I Like Sleet

If you live in a place where wintery precipitation is common, you’ll likely think this is the dumbest blog post ever. Winter is my second favorite season, but here in central North Carolina rain is usually the only thing that falls from the sky. On the rare occasion that even the tiniest bit of winter weather comes to town I get unreasonably excited.

Today it’s sleeting!

Sleet isn’t nearly as beautiful or as much fun as snow, but I do like it.

I like the sparkling icicles it makes.


I like the quiet tinkling noise it makes bouncing off the roof and windows.


Most of all I like that it makes everything look like a big sugarcoated gumdrop.



  1. Kim V.

    I get it…and I miss sleet. In central Alberta it goes from summer to 3 weeks of fall, then freezing for months & months & months…..originally from New England….i miss sleet.

  2. Renae

    This made me laugh out loud! I totally get it though. Right now I’m lucky to be having a wonderful snowy winter but when I lived in Seattle, I loved anything that resembled winter! :) Enjoy it! and beautiful pictures by the way!

  3. Becky

    Love this! I live in England and the snow just hit us, everyone got annoyed at the cold, disruption and wet (as it turned to sleet) and I was bouncing around like an excited 2 year old! You can’t do anything about cold weather so, like you say, why not appreciate it’s beauty

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I can sympathize—most of my friends are summer lovers and think I’m crazy for loving winter weather! :)

  4. Charity

    I am reading your post from my back porch where it is 52 degrees and the sun is only just getting up. Here in Austin Texas, it maybe snows once in February and everyone starts a giddy phone tree of calls to make sure no one misses it. Anyone who has actually experienced snow scoffs at us, it is technically sleet. :) I totally know what you mean.

  5. Elisha

    I was amazed when Wake county announced early dismissals on Thursday before the bad weather even started. Now I see why they did! I got to leave work early yesterday and enjoy the wintery mix from inside our cozy apartment.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I can’t believe they do that! When I was a kid they always waited until the weather got bad to let us go home!

  6. April Hansen

    Lovely pictures Amanda. Are you enjoying your new camera? I’m curious, which lens do you find to be your “go to” lens? I’ve discovered your contributions in The Simple Things magazine, what a perfect fit for you! I do adore the magazine, your articles are beautiful and full of such fun ideas.

    Have a great weekend.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I’m loving my new camera! The full-frame sensor is great, it is so much better in low light, and the depth of field is beautiful. My only complaint is that I wish it had more focal points. My 50mm lens is my favorite and is almost always on my camera. I’m so glad you liked my contributions to the magazine! Thanks!

  7. Corbin

    Beautiful photos! Being from Georgia and having recently moved to New York, I am missing the south’s definition of winter! New fan and follower here!

    I hope you can stop by decor-eat sometime! Have a great weekend!


  8. Michele

    Love those photos, especially the one where the tiny icicles look like bunting :)
    I was certainly wondering what this post was about when I saw the title! But I know what you mean – any kind of winter weather makes me happy, and if it can’t be snow, well then, sleet is next best!


  9. Julia

    I can sympathize! Up here in Philly we’ve only had snow a handful of times this winter. But, mostly it’s rain. Sleet is beautiful, and you’re right about the tinkling noise–it’s magical!

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