Contemplating February

| 2/21/2014 8:58:00 AM

Windy Meadows FarmFebruary ... a strong wind is whistling around this old house, and although the sun is shining brightly (fooling us into thinking it's possibly warmer than the thermometer reads), it does little to chase away the cold.


wing prints in snow

As the wind rattles the roof and slips in through every nook and cranny it can find, it almost sounds as if the entire house will set sail ... thankfully, of course it never does. It stands strong ... fighting against the howling wind and staying firmly anchored as it's done for 150 years. On days like this, it's blissful to be inside.

However today, I find myself bundled up and ready to head into the chill. The weatherman calls for snow and sleet, so it's a good idea to carry wood from the barn and refill the wood rack ... the past few weeks of extreme cold have significantly lowered the logs kept close at hand. It's also a good time to completely fill hay racks, tote buckets of water, and rake straw bedding for the goats and chickens. Anything that can be done now will save time later when the drifts make walking to the barns and opening doors difficult.\p>

And while it may seem bleak, February offers the richness of any other month. Still, cold days when the air is clear and sharp; dazzling ice trails that lead from the house, to the coop, to the barns; the sound of snow crunching underfoot. And yet when we stop, we can hear the quiet after a heavy snowfall that's unlike any other.

2/27/2014 2:20:36 PM

Mary, I really don't mind winter. It's a time of resting, relaxing, planning, catching up on reading, and just plain over all preparing for the next growing season. I for one enjoy all four of the seasons and missed it immensely when I tried to move into an area of the country that didn't have them. I vowed never to move away from them again when I came back. Each of the seasons has its enjoyable things and helps us to enjoy the next coming season when it arrives. My favorite is Spring and next favorite in Fall but all of them are great. ***** Have a great contemplating February day.

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