It is about now that I start wanting my house guest to leave.
“Winter,” I say, “Old Chap, is there anywhere else you need to be soon?”
He shakes his head through gales of frost.
I put on another cup of coffee. Put another log on the fire.
The cold crops go in the ground in six or seven short weeks. We will have bustling to do to get the new garden fenced and the soil ready. We will devour the warm days as they come. Spring will surely rise from the frozen ground. I appreciate the rest, the rest for the plants and trees, the water, the blah, blah, blah.
‘Tis about the mid of January that I am ever ready for blessed warmth and activity. Yet Jack Frost rarely hauls out slow so I must welcome the guest awhile longer.
The snow lightly covers the landscape as the golden sun arises and sends glitter across the lawn. My winter puppy is in love with the season and leads his walk outdoors by mouthing up big gulps of icy snow. I found a small, fallen branch. Abandoned after falling out of yonder tree. The sap still slightly sticky. I brought it home. It is the flower of winter, the conifer bough, and it sits proudly in its vase upon the stove. (The only place the kitties can’t get it.) It hearkens the beauty of winter-all of its reds and greens and glittered snow and great open blue sky-and reminds me to walk upon its icy tread, to breathe fresh air and not yet make the spring to-do list, but to visit geese and winter ducks and welcome the winter time.
For a few more months anyway….