An Icy World Arrived—-Sunday, January 7, 2018

Although it’s nice and warm inside, outside the winter day of a typical January has returned.

Last night we had a skiff of ice transforming our extremely dry land into sharp shards of miniature ice.

A stiff wind is shaking the branches of the Blue Spruce adorning our house and fringes of ice are slightly dripping off our metal roof.

There really wasn’t anything to call snow, but it is a moisture of sorts.

I’m not surprised

While working outside Thursday, we (Terry and I)  saw a Sun Dog.

In three days time (the sky prophecy announced) cold weather will descend.  Even colder weather than you are experiencing right now.

But what did surprise me…is there were two Sun Dogs in the sky!

That evening (Thursday) as the shadows turned to deep blue, the sinking sun transformed the sky into an amazing burst of light; I could see the snow clouds gathering way over on the Plateau.

By Saturday night (after a beautiful day of sunshine) I could breath cold in the air…colder than normal.

And I hoped some much needed moisture.

We got some, enough to settle the dust in the air, and damped the soil.

That’s better than nothing.

Your friend on a western Colorado farm,

Linda

 

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The Bitter Cold Says Hush, Be Still—Sunday, January 8, 2017

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It’s cold here!  So cold that your lungs feel frozen when you try to breathe.

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There is a hush upon the land, a stillness that says…shhhh, step softly, go carefully, do not disturb the silence of the sleeping earth.

ice-and-shadows-004The woodstove is a blessing!

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Still there is a wonderful beauty of the evening sky—the jagged pink line of snow covered mountains

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As the setting sun brings to us the darkness…flowing in quietly all around us

ice-and-shadows-019The brilliance fading into gray.

moon-shadowsStill the moon, that heart stopping brightly glowing moon, teases me with the thought I could grab a bare branch, of the highest tree, and swing like a trapeze artist.

If I could do so I  would be able to catch myself on the hook of that growing moon.  Then I would skip and jump from one glowing star to another— walking among the vault of heaven, which arches over our magnificent earth.

From my world to your heart

Linda

 

 

A Nasty Winter Storm Arrives

The dogs and I walked around the place yesterday, just for the fun of it.

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Just to get out of the house and ‘do’ something.

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Although, we were in a winter storm warning and I could see weather all around us, we were not being effected.

But I could see it coming in.

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Then it hit….

Bitter cold wind, gusting to over 30 m.p.h. all most all of the night and still going strong. Not much snow, but the snow we have is flying all over the place.

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Terry had been working on the ditch, but this took the farming urge right out of him 🙂

Took the need to get outside and ‘do’ something different right out of the dogs and I!

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Of course the cats don’t ever really like to go outside anyway.

I think it will leave here sometime late this evening with temperatures falling way, way below zero.

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Baby, it’s cold outside! (By Frank Sinatra and Doris Day, of course, although, I know many others have also sang this song.)

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Linda

Bird Song!

Its cold here.  Very cold!  -6* this morning as I was coming into work. 

This time of year I always get restless.  I miss color, the world is so all one color in the winter.  I also miss the sunshine.

I drove in to work in a thick fog full of ice crystals.  

I miss heat, not from the wood stove, but the out-of-doors kind of heat. 

The sun is just coming up when I get to the door of my office, but when I get home the day is longer…no more getting home in the dark, so that is gift.

The dogs and I go for a walk, even if it’s cold (9* last night when we walked).  It does my ‘trapped at a computer’ mind and body good to get outside.

Look at this tree on our place…it was FULL of birds….birds, birds, and more birds!  They filled the air with loud bird song, bird squabbles, and many flapping of wings. 

The whole experience was a major delight!

Linda

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Another Year, Another Day

January 2011, who ever would have thought!  Not me…when I sat in my little desk in the first grade, heck 2000 seemed like ever so far, far away.  And now I’m here. Wow! Amazing!

I stopped making resolutions years ago…I do set goals.  Sometimes I can reach them sometimes not.  What I’ve learned over my 61 (almost to be 62 years in 14 days) is as we go through the twelve months of the year some of those goals just seem to lose their importance.

I hope to see more rainbows this year, but since we are so miserably cold (zero and sort-of above) I’ll settle for a sun dog or two.

I try to remember that this kind of cold is hard on bugs and insects….very hard.  So maybe next year we will be bug-less!

Since the dogs sleep on the back porch and it isn’t heated very well, they have learned a couple on new tricks…

Like sleeping under covers!  Terry and I laugh every time we look out and see them all warm and snuggled in their beds!  The cats sleep inside by the fireplace.

But back to resolutions and goals—

Now that I’m old (I had a kid hold the post office door open for me today…I was in shock.  He even called me Ma’am.  Then I heard him say something to his friend about it’s rude to not open doors for old people…ack!)

Any who….now that I’m over 60… if I can just treasure each day and understand that if I look hard enough, learn from the day, and move through it with joy, then I will be blessed.

I can never count on another day being given to me–not like a person does when in their 20’s and 30’s and even 40’s.  I cannot assume I will wake up each day or that others I love deeply will awaken each day.

If I can just keep gratitude in my heart and joy and wonder in my soul that is resolution enough.

Thank you blogging friends for my bucket list dreams of traveling to distant lands…I enjoy each and every one of you.  After all, that is what life is all about family and friends, near and far.

Linda

Baby Its Cold Outside

-7* as I headed to work today! 

 Brrrr.  Its 16* right now and its 1:30 in the afternoon so you know the temperature is heading down.

Of course, this is nothing compared to Canada.

Plus the snow cover is really good for protecting the plants. 

The cows, goats, sheep, and deer don’t like eating snowballs, either.

The new ‘lack of snowplowing’ (unless at certain times of the day) leads to some Very interesting driving to and from work. 

Out our way, the plows come around noon.

Part of my job requires me to report to our satellite campus, one hour’s drive-time from the main campus.

At least three days a week.

Having to be there by 7:00 in the morning means I really do miss having a snow plow come down our country roads.

Still noon is better than not at all.

Work has me stretched way beyond what I can seem to get done.

But, HEY!  I have a job!

Maybe it just seems hard because I have to drive on frozen roads.

Stay Warm out there!

Linda