Tuesday, January 13, 2015

In the Depths of Winter

Another cold snap is upon us - it is minus 6 degrees F. today but the sunshine and blue sky are so beautiful.

With the extreme cold, though, comes a bit of exhaustion because with a wood stove to heat our mostly not insulated home, we gather around our heat source for much of the day and dress in many layers, yet our bodies still work hard to stay warm.

I think, though, there is something so inherently human and raw in experiencing these challenges.  I know we are on constant alert - alert to the rising or falling temperature within the house, frequently checking the wood stove, going outside every 2 - 3 hours to break and fill the animals' waters, brining in more firewood, preparing warm, hearty, nourishing food.

Yet there is also a feeling of coziness - of cuddling up under blankets, reading aloud, and drinking tea.


  1. Brrrr! That IS cold. It's about 30F here right now and that is cold enough for me right now. Praying that you and your little family will remain warm and cozy in your home.

  2. I love reading about your life - which seems so different to mine, even though we live in the country also. Perhaps it's because I live in Tasmania where the climate, which can be quite variable, is certainly much milder than yours.. Always enjoy reading your blog!