feet above sea level. That nine feet is very significant. My friend whose family owns this home, sent me tons of happy photos of the snow. And told me my little McGehee Girls were out on St. Charles laughing and playing in it. The streetcars are draped now with holiday greenery and big red bows. Snow was gently falling.

It is a magical place, New Orleans.

I can almost smell the gingerbread. And I am promised pictures of a favorite decorated house off Oak Street.

So a little delight. More tea and tissues here. And me wishing you a lovely weekend. Yep. Go find some naughty. I'll be here with the tissues hopefully painting a bit too. And smiling at snowflakes dancing.


ParisBreakfasts said...

Very pretty...
Feel better soon Janice!

A Brush with Color said...

Wow--what a peaceful, serene, snowy image. That house is lovely. I heard about them getting snow and thought of you. I don't know anyone else from there. I wondered if it made you homesick...Be well...hope you feel better soon--lots of warm soups and teas and plenty of zzzzzz's....

Janice C. Cartier said...

Hi guys. Feeling a little better. This house is way old. Lots of history. There are camelias there that are older than I am. And yes. I am so homesick it is ridiculous. These silly lungs of mine are very risky there right now, unfortunately.
I cannot wait for the picture of the house from Eagle Street. I'll have to post it. Truly truly a giggle.

Going after the nun later today. I hope I'll be painting soon. ;-)

Words For Hire said...

Hi Janice, I hope you're feeling better. Thank you so much for sharing this piece of magical goodness. You're right, you can feel the warmth inside the house and smell the awesome goodness of fresh gingerbread baking. Great way to start a week!

Janice C. Cartier said...

Hi all- still under the weather. Thanks for your good wishes. I hate it when the mind is willing and the body won't go. ;-) Ugga bugga.

Kelly said...


Sorry you're still feeling icky. That house is beautiful—wow, N.O. with snow!

Oh, to be one of those kids who's never seen the stuff before, just for those first five magical minutes. That is the definition of sheer delight.

You just let life win for a while. After all, the will and the art win often enough. It's only fair that life should want a little of its own back.

Rest and restore. :)



Rebecca Smith said...

What a beautiful image! Snow in a tropical town. Sounds like the title of a short story. Enjoy it while it lasts, and if you ever feel the need for more wintry weather, c'mon up to New England! Just bring your own shovel ;)

ParisBreakfasts said...

Do you still have the sniffles?

Anonymous said...

Oh, that's HILARIOUS!!!

To us, that's just a dusting.

But it must have paralyzed your whole city!

- Friar

Janice C. Cartier said...

Hi Everyone.. Still under the weather, ugh, but thanks for your comments.

Rebecca good to see you here, I have a photo of snow on palmettos.. not the usual thing , but really fun to see.

PB- silly lungs...pretty severe attack this time. But I am trying to muddle through.

Friar- You would be out in your shirt sleeves I am sure. It only lasted til afternoon.