Winter Has Arrived on Time

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This year winter seems to have actually taken a look at the calendar and agreed to abide by what it says. We had unseasonably warm weather right up until December 21. On that day, the first day of winter, the temperature dropped, the wind picked up and it started to snow.

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I really like my seasons to work out in such a tidy fashion…..usually they do not. I will have to confess that I really did hope for a white Christmas. A gentle white Christmas snow….not the horizontal type that sometimes seems to visit our part of the country….and this snow totally fit my idea of a Christmas season snowfall.

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There is beauty in the still, whiteness that snow seems to bring. There is an odd excitement in the “bite” that is in the air as I go outside to take care of the girls. Maybe it is just a primitive reaction to the elements…I am not totally sure what it is, but at this point in the year I am okay with it. I have a feeling that come the middle of February that excitement is going to be long gone!

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I enjoy looking out my patio door and seeing the smoke rise from the chimney on the old milk house. My husband hangs out there in the winter and gets it cozy warm by stoking up a wood stove. I think that milk house is his version of a man cave.

A few years ago my husband took our grandson out to the milk house with him. At that time our grandson was 3. My husband offered him peanuts in the shell. James politely refused. My husband shelled the peanuts for him thinking that might be the issue. Again….a polite refusal. My husband tried one more time and finally James told him that he did not like peanuts…..monkeys ate peanuts.

Later that year our son was out for a walk with James and they were finding acorns. My son asked him where they came from and was told from trees.Β  Then our son asked him where peanuts came from…..he received a very enthusiastic answer on that one. He was told, “Peanuts come from Grandpa!”

I begin to wonder if I love those first snowfalls because they bring back those fun memories of holidays with the family. Time spent with loved ones can be some of the best times. Family is truly a gift.

Those first snowfalls bring a quietness and stillness to the end of a busy day. Standing outside after locking the girls in for the night, feeling the sting of the cold on my face, and smelling the fresh winter air brings a calm to my soul.

There is a hush in that space of time in between day and night…..a silence broken only by the call of a screech owl in the grove, the lonely sounding cry of geese, the rustle of my chickens settling in for the night,Β  and the distant sound of a train whistle.

It is a wonderful time for reflection. It is a time to realize that there is an order to this life and to the seasons. They arrive at the perfect time every year. There is comfort in that fact and it brings a contentment to the soul to know that someone bigger than me orchestrates this life.

May you be blessed this Christmas season and may you be a blessing to those around you. May your soul find stillness and contentment in the busyness and may you have time to stand outside and let the beauty seep deep into your bones.

Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments,
embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.
John Boswell

 

 

 

31 thoughts on “Winter Has Arrived on Time

  1. Ame says:

    sooo beautiful.

    my daughter said to me just yesterday that some year she’d like to go north for christmas and have a true white christmas πŸ™‚

    β€œPeanuts come from Grandpa!”

    LOVE!!!

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  2. Anne Mehrling says:

    I’m glad you’ve had whiteness. We enjoyed ours, but it is all gone now. Terrific winds tore the neighbor’s Christmas lights off the house, and I saw them whipping about when I got up this morning. We must drive in messy weather to pick up the second precious grandson. His flight was delayed as he walked to the gate on Long Island. This could be a long day.

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  3. Deb says:

    It is funny how excited we are about the fist snowfall and then as you said come mid-February not so much! I’m glad that the seasons were cooperative this year…as we know they aren’t always. Yes I believe you may be right about your husband’s “man cave” hehe. What a sweet story with your son and grandson. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family Faye!! Enjoy all those sweet moments that make memories you will linger on later. πŸ™‚

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  4. Whitneyibeblog says:

    The pictures are beautiful and I’m pretty sure it’s more beautiful physically. I hope to witness it someday. The slogan “winter is here” reminds me of game of thrones.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Timothy Paul Westbrook says:

    Beautiful pics! I love the snow, especially when I’m inside a warm house and peering through the window. Shoveling snow and driving in it are not my favorite. πŸ™‚

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You are right! The snow always looks better from the inside of the house.
      I do have to shovel a trail to my chicken coop and I usually shovel a trail for the girls to follow to get to an open front shed where they can dust bath and sit in the sun. I don’t mind shoveling…..just not is sub zero temps!

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