branch cold freezing frost
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Like icing on a cake

The frost clings to everything

Minuet spikes of white

Cover every branch

Pure white transforms

What is left of flowers

Even the signs are touched

With Jack Frost’s signature

Turning the morning into

A world of sparkling white


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – frost

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

Frosted Day

(I did not have the daily prompt set to email me and somehow missed a post this week … so here is my late post for crisp.  I figured with the heat that is popping up (at least here it is) we could all use a reminder of the other side of things.)

The frosted grass was crisp

With every step she took

Her breath producing a mist

Before her cooling lips

The trees held tight to frost

As a toddler holds a blanket

The winter wonderland reflected brightly

On this chilly early winter morning

Afghans Stitched In Winter

Every winter I can remember

She used to crochet.

She would sit

With the afghan

Draped over her legs,

While she stitched away

Using the partial blanket

To keep her legs warm

In the harsh winter time,

When the drafts blew

Across the living room floor.

Pulling the yarn

From a skein beside her

I would watch

Her fingers fly

With each stitch,

In awe of how

Fast and even

Each stitch would be.

She put love into each blanket,

Stitching from heart to hand

Every winter I can remember.

Happy and Grateful – Day 38

This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself.  I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day.  There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment.  Please try to find those moments for yourself too…  if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog.  Being aware can really turn a day around!

Today was a return to “normalcy” after my busy weekend.  Taking Dad to the clinic and headed to the store with my boyfriend.  I could certainly feel the effects of the long weekend on me as I did the errands but overall it was a pretty good day.

The best part about the day was being outside.  Here it is the first week of February and it was in the low 50’s today… just beautiful for this time of the year here in Iowa – the average high temperature for the day is 33°F.  I was outside in just a t-shirt most of the afternoon and it was great.  This has overall been a pretty mild winter and I am happy about that.  Which also means that the heating bill is lower this winter and I am very grateful for that.  How was your weather today?

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.