A Fresh Path in the Snow



Today I took down the Christmas tree. The momentary sadness was instantly replaced with the euphoria that comes with moving the furniture around. I trimmed the rosemary plant of dry ends and woody twigs, filling the house with its piny scent, to replace the traces of balsam that went out the door moments before.

R placed the now-bare tree outside the window in a snowbank like we always do, and found a wild turkey feather in the snow which he tucked into the branches. (A flock of turkeys have been roosting in the crab apple tree each night and eating below the bird feeder in the mornings.) We’ll try to add to the feather as we find other natural flotsam and jetsam that flies in on the wind.



This afternoon was windless and not very cold. We walked down the road and then snow-shoed onto a trail nearby. Breaking new trails in deep snow is never easy.


Farewell to another holiday season. What new trails will we break in 2013? Time will tell.



Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Sue Adamreply
January 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm

What a lovely reflection! We are in a snowy world out here, too – and I found the tracks of deer across the fresh snow early, early this morning. Different beasts in our orbits, but same sense of “rightness”.

Here’s to the adventures of 2013!

Kate Georgereply
January 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Beautiful, as usual. Have a fabulous New Year, Sue. I’m so happy that circumstance brought our orbits together. I love the way you see and describe the world.

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgenreply
January 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I always love coming here to see what you’ve been up to. The photo of your Christmas tree and the ice votives is just stunning.. and gentle. We head home tomorrow and this post leaves me happier about taking down the Christmas decorations and looking forward to what 2013 holds!! xx

January 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Yeah, I guess the holidays are over. Have a great year! 🙂

January 7, 2013 at 4:10 am

Beautiful post and photographs : )

Lori O.reply
January 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm

So pretty! Our weather is supposed to head toward 60 degrees this week! Boo!

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
January 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm
– In reply to: Lori O.

Thanks, Lori. Sixty sounds kind of nice!

January 8, 2013 at 12:25 am

I love, love, love the light in these photos – what a beautiful winter day you had! (Now send some snow our way, please!) Happy 2013!

Sue Schlabach 129twigandvinereply
January 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm
– In reply to: Deborah

I love that light too. Mysterious. Crisp. xox

January 9, 2013 at 3:47 am

A delightful post, full of atmosphere and calm pleasure.

January 10, 2013 at 1:16 am

These pictures are just stunning. The trail into the woods looks totally magical. Lovely post!

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