It was five above zero when I put on my down jacket, pulled the earflaps down on my cap, grabbed my walking stick and set out from the cabin for my morning walk. The sun, struggling to climb about the pine woods to the east provided a bit of light for what had been a very dark night, but offered little warmth as I headed down the trail.
How soon one forgets how quiet a chilly winter morning can be. I heard not a sound, no crow call, no rustling of dead oak leaves, no creaking of bare tree limbs. Nothing, save for the crunch, crunch of the cold snow under my boots as I trudged along, often stopping to listen and hearing nothing. Hearing silence.
As the landscape grew lighter with the rising sun, the frost covered branches of the trees along the trail sparkled and glittered and reminded me how beautiful can be the most simple of things—morning frost in first light.
Upon returning to the cabin, I pushed another stick of oak wood in our wood stove, sat in my rocking chair with a cup of coffee and reminded myself that life couldn't get much better than this.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Take time to appreciate the simple things.
January 14, 6:30 p.m. Whole Foods, 3313 University Ave., Madison. Excerpt from TV show, “A Farm Story,” and discussion.
January 17, 7:00 p.m. Fitchburg Library, Garden Wisdom
January 19, 3:00 p.m. (Writing Workshop) Northern Lakes Center for the Arts, Amery, WI
January 19, 7:30 p.m. Northern Lakes Center for the Arts. Presentation and Discussion: The Ames County Novel Series.
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