Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Signs of Spring

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy in this season.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spring Chorus

It stopped me in my tracks as I approached 
the chicken coop in the center of the garden this afternoon.
 There was singing in the woods, 
a song so joyful and exuberant
that it urged me to hurry down the trail.
I did, with Mabel trotting at my heels.

"Spring is here!" the little swamp singers proclaimed. 

My heart sang along
and my steps were lighter,
 as I returned to my chores.


Where ever you are, whatever the weather, 
I wish you a spring in your step
 and somewhere pleasant to spend your time.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

April Seventh in these Northern Hills

Instead of April, there is winter outside my window.

From where I sit, I see the sun setting into the steel blue lake,
Sassy little waves stomp and toss their foamy white hair.

Spring hovers nearby... unseen.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you comfort and joy.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Book Review

The blogger and photographer behind Out on the Prairie recently posted a review of my book
 If you have a minute to check it out, please do.  
While you are over there, scroll down through some of Steve's other posts. 
 His photos and commentaries make me feel like I am wandering the prairies
 with a knowledgeable naturalist.  
You will love the peaceful respite that his blog offers; I know I do!

Still working on maple syrup here.  It has been a long, dragged out season... and yet not a remarkable yield.    We just keep plugging away!

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Small Things

Somehow, every holiday ends up being about
 what I am thankful for in this life.

 I walk around my house before a holiday gathering, 
cleaning and adding small touches that I know 
my family and friends will appreciate when they arrive. 

 Their presence in my home and in my life
 is what I am most grateful for.

This is a simple life that we have chosen, 
without a lot of "bells and whistles" but it is full and meaningful. 
 It is about family and friends and shared experiences.

Wherever you are, however you celebrate, 
I wish you a full measure of joy in this season of new beginnings.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Today is all about Contrast

Between yesterday's storm and today's downpour
 of fresh air and sunshine,

Water dripping from the eves,

 Shadows spilling across clean snow,

Blue skies arching over a white-washed earth.

Yesterday, we hibernated. 
 Today, we play.

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you the joy of discovery.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring Blizzard

Snow is piling up, 
hiding the grass that was greening up,
just two days ago.

I'm dashing out of the house once n a while
to tend the maple syrup fire.
Then back in to warm my hands, as I
bake fragrant banana bread 
and brew hot tea for myself and my son, 
who is feeling under the weather.

The world is beautiful,
and the wind is wild.
and home is a cozy place 
to spend a quiet day
 with my youngest child.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you the blessing of quiet days.