Snow quietly descends from the silver winter sky and powders the world in a delicate layer of shimmery white. I am curled up cozy and warm indoors with a purring kitten in my lap. Enjoying a fresh cup of coffe and fresh chocolate chip waffles, I am looking out, pondering the beauty and quietude of this season in the country.
Rarely a car goes by and besides the milk truck and snow plow rattling along there does not seem to be much astir. Even the blue jays and squirrels have disappeared, crows sit all poufed up and silent in the trees and only tiny tracks tell of rabbits, rats, and mice still bustling about in the snow.
With temperatures well below 0°F there really is little motivation to go outside, and I am grateful that I seized the sunny afternoon yesterday and brought in a barrow-load of fire wood. Though quite a bit colder, the sun and blue sky made it much more bearable to be out and about and I did accomplish quite a bit before the chill got to my bones and enticed me back into my comfortable, well heated abode.
To all of you, whatever your climate may be, I send warm and wonderful wishes for the season and beyond. May the old year end in peace and harmony, and the new one rise and shine with infinite possibilities, prosperity, and above all love, laughter and happiness.
Membership registrations are steadily rolling in and I am checking off seed and supply orders, planning planting schedules and labor needs, and thinking about the farm days/festivals for the season. Ideas are flooding my mind and have me smiling in anticipation of all the amazing things to come this spring and summer. And they are coming soon, really… In just a few weeks I will be planting the first seeds. Wheee… I am excited.:)
It is snowing. I love watching the big flakes swirl and dance in the air and like a glittery powder cover the puffy pine trees and line the bare branches of the giant oaks around the house. It is beautiful for sure. And sitting by a warm fire, sipping hot tea, gazing out the window, I can say I love winter. But it is also harboring a sense of isolation as the below zero temperatures stifle my sense of adventure and activity…
I started helping out at a neighbor’s horse ranch and there are a couple of unsocialized stud colts I want to work with. But as the only space available is the outdoor round pen, my enthusiasm to spend time with the colts takes the back seat to my desire to stay warm and comfy and dry indoors.
I am longing for milder temperaturs and brighter sunlight to lift my spirits, and for the energy to rise up and take on the world. Luckily the forecast for next week promises milder weather.
Christmas eve. I am sitting here in an empty house… Just my animals and I. No fancy dinner with lots of people. No laughter, excited voices, clinking glasses, christmas carols and no blinking lights and tinseled christmas tree… No embarrassing family stories, no presents, no regrets.
It may seem sad, to have none of the typical definitions we so readily attribute to the holidays. And yet, all the commercially created festivity aside, in the stillness I am content and I remember the true origin of Christmas.
The birth of Jesus. He had no fancy dinner and no festive christmas decorations. Born in a simple barn with only the animals and his parents sharing a moment of quiet celebration and appreciation.
To me there is no place more perfect to celebrate Christmas and the true gift of love and life and the power of truth within me than the quiet of a manger surrounded only by animals and the presence of spirit. What a blessing to be living on a farm, here and now, and to enjoy a time of solitude and reflection in this still and peaceful winter landscape.
It is almost Christmas and with new member registrations flooding in I am immersed in my seed catalogs fantasizing over which yummy veggies to grow for my first season… Despite the cold weather and the snow on the ground I am antsy to go out in the greenhouse and start planting!
Of course I have to hold my horses. I don’t have all my supplies yet anyway, nor have I completed my seed order. But my eagerness is fueled by my evenly eager new members who are telling me they believe in me and can’t wait for their fresh picked veggies!
For now, I try to sit back and enjoy the view of my kittens enjoying the view of the calm and peaceful winter landscape…