Snowy Doors …

Well, I guess it is February, after all.  But I can help but feel this is a little bit of Karma.  We’ve had such a mild winter up till now!  Weirdly mild. And I LOVED it. I even started to brag about it. I began to dream about an early spring. Maybe even a longer than usual growing season.

And then, BAM!  Winter!  The past seven days have brought 3 snow storms and dumped about a metre of snow.

It’s hard to know exactly how much because most of it fell “sideways” as it was accompanied with strong winds blowing the snow all over the place.  Mondays blizzard came with winds that gusted around 120 km/hr.
Yup. Those are some strong winds and they made for some interesting snowdrifts. Annnnnd power outages. We were without power ourselves for 24 hours. (Happy to have a fireplace and lots of candles)


Yesterday, I dug a path to the chicken coop, which suddenly seemed really far from the house. This morning, my path had completely disappeared. Last nights snow fall filled it all back in.  So, back at it.


As I drew closer, rapidly loosing steam I must add,  I could the hens inside cheering me on. I’m sure they were! They were rewarded with some extra cracked corn. And I got some eggs.


The positive thing (the ONLY positive thing) is that all that snow provides a nice blanket of insulation over the garden. And I suppose, a slow melt will help to keep the water table healthy.


But a melt, of any kind, seems a long way off.  Because, right now, yeah …. it’s snowing again.

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Thursday Doors

A Light in the Window

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness – Chinese Proverb

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It’s a dark, wet, gloomy night….after a dark, wet, windy, gloomy day.  We are presently under the influence of a “stalled nor’easter”, just the kind of weather that makes you want to stay in bed.

Lucky for me, though, I was scheduled to spend the day with 20 five-year olds as their substitute teacher. No outside play today, due to the weather. But we got along cheerfully anyway, with songs and stories, with crafts and hugs.  Lots of hugs.

Its a brand new school, designed to be “green”, and very energy efficient.  The large windows usually allow us to get by, happily, without (or with a minimum use of) the overhead lights.

But, today it was so dark.

I was compelled to keep the lights on.  And when I did flick the switch off as we left the room to go to the library, the darkness was punctuated by the glow of the the fairy lights on the class christmas tree.  That made for a very cosy place to return to with our fresh library books.

Even though it was only mid-afternoon, it was still raining when I drove home. As I dogged puddles and potholes (no way of knowing just how deep those bad boys are!), and with an eye on the overflowing ditches, I caught sight of a house in which a single candle was lit in the kitchen window.  No other lights were on. A signal of hope, I thought.  A sign of welcome.

What a warm sight, that little light, on a dark day.