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If we were having coffee: Winter wonderland edition

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In the woods this morning.

Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others.

~David R. Hawkins

Kind words can be short and easy to be speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

~Mother Theresa

Snow in the juniper.
Snow in the juniper.

If we were having coffee, I would be thrilled to see you again.  Hugs if you’re amenable to hugs.  Come on in out of the cold and snow!  Brrrrrrr!  It is wicked cold outside today.  But beautiful, don’t you think?  I don’t know how you made it up to the house.  They don’t do much to clear the roads around here when it snows and even if they did, it’s been coming down heavily all morning.  Our weather prognosticators said 3-5 inches of snow, but there is well over a foot of snow out there now and it’s not expected to stop until this evening.

Heading into the woods in hopes the wind won't be as bad.
Heading into the woods in hopes the wind won’t be as bad.

Let’s go out to the kitchen to get our beverages and snacks, and then have a seat in the living room by the wood stove where we can watch the snow coming down from the sky or cascading from the loblolly pines.  It’s a fairly heavy snow, or at least I thought so when I was out there shoveling earlier.  I wouldn’t have bothered to shovel, but I wanted to take a short walk and it’s best to clear the boardwalk before walking on it so that ice doesn’t form where the snow gets packed down by my boots.

Fresh snow.
Animal tracks here and there.

As for beverages, you have a choice of coffee, a wide variety of teas, hot cider, or hot cocoa.  There are cookies (freshly baked snickerdoodles and M&M cookies), and for those of you who prefer something on the savory side, the usual hummus, pita, and veggies.

A little sheltered.
A little sheltered.

How are you?  What have you been up to lately?  Is it hot, cold, or somewhere in between in your part of the world?  Do you like snow?  Have you traveled anywhere recently?  Or seen anything new?  Have you recovered from the holidaze?  Watched any good films or read any good books?

It's quiet in the woods on snowy days.
It’s quiet in the woods on snowy days.

I’ve finished a couple of books since our last coffee chat. Sycamore Row by John Grisham and Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.  The Grisham book was as expected.  Entertaining and a fast read.  I loved Wild.  Absolutely loved it.  This was one of those rare occasions in which I’d seen the movie first and after seeing the movie, I really didn’t have much of an urge to read the book.  However.  A good friend said I should read the book because (of course) it was much better than the movie.  He was right.  I think the reason I liked it so much is because of my persistent dream of wanting to do a long distance walk or hike or pilgrimage of some kind.  I really should get off my arse and do it someday.

Shaking off the snow.
Shaking off the snow.

I am currently reading The Girls which Santa brought me for Christmas.  I did well in the book and music departments this Christmas, having received several books and a couple of CD’s.  M received a couple of books too, and I just might nick one or two of them from him when I finish my own.  I’ll probably get them read before he finishes whatever book he’s currently moving through at a snail’s pace.  I tease him about his slow reading, but it’s not that he’s a slow reader.  Not at all.  He could probably gobble up books faster than I do if he had the time to read.  Plus he does so much reading at work that he often doesn’t feel like reading much when he gets home.

Where the woods and marsh meet.
Where the woods and marsh meet.

If we were having coffee, tea, cider, or some other beverage, I would tell you that it has been a quiet week here on the Wabi-Sabi Ranch.  M and I have been recovering from all the recent travel, and getting over a bout of something.  We’re not sure if it was food poisoning or some strange version of a stomach flu.  Either way, it took us a couple of days to get through it and start feeling normal (or close to normal) again.  On our mad dash home from Ohio we stopped to eat at a restaurant in Breezewood, Pennsylvania, and at first thought maybe we’d eaten something we shouldn’t have.  But there were muscle aches and headaches and this strange need to sleep, sleep, sleep, and sleep some more, that resembled the flu more than it did food poisoning.  No fever, no congestion.  Just queasiness after the initial uproar of the first evening.  Local word has it that there is a stomach bug going around, and our contact with Little Wookie over the holidays pretty much guaranteed that we’d catch something.  That poor baby has been sick a lot, something that tends to happen with children in daycare or in school.  He seems to be on the mend now and we’re hoping all the colds and other viruses have built up his immune system.

Grasses and trees.
Grasses and trees.

