Circle of life
I shouldn’t be here today.
I should be listening to testimony from a jury box, attempting to determine the guilt or innocence of a fellow man. Said man is presumed innocent until proven guilty, sayeth the law.
Fortunately or unfortunately–I shall not be determining this. Along with a dozen or so others yours truly was ousted, sent packing, shown the courtroom door. After intense questioning and 2 1/2 hours of jury panel seating yesterday morning, I’m a free woman once again.
I agonize over the thought of declaring someone guilty or innocent. Too many cases exist of wrong decisions. However (before anyone gets started with the opposite viewpoint) I am also glad to live in a society where–hopefully, sometimes–a panel of ordinary folks can assist in coming to a fair verdict.
As for tossing someone in prison without attempting to heal a dark heart, well, that’s a topic for another day.
Since I have to go to work today–no “fun” in the jury box permitted–I am going to issue a judgment.
Against this winter.
Guilty of being too hard, too long (OK, that’s biased, since it’s only January), too cold, too snowy.
Let’s walk to the mailbox, shall we?
Barry is plowing snow today, thank goodness, for last night the tractor stopped dead as he plowed the twelve inches of new snow on the driveway. It simply stopped cold, done, finis.
He plotted repair scenarios all night in his sleep, but this morning–lo and behold, another miracle!, the tractor revved once again. Ice in the gas line, he thinks. (I will correct this diagnosis later, just in case non-mechanical me is completely in error.)
1. First of all, relax. You don’t have to DO anything on another snow day. The Universe gives you permission to relax and lie on the couch all day–in your pajamas–if you so desire. Breathe in, breathe out. Simply BE. That isn’t so hard, is it?
2. Watch the snow fall. Snow descends from the sky in such fascinating different ways. As previously discussed, when the wind is a’blowin’, snow sometimes falls down and then ascends up. Sometimes it scatters sideways. This morning, cuddled beneath the white comforter in my jammies, it seems the flakes fall tenderly. Can you imagine tender snow drifting downward?
Sorry, you’re going to have to look at old pics from 2011. It’s too cold for me to go outside and take any new photos.
Good chilly blanket-wrapped morning!
I hope you’re keeping warm, readers.
Let’s pour a cup of coffee–or would you like tea?–or hot cocoa?–and chat for a spell.
So many everyday conversations begin and end with weather these days. Our thermometer shivers at -10 (-23 C) this still-dark Tuesday morn. My husband just warmed the car in the driveway (it started suspiciously with that telltale err-err-err sound even though he bought a new battery last week) and drove through -32 (-35 C)wind chills to his job at the Sentinel.
I, on the other hand, live in the lap of wood stove stoking luxury. Most of our schoolchildren in the western Upper Peninsula stay at home, protected from that wind chill, yesterday and today. Therefore, I stay at home.
Theoretically, that is.
1. It’s the damnedest coldest winter I can remember in many years–and we’re only three days into 2014.
2. The Christmas lights still shine in our Little House in the Big Woods–but I’m taking them down on Sunday. You can hold me to that resolution.
Little Christmas trees in the north woods
Merry Christmas, dear readers, from our snowy Little House in the Big Woods in Aura, Upper Peninsula, Michigan, just a dozen owl hoots from the nearest four-way stop.
I wish you the happiest of holidays. May you enjoy this season of celebration as we surpass the darkest days of the year.
May 2014 bring you peace, joy and understanding.
I have so appreciated another year of blogging with all of you. You’ve all helped my life shine brighter than a star atop a Christmas tree.
Will be taking a blogging break now–and shall see you sometime after the New Year decks the halls with boughs of holly.
Many blessings! Hope you enjoy looking at all the snowy pictures, including a few oldies but goodies of my little ones when they still frolicked in the snow at our Little House in the Big Woods.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Creative Story #1. This week my to-do list lassoed me around the neck, hog-tied me, and threw me in the closet. The to-do list looked like a demon, you know, wearing red Christmas long underwear and sarcastically humming, “God rest ye Merry Gentleman” whilst brandishing a silver key and bottle of brandy. While I wept on the closet floor, the to-do list partied around our Little House in the Big Woods, tossing Christmas lights asunder and making snow angels on the deck.
I wouldn’t have escaped from the locked closet at all until after Christmas, except Barry found me. He didn’t seem to believe my story about a demonic capture by a to-do list, though. Do you believe it?
Flash of yellow in snow
Snow continues to fly here in the north woods. You think snow drifts downward, don’t you? You think snow drops from clouds to earth. Sounds logical, right?
I’ve learned that snow, in actuality, flies every-which-way. It’s most intriguing when it flies upward. You’re looking out your window and snow rises. It’s aimed for the clouds. Go figure.
Later, you’ll realize it’s the wind. Snow does drift down from clouds. The wind sometimes tosses it back up. It’s like a game of catch. Who’s gonna catch the snowflakes, wind or cloud? Grandfather Winter likes to amuse himself.
We started re-filling the wood room again last night. Oh, so frigid. We topped off the back row and half filled the second row. Tonight we’ll haul logs again. Actually, I haul logs and hand them to the chief stacker, Mr. Barry. I wear my grandmother’s old 1969 snowmobile suit. (It’s famous, you know. Someone said so on Facebook.)
Kinder in the sink
Today I visited Linda at the Skanee Post Office and posted a Christmas package to my daughter in New York City.
In return, my daughter sent a picture of one of my grand-cats, Kinder, who recently discovered the bathroom sink.
(Oh, silly me, I think this happened in reverse order! The daughter sent the photo first, then I paid big bucks for the package, but who’s counting anyway?)
Coming to you Live from a VERY cold afternoon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Trying to catch up with my Christmas chores. How are you doing with yours?