Old Cowbelle: New Year’s Day in the NorthwoodsNew Year’s Day at the cabin provided the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen on a day in January. Past Hayward, they had much more than we did here in El Paso.
By: Ina Murray, columnist, Pierce County Herald
New Year’s Day at the cabin provided the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen on a day in January. Past Hayward, they had much more than we did here in El Paso.
That wet, heavy snow that missed us here covered the trees there so thick that the pine branches looked ready to snap off and fall to the ground. Every little shrub and weed all through the forests was frosted with a thick layer of sparkling white!
There was no breeze, and the trees stood there, silent and beautiful, against the blue of a sky filled with soft, floating white clouds. It was like some fantastic artist had done sketch after sketch in charcoal….a study in black and white.
Later, looking out the wide cabin window, the icy particles glistened like silver; and as they fell from the trees, the sunshine turned them into a sparkly shower. I told Chloe, “That must be what star dust looks like.” (Only it was daylight, so it must be “sun dust”?)
I did take some pictures through the window, but I regretted that I am too old to walk around in the woods, snapping some awesome photos. They would be so wonderful enlarged and framed.
The whole scene was like a personal New Year card, sent from above. I am so grateful for the privilege of witnessing those scenes.
Switching to another season, last week on my bird feeding table, there were six goldfinches feeding there. They were still yellow, and reminded me that spring is just around the corner.
That reminded me that, in the spring, we have elections, and that reminded me to remind all of you to go and vote when the time comes. And to remind your friends to vote for Bob Loberg to serve as judge.
We all know him to be an honest lawyer, who will fulfill his duty as an honest judge, fair and conscientious. If you don’t know him personally, or haven’t had the privilege of his service as a lawyer, check out his website at: www.electlobergjudge.com.
By now, I have put away all my Christmas things. Each year, as I do that, I look ahead and wonder if I will be here next year to drag them out again. Whatever will be, will be.
Each Christmas, I am so thankful to be together with almost all of the family members. It is a wonderful time! We laugh, we eat, we go to church together, we go home again, laugh some more, open gifts, eat some more…just really enjoy each other’s company. It is one of the few times we are all together in one place, (Sandy and Terry’s, the only place we all fit!)
The best part of it is that, behind all the frivolity, we all share the knowledge that we have received the greatest gift possible, Jesus, in the form of a tiny baby, willing to be just that, in order to pave our way to Him and Eternity. Thanks be to God!