Wednesday, February 6, 2013

-20c Perfect!

Man is no law-giver to nature, he is an absorber.
She it is who stands firm;
  he it is who must accommodate himself.
                       William James


Driving down the laneway with that nice warm bottle for Annie tucked carefully behind the seat of the tractor I follow the Coyote tracks that had started in the barnyard, I do hope the bunnies living under the scrap pile are OK. I have had the misfortune of seeing too many poor bunny parts scattered in the bush lately from the Coyotes and Hawks and now Owls and I have grown attached to the scene that plays itself out in the mornings where my two bunnies romp about in the snow searching for bits of grass. Seeing their tracks makes me smile every morning as I walk to the tractor.

Annie is getting hard to get away from these days she thinks she should have more than one bottle, I can understand that as I know some mornings I feel this need for more than one cup of coffee. She drains the bottle, I walk quickly around the tractor to trick her and watch as she goes to look for me in the crowd of other calves. This is where I usually walk among the cows and make sure all is well, lucky for me today the count is right and they are all absorbed in a world of fresh hay breakfast. I walk down the lane and seeing the gate and the beauty beyond I make the decision to climb over and hike back into the bush and visit Gracie’s Lane. It is cold but perfect for hiking and no snowshoes are required today. Perfect.


Oh how I have missed my place of happiness while spending time huddled under a blanket in a warm house in front of a TV watching hours and hours of Netflix, what a waste that was, but I do know I needed to get through the darkness any way I could. “Hello old friend” I am back and will not forget what truly brings me joy. Yes I can feel your loving arms wrapped tightly around me. I shall remember this secure feeling in those times of doubt.


The Deer have been very active, the cold does not seem to bother them, I watch as my own breath floats into the air. I enter the opening to Gracie’s Lane and notice the Deer have been everywhere the cedar bushes have been nibbled making me wonder if there are too many Deer and not enough grass to find. They usually nibble on the cedar bark if the snow is too high and they cannot get to the dead grass below. I wonder if the drought has had an impact on that too as we have not had that much snow this year, at least not yet. This morning before leaving the house I watched as six Deer walked across the hay field, they did not linger and nibble very long something they usually do. I continue following the tracks to the ridge and the pond.


Wow the Deer have been walking all over the ice covering the pond, the tracks crisscross over the pond that I have had the misfortune of believing was safe once and was paid with wet muddy cold feet and I must admit a fast beating “What am I going to do” heart. I decide not to trust it and pass on walking across sticking close to the edge where I know it is not very deep. After all I have no idea how much the Deer weigh and by my sitting in the house eating while watching Netflix so much I honestly do not know if I weigh more than them. I climb the ridge to see my rock and the most gorgeous view lying below it.


Oh I truly wish everyone could sit here on this ridge with the cold snow under their butts taking in all that my Mother Nature offers for free. This place continues to soothe my soul and carry me to that place of wonder, hope and freedom. I climb back down and notice my butt print on the tree limb that I was sitting. Yes I can see too much Netflix may have some unwanted side effects. I make my way through this bush I love and head back down the lane and back to the tractor. I notice my tracks had crossed going in two different directions one path was slippery and I could see how I struggled to stand upright, the other one looked strong and easy to move forward. Life is like that sometimes.


When I finally (I must admit I took my time) made it back to the tractor I watched Annie watching me while wondering what she was thinking, I smile as I watch her chewing the nice fresh hay hanging from her mouth surrounded by her friends.

Later

34 comments:

  1. It feels so good to find laughter and smiles again, does it not? I have had lots of smiles the last few days between hubby's birthday celebration, son and grandchildren visiting and puppies being born...

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  2. I'm so glad to see more pictures again, Buttons! Love that first one, going down the lane way with the fresh tracks!

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  3. What a lovely, lovely world you live in, my friend. I would rather live in a place like yours or a place like mine than any luxury home in a large city.

    Annie- I had one like her named Ellen who still came looking for a bottle even when she had calves of her own.

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  4. beautiful buttons! i always worry about the deer here when the temps drop down to 30 or below. poor things!

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  5. Yey! Pictures and a beautiful morning.

