It’s a white winter world, Charlie Brown.

White. Winter. World.

And now we need our heavy winter coats to go to work.  And boots.  (Unless you want to high-step to the car through the few inches of snow on the ground.)  Everyone has done the winter high step, haven’t they?

You need your chook.  (That’s the Yooper word for hat.)  You need your gloves, unless you want to scrape your window with exposed bare fingers. 

You don’t need a scarf, although you can choose to wear one if you like a little color in your day.

If you wear boots to work, be sure to bring a pair of shoes.  Take off the boots and put on the shoes before you tramp snow all over your workplace.  Please. 

What else might you need in your car, besides your briefcase? 

C’mon now, I know you won’t forget.


Don’t forget to take your camera.  You never know when an albino deer might decide to slide across the road in front of your car and you’ll have time to grab the camera and pull it out of its case and throw the lens cap in the air and unlock the lens and–don’t forget to turn the camera on–hey, wait, where was that albino deer anyway?

Never mind.  It’s a white winter world, Charlie Brown.  The white albino deer would just look like more white.

(Someone shot an eight-point white albino buck in Marquette yesterday on the first day of hunting season.  Here’s the link for our local TV station:

I’m not much hunter–or a meat eater–although I do adore some people in my life who choose to hunt.  I wish the albino buck was still running wild in the woods.  I wish it would run free and white in front of my car some day, and the car would miss it, but the camera lens would not.)

Off to work now!  Oh, guess what, the husband scraped off the car!  Good man.  (I do that for him some days.  On the days he works and I don’t sometimes I put on Grandma’s snowmobile suit from 1969 and run outside in the frosty cold and scrape.) 

Still can’t decide about boots.  Maybe high-steppin’ will work this morning…

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I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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42 Responses to It’s a white winter world, Charlie Brown.

  1. camera – never leave home without it eh? 🙂 boots? meh 🙂

  2. Sybil says:


    The way the trees are bending over and the foggy air, cause me to think it’s a wet snow and pretty mild to boot. Oh it does look lovely.

    What a pity that someone saw something rare and beautiful and chose to kill it. Ya gotta wonder where testosterone takes some men. I too am not opposed to survival hunting,, but shooting an albino deer is pathetic.

    • Kathy says:

      Wet snow and mild. You got it, Sybil. Until today…and today it’s brrrrrrr cold. Lots of hunters themselves upset about the killing of that albino.

  3. The snow on those trees is lovely. I know snow can be a pain, but it can also be so beautiful. Can’t wait for our first snow here in Kentucky.

  4. P.j. grath says:

    Thanks for the view from your white world, Kathy. We will be catching up with you soon.

  5. Beautiful! Enjoy the snow!

  6. Wow! It’s amazing how the weather can be so drastically different from one part of the state to another! Down here, we’ve only seen snow one day so far, and it didn’t stick. Your photo shows how beautiful winter is (I just don’t like driving on frozen roads)! My husband usually cleans off the car for me before I have to go to work – he’s a stay-at-home dad, so that’s part of his job! 😉

    • Kathy says:

      Give your husband a “high-five” from me, Holly! Tell him he’s cool. We were amazed, when we moved up here, the differences between here and the Lower. It can be a little more challenging at times, that’s for sure.

  7. Susan Derozier says:

    Lovely snowy morning greeting you Kathy! Killing an albino deer almost seems unholy doesn’t it? I recall seeing an albino squirrel once from out my apartment window. At first I thought it was a cat and then identified it. I took it to mean it was an omen that I was to have a good day.
    All day things fell apart around me at work, but I remained separate from it. That evening in the paper I came upon a photo of an albino squirrel. Cutting it out and placing it in my journal, I knew that it was confirmation of my gift from the universe that day.
    I vote for boots to keep your toes warm and dry!

    • Kathy says:

      Susan, how lucky you were to see an albino squirrel–and I would have taken it as a holy sign, too. (I didn’t wear boots. I danced the high step to the car. Need new boots. ASAP.)

  8. How did any one see an albino deer in all that snow?

  9. Brenda Hardie says:

    Be careful high-stepping to the car Kathy..don’t slip and fall. And be careful driving on the snow covered roads. Couldn’t stop the visual of you driving in the car, looking out for the albino deer and upon seeing him, you grab the camera, throw off the lens cap, and unlock the lens all while driving! I love to see your photos but please don’t risk your safety.

