Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thoughts On Winter

I awoke today and found the frost perched on the town

It hovered in a frozen sky then it gobbled summer down

When the sun turns traitor cold

And all the trees are shivering in a naked row

I get the urge for going but I never seem to go

I get the urge for going

When the meadow grass is turning brown

Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in

Now the warriors of winter they gave a cold triumphant shout

And all that stays is dying and all that lives is gettin' out

See the geese in chevron flight

Flapping and racing on before the snow

They got the urge for going

And they got the wings so they can go

They get the urge for going

When the meadow grass is turning brown

Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in

I'll ply the fire with kindling now

I'll pull the blankets up to my chin

I'll lock the vagrant winter out and

I'll fold my wandering in

I'd like to call back summertime

Have her stay for just another month or so

But she's got the urge for going

So I guess she'll have to go she gets the urge for going

When the meadow grass is turning brown

All her empire's falling down and winter's closing in

And I get the urge for going

When the meadow grass is turning brown

And summertime is falling down

~ Urge For Going by Joni Mitchell

Every winter this is my theme song. Every winter I long for summer. My restlessness sets in and my fingers turn white. In winter, I think about the past and the things i didn't do.

When winter comes, I know I won't see the sun every day, but he will greet me on occasion, after a snow. I'll sit at the window and watch snow crystals collect on the sill and feel the warmth of the fire.

Every winter I want to spend time with my family and California calls me back.

Every winter I find myself in thrift stores searching for cashmere sweaters. My hands desperately find their way inside pockets and mittens and I wear stocking caps to bed. I've got more than enough pairs of UGG boots, the sheepskin wool doing its job. Just today, I received another pair of woolen socks, hand knit by my mother.

Every winter, scorching hot baths await me, and jojoba oil is my friend.

Every winter the crockpot stays on the counter, split pea soup is always the favorite and baking becomes a way of life.

When winter comes, Hot Yoga never felt so good and my intention for the day is kinder, calmer and the world seems more peaceful.

Every winter the cats want out. So, I let them go, and then much to their surprise, that cold and icy white stuff again! With their little paw prints in the snow, they promptly look back up at me, and I know they've changed their minds. Back inside, they tear around the warm house, yowling with joyous relief!

In wintertime, talk about the weather is relentless. On days when we get a good amount of snow, the Old Timers will remind me of the winter back in '49.


Every winter, I experience change and my thoughts are heavy and I paint more cactus scenes with turquoise skies. I look at the picture above, I shiver and shake my head.

When winter comes, the Nordic center opens up, the fire inside is always raging and the cross country trails are groomed impeccably.

Every winter, I pull on my wool long johns, layer up, grab my skis, and head for the mountain. In fifteen minutes I'm striding and kicking through powder, the sun is shining through the ponderosa pines, and I can't seem to wipe this smile off my face!!

What are your thoughts on winter, all you snowy owls and ski bunnies?



  1. Love the poem and the picture and your present winters are nothing like yours and that is quite ok with me ... years before I lived in snow country and I enjoyed winter and I was happy when it was over. I liked that my feelings about it were clear. : )

    Happy Wednesday Prairie Girl!

    1. jeansy, i know you are a sunflower. thats why i love to visit your courtyard with palms and jade hats and sunny shadows on you and the boyz. i will always be a california girl too. have a lovely weekend. xo

  2. I wish I could hibernate winter! Seriously,,, I have a reptilian nature. Winter - I always say I will make the most of it,,, but I just can't seem to help feeling cranky,,, I complain about the cold. I don't like being bundled up. I'm anti-winter. lol.
    But I did love to read your dealings with it. :)

    1. san, i myself could have written exactly what you said here. i too am a desert rat, reptile, what have you. im cranky alot and bundling up is my least favorite thing. this made me laugh tho, as i try to talk myself into liking winter!! thanks for being real. x

  3. i love winter, my birth month is in the middle of winter and i love snow! (however, it isn't winter without snow in my opinion, which is what winter was like here last year... blah!) i guess winter is what you make of it, but i love the stillness, the quiet, the clean, white sleepiness. i think i need that hibernations time.
    nothing like being in the beauty of nature during its long sleep.


    1. are you a capricorn? youre right, winter is what you make it. for me, it just takes alot of coaxing and hard work, but i seem to glide through it ok!! especially if my owl reminds me of the beauty in the world, and hoots at me in the morning. xo

  4. this was beautiful
    a real delicate feast this morning, to par take in...
    I love winter
    but not so much the winters of where I now reside, but the winter of my childhood in the North...7 months of snow, winter fires, snow suits, hot chocolate and sledding
    going out into the the mountain forest to retrieve a Christmas tree, mom making sandwiches and hot chocolate for the day, dad pulling the big sled
    the silent in the night as the soft flakes fall peacefully
    the way the world slow down and the earth exhales...
    I love it
    I miss it
    where I live now snow is not a given, one must go up to the mountains to find it
    on those rare occasions when it does fall and stay I am sure I am one of the few excited to see it : )
    winter where I am now is dark and full of cold wet rain...but even in that I find winters beauty

    have a wonderful weekend Miss Prairie
    love and light

    1. id call you a true ice queen!!! i wonder, do you think you will take a trip to the snowy mountains this winter to get your fill? im going to send you snowflakes, just to see you smile! xx