Winter collage

Winter collage

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Arrival...

of colder weather, finds me drifting over to some favorite blogs that originate in the Deep South or as far away as Australia...gazing at their green grassy lawns and blooming flowers or shrubs will satisfy my craving for growing things now that our own surroundings are blanketed in snow. Our temperatures may fluctuate in the days ahead and the illusive sun might show itself long enough to melt some of the cover, but we can rest assured that it will be late March or early April before a bare ground is revealed.  Now the evergreens are coated with the recent snowfall - their long branches bent towards the ground as if acknowledging acceptance that the growing season has come to a close and it is time to rest. 

Few birds show themselves on such gray, overcast days. The migratory flocks left the Northwoods many weeks ago. The ice on our pond, which started as a tentative edging along the bank, has advanced to seal the entire surface in its embrace.
It is dark by 5:00 p.m.  A pot of chicken soup and hearty pumpkin spice muffins provide a "comfort" dinner on a chilly night.
There are weekly treks over to the wood storage area to replenish the supply on the front porch. Fires burn continuously in the fireplace and in the evenings we are drawn to its warmth, perhaps to read or pick up a stitching project. Football on TV or a movie make for diversion. The dogs seek out their favorite spots, content in knowing their people are close. Quiet descends around us like a heavy wool cloak, insulating the house from the outside world. Winter has arrived at Taylorsoutback.

Wishing each of you a warm and cozy week and a Thanksgiving filled with Blessings.


 

 

16 comments:

Lizzie said...

Yes, there is a huge difference isn't there, it's good to have another hemisphere to vicariously enjoy....
We are just coming out of hibernation as you draw yourselves in and savour the comfort and warmth of fire and hearth...
Lizzie
xxx

Pondside said...

I can almost imagine myself snuggling in by that fire, Pat. You paint such a cosy picture.
I made homemade chicken soup for supper tonight too!

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Ha ha I am drooling over your snow and remembering living in Connecticut as you are yearning for our sunshine. Sounds so nice snuggling by the fire - here I am just trying to stay cool.

millefeuilles said...

Such beautiful writing. Shake me and curse me but you make me feel a shiver of excitement at the thought of snow. I know, I know: wer I to 'suffer' this plight from Novemeber 'til March I would perhaps be a lot less enthusiastic about SNOW.

You capture the impact of its arrival on your lives perfectly and the pictures are beautiful too.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your mother in law sounds like a truly amazing lady. What a blessing her words were to you!

The soup looks wonderful!

Nana said...

Yes Pat, the snow arrived here as well and this morning some very grey looking geese were huddled on the ice now forming on the lake. We're planning trips to relatives in CA where 60 and rain is a kind of heaven. The crockpots and oven are in full swing, too. I just can't seem to get into welcoming winter!

Maureen said...

Lovely words and photo of your winter wonderland! That soup looks delicious! Enjoy your cozy home. We are having unseasonably warm weather and rain. Happy Thanksgiving!

Michelle My Bell said...

Beautiful photos- Oh how I miss the SNOW! Have a Blessed Thanksgiving :)

Sharon said...

We have rain, and lots of it. The mtns have tons of snow already, they've had the hwy closed over the mtn passes several times already. Beautiful pictures, post those all winter long! Just like looking at xmas cards. I got your package, many thanks. I haven't looked at it yet, but I am going to make this a priority to have it finished for 2012. Thanks again

Barb said...

wow - I want to visit - hot soup, beautiful surroundings - just lovely!
pretty post card!!
Happy Thanksgiving
xx

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Looking forward to seeing the snow! Your soup looks like the perfect accompaniment to a wintery day :o)

I wanted to be sure to say Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings & Aloha!

Jenny said...

What a beautifully written post. I loved this. The simple words, slow cadence, chilly images.

This felt like a homecoming to me.

Thank you.

Friko said...

No bare ground until March or even April?

Goodness me, don't you go mad? The description of the comfort and warmth in your house is wonderful, you are obviously well able to look after yourselves; but still, I'd find it hard to remain pleasant and not get very grumpy indeed for that length of time.

Esther Joy said...

Those migratory birds you mentioned seem to be making a steady trek over my house! For two weeks they have been coming and coming and coming! Tonight they stopped and took a break here, and I was able to confirm that they were robins. We may have a few flakes of snow tonight, so the parade might be nearly over.

Carrie P. said...

I enjoyed your story telling in this post. My kind of place. The snow is beautiful. I haven't lit the woodstove yet but I am sure it won't be long. We don't get winters as cold as yours.
Stay Warm!