One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. ~ Dale Carnegie, American writer, lecturer, and more.
Shivering beneath this coat of snow
Snow that unexpectedly trickled down
Down to the ground below
Below ground, my root system sleeps
Sleeps while Winter whitens the landscape
Landscape that one day will become green
Green when Spring comes back again
Again my red blooms will brighten the yard
Yard that needs something so brilliant
Brilliant, isn’t it, how cyclical Nature is!
Note: This poetry form is called Chain Verse.
When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels. ~Author unknown
This week, we finally got one of those snowfalls like we had when I was a kid.
Back then, I’d have been happy to make snow angels and get a day off from school; today, the shoveling task falls to me.
Sigh. Adulting can be hard.
Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories. ~An Affair to Remember, 1957, screenplay by Delmer Daves, Leo McCarey, and Donald Ogden Stewart
The weather experts said we got 11.5 inches of snow over Presidents’ Day weekend.
And, with temperatures not expected to reach 32 degrees until at least Sunday, it’s going to stick around a while.
So I decided to share some of it with you here (sorry I can’t scoop up a few inches and ship it to those of you who want some for reals!)
If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees. ~Hal Borland, American author
I woke up to snow on Wednesday morning!
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. ~Golda Meir, fourth Prime Minister of Israel
We’ve been told to expect tribulation in the world,
And we don’t have to look far to see a rocky path:
Crowded with thorns and brambles:
More often than not, cold and unforgiving:
But that doesn’t mean we should give up.
Because peace, real peace, is something most of us crave.
Maybe we’ve been focusing too long on the big picture:
And failing to appreciate how interconnected we small humans are:
Maybe we simply need to place one foot in front of the other:
And keep working toward new beginnings of peace:
Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. ~Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, and dramatist (Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame)
Shivering as the north wind howls
Ice clings to evergreen boughs
When will spring return?
March 20 or thereabouts
Don’t give it another doubt
This mess will melt soon!
Nothing like some snow
To send even an old dog
Into wild zoomies!
Note: This is my interpretation of Liquid, the WordPress Photo Challenge for the week. We’re supposed to share a photo of liquid in whatever state we’d like. If memory serves me correctly, this shot from December 2014 captured one of our early snowfalls, and my dog gleefully joined me outside as big, fat flakes swirled down from the sky.
*The “zoomies” are sudden bursts of crazy energy that are totally normal for healthy dogs.
Nature has many scenes to exhibit…. — Henry David Thoreau, American poet and essayist
Mother Nature pulled an April Fool’s Day joke on Central Illinois Easter Sunday.
Sure, the calendar says ‘Spring,’ and we’ve been hoping for the warm and blossoming season for weeks now. It wasn’t to be, not yesterday anyway.
Take a look:
I am grateful for the silence of winter mornings, for the beauty and wonder of the glint of sunlight in frost melting to dew, for the early-riser’s peaceful solitude that sets a mood of thankfulness, hope, and calm for the dawning day. ~Terri Guillemets, American quotation anthologist and author
First snowfall, winter 2017
I’m taking a few days off to do holiday things with my family, but I’ll be back soon. Love to all, Happy Christmas, and thank you for coming along on this blogging journey with me! I’ll leave you with an Irish Christmas Blessing:
The light of the Christmas star to you,
The warmth of home and hearth to you,
The cheer and good will of friends to you,
The hope of a childlike heart to you,
The joy of a thousand angels to you,
The love of the Son and God’s peace to you.