Family · Perspective

Perfect Morning

I named this post after the candle I have burning on my desk at work. It’s a delicious creamy coffee smell.

If I’m honest, I prefer the smell of coffee over the taste. Tea is more my thing.

As I write, our current real temperature is -6 Fahrenheit. Wind chill sits near -20F. This past weekend, we added another 4 inches of snow to the 7 inches we accumulated from the previous storm.

I’m thankful for the shop guys plowing and piling thru the 4ft frozen drift that blocked my east driveway this morning. The kids were also excited about the prospect of playing on this later in the week when we get a tad bit warmer. Still frozen… but in double positive digits.

My father-in-law refilled the bird feeder and threw out milo for the yard rabbits this morning. They’ve taken to chewing the bark off our lilacs. We’ve had snow cover for weeks and the wild creatures are getting hungry.

Basically, winter is still in full-swing. I speak for all us winter-loving people: “we are ready for spring!”


Dear Winter —

Dear Winter – Thank you for making me appreciate summer.

Groaning and grumbling, we sweat above the century temperature mark.
Glistening in the sun, splashing in the pool for relief, we beg for that cool breeze of fall.

Sweatshirts, football, leaves and crisp air, children excitedly press faces to the window to see the first snowflakes.
Turkey and family, we eagerly await the winter that is coming.

Winter is here. Sub-zero. Slick and Snowy. Thankful for the moisture.
The birds puff up and huddle against the horizontal snow and biting wind.

When will it warm up? We long for any sign of a thaw. Anything green out there?
Snow melts, mud deepens, buttercups and tulips poke through. The air sweetens with the blush of spring.

The seasons turn again in Kansas.

Dear Winter – Thank you for making me appreciate summer.


Family · Love

Pioneer Women & Valentines

The office my husband and I share is flipping frigid. It is 8 outside, which is a vast improvement over the -4 where we started the day yesterday. A way to watch expenses now that propane is >$4.00 a gallon is to keep the office a lower temperature. I have an electric heater by my feet. I wear two long sleeve shirts, my wool coat, scarf and a fingerless glove on my right hand (heater is on my left side), as well as long pants, tall socks, and winter insulated boots to work to keep warm.


We’ve decided I would be a bad Kansas pioneer woman. 

I told the hubs in a moment of frostbite that if I was on the prairie in pioneer times, he would have just had to leave me to die in the cold.  His reply: “I’d have had to just leave you dead in a snowbank. Ground would be too hard to bury you.”
Yep. That’s my romantic valentine.
What was I expecting? A “Oh no. I’d find a way to keep you warm?” Nope. Not my Romeo.

Although I do think he would turn the world upside down to find a way to help me if this was reality.

Made us both laugh. Glad I married a man who makes me laugh and enjoys spending time with me. We appreciate each day together. It’s fun. Sometimes it feels like we are still dating after 8.5 yrs of marriage and 2 kids. The butterflies and spark are still there.
PS – I’m not expecting anything for Valentine’s Day. He told me he wasn’t even sure what day it was and that it was a stupid holiday.
Honestly, I agree.