This is the time of deep mid-winter, of frosty mornings and cozy evenings by the fire. We've already gained an hour or so of sunlight since the solstice, but the cold has not eased it's grip, not even for the traditional January thaw. It puts me in mind of how winter was when I was small: endless acres of fields buried beneath the drifts, icicles on the eaves, cold toes and wet mittens. I must admit, I'm enjoying it. Yes, I said it, I'm actually enjoying the cold and the snow! I think I'm acclimated to it. This morning I was out doing some chores and the sun felt warm on my shoulders. I got so warm I had to take off my hat and scarf, only to come in and notice the thermometer said 3 below zero. Sunday it was all the way up to 19, and it felt like Spring to me so I went shopping after church without my jacket.
|Driving to work at -15 F.|
Of course, it's not all fun and games. The propane bill is wiping out my savings, and there's been some terrible accidents in the county. And every now and then when I'm looking at seed catalogs I'm anxious to get back in the garden.
But fter a couple of years with little snow, it's been great to get out my cross-country skis again. Skiing through drifts is a lot of work! Fortunately I found a snowmobile trail to follow for a while. Fresh air, sunshine, and diamonds all around. What could be better?
|By the time I got back around, my tracks were starting to fill in again.|
|Skiing where no one has skied before!|
Work has been taking a lot of time, with plenty of meetings and such. Many days it seems I hardly get through supper and do up the dishes before it's bedtime already, but I have been working on projects, such as trying to finally finish the window quilts for the front room, cleaning out the basement, and experimenting with some new recipes for laundry soap and venison lunchmeat. I've also been dealing with some allergy-type things and have embarked on a crusade to not only get chemicals out of my home but to improve my immune system.
So all in all, it's been a busy winter! I hope this finds all of you doing well. God bless, and stay warm!