I'm simply enraptured by the winter wonderland around me - - - especially when it is so easy to observe through a window. ;-)
Though I will confess, I am also enjoying getting right out IN IT too.
So many childhood memories are crowding into my mind. Ice skating for hours at a time, taking off my skates to hold my frozen toes to warm them, sliding down snow drifts, walking to school with icicles forming in my nose, eyebrows, and hair, dressing in front of the oil space heater, holding my sister by the neck so she couldn't run home faster than me, and playing Fox and Geese - - - to name just a few.
This picnic area was deserted yesterday - - -
I wonder why!? Just a few short weeks ago it was filled with happy folk enjoying their lunch.
Everywhere I drove I saw mail boxes just barely peeping out of their snowy blanket, two to three foot high snow banks along the road, squalls of white snow dust blowing across my path - - -
And homes tucked snugly into their winter whites.
"Ah!" My spirit cried, "These are the joys of winter!"
And this morning, through my bedroom window, I spied sastrugi - - -
Etched into the snow by the howling winter gales - - -
Sparkling with ice diamonds in the early morning sun.