Such strange warmth for this time of year. Ice is still thick on the lake, a dull mirror for the fog that hovers inches above the surface. Dense and disconcerting, it blurs the distinction between earth and sky and the shroud makes dusk of midday. What am I not supposed to see? The…Continue Reading “A Cold Encounter”
The sound of sleet tapping on the windows in the almost-light woke her from a heavy, dreamless sleep, causing her to stir far earlier than she intended. Waking to the soft falling of snow and the blanket of silence that results would be so soothing, she thought as she stretched reluctantly beneath the covers. The…Continue Reading “Hard Comes the Morning – A Six Sentence Story”
Late Sunday evening and I’m finally sitting to think about my Ten Things of Thankful post. That happens a lot lately. (OK, it happens all the time.) I start my posts early in the week, I plan to get in there on Friday evening, and then…life happens. And I’m so very glad that it does….Continue Reading “Snow Days and Preparation – #10Thankful”
“This is going to be the best Christmas ever.” This is what my daughter told me this weekend as we brought out our Christmas tree, shopped for some new strings of lights, and hung the ornaments on our tree. We’ve been easing our way into our Christmas preparations. We like to take it slow, focusing…Continue Reading “This Christmas”
If one thing is certain in life, it is cycles. Seasons come and go, night turns surely to morning, and years pass more quickly than we might hope. It’s hard not to see this time of year as an end. It is the end of summer, the end of sleeping in and staying up late,…Continue Reading “#10Thankful – Cycles and Seasons”
“Sir, you can return when we re-open the warming shelter this evening.” She knew that he would not; turning him out into a blizzard was an act even the devil would find unthinkable.
He squared his shoulders, willing the lump in is throat and the tears behind his eyes not to betray him. “I understand.”Continue Reading "Six Sentence Stories – The Blizzard"
I still have a cold.
I think this must be the cold from hell, brought on by the unbelievably inconsistent weather here – unseasonably mild, then sub-zero wind chills, then up into the 30s, then down to the teens, then up to nearly 60 degrees, then a plummet to the 20s. No wonder my head is a mess.
I’ve done all the home remedies – sick tea, my new favorite sick soup. Nothing is working so far – unless it’s all keeping it from getting worse, which I suppose can be Thankful #1 this week. How’s that for a silver lining?
Spring can come any time.Continue Reading "TToT – The Never-Ending Cold"
This has been an exciting week.
And it’s not over yet, so I’m squeezing this in to make sure I make it to the TToT party before I’m off again. This one’s moving fast, friends, so hang on…
My first-ever guest post over at Pat DiCesare’s blog went so well. I am thankful for the opportunity to participate and thankful for all of you who clicked over to read and comment. If you haven’t been there yet, please visit and take a look.
What’s next?Continue Reading "TToT – The One With All The Excitement"
Sometimes I have more emotions than I can handle.
This week has been a particularly emotional roller coaster ride, full of ups and downs. Just about the time I thought things were moving along well, BOOM! Life throws those twists and loops in when you least expect them.Continue Reading "TToT – Hang On for the Wild Ride of Change"
I am losing my patience with winter.
I know, I know. Everyone is tired of it and everyone is cold and nobody wants to hear anyone else complain anymore. I agree. We are house-bound today due to both weather and illness, so I turned to my good friend Thoreau for some help.
Because if I watch one more Disney, Jr. show with my Daughter I’m going to lose my mind.
I grabbed my love-worn copy of Walden, a woolen shawl, and a hot cup of coffee. Knowing he will always tend toward an admiration of the beauty of nature, I prepared to see what Henry David had to say about winter. A lot – four chapters, to be precise. In my copy, that’s about 60 pages. I didn’t care to read 60 pages of it when the last 60 days have been more than enough. A couple of things caught my attention…Continue Reading "TToT – House-Warming"