Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It was so nice a few days ago









New growth on a gooseberry shows spring is near.





















Groundhog day, all is shut down after over a foot of snow. I cleared my drive last night just after dinner, but it filled back in. It is bitterly cold and blowing a lot still.




Her tribe had resettled many years before, but tales of the oceans of grass always amazed her. When it was time to choose a college, one where her family had lived for generations had an appeal to her. Moving away from family would be harsh, and there wasn’t anyone she was related to nearby. She wanted to find the source of all the stories that were told. A great-grandmother had returned many years earlier, but family became lost in the following generations.

On the train ride there she met an older lady who lived in the same town. Her neighbor had taught at the college and she filled her in on areas to live. When the girl asked about the herds of buffalo, her friend said there were only a few, and more out west of there. She didn’t want to hurt her feelings to tell her the only ones near were in a park. She told of how her family had came from overseas and settled on a homestead. Sod homes were some of the first they had, and it was a hard life to clear land for farming. All of this was quickly absorbed and the young girl began looking for wild animals and homes made of grass. Along the way she occasionally sighted a deer, but no big herds. Perhaps the train scared all of them away.

She shared her stories passed down through her family and the older lady nodded and listened. She had never seen very many Native Americans, so all of this was a new experience. In her school they rarely discussed them, other than being in the way of civilization and being driven away. She was amazed when the girl explained her family being moved three different times to where they lived now. According to her new friend, they had cities long before the settlers arrived. She had seen paintings and pictures of some large groups of teepees, but never envisioned life being very similar to how she lived now. She dozed off and began dreaming of the life her young friend had shared.

The conductor came own the aisle announcing arrival into the city. The young girl was puzzled over the similarity to the area she had came from, only with more trees. She looked at the people standing waiting for the train and saw no familiar faces. One face passed and she laughed because it reminded her of her brother. Could it have been a cousin? She wished she could have asked, and the train came to a halt. Her friend asked where she was staying and she explained a family friend was to meet her and take her where she was going. Asking for a pencil, her new friend wrote her name and address, telling her to join her for a meal the following Sunday. This sounded good to have found a friend already. They walked to the baggage and sorted out their baggage, and went separate ways. The new friendship had blossomed and was carried on a gentle prairie breeze.
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Unwillingly we release our emotions
And let know to all that are around
Feelings shared and not fading away.
















24 comments:

  1. So many left the familiar and headed out into new territory. New friendships must have been very comforting amidst all the unknowns.

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  2. You live in a very pretty world of stunning natural beauty...
    Ann
    PS Maybe you shouldn't shovel the drive tonight? :)

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  3. Love the shadowy wooded pics! Looks like you got about as much snow as we did. My deck looks like a scene from Dr.Zhivago. Stay warm!!!

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  4. Beautiful photos, as always, Steve. We didn't get hit as hard with the storm as we originally thought we might. It's hard to measure the snow because the winds have rearranged it considerably. Our total was probably 8-10 inches. We had a little freezing rain with it, but we didn't lose our electric power, for which we're very thankful. Glad to see that you survived your blizzard.

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  5. I enjoyed your photos! I think the one with the creek bed and the one with the tree with stuff on it, in the shape of a "Y" are my favorites.

    It is 4 degrees here right now, and I am off work because school is closed. We didn't get as much snow as you did, but we got some, and it sure did blow around!

    Take care, and be safe out in the cold!

    Oh, and I forgot to mention that I dry my dill and tarragon when I thin and trim them. I don't think I've made any gravy with the dill, though. That sounds interesting.

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  6. Very beautiful, the pictures and the story!

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  7. What crazy weather we're having!But the woods look very pretty with snow.
    I don't feel like shoveling again either. The wind just keeps blowing it right back on the driveway!

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  8. I feel SO Fortunate here in Texas!!! Hopefully you're safe and we'll be seeing photos of flowers soon!
    hughugs

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  9. Wow, Steve, great shots. I liked the Y in the tree.

    It is bitter cold here as well and the wind cuts to the bone. I was outside for about 10 minutes, gloveless of course, filling the feeders and restocking the suet cages. I had no feeling in the tips of my fingers.

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  10. Recently I was researching old quilt patterns, and although I never realized it, the pioneers were the stewards of quilts and quilt history to this country...They created traditionals such as the Log Cabin, The Chimney Sweep, the Delectable Mountains, the Road to California, the Prarie Queen,...so Many fine patterns that tell the story of their honored westward journey! You got a ton of snow there-

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  11. Steve,
    It makes me think of all of us becoming a writing community; you never know where you'll meet friends! I like the story and it touched my heart!
    The pictures-ummm, while they are lovely; you can HAVE the snow...I'm good with the 72 degrees we had today :)

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  12. freezing rain last night here and tonight it's snow. Another fun drive in the morning for me :)

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  13. You received much more snow than we did Steve -- we got about 6 inches but it drifted the road shut. Snowbound once again!

    Try to stay warm!

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  14. Enjoyed the snow scenes, Steve. As far as shoveling the drive, that's something we don't miss cause we did it a lot in NJ whenever it snowed. LIving on the VA eastern shore has its benefits in that there is no plowing and it's not required for folks to shovel anything. We watched the reports of the blizzard conditions and icing in many parts of the U.S. Here today the local bank sign advertised a temp of 68 degrees at around 2 p.m. But it's short-lived and dropping to the 30s by Thursday.

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  15. We had a decent snowfall but not excessive here. Your tale of new friendship is lovely as are your winter photos.

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  16. this is a beautiful retreat!



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  17. Hi Steve, Wooooooo--that's a huge amount of snow... That makes our little piddly snows look like nothing!!!!! ha

    Great set of pictures... Made me shiver though... ha

    Be careful --and stay WARM and SAFE.
    Betsy

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  18. Hi Steve, So you got lots of snow, too. What a storm. Hope you are staying warm and are shoveled out by now. Let's hope Spring is coming early this year. Take care!...Heidi

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  19. Love the colors in that second photo.

    That was a very sweet story.

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  20. endless snow! But i enjoy all the photos (just cold here, too cold, freezing, but no snow). Like the tracks in the snow and the fungus. Nice shadows from the trees too. Lookin' good!

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  21. I'm ready for Spring now, and I mean it!

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  22. It looks like a lot of cleaning after the winter...sometimes I thought if winter is nice or not, but it's looks nice on your picture. By the way the beach picture on my blog is located somewhere in the Visayan Region, not sure where, with all the beaches I have been through they look the same but still beautiful to me.

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  23. It's cold and snowy here too...
    Interesting story : )

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  24. We only got 9 inches of snow in the second round on Weds, 3 inches on Monday. The cold is bone chilling.

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