Saturday, January 23, 2010

Shine on...

Sometimes it's hard to comprehend that there are places that don't have snow...

I understand that some places get snow and then it goes away.  In Maine our snow comes, looks around settles down and decides to stay...AFTER it invites everyone that snow knows to come too.  Um..we have a lot of snow and it doesn't go away until May, sometimes June. 

In those places that don't have snow how do their goats get fluffy?

And what do their dead apples wear for hats?

How do their chickens figure out the meaning of life when life does not depend on the fragility a light bulb?

Where do they find gratitude for good advice from seasoned beekeepers and the sustainability of sugar for a weak hive?

Without snow how do they wrap their souls around death?

Without the sight of grass, flowers and leaves we yearn for spring, we want what we do not have and we appreciate it so dearly when it gets here. 

In it's desloation there is a transcending beauty that we hate, ignore and love all at the same time. 

Only three more months 'till spring, Mrs. Torrance....

And sometimes we get bored and read too much...

Smiles from the farm,


  1. WE get fluffy even though we are now having weather that is more like spring that forgot to turn off the faucet. By the way, that is a most awesome pin cushion over there on the right. :)

  2. We don't have snow..... You make it sound so fantastic, I feel like I am missing out on something. Even though, I usually despise it when we do get some.

  3. We posted to this at

    We're in the Upper Midwest where Cabin Fever is setting in and spring seems a long way off. Thank you for bringing us back to the present with your beautiful fuzzy goats and Jack N.'s mug.

  4. Awwww...what a sweet spin on why we love our snow...we DO still love our snow very much, don't we?? --Lili

  5. I agree with you about the snow. We lived in NH near the coast and the snow never stayed. I love Maine and our snow. I saw Judy in there with Bea's and she looks beeutiful. We are so looking forward to our Pear Pin Cushions.:)

  6. In South Carolina we don't get snow, of course, but of our two goats, one got fluffy for the winter and the other didn't. I would love to know why only one did it. She looks like a sheep.

  7. I used to hate winter and snow (and I grew up in Northern Maine where there's an even greater abundance of the white stuff!).

    I've learned to embrace it. I've taken up snowshoeing, we've started going sliding again.. I look at the snow through the eyes of my kids and I actually like it again. :-)

    Though I will admit - I can't wait to stick my hands in the dirt again this spring.

  8. It has snow for the last three day here and I am starting seeds indoors to help usher in spring.

  9. I love snow till, ah....about now. By the end of January I am ready for spring. Too bad for me, ha ha. If I had the money, I would be on my way to Florida, or some other warm place. Your goat is going to be a Mom, how great! I'm sure we will see pics of the new baby or babies when they are born. I love my pin cushion...thank you so much. We are going to an auction in Skowhegan this Thurs.....have you ever been to one there? Hugs, Kathleen

  10. The snow is lovely to look at but makes it much more difficulty to care for our animals.

    Thanks for putting it all in perspective.

  11. Lisa, as I read your post, I had to say "all too true" and something to think about. Altho I live in the desert, which brings us a life very different from yours, I find that I am grateful for simple things such as rain and cold. We only get 4 to 6" of rain a year. When it does rain, it's not unusual to run to the windows and watch it. My grandchildren don't know what rain is. Most of the time, it rains at night when the temps are cooler. I covett the cold, don't get that too much here. Mother nature is a gift for sure no matter where you live. There is always something for everyone in our great land, Char