Winter Lessons Learned

| 4/12/2011 7:54:14 AM

A Red Pine Mountain LogoWinter is usually one of my favorite seasons, but not this year.  Perhaps it is because my bones are growing older or perhaps it was because this was a particularly intense winter.  Day after day of snowy sub-zero weather combined with an absence of sunshine took a toll on me, and I found myself sinking into depression.  And as it was for me so it was for my animals.  Horses and donkeys huddled around eating piles of hay.  Poultry refused to leave their coop for days on end.  We were in survival mode for this winter that would never end.

With each day, I found myself questioning why I do the things I do, and one of the things I questioned was why I blog for GRIT, a magazine I respect and have read for many years.  I have nothing to teach you.  I can't tell you the best way to do anything for I am still a novice myself.  Feeling I had nothing to offer you,  I stopped sending in blog posts and virtually stopped writing.

When I walk through darkness, I always turn to my faith, to the Bible, to help me find answers I so desperately  need.  I read and studied and prayed and waited patiently for the answer I needed, and it came as I knew it would.

It wasn't until the second week in April the snow started to melt and we were able to get out in the pasture once again.  As I watched Flower roll, I allowed myself to be filled with the joy of the earth emerging from its rest.  

Miniature horse rolling in pasture 

For the first time in oh, so long, we were able to run, to stretch our legs, to feel our bodies in motion.

Barb Hoyt
7/31/2011 4:22:39 PM

I loved your blog about surviving winter. That is exactly how I felt this past winter. My bones ached and I was just tired. We live in southern MN and last winter was extremely harsh. But we did survive and so did all our critters. But by the end of summer, I always seem to welcome some down time. Thank you for your thoughts. I am sure I will read more as time goes on.

Mountain Woman
4/20/2011 12:27:21 PM

Shannon, Thank you so much. You write so beautifully and I really appreciate your thoughts. It's really heartening to know others feel the same way.

S.M.R. Saia
4/20/2011 7:23:13 AM

Mountain Woman, I'm glad to see you back. I feel that way about blogging a lot. But the blogs that I like best are the ones that show a slice of life, and even though you don't think that you're "teaching" anyone anything, getting a glimpse of your life and your thoughts every now and then is teaching. I came to the conclusion a while back that maybe blogging isn't necessarily about telling others what you know, but about sharing our personal journeys of discovery, and we're all learning from each other in an "unschooling" kind of way. From the outside everyone else always seems so much more together than one feels to be one's self, the best thing about reading other people's blogs is the reminder that we're all just human, doing the best we can with ups and downs. I'm always happy to see a new post by you, with your beautiful photos, whenever you feel inclined to post one. Happy Spring!

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