Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Winter White and One In a Million Chance Meeting~

~ Small World, True Story ~
Reykjavik, Iceland & Oldham County, Kentucky...and 3111.9 miles in between.
I went to the market on Friday, along with everyone else in the county, anticipating snow showers.
A lovely woman, whom I did not know, was approaching me with 2 other adults and a young girl.
I took notice of the attractive, handmade hat that the woman was wearing and complimented her on it.
Pat said that her sister made it, and then gave me a phone number for making contact later on.
She also mentioned that her brother Matt and his wife Bea, who were shopping with her, were visiting from Iceland.
At first I bid them a good day and started to walk away, when I thought about one of the first blogging friends that I made on here, nearly 3  1/2 years ago.
I turned back around and announced that I have a blogging friend that lives in Reykjavik, Iceland...
and that his name was Chris and that he had a bird blog that I followed.
That was when it happened...a one in a million chance meeting!
One of them asked if Chris happened to be French and I said yes.

A few more observations were made in conversation, and we all realized that this was one in the same Chris that we were speaking about...absolutely astonishing!
Chris, Matt, Bea, their families, all live in a French community together in Reykjavik.

It all began with a kind compliment and ended up with a huge surprise at how very small this world actually is. 

I am forever thankful for this chance meeting. 

Somehow, it was meant to be!

With that, I bid each of those whom view these pages a very

Happy New Year!

Be Safe, Be Blessed!
 We did end up with about 3 inches of Winter white and the husby took me on a drive yesterday, near the Icelandic Horse Farms that I enjoy so much. 

I thought it appropriate to share these along with this story.

I am linking up with Mary for:

"Mosaic Monday"


I am linking up with Stewart at:

Wild Bird Wednesday



Many believe that all American Robins migrate further south come Winter, and yet that is not the case. 

Many remain behind and count on left over seeds and berries to fuel them onward.

Below American Robins and European Starlings take in nourishment.

Some Christmas adornments still mark the recent celebration and will help also usher in the New Year, before being dismantled.

Many Crabapples still hang on the tree next door to our driveway~

As we were driving in the big city, to pay a visit to my father-in-law yesterday, I spotted the park lake above and noticed the woman standing in 23' weather, painting the beautiful scene, during a light misty snow falling.

Several White tailed Deer ran across the lane, as we approached.

European Starlings and, or Mistletoe that was never plucked for Christmas kisses;')~

I must say right here and now, I was not too crazy about having my photograph made, especially after having been caring for Brittany, and Dad, and oh my;'( such vanity...
no make-up, and looking more than a mess...
Yet, I had to decide to go with them anyway...
Hey...I needed proof that I really did meet Chris's friends Matt and Bea, all the way from
Iceland, in of all places, my home of Oldham County, Kentucky. 


  1. love that meeting! kismet! synchronicity. serendipity. fate. whatever you wish to call it. :)

    beautiful photos of the snow and frost! lovely winter scenes!

  2. Trully unbelievable. I knew they were going to the States but did not know it was in your area. I don't believe it. Nice you dared to say you were following my blog. Next time I hope we will meet :-) Trully an incredible meeting and one of these moments thar only the web can offer!

  3. Chris, all that I can say, is that it had to be fate! I think that many times, we would probably come in contact with people that we know, or relatives, friends, like this encounter, and never know, less we just say hi. I will always remember that moment, when reality hit...and it was remarkable. I am also hoping that I can purchase one of the hats, that Pat and Matt's sister creates~

  4. Mary that is a wonderful story of your chance meeting at the market with folk from Iceland. Your photos are stunning. I love the rusty colour of the horses against the snow. Beautiful post! Best wishes for you in the new year. Blessings, Pamela

  5. That's pretty awesome, Mary! The odds are astronomical! How cool! Love the photos of the horse in the snow! Gorgeous!

  6. Beautiful Words, Beautiful Photography, Beautiful sentiments from a truly Beautiful Woman!

  7. Lots & lots of very beautiful images, esp the horses & deer! =)

  8. ps A wonderful story of a meant to be meeting, too, absolutely wonderful! WoW! =)

  9. You look wonderful! What a great story. It truly is a small world after all. Loved seeing all the beautiful photography collages of winter and horses and deer and birds and flora and fauna...terrific!

  10. I read this post to my husband! I am always amazed by the blogging world and how many coincidences there are! And of course, the things that make it seem like a small world. I'm so glad you were friendly and spoke to these people. I love a story like this! It makes blogging the BEST experience ever! Love your always! Happy new year!

  11. That's an amazing and beautiful story, Mary. Just wonderful.

    Your photos capture the ethereal beauty of winter snow so well. I just love looking at them.

    Happy New Year!

  12. Being a kind and friendly person does have its rewards. How exciting to make the connection with Chris' blog which I viewed and he does do excellent photography.
    The horses in the snow look peaceful.

  13. A very small world. How lovely to met these people at the market. Gorgeous photos. Wishing you all the best in 2013.

  14. Wow, what a great way to wind up the year with that chance meeting!

    I have to say, I thoroughly enjoy visiting your blog and getting to see all the wonderful sights you've captured. I particularly enjoyed your image today of the park lake. (Can't imagine standing out there to paint!)

    Wishing you many blessings in the New Year!


  15. Mary, what a wonderful story about meeting Chris's friends. It is a small world. I love your photos, especially the horses. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Years!

  16. It's amazing how small the world really is. And blogging makes it even smaller. Your photos are wonderful, I enjoyed my visit today. Wishing you a very happy new year!

  17. A nice meeting you made, lucky thing.
    Your pictures are all snowy, beautiful. Have a wonderful new year 2013 Mary and all your family.

  18. How brilliant that you should accidentally meet up with Chris' friends like that. The world really is made so much samller and friendlier by good old Blogger. Your pictures from the day are truly outstanding Mary - that snow is just so white and crisp and even. Superb. have a great weekend and a wonderful New Year.

  19. a lovely story Mary. Isn't it amazing how things happen sometimes. And a lovely host of winter images. I am enjoying everyone's snow photos as we have been sweltering in a heat wave this past week.
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2013. I have enjoyed stopping by and peaking at your world this past 12 months.

  20. What a lovely bit of serendipity---and these photos are breathtaking!!

  21. Beautiful set of photos and collages! Love all the wintry scenes. That chance meeting is priceless!! Happy New Year to you!!

  22. All your writing and pictures are truelly a blessing from Our Creator given out through your life - so beautiful both the pictures and the writing and the life! Love the phrase about mistletoe and Christmas kisses. From a neighbor who is grateful to be also a friend. Love Sandy T

  23. What beautiful snow-filled pictures!!

    What a wonderful blog you have :)

    Happy New Year!!


  24. Wow! Isn't it great when things like that happen.

    Magical photos.

  25. Great story about meeting blogging friends. The photos of all that snow are beautiful.

  26. Great story! Next time you are shopping keep an eye open for an Australia with a British accent and too much camera gear. Well, you never know!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  27. I follow his blog also!! Great chance meeting. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  28. Beautiful snowy scenes, and horses, too. Small small world.

  29. Great image series showing - wish you a belated Happy New Year.
    Hanne Bente

  30. Amazing coincidence! Wow! Beautiful pix as always.


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