Monday, February 2, 2015

My gift of warm, happy thoughts…

The cheapest of all things is kindness,
its exercise requiring the least trouble and self-sacrifice.
                                       Samuel Smiles


So, complaining about the cold is not going to make it go away. It is cold…… really, really cold. This must be that coming of the next Ice Age that I have been reading about. Try to make the best of it has to be my motto these days. It will warm up….,right?

The smoke coming from the chimney rushes to the sky then hits a ceiling of frigid cold and is pushed back to the ground. -23 degrees Celsius makes a farm girl want to turn around and snuggle back into that nice warm comfy down duvet bed. The one she just dragged herself out of. My coffee actually seemed to have cooled down before I even made it to the table. I know the woodstove is pumping out heat below because the smoke is rushing, then retreating and blocking my view of the sun’s big entrance. Why do I not feel its warmth?


The sun also rushes to the sky only to be pushed back down by that same ceiling of frigid cold. Can there be any hope of my own rushing out and not being pushed back by that same ceiling of frigid cold? There will probably not be rushing, but I will be going out there.

This morning, I am going to think of yesterday. It was cold but sunny. I went out all bundled up to find some warm happy things to do, making the best of this frigid situation that seems to be hanging around, for who knows how long. First, I, as usual, visited the cows. They were all gathered around the bales of hay I had placed in the sunny south, completely surrounded by the cedar bush. There was the usual fashion show hat wearing thing going on, where Bossy2 and Red, both decided they wanted to play.

The sun made for great shadow and smile shots. It has never ceased to amaze me, that is seemed, warmer back there than in my house. The combination of the surrounding cedars and being on the south side with the sun makes it toasty, no wonder they are smiling. I spent a lot of time back there, “goofing off” as my Mom used to call it.


Speaking of Mom I went to have lunch with her that same day and she was curled up in her bed with that same sun from the south streaming in her window. “Hi Mom”, she turned and smiled. “I brought a toasted western sandwich and a coffee for us”. After helping her to the table, we enjoyed and talked about the cows that wear hats and smiles. Mom has an 8x10 print of Bossy2 and me sitting on her cabinet and it brings smiles, on even those dark and coldest of days.


My motto, on this frigid cold day, will be trying to bring some warm smiles. Hopefully to bring some smiles, warmth, and sharing with those of you hitting those cold frigid ceilings out there. Feeling like they are being pushed back down, and needing a boost up. I thought since it works for my Mom and me, it may work for all of you out there too.

Did it work?

Later.


57 comments:

  1. thank you! I need it here. another NE snow storm is under way. :-)

    but actually, I'm warm, with both the furnace and the wall heating unit going. so I will complain about the snow.

    stay warm up there! it certainly doesn't look like global warming, in our neck's of the woods, does it? ,-)

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  2. Love the hat!! She is stylin" :)
    It is suppose to get very cold here this week. We have been blessed with a little warmer winter than last year (thank goodness) Being February we can now say, Spring is next month :) Right now-well we are snowed in, after yesterday's storm-Bright side, dear husband was able to stay home from work :)

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  3. smiles from ear to ear
    thanks on this cold snowy morning

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  4. I'm getting cold just reading this :)

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  5. Keep warm and be safe, Miss B! Yesterday was -2* when I got up, but it was a sunny day with no wind. This morning we are having at heat wave, it's 14*! I don't see the tree branches moving, it's still frosty and I'm hoping to snap a few pictures during chores.

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  6. It's -22°C here in Fredericton New Brunswick, Canada, and we are supposed to have glowing hearts as we see thee rise, the true North strong and free. After 3 hours in the calf barn, I haven't been to warm up either. Water was frozen, my feet and fingers are just beginning to thaw and the arthritis in my left hand is throbbing. I'm smiling at your talking heifer with the hat... what did she say? She does look very fashionable with the gorgeous hat. It looks good on the other one too.

    I think that I need to warn up from the inside out. My warm smile got permanently frozen in place, hehe...Another storm coming our way but Spring is only 6 weeks away, I hope... At least we have no mosquitoes.

    HUGS,
    JB






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  7. Today marks winter's official halfway mark, Buttons! It snowed here overnight and, in fact, it is still snowing. I plan to get out and take some photos today before spring takes all the white, icy beauty away. :)) (For sure I'll be wearing a hat, mittens, boots and a warm coat.)

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  8. After 2 weeks of January thaw it has turned cold again. Not the bone chilling cold that you are having though. We got a little snow yesterday and that brightened up the dirty landscape.
    Stay warm. Spring is coming.

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  9. I just love your sunny bright attitude my friend. I wish I could send some of this sunny California Sun your way..

    Hugs~

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  10. "cows with hats" Brings a smile to everyone's face - warming hearts!

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  11. Definitely smiles. And warmth.
    Kindness might be cheap - but it is more precious than gold.

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  12. You always bring me smiles, thank you! Love your fashion models, Bossy2 is so stylish in that hat!

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  13. well that's a first, never seen cows wear hats before!!

    Try and stay warm.

    Gill

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  14. Thanks for the boost in spirits. I love the cow pictures! You sure have a lot of fun with them and your hats. Yes, it's frigid here too. And snowing hard tonight. And still very cold. So we do need some fun even if it's photos of cows wearing hats made by you. Thank you. Have a cozy night.

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  15. I am grateful for my extreme PLUS temperatures.

    Stay warm and what ever you do, DON'T STICK YOUR TONGUE TO COLD METAL.

    Blessings.

