Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Winter Blooms


In the quiet places,


nestled between


here 


and there,


winter blooms.


Wherever you are, whatever the weather,
I wish you peace.


Ski on over to Steve's blog, Out on the Prairie, to take in the sights.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Dusted in snow.




We walked out this morning under the pale winter sun.


It was quiet in the grape yard.




Everything is dusted in snow.



Even Micah.



Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.




If you have a few extra moments, head on over to Steve's blog, Out on the Prairie, to see his peaceful, beautiful stroll.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Deep Winter


In deepest winter,


let us walk slowly
into the woods.


Down past the sleeping cedars,
to the quiet 
of the snow-covered marsh.





Let us explore the places
that we cannot get to 
in the bright tangle of summer,
nor in the whole-hearted saturation of spring.




Let us be
still and reminiscent
like the effigies of growth
that hold space
in these numinous glades.



Let us be free
to take the arctic air
deep into our lungs,
while we lie in banks of snow
like children making angels,
beneath a roof of cedar branches
and the pale familiar winter sky.


Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you the peace of deep winter.


Please take a moment to see the beautiful buffalo that Steve found, 
Out on the Prairie, during his Sunday Stroll.


Friday, February 02, 2018

A Little Quote and a Little Note: Winter Full of Winter


"You can't get too much winter in the winter."


~ Robert Frost


I'm not sure that I can wholeheartedly agree with Robert Frost, but Micah certainly does!  We have had a winter full of winter: snow, ice, Alberta clippers, and bone-chilling cold. Early each weekday morning, I step into the cold pre-dawn air to tend to our farm animals before braving the challenging road conditions on my way to a new job which I started in November.  Well, it's not just a job, it's a calling.  More about that another time!

When I arrive home, as the sun is sinking into the beautiful lake that defines the western horizon on my entire (eleven mile) commute, Micah is waiting.  Waiting with bright eyes and excited energy in his entire body.  He is eager to romp in the snow, skid on the ice, and to leap and bound joyfully.  If his wagging tail is any indication, he shares the belief with Robert Frost that "you can't get too much winter in the winter."  In fact, he'd be in favor of winter all year long!

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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Last Sunday of January


Something beautiful awaits us,
just over the rise.




Ice catches the light
that the clouds are trying to hide.





We walk,
taking deep breaths of  winter-fresh air,
as the cold wind scours our faces.



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

Head on over to Steve's blog to see all the fun there is in strolling Out on the Prairie.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Stroll - Creekside


Run with me,
over the patchy snow,
down to the creekside.



We can linger there in the arms of the trees,
listening to the slow melt
of this brief January thaw.


And then,
when we walk in the cedar glade,
let us look closely.



And, more closely still...



We may see that the earth 
is still full of life
beneath the snow and ice.



Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you serenity.

You won't believe who Steve met during his stroll,