After a wintry cold spell, we once again visited Reelfoot Lake this past weekend and were amazed by the beautiful ice and snow formations surrounding the cypress trees.
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'” ~Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)
This past week, West Tennessee has experienced sleet, snow and extremely cold temperatures, which have rendered many homebound. One of the things I have enjoyed during this time has been watching a flock of cardinals that have been visiting the feeders. Their activity and beauty have been a bright spot in some bitterly cold and icy days.
“Even dark days have a bright spot. Make it your goal to find it.” ~Lisa Petty
Loud bird calls ring out
An intruding flash of blue
Small songbirds scatter.
“Thoughts intrude, like unwelcome guests at a party. Ignored and unfed, they depart.” ~Unknown
I spotted this Brown Thrasher in my backyard early last summer. He picked up a few sunflower seeds under the feeder and then headed to the birdbath for a quick dip. The large yellow eyes and downcurved bill, which gave him a grumpy look before his bath, added a certain charm when he was wet.
“Create your own style. Let it be unique for yourself and identifiable for others.” ~Anna Wintour
These pictures were taken on the morning of January 2, 2018 as the sun was rising and the full moon was setting in the western sky.
“When one starts thinking of the full moon as a common sight that will come again to one’s eyes ad-infinitum, the value of life is diminished and life goes by uncherished.” ~Roman Payne
“There’s something very magical about water and what happens to it when it freezes. I don’t think there’s anything else in the world, perhaps in our universe, that is quite like ice.” ~Ira Flatow
One of my favorite Christmas traditions every year is going to Santa’s Village at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ag. Pavilion. On the top floor of the pavilion, you can walk around and look at crafts and wares for sale. The lower floor is decorated with a maze of Christmas lights and also has amusement rides for the kiddies, live Christmas music, a toy train display and a petting farm. When our daughters were young, we use to sell homemade bread dough Christmas ornaments on the top floor while the girls, along with their cousins or friends, enjoyed all the fun events on the bottom floor. Now that they are all grown up and living elsewhere, my husband and I still enjoy going and walking around, seeing the lights, listening to the music and looking at the crafts. But I think the sweetest thing about being there is the memories — precious memories of fun, laughter and togetherness.
“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” ~Bob Hope