A Winter Walk From Dec 21


Who would have imagined this was Winter Solstice Day? It felt like spring. As we walked the dog, we saw a dandelion and a very aggressive little snake 🙂

It was so cute lunging at our toes as if it were a giant.

An aggressive little snake

Could you see it? Here’s a more defined image:

An aggressive little snake

Star loved her romp in the woods and water.

Star running in the woods

She was pretty exhausted after it all, though.

Star is very tired.
Star is very tired.
A dandelion in December
A dandelion in December

I took pictures of the snow markers next to the dandelions so you can see that it truly is winter.

Dandelion is close to the camera.

A beautiful day in December.

A Diverse December

A Diverse December

December is a funky month, full of highs and lows. Perhaps for everyone, and certainly for Chris and me. And this year it seemed particularly diverse in emotions.

In December I:

  • Celebrated exciting life milestones.
  • Mourned for people no longer breathing in our earthly sphere.
  • Re-learned lessons I should have known and came pretty close to burn-out in work.
  • Took some time away from work/computers (hence the lack of blog posts this past month).
  • Relished in some slope therapy.
  • Celebrated a birthday, Christmas, a 27th-year-wedding anniversary with the yin to my yang (and vice versa) and New Year’s Eve. All very simple celebrations, but beautiful–with people who love me and who I love.
  • Felt lost in my own existence.
  • Started finding myself again.

At the end of November, I would not have predicted that December was going to hit so hard. In retrospect, I’m still not sure how or why it did. Perhaps it was because there were no kids in the house, and life was otherwise pretty stable. That gave me time to think about things a bit deeper.

All I can say is that it was a month lived. Highs, lows — that’s how it goes.

Here are some of the month’s highlights:

Embrace who you are and your divine purpose. Identify the barriers in your life, and develop discipline, courage and the strength to permanently move beyond them, and keep moving forward.

Germany Kent

Preparing for Winter

Posts at the beach placed in preparation for winter.
Posts at the beach placed in preparation for winter.

This post is for my friends who live in warmer environments. The image featured is of something we see a lot here in the north. It’s usually metal rods along highways, but this particular picture is a bunch of wood posts at our local beach. Know what it is?

It’s a row of markers along a road so the snowplows know where to drive. I’m kind of super excited to see that the markers are now lining a path to the main parking lot at our beach instead of just to the ticket booth. That’s quite a bit further when one is hiking in deep snow and will make walking to the water a whole lot easier this winter.

To put things in perspective, I’m 5 foot 2 inches tall. Think they are getting ready for a lot of snow? 😉

One can only hope…

January Thaw — a Time to Step Back

Yankeerosecreations sums up the benefits of the January thaw perfectly (and beautifully), imo.

It is 50 degrees out here in Belfast, New York this morning as I write this. A soaking rain has been falling since last night. Almost all the snow we have gotten over the past month has melted, and flood warnings are in effect for many nearby creeks and streams. It is our January Thaw. […]

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