Saturday, December 21, 2013

Short days, warm hearts

Happy Winter Solstice! I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season whatever you celebrate.

Yesterday we had the sweetest snowfall. I awakened, drew back the curtain and found an inch of white had drifted silent and soft upon the world.

I pulled on my fuzzy-lined snow boots and my hat and jacket and went out walking, letting snowflakes land on my nose and eyelashes. There were magic things like pink ornaments with snow tops.

Kids swarmed out of houses, packing up snowballs and chasing one another, laughing and beaming with excitement.

Under foot, the crunch of snow, while the flakes still came down in silence.

I'm settling into my new space, my new life, feeling as excited as the children in the snow. There is a freshness and sense of seeing the world anew.

I loved coming upon this still snow-covered street with its wide-open view of hills beyond. On clear days, the Cascade mountains can be seen along that horizon.

As the chores of house-selling, moving a thousand miles and setting up in a new state begin to wind down, I've been finding time to read again and plan to post some year-end reviews. I feel the writer in me stirring with anticipation after such a long hiatus.

Soon I hope to start filling my pocket notepad with haiku as I ramble the new walking trails I've discovered (photos to come!) and to open my neglected manuscript. I'm sure that will be a shock!

This snowy birdbath looks kind of like a giant mushroom, yes? I'm ready for adventures large and small.

I miss my blogging friends. *waves* *blows kisses* Let me know how you are!


Anonymous said...

These pictures are stunning. I miss snow.

Happy holidays.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Thank you! And happy holidays to you, too, Medeia. I'll try to send snow your way. ;)

Donna said...

Beautiful as always. Still shocked that you're in the snow instead of the surf!

dolorah said...

I wish it was snowing here!

Happy Holidays Tricia.


Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Like your pictures...

But I think I like Tampa's 82 degrees even more.

Merry Christmas

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Donna: It's amazing how un-shocked I am. Don't know why, but I feel at home.

DonnaH: Hi! I'm glad that snow here seems to be the short-lived variety. Enough to have fun, not enough to become a trial. Wish I could send you a little.

Hello R Mac: I've lived in lots of warm climates so this is a change. Glad you're happy where you are. To all things their seasons.

Jemi Fraser said...

So glad you're enjoying your crisp new surroundings! There's so much beautiful in a new snowfall! And I know you'll love the ice surrounding the branches on some of those days :)

Hobo Annie said...

So glad you've got walking places! They are the best for opening up to creativity. Love the birdbath mushroom photo :) Hope the new year brings triumph and contentment.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Jemi: Oooo, a wee bit of ice maybe! Not wanting too much of that :)

Annie: Must have walking places!!!
Thank you for those wishes and I send the same to you. :)

Sarah Laurence said...

Happy New Year, Tricia! I love your snow photos. Good to hear you're back to writing.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi Sarah! As you can see I'm not posting much these days and am tardy in responding. Thanks for coming by and I will come to your blog soon!

Lenore said...

Life sounds good, albeit cold!! Love and miss you!!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

*waves at Lenore* Oh, how I miss you. I will email soon!