Carol A. Hand
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”
(Robert Louis Stevenson)
What seeds can I plant today
surrounded by a blustery snowy icy sea
blocking access to the garage and my ice-chipping tools?
Still I greet the morning gratefully.
I count many blessings – my house is warm cozy
my computer powered by electricity
a freezer filled with garden harvest
and no other place I need to be.
A new course to plan, a book manuscript to edit –
Ideas are certainly seeds to plant that open up possibility!
Well, I decided the ice chipper was worth the risk of walking on ice
and remembered the Yak Trax, a gift from a dear friend years ago
They made walking outside possible – (‘tho not in a winter paradise)
a pair of repurposed tennis shoes remained steady on ice and snow.
Alas the ice proved too hard and thick for the chipper
but at least it’s accessible now as cold snowy winds continue to blow
And if I get bored, there are books and friends’ blogs to read
What more does anyone really need
in order to sow gratitude in winter as a miraculous seed?
Note: The hazardous beauty of an ice storm in a hilly northern city like Duluth, Minnesota, is not easy to describe in words. Sadly, I never have a camera with me when I see Duluth vistas I would love to save and share. Creative Commons photos don’t seem to capture the awe-inspiring views from the hillside, but I did find a harbor cam that provides a fascinating view if anyone is interested: Duluth Harbor Cam.