    Oh yes…definitely can relate to the high stepping through snow and stomping feet once inside. Heck, even kicking feet along the car door to knock snow off so it’s not all dropping onto the car floor. There’s no need for high stepping here though…the ground is bare and dry as a bone, which is fine with me! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Yes, indeed! I high-step very carefully. Very, very carefully. Don’t worry, wouldn’t risk safety. OK, not usually. An albino deer might be reason…no, no. And especially never if another car were within eyeshot. No.

  10. Dawn says:

    They took the video down 😦 so I couldn’t see the buck. Oh well – I’ll imagine him.

    Stay warm!

  11. Heather says:

    Your snow is lovely. I’m waiting not-so-patiently for ours, but I suppose no amount of impatience will speed things up. I’m not sure a scarf is optional, however, I KNOW the camera isn’t 😉 Be careful out there!

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha, Heather! A scarf is NOT optional! I wore a bright blue one and a little girl at the school complimented me on its color. As a non-fashioned sort, it was the highest of compliments.

  12. penpusherpen says:

    I hate the thought of Hunting Kathy,… shooting with a camera sounds a more fulfilling sport… and what a wonderful Winter Wonderland picture captured above… I heard a saying the other day… There’s no wrong weather.. we just have to wear the right clothes… So boots on for me I think.. xPenx

    • Kathy says:

      Shooting with a camera is MY kind of sport, too! And I love that saying. (I didn’t wear boots to work, but would wear them on a tramp to the mailbox or down the road, in a heartbeat.)

  13. holessence says:

    “I wish the albino buck was still running wild in the woods. I wish it would run free and white in front of my car some day, and the car would miss it, but the camera lens would not.)”

    Me too.

  14. susan says:

    I love looking at the snow, not so much being IN it. Ours is a ways off yet but I have the boots, gloves and chooks handy!

    • Kathy says:

      SuZen, isn’t it lovely when we can sit inside in a cozy warm house, maybe draped in an afghan or blanket, with a good book, and watch the snow lazily fall? I’m enjoying that right now. I mean…signing off for a while because that book is calling.

  15. Hey, be prepared next time and get the camera out of the case, lens cap off and lens unlocked BEFORE you leave for work or home and place it where you can grab it at a moments notice. My commute does not have many photographic moments.

    On another note, I WISH my snowsuit from 1969 would still fit!

    And one more thing, remember how to photograph snow? No? This should help…

    • Kathy says:

      I LOVE my picture of the snowy trees, Scott! Gosh, I did not read your last sentence until now. I could have lightened it up in the photo-editing software, but loved the gray heavy beautiful way it felt.

      But will go and read your snow photography suggestions again and will perhaps try to remember them.

      I do not unlock the camera before leaving home because–mostly–six days out of seven–there’s nothing to photograph. And don’t want to put everything back together again. Sigh. Conundrum.

  16. dawn king says:

    I wish the buck was still running free in the woods too. Am going over to Scott’s blog to be reminded how to photograph snow. We don’t have any yet. But we will. Darn it.

    • Kathy says:

      Darn it! **smile** Yep, that snow will be coming soon. My advice about photographing snow is to photograph it while the sun shines. Unfortunately, I do not take my own advice. (That’s because who’s going to wait around for the sun?)

  17. Susan D says:

    Such a pretty picture! It seems to have come on quickly – Winter – once it decided to appear. I feel unprepared so I’m glad you made a list of necessities up there! I’m watching a pot of pink mums putting forth their second blooming as the snow falls outside … I want to put one perfect pink blossom next to the albino deer …

    • Kathy says:

      I loved the picture and am glad you liked it, too! Pink mums on their second bloom…beside that beautiful albino deer…my heart honors you, Susan.

  18. Kiah says:

    Love this (except the albino deer part..)

  19. I love getting the snow, ice or slush off of the car for Tim before he goes to work, although he’s working from home more often these days.

    I wish it was you shooting the albino deer with your camera, and not the hunter with his gun…

    Gorgeous snow scene!

  20. bearyweather says:

    It is white here, too. The browns disappeared on Wednesday. I dread it each Fall and start really hating it about February … so, I could not believe that I was actually driving home tonight wishing I had my camera to take some pictures of the white stuff. There is beauty there (like your picture shows) that sparkles when it first shows up in November … the beauty of it does tend to fade with age, though. I look forward to a few snowy pictures early this season … but, will be more happy when I am taking pictures of the melting puddles in April and May.

  21. Robin says:

    Your snow is beautiful. I hope you capture your deer. 🙂

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