It is amazing how much the landscape can change in just a day or two. We went from 50 degree weather and sunny, to howling winds and that white stuff blowing around. It was a sudden transformation that I should have expected ….after all we do live in Iowa!

For some reason it seems we are always surprised when that first snowfall comes. In a way it is a good thing; as it can be a little hard to get in the Christmas decorating spirit when the trees are bare, the air is warm and the ground is brown. At least it seems hard for me.

The thing I find so hard to get used to, the older I get, is the cold. My dad used to tell us that we are in the season of the lazy wind… is too lazy to go around you and it just goes right through you instead! The wind seems to have more of a bite to it; the more I age.  I am not sure how that actually works. I just know that it seems to be a very sad fact.


There is kind of a beauty to this season of change. The other night when I went to lock the girls in for the night, the snow was coming down softly. The wind had stilled, the flakes fell softly and melted as they hit my skin.  I could hear the echoing calls of a flock of geese as they settled down on the river for the night. Standing there, with only the moon for light, it was a delight for the senses.

Sometimes change can be good. The cold season of winter makes me appreciate the warming days of Spring. So many things in life are the same way. It takes the uncomfortable times and cold seasons to make me really appreciate those times when things are easier and seem to go smoothly.

Winter is a great time for reflection. It is a time to slow down and enjoy the warmth of a wood stove and a cup of hot chocolate. It is a great time to dream of the warmth to come and enjoy the company of family. It is a gift of time to reflect on blessings given.

Take time daily to reflect on how much you have.
It may not be all that you want
but remember someone somewhere
is dreaming to have what you have.” 

― Germany Kent










35 thoughts on “Transformation

  1. samanthamurdochblog says:

    Beautiful pictures! I don’t mind if you want to keep the snow, though…I don’t like being cold…wet…falling over…

    Lovely post 😺💕xx

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  2. Al says:

    I love how you always take time to “smell the roses” as the saying goes. I’ve made a point of this also my entire life, sometimes to my detriment. But I don’t regret a single moment.

    Another saying, “bloom where you’re planted” comes to mind with you. You seem to be an integral part of your environment and the beauty of it shows through you. Love your posts!

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  3. bcparkison says:

    Oh how I once loved Winter and didn’t mind prancing down the main street leading the band in the Christmas parade. Now is a different story. Age does strange things to us …indeed it does. I would love a pretty snow fall but just a couple of days of it would be all I need.Last real snow fall we had was the year after my son left us . We had a 6″ fall that ran through central Mississippi. It did last more than a few days and was cold and the water was frozen and the electricity was out for several days, but I took it as a sign everything was gonna be alright. Ben loved snow…It even snowed at his funeral. God is good
    ps. Your picture is great..

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  4. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    A beautiful post, Chicken. One I can relate to in every way.
    Sending wam love and thinking of hot chocolate and something yummy for your teas, which will begin a warm glow inside, which will spread throughout your body and make you warm all over.
    Sending BIG squidgs ~ Cobs. x

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  5. susieshy45 says:

    Your post and feelings were magical as always.
    Winter is a time to slow down- as your girls would say, if they could talk.
    I am slowing down too – not because of winter but because I see no point in hurrying up.
    Everything happens at its time and that time is its best.
    Thank you,

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  6. Deb says:

    I love that expression, the season of the lazy wind. Faye I think the reason we get colder as we get older is because we are thinner than we were when we were younger so there’s less to keep us warm…that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!! 😉
    Oh I love how what you experienced when you strolled out to lock up the girls for the night…that stillness, and crispness, and the moon and snowflakes…yes it can be very magical. I don’t like the cold at all either but it does make me appreciate the warmth more and winter is a great time for reflection and slowing down! Time to take your advice!! 🙂

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I think that is why I need to keep chickens….I have to lock them in shortly after dark (that is when they have all gone in the coop) and it lets me just stop and enjoy that very quiet time of just after the sun goes down. It is a wonderful time of night and usually so quiet.
      LOL on thinner as we get older. I must not be old enough cause I have not seen that happen for me yet!! I can hope however…..

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      • Deb says:

        Yes you definitely have to keep the girls to enjoy that time of day….funny I’ve never noticed that before but will pay more attention, about the quietness at that time of day. Yeah thinner as I get older hasn’t exactly happened to me either…but I can pretend and hope too!! hehe 😉

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