Fleeting Five…


Fleeting: Lasting for a very short time. We had a snow event in the Seattle area that lasted a couple days. It arrived on Monday and by Thursday morning was all washed away by steady rain. Thursday morning all three passes across the Cascade mountain range were closed to traffic due to ice storms. Our friends in the Frasier Valley in British Columbia are still covered in snow and now ice and snow.


Many of you deal with harsh winters. For us in the Seattle area harsh winters are not a given. Some years we don’t get any snow. Wind storms can cause a lot of damage with downed trees on power lines or on roofs. We have big trees in the Pacific Northwest. We also might get flooding because of the quick melt off of snow that make our rivers rise.


If during one of our rare storms we manage to keep power it’s more like a party. We usually don’t experience cabin fever because of snow and not being able to go out and about. If the snow turns to ice it’s very hard to get around the Seattle area because of all of our hills. It is very scary driving down a hill with no control because of ice. There have been those years in our past where it was freezing and we had no power for up to 5 days. Those times we put our refrigerator contents out on our deck to keep it cold. During these times  we do suffer from cabin fever.


Our kids in northeastern Washington are very tired of the snow and especially since they have to plow themselves out off their hill to the road below them.


1. In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

2. Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

(Christina G. Rossetti)

Thankful for fleeting things and the everlasting: 1. Our brief interlude of snow. 2. Bare roads again after the snow. 3. Digital cameras that can capture some of the beauty. 4. Power, light, heat and running water. 5. Our God of heaven who came down to earth to a stable so that we could be saved from death in our sins to life in Him because of his sacrifice on the cross and His gift of righteousness to us.

Linking up with Amy for Five on Friday and with Susanne for Friday’s Fave Five

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

38 thoughts on “Fleeting Five…

  1. It looks beautiful but causes such problems with driving. At least it didn’t last too long. You’ll have to stock up on a few tins just in case it comes back.

  2. You have captured the beauty of the snow! We don’t receive much snow in GA but we have been without power for days due to ice/sleet. Wishing you a nice weekend.

  3. I loved all of your snow pictures. They are amazing! I enjoyed learning a bit of how the winters are Seattle. And your list of fave fives really touched my heart.

  4. It all looks so pretty but can be very dangerous too. I think it’s the ice and high winds that I dislike the most. We haven’t had much snow here:)

  5. Love the photos. Some look like a new species of cotton plants. We’ve had only two snows here in Nixa, MO. The first didn’t even cover the grass and the second stayed only one day. Fine with me, but I did vow to build a snowman this year if we had enough snow. Still a chance. We’ll see.

  6. Hi Ellen! I loved your post today, beautiful pictures, and enjoyed hearing about how winter treats you in Seattle. Losing power is never fun, I agree! Thankfully we haven’t had any power issues this winter, but of course, winter is still not over. I agree, those windstorms and trees falling make the worries of losing power greater. I enjoyed your five thoughts this morning, and visiting with you! All the snow we got is melting, and causing flooding issues now. So happy to meet you, and I hope we can become better friends 🙂 Have a blessed day!

  7. So. Much. Snow. Way more than my East Coast kids are getting. And I’m getting since I’m visiting in the east. I hope you don’t have any more flooding. Stay safe!

  8. I agree with what someone else said, some of the snow does look like cotton bolls! I love when snow comes like that – there for a day or two and then gone. Losing power is a big concern here in snow or ice. Glad yours stayed on. Amen to #5.

  9. Your pictures are pretty, but I DO get cabin fever and I’m tired of the snow. I think spring pictures are better for me. I’m in Florida right now though, and it’s been 80 degrees and sunny every…single…day!

  10. Excellent five, we usually don’t have “a bleak midwinter” unless you count having 50º as a high instead of having 70º.

  11. Oh I couldn’t agree more with the 5 you said! Lovely pictures. Born, raised and still in WI where we have a love hate relationship with snow as well…mostly love because it brings tourism to the northwoods.

  12. Beautiful pictures of the snow! Almost makes me miss it a bit. Our winters in KC seem to have become quite a bit milder than when I was younger. Last winter and again this winter have been so mild that I find myself as a summer loving person wishing for at least one “decent” snowfall. That said I do have plans to go enjoy our rare almost 60 degree day this afternoon. Hope you are staying warm, dry, and safe this weekend!

  13. Your snow pictures are lovely – we so rarely get snow that it’s more of a treat than a disaster when it does appear – and you’re right, thank goodness for digital cameras to capture the beauty of the world around us.

  14. The snow is so beautiful but I do agree that if the power goes out – cabin fever sets in quickly. We are getting a good dose of wet heavy snow right now over here. Good job on the 5!

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