The Pace of Nature

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am normally not a “winter” person.  This year I am trying to enjoy it.

For instance, I was on the edge of my seat in my office today as the temperature dropped by 20+ degrees.

Seriously though, I do love my home more in the winter.  Other times of the year, I love my yard, porch, Adirondack chairs, etc.

I can enjoy sipping hot chocolate, watching TV &/or reading while curled under a blanket.  In the summer, I hardly touch down on the couch.

I never would have taken time to take up watching Downton Abbey in the summer.  It is now making Sundays even better!

Winter = comfort food.

Dreaming of outside projects for the yard just might be more enjoyable than actually doing them … plus it is cheaper and my muscles aren’t aching.

Sleep – I mean the long hours of darkness are just begging for me to close my eyes.  Whoever thought summer days were lazy … was crazy … or didn’t grow up on a farm, anyway.

No pigs.  Not that I don’t like pigs, but I do not love pig chores in the winter.  I doubt that Pig Farmer will get past the spring-summer without pigs on the property.  But since he is traveling so much, I am glad to have easier chores!

No sunburn.  My pale-white, dry skin is just so much nicer than my freckles … Hello?  Where is the silver-lining?

Winter just might be saving us money on groceries.  If I am faced with the prospect of grocery-shopping on a cruddy, winter day, I will often decide to find something to make for supper from the freezer.  My family should be grateful I care enough to scrounge up the freezer-burned pot pie, four fish sticks, brussel sprouts and shriveled-up strawberries.  After all, there are people starving in the world.

Ah, the joy of winter.

About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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4 Responses to The Pace of Nature

  1. You make me smile. Oh, and I’ve watched one episode of Downton Abby. I loved it, but now I want to watch all the past seasons first, so I can see them in order. I suppose I could find them on the internet. Not sure.

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