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A Monday meander on a wintry day

Shall we take a walk?
Shall we take a walk?

The opening to reality, as it really is, is beauty.

~Byron Katie

Walking is easier when you get in a rut.
Walking is easier when you get in a rut.

I’ve been waking up early for about the past month or so, usually sometime between 4:30 and 5:30 AM.  I have been waiting until 5 or 5:30 to actually roll out of bed.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe because it seems insanely early to get up at 4:30.

Wild cherry tree by the meadow.
Wild cherry tree by the meadow.

I love the peacefulness of an early winter morning when there is snow on the ground and frost in the meadows.  It’s especially beautiful during the brief time when the sun is making its way up from behind the trees that surround the pond.  Sunrise doesn’t always come from that direction, but that’s where you’ll find it during the depths of the winter months.

Terraces of snow on the branches of a cedar.
Terraces of snow on the branches of a cedar.

It was 4°F when I stared out the kitchen window this morning and saw the way the sunlight was sparkling on the snow and frost.  By the time I’d had my coffee, fed the cats, put on all the necessary layers to endure the cold, and opened the door to step outside, it was 8°F.  Much warmer, eh?  I know.  Not really.  But you’d be surprised what a difference a few degrees can make in the winter months.  It got up to 25°F this afternoon and compared to this morning, it felt like a heatwave.

Deep in the woods.
Deep in the woods.

One of the many wonderful things about snow is that it gives me an opportunity to see who has been visiting.  There are animal tracks all over the place, and it is so much easier to see them in the snow.  From the looks of things, the deer have been taking a tour of the property, their tracks winding around the gardens, the meadows, the front yard, the driveway, and the woods.  This afternoon I noticed the scent of something we don’t usually smell around here.  A skunk.  A very pungent skunk.

Wearing their winter finery.
Wearing their winter finery.

Bella, our snow cat, has been out a few times to enjoy the snow.  Izzy, our heat seeker, has no interest in the cold.

Snow in a magnolia.
Snow in a magnolia.

I’ve been out enjoying the snow while I can.  It will be in the 60’s by Wednesday so I doubt the snow will hang around for too long.  It’s supposed to stay relatively warm (50’s and 60’s) for the next week or so.

At the edge of the marsh.
At the edge of the marsh.

I reckon that’s about it for this week’s meander.  There’s not much for me to ramble on about since I’m spending most of my time recovering from yet another cold, and trying to get caught up here on the ranch.  All the traveling led to lots of chores that didn’t get done, including the laundry (there are mounds of it!) and the ironing (smaller mounds!).  Today is a good day for ironing.  It’s not one of my favorite chores, but there are days when I can appreciate the steam and the heat, and this is one of those days.

High tide in the marsh.
High tide in the marsh.

Thank you for stopping by, and meandering along with me.  Sunset is at 5:01 PM today.  Join me at the Point, and we’ll see what we can see.  Maybe the bald eagles will be out there, or a flock of tundra swans gathered near the ice.  M and I took a drive over to the Point yesterday and the water near the edge was frozen.  That might not last long, either, with a warm-up on the way.

Looking out over the Sound.
Looking out over the Sound from the beach at the Point.

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

Ice formations on the beach.
Ice formations on the beach.

A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy:  86)  Snow!  And winter’s visit.  87)  Pierogies for lunch.  Yum!  88)  Watching Bella frolic in the snow.  89)  Izzy and Bella who caught their yearly mouse the other night.  90)  Sparkles of sunlight on the snow and ice.

Morning frost and sparkles.
Morning frost and sparkles.
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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.

6 thoughts on “A Monday meander on a wintry day

  1. Thanks for the meander, Robin. Beautiful photos!
    It was very cold this morning, but it didn’t seem nearly as cold later since the sun was out and it wasn’t windy. I also often wake up around 4:30-ish–usually one of the cats thinks that’s the time to get up–but I don’t get up till about 5:15. Sometimes I sleep in until 5:30. 🙂

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