Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or a fable, it is true.
~ Thomas Merton
It is a beautiful day here on the Eastern Shore. The sun is shining, and there are wispy clouds floating across a deep blue sky. The temperature is above freezing, and that feels pretty balmy compared to earlier in the week.
I went out for a long walk this afternoon. I wanted to spend as much time outdoors today as I could before the predicted storm arrives sometime tomorrow. Not that the storm will keep me indoors (I go out for a walk every day no matter what), but we probably won’t see the sun again until Sunday or Monday. Best to get some vitamin D while I can.
We’re prepared for it. The pantry is stocked and there is plenty of food in the fridge and freezer. We have a good supply of water, and more than enough wood to keep the wood stove going for weeks. We are also prepared to feed the birds, having purchased plenty of a variety of seeds for our feathered friends (and the one squirrel I’ve seen running around out there). Unfortunately, the blackbirds are wintering somewhere around here, as usual, and they tend to overtake the feeders at times so we’ll have to keep an eye out for them or we’ll run out of seed. All I have to do is go sit out there for a few minutes, and that usually is enough to make the blackbirds move on.
The current prediction is uncertain. We could get snow, we could get ice. It will likely change over to all rain Friday night into Saturday morning, and then it could change back to snow Saturday afternoon and evening. The snow accumulation predictions range from two to eight inches. The wind is expected to be fierce, 20 to 30 mph on Saturday and into Sunday. Because of the wind, there are coastal flood possibilities.
We had a light dusting of snow last night. It was just enough to freshen up the snow we still have on the ground from last weekend’s snowfall.
If we get anything at all, I do hope it’s snow. Ice is always messy and dangerous.
I think that’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch on this sunny day before the storm. I’m thinking about heading down to the Point to watch the sunset, but it depends on what M says about the roads when he returns home from work. He mentioned at lunchtime that parts of the road were iced over on his way in to work this morning. They don’t do any salting on the back roads. You just have to hope for the best if you need to go out after a good snow because large portions of the back roads are in shade most of the time and it can take a long time for it to melt and clear.
Sunset is at 5:13 PM. If there is still ice to contend with, let’s go out to the dock and watch from there. I think it will be a pretty nice sunset with all those wispy clouds around to pick up light and color.
If you’re in the path of the coming storm, be safe, be warm, be well.
Today’s joys: A long walk in the woods, out to the dock, and through the meadows; spotting the hawk just as it left the tree where it was sunning itself; listening to the bird chatter; marveling at the way the sunlight sparkles on the snow (no matter how many times I see it, it’s magic); the warmth of my snow boots and the cute little snowflake imprint it leaves on the snow.