Friday, February 25, 2011

Heigh-Ho Heigh-Ho

It's off to work in snow!  Heigh-Ho Heigh-Ho.  Heigh-Ho.  Heigh-Ho.  I've got ya rockin' now!

Yes, it has snowed again in beautiful wintry Illinois and all fairy tail creatures are busy clearing the walks - again.  Snow White's loyal little friends are trying to drive their tiny SUV to the mine while our pure princess is washing the floor of those puddles of wet footprints.  All in a winter day's work in the forest.

It's been a busy week on "The Hill" we call home.  For retirees, having multiple tasks and appointments each day is a thing of the past - most weeks.  As we finally sat down last night to watch the weather forecast, it was with a realization if I didn't go up to bed I would fall asleep somewhere between "Good evening folks" and "We'll be right back with tonight's weather forecast."   Alas, my body, pleased I had heeded it's early sleep call, rewarded me with fully waking at 3:30 a.m.   

3:30 a.m. can be a reward (if rationalization is your thing).  I looked out the window and the wintry scene, highlighted by our nite lite, was a picture of serenity and beauty.  Enough fluffy covering to hide the mud and crud of the last melting snowfall.  The light glittering off small stacks of snow on each seed head, a little hat on my garden path solar lights, a white roof coating on the bird feeder - the moments before dawn breaks and life begins it's hustle and bustle.  A beautiful moment in the day. 

Maybe Snow White and the little guys will take the day off.  After all, they have been heigh-ho ing since 1937 and it's time for them to kick back and retire.  This wintry morning, have a cup (granted they would have a very little cup) of hot coffee and know the serenity of simply enjoying this morning's snow.

“Winter came down to our home one night

Quietly pirouetting in on

Silvery-toed slippers of snow,

And we, we were children once again.”

- Bill Morgan, Jr.   


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