An Iced Landscape

gingerly put my foot on the ice

Carefully testing my traction

Not wanting to take a fall

Winter had blanketed everything in ice

It all had a beautiful sparkle

But the beauty was deceptive

As the sounds of limbs cracking

Echoed through the night

Taking trees and wires down to the ground

No cars dared drive down the streets

It was the kind of night

Where Mother Nature proved her power

Take That Step Forward?

Like a tentative foot

Stepping out onto fresh ice

I am not sure it is safe

To move further ahead with you

The attraction is overwhelming

And the friendship is already here

But I don’t know how thick the ice is

Or how true you’ll be

I have to decide

If it is worth the risk

To maybe plunge into

The icy cold depths of loss

Happy and Grateful – Day 16

I have undertaken a challenge this year.  I am trying to find the good in every day by writing about happiness and gratitude that I feel.  No matter how small there is always something to bring a smile or make you grateful, if just for a moment.  Follow along with me as I dig deep as necessary and find the peace of the day.  Join in if you are feeling happy and grateful too – in the comments or on your own blog.  Let’s find some fun!

I live in the Midwest… we get every kind of weather except hurricanes.  We are having a bit warmer winter right now.  That may sound like a nice thing but that means ice instead of snow.  I recall winters as a kid where we would build tunnels through the snow it was piled so high… not this year.  We just had a big ice storm, actually a lot of the country saw ice.  I am not happy about what we got, but what we didn’t get.  No wind to pull down heavy ice-covered trees and power lines.  And it was not thick ice.  Now we are looking for temperatures near 50°F later this week… certainly not a “normal” winter.

I am happy we came out of this storm with no damage in the area.  There were no accidents for the people I know.  And nobody I know ended up falling on the ice.  I am grateful I didn’t have to go anywhere once the freezing rain began.  In fact most of the ice is off the roads now before I have to go out.  Mild temperatures are good for clearing the roads quickly at least.

Happy and Grateful – Day 10

I have undertaken a challenge this year.  I am trying to find the good in every day by writing about happiness and gratitude that I feel.  No matter how small there is always something to bring a smile or make you grateful, if just for a moment.  Follow along with me as I dig deep as necessary and find the peace of the day.  Join in if you are feeling happy and grateful too – in the comments or on your own blog.  Let’s find some fun!

Anyone who has been reading along with my journey to happiness knows I had a rough weekend followed by a fairly good start to the week.  But all the activity left me pretty fatigued again.  But I still had to take my Dad to a doctor’s appointment so I gathered all my reserve energy and went.  I guess the simple truth of the day is I am happy I was able to get my Dad to the appointment without incident – we had light freezing drizzle that left the roads slick.  Plenty of ice melt on the sidewalk to the car and there is a covered drop off door at the clinic so I did not have to worry about him taking another fall.

The doctor appointment was good.  All the lab work he had done last week came back clear except one test that indicated a possible bacterial infection.  So he is on a low dose antibiotic and hopefully on the way to feeling better soon.  I am grateful those tests did not show something worse wrong with him.  That is always good news to hear.