If we were having coffee, I would ask if you have any plans to attend the Women’s March on Washington this month?  I signed up, but I’m not sure I’ll get there.  There are several things in play right now,  and I’ll have to wait and see.  I might be Elsewhere and if that’s the case, it’s possible I could attend a sister march.  I’ve also been looking around for some local volunteer work that will be a good fit for me.  It’s time for me to start giving back to the community I live in.

Snow on cedars.
Snow on cedars and pines.

If we were having coffee or some other beverage, I would turn this over to you now.  I really haven’t much news this week although if you stick around long enough, I’m sure I’ll find something to babble on about.  Thank you so much for stopping by for another coffee chat.  I always enjoy your company.  You’re welcome to stay a while.  I doubt we’ll see a sunset this evening, but if we did, it would be at 4:59 PM.  I’ll be going out for another walk if the snow lightens up a little, and then I think I’ll make a big pot of some kind of soup to warm us all up from the inside out.

Time to head back to the house. My fingers are numb! (Even with gloves and a pair of mittens on top of the gloves.)
Time to head back to the house. My fingers are numb! (Even with gloves and a pair of mittens on top of the gloves.)

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

For those of you already tired of snow and winter, here's a little reminder of spring. (Taken March 2015.)
For those of you already tired of snow and winter, here’s a little reminder of spring. (Taken March 2015.)

This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare.  Thank you to Diana for hosting it. Put the kettle on, start the coffee maker, open a bottle of wine, or whatever your preference is, and join us.  I’d love to hear all about what you were up to this week.

A sunset for color.
A sunset for color.
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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

20 thoughts on “If we were having coffee: Winter wonderland edition

  1. Hi Robin (Hug) I’m enjoying being back on-line so to speak, especially loving reading your posts, even if I don’t have time to comment – you know how I love to yadde away too. 🙂 I’ve decided my phrase for this year is ‘loving kindness’. The practise of metta really appeals to me and even though I may constantly trip over my own feet, I really want to hold it – and at least be fully conscious of when I’ve stepped right away from it 🙂 It is very beautiful in the snow isn’t it. Our summer has been a bit of a no-show again so far. Everyone is hoping that late summer might show up and be kind to us. But I think we have to get used to this new climate and adjust. And be grateful for a stable earth! I have a couple of friends who are planning on being in DC for the march. It sounds as if it may be huge and i hope it will be a peaceful and safe event. Hope you all are feeling well again. xo

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    1. That’s my phrase this year, too, Pauline! I started with “love” and “kindness” which, of course, led to metta or lovingkindness. 🙂 Thanks so much for the well wishes. Unfortunately, I’ve come down with a cold. It’s not surprising. My grandson was coming down with a pretty bad cold when we left him to come home. As for the march, I hope it will be safe and peaceful, too. I have an off feeling about it, probably because of the timing. I worry that with so many supporters of DJT there for the inauguration, things could turn ugly. I wish they’d picked a different date, maybe sometime in February or March.

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  2. We’ve been having off-and-on snow storms, but small accumulations. It looks like the current coastal storm will brush by us in a similar fashion. At least our rivers are flowing again after months of dry weather.
    I finished ‘The Lowland’ by Jhumpa Lahiri. A good read and am looking forward to the discussion at book club. Next up is YA ‘Maya and the Book of Everything’ by fellow blogger Laurie Graves, whom I visited last summer in Maine. I like our blogging community and their creative talents!
    I hope you are feeling better after your ‘upheaval’ 😉 and are back to your ol’ self. ‘Holidaze’ is an excellent descriptor and pretty much how I felt. I vegged for at least a week afterwards to recover and really haven’t felt all that motivated so far the first week of 2017. Overwhelmed by situations beyond my control, I guess. 😉 Jigsaw puzzles, solitaire, reading and walks in the woods is about all I want to do. Thank heaven I live in a beautiful place, as you do. We must count our blessings!

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    1. We ended up with about 14 inches of snow, Eliza. Unusual for this area, and I’m loving it. I was up at sunrise this morning, taking an early morning walk. It was 12°F at the time. Up to a whopping 18°F by the time I came in, and really warming up at 23°F now. I think this will be my week to truly veg out since M will be back to his usual work schedule, and I’ll have the house to myself. I’m going to do some reading, walking, drawing, probably napping, and as you suggested, counting my blessings. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Laura. 🙂 Yes, it could have been the novovirus. It’s going around now. There have been a lot of colds and flu and other viruses floating around this season. Hopefully things will settle down soon.

