But in the midst of huge winter storms there is an unease....
Minus 15 degrees. Acres of snow blow and drift.
Water freezes. Animals suffer.
EVERYTHING that must be done is harder
and carries the reality of frostbite, perhaps even danger.
Roofs must be unladen of snow when it reaches the 12+ inch mark
(pulled down by a snow roof rake). You have to be sure (and quick) to get out of the way as it slides to the ground!
Water has to be drawn up ahead for creatures, for humans (in case of power outage because there is no water from the well pump sans electric).
Dark is dark in the hours of any nite, but the howling winds and driving snow add an intensity and foreboding to such frigid winter darkness. Even the huge three story thresher barn seems to strain against the elements.
Unease, tension, emotional breath-holding...
As I look out the windows I can barely believe these are the very same fields, the same stream, the same place I walk easily in the living months.
And April seems a very very long way off tonite
Wherever you are be safe and warm (if in snow/cold)
and dream of Spring with me...