First, for my regular readers, let me say a belated merry Christmas and a blessed new year. I have no good explanation for my long absence, short of too much off-homestead work followed by hibernation. Yep, you read that right. My best explanation for my failure to post is that I’ve been hibernating. Oh, sure, I’ve kept cooking and baking and even doing winter gardening and taking long walks or jogs outside, but those things have mostly happened on the bright sunny days, and generally my days are measured by the sunlight. When the sun goes down, I’m ready for bed. And I don’t want to get up again until the sun rises.
Thursday the Ozarks were hit by a slick mess of ice and snow. I was sixty miles from home when the storm changed from rain to snow, but I had the luck to make it home safely. All the while, as the slushy mess swirled around me, I kept wishing for a place to hibernate. When I got home, I curled up with the “barn cats” on the sofa and settled in for the rest of the winter.
Truth is, when I lived up north, our quick-moving snow storm would have shut down nothing. I would have bravely ventured out, walking a bit more carefully or driving a bit more slowly but gone on with my business. Still, I think that slowing down and re-charging during the winter is an idea from nature that most of us could use.
Do you know the best time to plant most trees? Autumn. Plant in the autumn, and the tree will establish itself through its roots, growing strong while appearing dormant above ground. Winter is important for tree growth, even if we can’t see it happen.
I’m not sure if I’m most like a tree or a bear or a ground squirrel or even one of the cats (who seem determined to teach me how to enjoy winter), but I know sometimes I just need to step back, snuggle up in a comfy chair, and re-establish my roots. Winter is a great time to do just that. Now, though, as the days get longer and brighter, even though it’s colder, I’m starting to feel like a tree, prepping its buds for blooming.
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