Friday, March 7, 2014

So it's still Winter Eh!

Set all order in their own particular place
And know that order is the greatest grace.
                     John Dryden


 While watching the weatherman do his thing last evening I was completely involved in the storyline talking about the early spring that we are all wishing and dreaming about. I was very interested in the story but apparently it is not going to happen. It seems because our Great Lakes are almost all completely frozen over for the first time in twenty years it is going to take some time to thaw them out, so our winter will continue. This is probably one of those Good News Bad News kind of stories depending on, who you are and where you are. It is Random 5 Friday again with Nancy and I am going to have to figure out which way I choose to handle this news, be that Good News or Bad News.


1-   On those mornings I do venture out to snowshoe braving those minus and sometimes minus minus degree temperatures and I feel that stinging biting pain in my cheeks and after that initial bite I have never been disappointed and regretted that I had made that extra effort to get out there.


2-   I keep telling myself that when those hot hazy days of summer do come I will probably be longing for those days when I will be able to once again strap on those snowshoes and hike through the wilderness and view Mother Nature at her finest, untouched and waiting.


3-   I will remind myself that this is the best time of year for me because it is my least busy time during the whole farming thing. It is a time where I can, dare I say “Goof around” and spend many hours in the bush exploring after feeding the cows. This is the time before calving begins and then planting and then harvesting begins, which as we all know can be a very crazy time of year. Not to mention that upcoming wedding here on the farm. Oh yes it is the best time for that “Goofing around” thing.


4-   I have always found such unmatched beauty during this season and have never been bored with my own thoughts while surrounded by that beauty and the stillness that comes with it. There has always been interesting things to occupy my time and stir my imagination.


5-   When those hot hazy days come I will probably have to hang up those knitting needles for a while and I am just getting the hang of that toque making thing.


So I am going to choose to be happy about whatever Mother Nature decides to give us, be that an early spring or a little longer winter because honestly there is nothing we can do about it and I am rushing off to the cold snowy bush to explore or “Goof around” while I still can.

  I choose to think of it as Good News……How about you?

Random 5 Friday

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63 comments:

  1. I'm with you on this one, Buttons. I think winter has more pluses than minuses. This has been an exceptionally long winter only because we have been spoiled during the last few. ;)

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  2. A long winter indeed. Can imagine it would be fun to sit around the table & play games, I bet you did that once. It's a happy path you have chosen, so that is good. Keep warm, enjoy the days. Hugs m xxx

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  3. It is very healthy to enjoy ones own company, and I too enjoy my own. Was in the City yesterday with my Son, and he could not stand the heat from the Sun coming in the windows were the seating was. It had been bitter cold outside those same windows. The Sun rejuvenates us. I am happy the Great Lakes are frozen for the water levels too, a trade off I suppose. Enjoy your Friday, B xx

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  4. They are saying colder than normal for the next three months. I have a feeling there will still be snow here in May :(

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  5. I haven't been paying much attention to the weather forecasts - but a longer winter would be no surprise. I'm okay with that, I guess - although I'll be glad when I'm no longer paying for heat. Enjoy "goofing" off!

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  6. Great attitude. I am just excited about it possibly reaching 40 degrees (F) today!
    Have a great weekend!

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  7. You are so right in saying that the hot hazy summer days will make us long for the cool/cold weather again! I will take cold weather over hot weather any day :)

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  8. Obviously summer in Perth is hanging on and on for the opposite reason to your winter hanging on but have no idea why it is so. 38ºC today but a cooler weekend (thank goodness) but back into the low 30sC next week. I still enjoy your snowy pictures so much and I will be sad when the thaw sets in (but just for my sake but will glad on your behalf as I think you've had enough COLD to last you for months).
    Those hats seem to suit all settings don't they?

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  9. You always make the most of any situation - I love that!

    We have snow here - expecting 3-5 this morning, and schools are closed again.

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  10. Stunning photos! A farmer's life is strange - free time in winter, full-on rest of year...
    Make the most of it :)
    Great Random 5 and have a fun weekend!

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  11. There's not much point in getting bent out of shape over the weather...it is what it is...I'm alive and reasonably healthy and getting around in it. Still....I'd rather not think about it at all if it's all right with you lol.

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  12. I guess it's only HUMAN nature to be disappointed in MOTHER nature most of the time. We're never happy after a long run of terrible winters and long hot summers. There'll always be wishing for the other.

