A colder and snowier winter than normal produces two things down here in southeast Tennessee.
The first thing is complaining. 'Will winter ever end?' 'It is soooo cold!' 'I'm gonna move to Florida!'.
Of course, this amuses me no end. This winter, though harder than most down here is no where near as long and cold and snowy as we endured (and you are enduring) in the northwoods. I try to be sympathetic....
I no more understand complaining about the weather than I understand the newscasters who interview seismologists and ask 'why can't you predict when earthquakes will happen'? (We continue to pray for the people of Haiti and now...Chile.)
Some things are unknowable. Some things (like the weather) are beyond our ability to change. So, we endure or enjoy.
I choose enjoy.
A rainy, blustery day is a perfect day for reading a book, sewing, cleaning a closet, writing letters to sweet friends, trying a new soup recipe. Same goes for below-zero days.
The second thing bad weather produces here in southeast Tennessee is great beauty. And when the temperatures are mild and the sun is shining.... time to head out and enjoy.
We are so blessed to be in a valley surrounded by mountains. If you look closely at the above picture, you can see the snow covered mountains in the distance. (My camera doesn't do it justice.) This sight (taken from the highest point in our subdivision) is simply breath-taking.
On a cold, sunny day following a few snowy days, the light reflects off the mountains and they are dazzling.
My neighbor and I walk and are awe-struck. We alternate between saying, 'Wow' and 'How can people not believe in God?'
Today is cold and blustery. The snow that is falling is not accumulating here in the valley, but the mountains are getting several inches.
I'm forecasting another beautiful, breath-taking day.
click on photos to enlarge...it will help....some
Oh, my. Did I just come back from a two week break from blogging and write a post about the weather! ?! I wouldn't blame you if you never came back here again. I'll try to do better....sorry!