Tuesday, February 4, 2020

February 2020. Mud, Snow and Ice

A Quote about Winter
There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.
~Ruth Stout

I prefer to stay home and off the roads during the winter and only go out when necessary for supplies or an appointment. I am fortunate to have family and friends close by that I rely on for help with transportation. I am mostly content to say home, cozy by the fire in long, quiet stretches with time to reflect, to heal, to dream of the future and be thankful for all that I have been given. The stillness of these close, cocoon-like days is comforting, like being wrapped in one of my mother's quilts. I do yearn for spring at times but the groundhog saw its shadow this month and, indeed my local weather forecast says more snow is on the way so I settle in again.

One day last week the temperature went up to 50 during the day. I was taking a walk with my granddaughters and as we were out, a fresh wind came up. It seemed the season was changing and transforming right before my eyes. The local roads and driveways were filled with big puddles and deep ruts and most of the snow had melted. Spring thaw, I thought, but then the temperature dropped back down to freezing that night so that was that, and it has been cold ever since, cold and still.

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