“And the streams are all swollen with winter,
Winter unfrozen and free to run away now.” – Rich Mullins, Green
This week, Jen Hooks challenged us to photography something vibrant “to wash the web with a rainbow of colors to keep the winter gloom at bay.”
“Even in winter an isolated patch of snow has a special quality.” – Andy Goldsworthy
“Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.” – Andy Goldsworthy
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I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for waking me at 1:00 o’clock in morning by shovelling your driveway. It made getting up the next day exceptionally pleasant. This seems to be your favourite time for this winter activity – I remember from the last winters…
In case you hadn’t noticed, nearly every window in every house on the block was dark at that time. That’s because we were asleep. I’m not sure if your wife (or daughter – I wasn’t wearing my glasses) sitting in your front window, noticed me gesturing to you by pointing to the imaginary watch on my forearm and waving my arms in the air in my agitated state. That’s why I took the additional step of turning on my bedroom light and standing prominently in the middle of the window. I apologize if she waved and I didn’t wave back.
Perhaps next snowfall, you could kindly look out the window from time to time during the day/evening. You see, t you failed to notice that it had been snowing all day and you could have shovelled earlier (like many of the folks on the street). In fact, you could have shoveled and scraped your way down to the bare pavement several times throughout the day/evening (like we did) and gained a real sense of achievement. I realize that by 1:00 a.m., there was quite a bit of snow on your driveway. I guess you didn’t noticed, it was still snowing, so all your attempts to scrape the last three snowflakes off your driveway were rather pointless, as well as noisy.
I also wanted to express my deep appreciation for the way you bellowed orders at your wife/daughter (or were you just carrying on a conversation through the glass window). It really encouraged our neighbour’s yappy dog to join in. I think the dog’s sharper voice carried better – your voice was more like the muffled teacher on Charlie Brown specials, only deeper. Though my ears were straining, I couldn’t quite make out the words.
We haven’t been properly introduced – we met only that one time I came over to ask you if you had a permit to
butcher trim the tree in your front yard, saving you both a fine and an unfortunate death [you were standing on the top step of a ladder that says “this is not a step” and sawing with a saw tied to a broom handle with string]). I was seriously contemplating coming over to do so, by 1:20 a.m. when you were still scraping snowflakes off the bare pavement, but at the time I was worried that you would misinterpret my death threat groggy ramblings and destroy any hope of becoming friends.
I trust this letter finds you well and I look forward to a peaceful sleep.
“Softly the evening came. The sun from the western horizon
Like a magician extended his golden wand o’er the landscape;
Twinkling vapors arose; and sky and water and forest
Seemed all on fire at the touch, and melted and mingled together.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?” – J.B. Priestly
“When the red red robin comes bob bob bobbin’ along along
There’ll be no more sobbin’ when he starts throbbin’ his old sweet song” – Dean Martin
When Big Guy was in Junior Kindergarten, he learned the song “When the Red, Red Robin”. Walking home from school, we would hold hands and skip, singing it at the top of our lungs.
I watched a fat red-breasted robin skipping merrily across the yard today, until he reached the edge of the snow. And then he stopped and stared at it for a long time. A very long time. I was beginning to wonder if he was contemplating suicide. If he stayed there long enough, it could look like an accident. We have at least 2 cats that wander in our neighbourhood…
A few weeks ago, the geese started to return. And then they started to fly south. And then they flew north. The one day we had a mini snowstorm, they just hunkered down in the field next to work and grumbled under their breath. But the flocks are getting bigger – I saw hundreds in the sky last week in at least a dozen different “v” formations…and they were headed east…Bad move, geese! Some Eastern Canadian provinces are still digging out their cars…literally. They are buried in drifts that could easily bury me!
The snow has mostly melted where I live, but with temperatures dipping back in the minuses (celsius, that is), there are no mud puddles. My new red plaid rubber boots are poised by the door! I’ve already inspected my flower beds but there’s nothing to report but frozen leaves and dirt.
“Wake up wake up you sleepy head get up, get up get out of bed
Cheer up cheer up the sun is red, live, love, laugh, and be happy!”
And that’s what I’m planning to do…live, love, laugh and be happy! There are signs of spring (even if we can’t put away our snow shovels or pitch our mittens just yet). But if it truly starts to snow again, I am not making any promises!
In January, 2014, I tackled a writing challenge called Lunch Posts, which featured 3 vignettes of my daily commute. Recently I took a photo of what inspired the first one.
I don’t know if this is a sugar shack, but it’s certainly the right time of year for tapping the trees and making maple syrup!
“Blood is thicker than water but maple syrup is thicker than blood, so technically pancakes are more important than family.”
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