A Touch of WinterAs I've often said, I love winter. It is such a quiet time. The snow muffles the sounds of the world around me and covers the debris and detritus of the rest of the year with a fresh coat of white. It's a time to reflect, to slow down, to burrow deep beneath the covers...to breathe. We must consider each step in the winter, look about us for slippery spots, drive a bit more carefully, make sure to dress warmly and prepare for extreme temperatures.
We put suet cakes and mixed seeds out for the birds. They add a touch of color and busyness to an otherwise stark and quiet landscape. We get a wide variety of winter birds here: cardinals, blue jays, chickadees, phoebes, woodpeckers, titmice, grosbeaks and others.
It's very cold here today, below zero early this morning, and not warming up very quickly at all. The furnace is working hard to keep the house comfortable, but the sun is shining brightly so it doesn't feel quite so chill. There was a lot of snow near us yesterday, but we got just a few inches. A niece who lives a few miles to the west of us reported that at one point yesterday, they got nearly four inches of snow in a half-hour period. There is also snow falling and predicted to fall all over the South, so there will be many children there who may be experiencing their very first snow! I hope that they'll get enough to have some fun in it.