Snow is softly falling on this quiet Sunday morning. I have been up since 5:30, which is unusual for me on the weekend. For the first time since Christmas morning, I awoke looking forward to my day. I must be feeling better. The virus I contracted a week ago had knocked me off my feet.
I am writing about my OLW again today but this time as my first post over on Fearless Lines. I have joined a collaboration of creative, courageous women where once a week I will share a piece of my story. I am excited and I must admit to a bit of nerves in joining this talented group of younger women.
Sometimes it takes a simple change to spark fresh life. After writing my post, I turn on the red tea kettle to boil and place last night's supper dishes in the dishpan with fresh sudsy water. Then I begin preparations for a crockpot soup we will enjoy later. All the while I am facing my kitchen window, watching the snow fall.
Suddenly an urge to go outside with my camera takes hold on me. Why not? I pull my old brown boots over my pajamas and bundle quickly into warm coat and hat. Leaving my gloves behind for the sake of taking photos, I slip out into the powdery snow.
There's nothing out of the ordinary to photograph so I focus on the ordinary - my house that I love, the twinkle lights still sparkling in the gray of morning, snow on my boots, clothesline still holding summer pins.
It's all so beautiful today.
Gratitude fills me for these moments. It is the commonplace that one misses when life goes off kilter. Indistinct at the time, but precious in retrospect.
Today my treasures glimmer.
One of my favorite quotes is by T.S. Eliot.
"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
I am knowing this place for the first time in 2015 and can't help but wonder what lies ahead.