Deep Winter

What is “deep winter”? Well, it could be a reference to how deep the snow is. Or, it could mean “digging in”, a term we used to say when the snow had closed all routes in and out of the valley. Or, it could simply mean deep into the middle of winter when you wake up to fresh Mountain Lion tracks in the yard, Stellar Jays and Gray Jays looking for a handout, or a rare sighting of an Ermine dressed in white. The snow is too deep for the deer now, so they have moved to the farm ground. The Great Horned owls are looking for a mate, and the Goshawks are looking for real estate – will the old nest work for one more year? But, it’s more or less quiet during deep winter. So quiet in fact that you could hear a pin drop. We like it this way. Quiet. Peaceful. Pristine. The snow has been extra ‘deep’ this winter – lots of shoveling, roof raking, plowing. Snow removal has been at an all time high for us resulting in sore backs. Tired bodies. Hours and hours of endless shoveling and raking snow to keep the greenhouses from collapsing, plowing the driveway so one of us can go to town, or to make pathways for the cat to walk around outside. But at the end of the day, we love our ‘deep winter’. Long evenings in front of the fire. Reading a good book. Studying cookbooks looking for a new recipe (or an old favorite). Making lot’s of soups and savory meals, especially if we can find a few herbs still alive in the greenhouse – rosemary, oregano and sage. Fresh baked bread, homemade pizza’s and popcorn. And, hot coffee. Every morning we grind coffee beans and make a fresh press pot and drink it in our favorite mugs while the morning sun starts to fill the cabin. We take our time to savor our precious lives in deep winter because we know that summer time is “double time”, getting ready for the next winter.

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