Snow Dreaming

Is there a promise of snow when November holds  the heat of September,  when days like spring  make us think pumpkin spice  delights are anachronisms,  and sweet iced tea just seems  more fitting? Maybe no promise,  but I can find a snowy glade,  ascend  a white-topped mountain, meander a frosty forest filled with flocked ChristmasContinue reading “Snow Dreaming”

Resting Season

“The heart of autumn must have broken here and poured its treasure upon the leaves.” — Charlotte Bates I wait for that day, the true break, when autumn scatters her fiery tears, releasing her full flung beauty in a mass of golden treasure that heaps at the feet of bare- limbed trees, and that northerlyContinue reading “Resting Season”

Frozen Moment

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago. —CHRISTINA ROSSETTI Our little house, stilled in a frozen moment on a Thursday morning, taking a deep breath in and waiting to exhale.Continue reading “Frozen Moment”

Anticipation

We watch a beautiful sunset as our anticipation is building for another celestial event, the Christmas Star, the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Not since 1226 have they been so closely aligned – a rare event on this Winter’s Solstice –  but just as we set the telescope lens toward the mark in theContinue reading “Anticipation”

Fallow Nights

I know the wind is coming today — a prediction our weathermen inevitably get right even when they too often ready us for a rain that disappoints, but the wind, we West Texans know, will come.  This day will bring a northern gust, a cool turning to a colder rush, a reminder that winter stillContinue reading “Fallow Nights”

Slim Chance of Snow

“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” — Genesis 8:22, NLT We awoke to a weather change, that full kind of sky, full of light, full of expectation, full of what  might fall, and we baked some gingerbread scones, brewed anotherContinue reading “Slim Chance of Snow”