On a Snowy Day – #JusJoJan

It is ridiculous how much I feel like a kid this morning. Waking to a gentle snow on the trees reminds me of so many mornings when I was a kid. As hubby walked through the new fallen snow to put the bird feeders out this morning, I thought of my grandmother.

I have a strong memory of her donning her boots, coat and scarf to go outside. She took an old straw broom and swept away the snow from under the cascading forsythia bush. Then she spread breadcrumbs and oatmeal for the birds to eat.

My grandmother’s dining room looked out over the backyard. One morning I saw a red cardinal land on a snow covered branch – deep red against the stark white backdrop.

We woke to about six inches of snow. It is snowing still. The birds are flitting about trying to find a protected place to land, darting out momentarily to retrieve a seed from the feeder.  This is some of nature’s best work and I am honored to be privy to it.

I am aware other people may be facing ice rather than snow. I am hoping that the ice holds off as much as possible. Right now it is snowing, big beautiful flakes.

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.


My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.


He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.


The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (ridiculous) submitted by Lauren from LSS Attitude of Gratitude.


Fences Make Good Neighbors

Day 126

IMG_8546As we did our morning walk I noticed that most of my neighbors have fences along the roadway. It is a small road, not heavily traveled by anyone other than those that live here. My mind wandered to a beloved poem by Robert Frost — “Mending Wall”.

This poem is often misunderstood and used to promote the idea that barriers make us good neighbors. I am not going to get political here, but it is a topic often in the news these days.

I often think about how grand this land must have been before mankind decided to parcel it off and separate us from one another. In my little country area, a couple of neighbors have horses, but most do not have livestock of any kind. So I cannot help but wonder why so many fences. They are in constant disrepair much like the fences in Robert Frost’s poem.

We have 3 1/2 acres of land, none of which is fenced. We have a lot of wildlife that traverses our property: black bears, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, raccoons, wild turkeys, opossums, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, field mice, and so many birds. Fences are not an effective deterrent to many of these creatures. So it must be people we want to keep away.


Mending Wall
By: Robert Frost

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbour know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
“Stay where you are until our backs are turned!”
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, “Good fences make good neighbours.”
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
“Why do they make good neighbours? Isn’t it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That wants it down.” I could say “Elves” to him,
But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father’s saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, “Good fences make good neighbours.”