Sunday, January 4, 2015

Winter Sets In...Appreciating Each Day

The holidays have been fantastic, with time to travel, to spend time with children and grandchildren, and to reflect on the last year.  I enjoy living each day...not one for looking back with many regrets, or forward with too many "demands."  Each day is a gift, and I work to remember that.

Today it snowed...real snow...acting as an insulator.  I love to watch big white flakes fall, collecting on the ground, on tree branches and foliage.  It is so quiet and gentle - wrapping around us and offering us a chance to slow down, breathe deeply and reflect on our lives.

Friends are pulling out their seed catalogs as soon as the decorations are down, looking ahead to spring.  But sometimes I feel they are missing the opportunity to live in the quiet of a world resting...preparing itself to emerge in glorious color in a few short months.

Oh how I sound poetic, praising the beauty of winter.  Those of you who know me, however, also know I do not tolerate the cold well at all.  I would rather be in a warm climate.  We recently returned from visiting our daughter in Texas, thoroughly loving the warm weather and sunshine.  During the coldest months of the year, I am known to spend entire weekends under a blanket, curled up by the fire with a good book, the cat fighting me for the warmest and most comfortable spot.

But when I stop to watch the snowfall,  long shadows cast across the fresh white surface, and absorb the silence created by this soft coating, I can't help but appreciate nature's sleep.

So, take time to enjoy another season in the life of our world - and let me know what you do to pass the time!


Jeanie said...

It looks like you have more snow than we do, though I understand that will change today (we do have the ice!) Your photos are lovely. Like you, I am no snow bunny but looking at your photos -- just fine!

Sandy K. said...

You have a warm and cozy life, Jeanie - stay warm and positive this cold winter season:)

Relyn Lawson said...

Here it is February and we haven't had a single flake. Still, it's been gorgeous. I just wanted to stop by and wish you a happy new year as I have been away from blogging for ages. Take care.

Relyn Lawson said...

Knock.. knock?