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  3. First let me say that the photos are lovely. Very dreamy and almost other-worldly. And wow! How I would love to come by for a winter coffee break with you. You set out a spread that can’t be beat! I’ll take hot cocoa in a mug please and later I would love to walk in the snowy woods with you. Thanks for the invitation. It is snowing here in Ohio, but I’m hoping it will stop soon, as my granddaughter has to go back to college tomorrow, and clear roads make for much better traveling.

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  4. Lovely photos of the snow and the woods. Reminds me of a time we went up to Holy Hill, Wisconsin back in 2012. I am currently reading John Grisham’s A Painted House and while, I’d like to read continually, work gets in the way. 🙂 I have yet to read Sycamore Row. Cheryl Strayed’s Wild is also on my ‘want to read’ list. I have to remember to list that in my Goodread’s reading challenge. 🙂 Have a great week!

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  5. Lots of snow here … my husband is plowing with his tractor today … he had thirty customers and is very busy on snow days. I get to stay in and enjoy the sheltered corners of winter your photos remind me of! Later I will take him some lunch and diesel fuel. Nice surprise to see the purple of the crocus after all the black and white! Jane

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  6. I quite enjoyed walking through the woods with you. The scene was breathtaking and I could enjoy it from the warmth of my chair! Sorry to hear of your illness there. We have had a nasty (but luckily quick moving) stomach bug making its way through the school where I work. I’m hoping the newly fridgid temperatures will have killed off the rest of the germs by the time I return tomorrow.

    As for reading, I just finished a wonderful book by JoJo Moyes called “Ship of Brides.” It is based on true events and tells the tale of 600 war brides from Australia who were transported to England after the war aboard an aircraft carrier to reunite with their grooms and begin their new lives. I really enjoyed it. Next on my list is “Hidden Figures,” the story of the four ladies engineers who helped with the first American space flights.

    Enjoy your week and thanks for the coffee!

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  7. It’s a good day for staying in here too with a cup of coffee or tea. We have had extreme cold and far too much snow recently – over 2′ on my front deck (which I do not even attempt to shovel anymore) and all over the yard. Today is rain, about which the only good thing I can say is that it’s warmer. I had a bout with what apparently was a little freeze in a pipe yesterday, so that once I’d drained the pressure tank and the hot water heater I was waterless. I managed to plow through the snow to the shop to get a space heater to put in the pump house, which did the trick. Sigh of relief, no broken pipe. So to answer your question, “do you like snow?” Not so much anymore. The first snowfall is beautiful and so peaceful as it drifts down to the earth. After that, I’d prefer it stay in the mountains, thank you. And the cold – I see no reason for it. Today will be a day of catching up on laundry, playing with my inks, maybe some baking. Quiet times – which are my favorite.
    Thank you for the hot tea and the company – it was, as always, lovely.

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  8. I’ll certainly have some of your homemade snickerdoodles, Robin. It seems you guys on the Eastern Shore got a lot more snow than we did. We only got about an inch, but it was, and still is, awfully cold. I have Wild on my reading list, although, like you, I haven’t been that tempted to read it after seeing the movie, which I thought to be uninspiring. But like you, I dream of doing a pilgrimage sort of walk one day, and am really hoping I can pull it off to walk the Camino de Santiago this fall. We’ll see. I just finished listening to Nabokov’s Lolita on audiobooks, and despite the subject matter, found the author’s prose amazing. I also just read City of Veils by Zoë Ferraris, the second in a murder mystery series set in Saudi Arabia, where the author lived for a time before divorcing her Saudi husband. Try to keep warm, and thanks for the coffee! 🙂

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  9. Somehow I missed this one, Robin. There’s been a lot going on here.
    I love your beautiful winter wonderland, although I would be enjoying it by looking at it through the window while I drink a warm beverage. 🙂 We got about 3 inches or so last Saturday.
    I hope you’re feeling better. One daughter and I might do the Women’s March in Philadelphia.

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    1. That’s okay, Merril. Lots going on here too and, as you might have noticed, I’m not doing a very good job of keeping up with my own blog or those of others. I’m feeling much better today, thank you. 🙂 I was thinking about the sister march in Philadelphia. I have family and friends up that way.

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