Sunday, February 10, 2013
"The weather outside was frightful..."
Trudging around in the pasture with sleet, snow, high winds and up to six inches of snow for the last walk on Thursday night was hard. Friday was ...well it was. I'm glad I am one of the lucky ones and so are my four-legged furry friends. We had a fire, shelter and enough to eat.
Worry about those that don't? You betcha. Extra food out for the little birds who fought hard to find a place to eat out of the wind, stomping down the snow, to make a sort of shelter and pouring seed onto the flattened ground was satisfying. Checking that there is a spot out of the wind in the drive shed and food out for any stray cat that might need it - also satisfying. More walking satisfying in another way - I could actually get around in it. But it grew deeper and it got tougher as it became heavy. I'm not 20 any more, even though I feel that way a lot of the time.
It's clouding over now, and we are supposed to receive another dump - but not of snow. Like previous weeks, we are about to enjoy (and I use the term very loosely) light rain, then heavy rain and temps above 0C. Do I need to rant about climate change? You've heard it all from me before and from others as well, but finally it's making it onto weather reports and network discussions.
There's no point talking to the converted - you already don't run your tap while brushing your teeth and turn out lights in rooms where no one is sitting, turn off the tv when no one is watching. You think about these tiny things, about walking if it's only a block or two to the store, take the bus if you can instead of the car or car pool. There are so many little things we can do that just become a way of life. But so many people don't give a sweet **** well insert your own word there...
So instead I'll say happy new moon to each of you, may you have a productive and happy day in whatever way you choose to spend it - and let's hope that one more person we talk to, gets it and gives a darn. We can't give up. For me the above and below photos show you partly why I want old fashioned winter not huge death dealing blizzards and hiccupping weather year round devastating crops, and helping people go hungry or without shelter. I won't give up. But I will share photos and silly stories when I can. Oh and happy Valentine's Day - it's coming soon!