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  16. Well, you succeeded! I am now smiling...:)JP

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  17. I try to imagine " your" cold, but can only feel " mine" which rarely hits the 0 C mark. Any chance you can give me a description of that sandwich you took to your sweet mom? Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  18. Oh, what a cute series of photos! Sorry about your frigid temperatures, Buttons, and I am hoping they don't last too long! We are very wet and endlessly gray once again, here near Seattle. This time of year seems to just drag on and on, doesn't it? Glad you made your Mom and the rest of us smile today despite it all. Stay bundled and cozy in between those hard farm chores. xo Karen

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  19. Your cows with hats made me smile. We have not had a bad winter... yet, knock on wood. Your winter sounds brutal this year. Love hearing about the lunch you shared with your Mom. Stay warm Buttons!

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  20. It is -21 here and we just got dumped on with about 30 cm of snow and spent the day snow blowing and digging out Papa had his first snow day in years off of work . I love your photos . Like your said this is Canada and in winter we are frigging cold but we enjoy our ways of getting and staying warm as strange as it may seem . Thanks for sharing , stay cozy and have a good day !

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  21. It always works...coming here to visit is like a warm hug, and a bright sunny day. And to see Bossy...well it's the icing on the cake. Grace it's always wonderful to see a post from you in my inbox. I just with that I could leave you more comments so you knew how much I appreciate it.

    Jen

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  22. You're the one who gets the most out of this...the most smiles!

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  23. The cows wearing hats made me smile. They look dashing, dahling! Your words are always positive and that brings a smile also. Enjoy your week!

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  24. Great shots of the cows wearing their hats. Hop on the plane and come west, is a lot warmer here.

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  25. Who can't smile looking at those fashionable cows. They warmed my heart.

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  26. hehehe, I am still smiling thinking of that third photo. What a fun shot and a great one for a caption contest. LOL
    Thanks for the smiles and warmth, enjoy that south sun as much as you can.

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  27. Your mom & you enjoy a sweet relationship. How fun to spend time with your cows where the sunshine and windbreak seem warmer than inside. Still seems mighty cold though, good thing the cows have hats !

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  28. Love the hats on the cows, how could you not smile:)

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  29. Well, you've done it - Bossy2 and Red have me smiling. You description of the cold is apt - it was gusty here today and snowing. I did go out, and when I came back inside, the fire never felt so good!

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  30. Buttons I was here earlier and read ur blog post but decided to return to let ya know I sure do like seeing your cows with those cute hats on their heads! been smilin bout that all day! thanks

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  31. I love that your mom has a print of you and Bossy to look at every day! I think it's cold here. I can't imagine what your cold is like! I hope you get a break soon.

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  32. Don't your cows/girls look gorgeous :) Sometimes it's hard to get warm even down here when it's winter.
    Hugs M xox

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  33. I always love seeing the girls with hats on...they make me smile! I hope you don't get too cold out there in the great outdoors. We've had a mild winter so far. Now, if you see anything strange in this comment I have a kitty trying to climb on my keyboard as I type! I better hit that publish button while I can. Take care!

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  34. Buttons,

    It worked!!!! Thank you for lifting my spirits.
    Even though it's cold outside, I'm smiling.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  35. oh love your models this morning as I look.

    Oh so fashionable . Other neighbor cows must get those hats. Then they can have a ladies chit chat fashion show like the Red Hat club in the afternoon. I mean the guy cows are roaming around at store parking lots. Yelling eat Chicken and kicking people cars. On many a commercial.

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  36. Yep, cows with hats certainly brightened up my day!

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  37. You can't help but smile at those hat wearing cows.

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  38. Your girls are beautiful. Very stylish in their chapeaux!
    Lynne x

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  39. Yes it did..I feel lots better now- thanks!

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  40. We are still having frigid weather, but not quite as bad as yours. Yes indeedy, when the sun is shining I can almost handle it.

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  41. Cows wearing hats, is there a sweeter thing!! OMGoodness, thank you for the happy thought!

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  42. I've had about enough of this cold too. Starting to get a little cabin fever - but times like this I do NOT missing farming one bit!

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  43. Buttons the girls' fashion show was just too cute not to grin ..hugely !!
    Yes .. Garden PA was up first and said it was -25 yesterday morning with no wind thankfully because the windchill would have been brutal.
    This morning we are in a heat wave !!! only -7 and snowing ... but what a difference.
    You are a brave soul going out in that cold .. I am chicken and hide in the house ! cluck cluck ! haha
    Joy : )

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  44. Mornin', Buttons!

    Seven degrees F here in beautiful downtown Minneapolis! All we need now is a cow in a hat! :-)

    Pearl

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  45. I want some of that super cold weather here in KY!! Trade? I love those photos :)

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  46. Bossy 2 in a trilby - very excellent! I have found this winter so much easier than previous winters - and I have your coat to thank for that! It has made a massive difference!

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  47. Your warm smiles are the only thing not below zero around here! Thank you for brightening my day!

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  48. it did work!!! oh boy b, that is cold. making my 43 degrees today sound pretty toasty, almost pool worthy!! heheh

    LOVE that hat.....

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  49. Oh gosh, I'm sending some warm breezes over to you all as well. Those hats are charming too. Warm hugs :D)

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  50. Absolutely the sweetest post..but I am in 74 degree temps during the day when even a light sweater isn't needed. I once read a story about cows.and it touched my heart so much that I sat and cried a few minutes and will never ever see cows the same again. They are wonderful creatures...I have just never been around them. I think to those of us not used to them..their size is a bit intimidating. :)

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  51. I would be staying under the Doona until summer arrived. I don't know how anyone can tolerate those temperatures. We have good temps now .Not too hot just nice and warm. Hope it warms for you soon. Love the cows in hats. Do they have a barn for when it is so cold?

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  52. Gosh, did it ever! lol! As cold as it is, bossy2 might need a matching scarf too.

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  53. The Cow In Hat therapy worked . . . Thanks!

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