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  6. another lovely day you brought us

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  7. So glad things are brightening up for you Buttons; thank you for sharing your joy (and pictures!) with us.

    Lets not talk about dust right now though...

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  8. I bet if Annie had her way, she could chug about 10 bottles ;-)

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  9. Oh come on, give Annie another bottle!!! She sounds so adorable - how can you refuse? lol

    Your scenery is magnificent, your thoughts are poetic and yes, I wish my butt were joining you, although it would be nice, during that sitting-and-admiring-of-nature, to have a second cuppa coffee.

    I was just thinking that the best part of hibernating with Netflix was it made you especially appreciate the beauty of the outdoors.

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  10. Maybe add a little rice cereal to Annie's bottle (like I did with my boys...) Lol.

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  11. Nature just soothes the soul doesn't it ? Lovely post and photos ! The sun is shining again here today and the air is crisp and fresh a new layer of snow fell last night ! Miggs and I are going for our walk again today . Oh and the weight of the dear 400 to 1000 lbs so that would be a lot of Netflix for you lol Have a good day !

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  12. Ah...out in the fresh air, watching the critters, camera in hand....she's back folks...she's back.

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  13. Oh how welcome light is after the darkness. Tranquility really does come from within, doesn't it?
    How much longer will you have to give Annie bottles? Do any of the other cows allow her to nurse?

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  14. A nice walk in a good morning.

    That I always like to have.

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  15. No hawks or owls today? They are watching, just content in knowing that once again you are OK.

    Love You, BA

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  16. So happy to hear you have found your smile :)

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  17. I am so happy that you are happy once again Buttons!

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  18. Hello Buttons! Welcome back to the great bright world!
    It is sunny and bright up the Valley today. I'm so excited to get out for my walk this afternoon. We haven't been down to the beaver pond since before Christmas. I'm really wanting to get down there and see if my lone wolf has been checking them out.
    I have a REALLY difficult time getting out of my beautiful cozy nest in the morning. I JUST CAN'T MOVE. Once the cats get in, there is no laying about though. Thank goodness.

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  19. What truly beautiful surroundings you are blessed to live in.
    Stunning pictures, the snow makes nature look its purest.

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  20. ooohhhh b, this is so fun to read now as i can "hear" you telling the story!!

    i am "with you"!!

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  21. Oh Buttons, you write so beautifully. I feel I was with you on the hike. I can imagine how cold it was and how pretty too! Thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs. I hope you are feeling well. Thinking of you.
    xoxo

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  22. I'm so glad you were able to get outside and do what makes you happy again :)

    Sounds like Annie is growing more each day and is healthy and happy. A true testament to all your TLC! :)

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  23. I love that first photo!!
    I have been even more exhausted than usual of late. The MD is waiting for the results of my blood tests...

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  24. I feel gluttonous like Annie on most days. It's a daily battle. So glad you are feeling better and able to get out and enjoy your beautiful property. :)

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  25. Ha! I did Netflix from Oct to Feb 1...just canceled. I did enjoy it but not a good thing for me in the long run...or should I say the lack of a long run...It is easy enough to cancel and then start again for a month or so once in a while is what I am thinking...once I lose this 10 pounds I gained while watching...

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  26. Glad you are out and about. BEAUTIFUL snow scenes!

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  27. Only one cup of coffee in the morning. How do you face the cows, the deer, the bunnies, the snow, the bears...with only one cup of coffee?!?!!

    Cindy Bee

    PS - SO GLAD YOU FOUND YOUR JOY!

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  28. the deer have been strangely absent the last few weeks here. I usually spot a herd of them scrounging missed corn in the fields close to home on my commute.Perhaps the wild turkeys have eaten it all!

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  29. Buttons Thoughts...lovely ones today!

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  30. I'm glad you are getting out into the fresh air, Buttons. I think the fresh air and the light we get this time of year is so important for maintaining our good spirits.

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  31. I love going along on your walks in the bush! :)

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  32. I would LOVE to walk in the snow with you! But I would have to go shopping first as I don't own any boots and only a light barn coat and I would freeze my butt off.

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