    I really enjoyed reading your 2nd random and LOVE the sunlight filtering through the barren landscape.

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  13. Good for you -- enjoy the winter as much as possible. Busy times will come! Lovely shots. Happy Friday!

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  14. A wonderful approach to the lasting winter weather. Doesn't it make such a difference in life to think Positive. Love that you are doing some snowshoeing. Isn't that just wonderful fun, and there is nothing better than the quiet of a snowfilled day out in the woods. Beautiful shots Buttons! Hugs from Texas

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  15. Miss B,
    I try to think positive too. It's really hard when the howling wind wakes me in the middle of the night.

    This morning I got dressed, faced the wind and was greeted by the twins. They were glad to see me, bottle in hand. I think I can handle the wind today.

    Tomorrow I am going to the big city with the wife of J's Cousin. Yesterday, she texted me to see if I was interested and J said "Go, that's just what you need." I get part of the day off to go to town. I said I would get up to check heifers at 5 am and feed the twins. I'm guessing I will be back on duty for the evening check too.

    Enjoy your "goofing around" while it lasts. Even though we are calving heifers I am still enjoying not having the full fledged stress of calving. It will come soon enough.

    Happy weekend hugs to you, my friend.

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  16. I think you have a wonderful attitude. A wedding on the farm sounds like something fun to look forward to!

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  17. Thank you for finding and visiting my blog. I enjoyed seeing your winter photos and your pretty hat hanging in the trees along with the beautiful scenery. :) It's been a long hard winter for sure. It may hit 0C today (than's not the O.C. either) which will be quite nice I think. Have a lovely weekend. Pamela

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  18. I think a true possitive attitude helps tremendously. Good on ya...LOVE the cow pic!

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  19. Good going B, thinking on the bright side, and seeing it .

    I must admit the past week or so has me feeling a bit uninspired and under the weather for the first time this long cold Winter . I know it's up to me to look for the inspiration. I know it's all around me I must take a closer look ~ I'll find it.
    ~Just a spoon full of sugar ~ helps the medicine go down ...in the most delightful way :) ~ Mary Poppins ?

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  20. When it's cold and gloomy there, try to bring back the memory of the hottest day last summer...and then take a deep breath and realize how wonderful this extended version of the season is.

    Jen

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  21. Home is where you hang your hat, huh? Love the fenceline photo and the cow having her breakfast.

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  22. As my 89 year old mom says, "Oh, I am not thinking about the weather forecast. Whatever happens happens. Sometimes I would rather not know ahead of time." She has seen it all in 89 years!Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  23. we got some snow today, enough to keep the kids out of school! yay! we have a few chores to do then we are going to watch a movie...have a great weekend miss buttons!

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  24. I am a winter person, so I don't mind it hanging around, as long as there is snow! Summer's heat and humidity keeps me indoors more than winter's cold. Thing is, we have such extremes in temperatures in this part of Ontario. Minus 40 in the winter, plus 40 in the summer! Is that my nice pink hat that I am winning, hanging on the tree ;)

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  25. You have the perfect attitude! Choose to be happy with whatever weather, comes your way!!!!

    Choose!

    Choose!

    Choose!

    We can't change the weather. But we can change, our attitude, toward it.

    You have "the Lock" on how to face this long-time. Hooray for you!

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  26. you might as well try to enjoy what you can't escape way up there!

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  27. Enjoy winter B, for the heat of summer will come too soon, and you will regret ever thinking that you wanted winter to go away. At least that is how it is here in TX.

    And even when it gets busy later this year, don't hang up the knitting needles. Make the time to knit--even if you have to take it with you out into the bush. I think knitting has become too important to you, to hang it up for months.

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  28. So very true Buttons. We should all be happy with what we have!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  29. Such a long winter, rainy days for us in the UK, and hard snowy weather for my North American friends have a warm weekend.

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  30. The interesting weather continues. But before you know it, it will be calving time, they haying time, then, . . . well, whatever.

    Until then, you could continue being the Mad Hatter of Button's Woods. Or perhaps not.

    Life on the prairies: -25C (or -13F, if you prefer) this morning, But it is very sunny. There is a rumour we may hit-12 today. I'll see it when I believe it.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  31. I like winter, it is a time for me to have some solitude. But I do grow a little weary with it. We don't get as cold as your bit of country or as cold for as long!

