Monday, November 17, 2014

MONDAY MUSINGS—THE SUN IS SHINING AND ALL IS GOOD IN MY WORLD





The sun is bright and a layer of white blankets the fields and laces the trees. Here and there are flashes of vibrant blues, reds, and mottled golden browns of the birds in trees and shrubs. A huge flock of geese are flying high in the
sunlight as they move to southern wetlands. A large redheaded woodpecker is swinging on the bird feeder. In the pasture shaggy coated horses huddle together, their breath a puff of fog floating about their heads. Steam rises off their coats as the sunlight melts the snow and ice. Chardeen is curled up in a thick network of branches in a nearby tree catnapping in the sun.

In the distance a flash of hunter orange as a hunter weaves in and out around the trees on the adjoining property. This morning there have only been a few shots echoing in the hills. I know at least one bright hunter orange spot is my son moving along our fence lines before dropping out of sight over the hill. So far nothing for him. He’s not a patient hunter and I have to remind him hunting is not like an Xbox game. Real time is a lot of quiet watching and careful moving with the occasional opportunity. Jake is 19 and has only been hunting about 3 years and some years there are deer everywhere and other years they’re few and far between and it all depends upon the pattern of other hunters moving in the surrounding hills as to where the deer will end up. Ah, he’ll learn.

Not a lot of snow, thankfully, maybe a couple of inches or so, but it’s cold. Very cold—single digits, which is unusual for us this time of the year. Normally we’re in the upper 40’s in November. Gee, thanks Canada. Sure wish y’all would learn to keep your door shut and the cold up there.

I've been doing a lot of reading of late. I've read some really good books but I’ll tell you about them in a later post.


So, what’s happening in your neck of the woods this morning?

22 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sia .. we're admiring the jet stream in your part of the world .. and grateful for the warmer, damp weather our side of the pond.

Your photos and descriptions look and sound amazing ... I love the cold and snow - but would prefer it didn't happen ... I think I remember the 62/63 winter when we had snow for 10.5 weeks - it was awful .. and I was ill at the beginning and end of the school term .. misery me!!!

Been off to learn about some history, then this evening it's on to trains!! Good mix ...

Take care and looking forward to the books .. cheers Hilary

Kat Sheridan said...

Such lovely photos and beautiful descriptions! The folks back home are all posting photos on Facebook this morning of a wintry gray day, with 3-4" of snow and still falling. Here? Hubs is in the pool, although the temp is supposed to drop tonight and only get to the 60s tomorrow and the 40s at night. By the end of the week he'll be back in the pool, though. But I am just a little jealous of those snow pictures. I miss curling up around a fire while a thick soup simmers on the stove.

shelly said...

The Florida sky has went from sunny and blue to gray. Rain and a freeze are coming. Hoping it doesn't kill my Swiss Chard, beans, and squash. Going to work in a little while. Had a pretty good writing morning.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yes, we're cold too. Awesome you're getting lots of reading done.

~Sia McKye~ said...

HILARY--Glad you have warmer weather. Trains? hmm, sounds interesting.

KAT--dreary and gray was this past weekend with snow falling. Yah, swimming in warm temps and a pool sounds nice. I don't mind the snow if I don't have to go out in it my beef is it's all early. We don't normally have all this junk this early in the season. I'm bitching a bit.

Shelly--yay on the good writing morning!

NASHVILLECATS said...

We have damp and warmer weather here, Enjoyed the post very much lovely to read on a Monday.

NASHVILLECATS said...

We have damp and warmer weather here, Enjoyed the post very much lovely to read on a Monday.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I envy your snow!
Hunting isn't like an X-Box game? Bummer.

~Sia McKye~ said...

NATALIE, The cold sucks but the books have been great!

~Sia McKye~ said...

ALEX--nope, not at all like Xbox, sorry. :-) And if I could send you our snow I would in a heartbeat. I don't want it.

NASHVILLE-- Glad you enjoyed it and I envy you your weather. Wednesday we should have temps back up in the mid to upper 40s. Veritable heat wave.

Jo said...

Sounds delightful Sia. It's been snowing here this weekend and today everywhere is pretty white although the roads are fairly clear. Supposed to get more tomorrow.

Hm, hunting, don't approve but then I enjoy venison. Hypocrite aren't I? Haven't had access to any in a long time now though, sadly.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

It has been ridiculously warm in Pennsylvania well into this fall, but we are finally having a cold snap. It has killed off my annuals, but hasn't zapped my asters yet. Even the goldfish and koi in my pond are still moving, because the water hasn't cooled down enough to put them in their deep sleep.

But it's coming. It's coming.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I'm wondering how much snow you received. We ended up with around three. The temperature is the worst. It hasn't stopprd the orange vests. :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wow you really painted an incredible scene there. Made me feel as if I was in that moment! I hope you have a terrific Tuesday :)

Robin said...

Single digits. aaacchhh. I can't imagine. Well, I can sort of imagine. I grew up in the north, but have lived in the south so long now...

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Your horses look like they already have their winter coat.

Liza said...

Oh, I enjoyed reading this. I could visualize it all.

~Sia McKye~ said...

JO--if you were closer I'd be glad to share venison. I tend to eat it sparingly--not my favorite. Hunting isn't for everyone. In it's favor I will say that food taken in hunting makes the difference between being hungry or not, having meat or not, for many. I'm not into sport hunting and that I don't approve of, but for food? you bet. Also it's a way to keep the balance in various animals in the wild.

Dianne--yes'um, it's coming. I do miss our flowers that usually lasted a bit longer than they did this year.

THERESA, we got a little over 2 inches, maybe a tad more. Saturday we were south of the snow line here in Texas County, but Sunday we got it all. Yes, the temps are horrid. ick. And the hunter orange is still very much a splash of color this year regardless of the temps but the camping hunters are not as happy this year, lol! I know my guys were out in much shorter duration because they got so cold even dressing in good layers it was tough.

~Sia McKye~ said...

KEITH--thank you. I loved watching the steam rise from the horses coats as the sun melted the ice and snow. Almost a halo effect making the sunlight hazy mist.

ROBIN--I said the same, aaaaachh. No. It's too early. This is January weather, go away. Lol!

DIANE--they do have their winter coats and they will grow even thicker in the next month. :-)

LIZA--thank you. I do enjoy my mornings watching the world come alive. Having said that, I was layered and bundled as I enjoyed my coffee. I also came back in much sooner than I normally do. The wind and moisture cut right through me.

Empty Nest Insider said...

It's also been in the single digits in Chicago, but the snow hasn't begun to stick yet. We're expecting more tomorrow. Love your photos! Hope you can cuddle up under the covers, and continue to enjoy your
books!

Julie

Al Diaz said...

I always have problems to convert Farenheit to C but there are times I wish other parts would keep their cold with them. :) those horses are beautiful. Dragon Hugs!

~Sia McKye~ said...

JULIE--Oh I do snuggle up with a fleece blanket in my recliner to read and watch the world outside my wall of bay windows. I can watch the birds on the feeder and watch the leaves blow by while sipping hot coffee. :-)

AL--the night temps have been between -16c and -12c daytime between -6c and -1c. Big jump from our normal temps in November which are usually are still between 4c-10c.

I'm all for Canada keeping it's cold. :-) Thank you on the horses. They are beauties.