This is our world at zero. Crisp, clean air that bites your nose and tingles your lungs. I went for a walk with the eldest of my three treasures on this frigid evening before dusk. The air was considerably still and not a sound could be heard ~ well except for a little ones howling. I set out by myself early the next morning to capture the cold on film (or rather camera). Walking in the clouds among the deer ( Lynn they are still here although their fawns are grown now).....I gasp at God's wonder and the magnificence of the world he created. So inspired I was.... I had to stop to ponder and pray ~ thanking him for such glorious gifts! Have you ever gazed on something so arresting, so magnificent you just stood in wonder? I feel God at these moments. Livng abroad and traveling around the world, I have seen many wonders. From the leaning tower of Pisa, castles in Europe, the Eiffel tower, the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China to the Lippazan stallions in Vienna.... but nothing compares to my family, my precious children. Oh, what a favor they are! Children are gifts, a reward from the Lord ( Psalm 127:3). So as I sit in zero weather reflecting on God's goodness and forgiveness as he fills me with rewards so cherished. Not worldly rewards, but heavenly.
We have been, appropriately, reading "The Long Winter" , sympathizing with many of their plights, discussing how easy we have it today. We sit this morning coloring and creating by candle light. Later we snuggle up to read by the fireplace comfy in well fluffed chairs, and covered with quilts. The sewing machine has been running this week ~ a dress made , a quilt finished. Victuals of beef stew, potato soup, corn bread and biscuits have been the fare. Math has been drilled, copy work copied, and history along with biblical review have been studied and discussed. How wonderful it is to sit and chat with you child about the world. Willow has positively developed a loving relationship with Beatrix Potter stories in their wee versions. In the evening we burrow underneath quilts and feather beds to read "The Golden Thread and other Stories". Life is lovely and cherished.
nothing like mama's sweater and boots to keep one warm...
Mountain man is outside under the house this Arctic morning, as most of our Appalachian neighbors are, unfreezing lines. They don't usually freeze but the temperature has dropped so low this week that even rentals are shut down on this popular ski weekend. He came rushing in the house early this morning gasping and dripping with icy water. A gauge blew and when it did he got spiked with pure deep well mountain water. Now if you've ever felt water up here you know how painful it can be as it is stinging cold.... like needles. It will make a grown man cry. Poor fella... sure glad it wasn't me ;)
a walk in the clouds...
Being an early riser, Sage woke with me before dawn this frigid morning. I went to the kitchen to wash up some dishes from the night before and she snuggled in a wing back chair with blue blankie. Being the creative soul she is, a meowing of song burst forth form her lungs. It was quite loud but being the mother of six I am considerably trained at phasing out many noises and sounds. ;) She continued her ballad for a spell and I decided to accompany her with a duet in her feline number. I seemed to forget that Jack, who is interning late hours, was sleeping in the next room.... Soon his door was jerked open and a groggy voice said "Sage, sweetheart, what in the world are you doing?" Sage with a smile of whimsy: "I'm singing cat opera!" Jack looks at me as I turn away so as not to let him see my grin and chuckle. Poor fella.... sure glad it wasn't me ;)
*I hope you enjoy these photos ~ they are straight out of the camera. I used different WB (white balance ) settings to achieve the different tones.
hark! Is that.....
my happy little kitty
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. Philippians 2:14-16
Stay safe... stay warm!