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  32. i like your attitude and while I like spring, fall and winter, I abhor hot hazy days as they are usually humid and sticky ! :)

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  33. LOVE that first shot, that fine, feeding friend!

    ;-}

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  34. You have a wonderful outlook on your weather. I'm too wimpy for minus, minus temps. Yikes! Love the pink cap!

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  35. You are making such a good choice. And how I wish I could be there with you, the cold biting my cheeks while I wear one of your gorgeous hats to keep my ears warm.

    I am so disappointed in the winter we didn't have here. But, like you, I have tried to enjoy the ever present sun and spring weather.

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  36. One thing we can be sure of -- spring will come. And summer, fall, winter. :)

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  37. I have to say I am over the cold and snow, but I'm glad that you like it! I don't think anyone could live where you live if they didn't like the cold and snow just a little bit :)

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  38. I like your attitude! Enjoy the snow while you have it. You certainly know how to do that. Photos 2 and 3 are beautiful examples(stunning really) of why we love winter. :-)

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  39. That is a very good attitude to the Winter.
    Lynne x

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  40. Excellent post. I love the 'goofing around' time. Take it when you can. It's good to see you enjoy and accept what you cannot change. MB

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  41. Its brightening up here in Ireland and becoming very Spring like!!

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  42. Because of busy times and virusses I haven't been very active on my blog and the blogs of others last few weeks. I am sorry for that :-)

    You posted some nice work lately! I enjoyed reading your posts!! :-)

    Greetings from the Netherlands! ;-)
    Gert Jan Hermus
    dzjiedzjee.blogspot.com

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  43. Perhaps it will not be a hot, hazy summer this time around. A milder one would give some knitting time on that toque project!

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  44. Like the old guy says. We'll always have weather. I love the 4 seasons. They come just in time. All the time.
    Cheri

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  45. I like your attitude. We may as well make the best of it.
    Although...I don't think I'll find myself looking forward to winter in middle of summer. At least I haven't yet.

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  46. Beautiful hots and magnificent landscape. Have never snowshoed but have wanted to try it.

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  47. I guess I am happy that I don't live where Winter is going to linger. I am pretty sick of it and wish for some sunshine.

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  48. i love winter. but wonder why it feels it like it takes longer than it use to as a kid. i feel like it is hotter than it ever was? the weather has definitely changed since i was a kid. i just feel it. i think??!! ( :

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  49. I never listen to the weathermen when they say it will be warmer at this time of year. It's just too disappointing if/when they are wrong.

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  50. Lovely snow photos! I have wanted to snow shoe for a long time. Maybe someday! My son lives in Saginaw and told us about people driving pickup trucks on the frozen lake. Crazy!!!

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  51. One thing about winter i is that one can get quite a lot done in the house before the good weather arrives. I like being outside more when the weather is nicer. I am not a winter person. I love all your photos especially of the cow and the hat hanging on the branch.

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  52. Well I like your attitude. You really can't change the weather so complaining isn't going to help. I think it's great you are embracing it and having fun "goofing" around. I'm not a big winter fan so I would have a bit of a time with all that snow.

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  53. Supppose to be 62 f here this sunday. we will send it your way.

    xoxo

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  54. B....a late spring? We live right near Lake Ontario....oh no!

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  55. I am not expecting an early spring here. Still plenty to do indoors while we wait and appreciate the " in between". I am still loving that pink hat. : )

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  56. Ha ha - only you would wander around in the snow taking photos of your knitting in random places! I don't even care that it is wintry still. We are out of the minus minus temperatures and the minus temperatures feel positively balmy!

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  57. oh b, it's good news for me, i love winter and all the seasons!!

    plus i have a new had that i need to get some use out of ;)

    it was 60 degrees today, so we had some warm weather goofing off here at the jersey shore!!

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  58. Love your positive attitude! It's nice to have some goofing off time between busy seasons. Enjoy!! :)

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  59. I do appreciate your attitude:

    "Bring it on!"

    Snow really is beautiful as long as you have a warm, cozy place to get away from it ;)

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  60. wonderful five, good news is a good choice, as your J.G.Holland quote suggests :-) Happy Goofing...

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  61. Delightful read and pics too!

    The plus side with all the snow is the water table will be replenished.

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  62. wow it will take a long time for me to catch but catch up I will lol WOW

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