As I wasn’t up to cooking dinner yet Sunday evening, and Gordon had a gig during the day, he picked up Chinese take-out on the way home. The photo above is the fortune from Gordon’s cookie.
The storm must have started sometime after 10pm. The girls were snug in there beds and Gordon and I were sleeping soundly after our lovely evening meditation together. By midnight the intermittent barking began. Dogs do NOT like the loud popping sound of transformers blowing out from the weight of ice and snow on power lines in the distance. Around 1:30 or so there was a particularly explosive noise followed by our power shutting down at the Gnome Mound. We were not feeling peaceful. Last winter when the power went out it did not come on again for a full week (a full and really challenging week!) and we did not have a generator yet. Last night, however it came back on sometime around 3am…with much barking and jumping on the bed (dogs) and relief (from us grown-up humans).
With the morning light, these enchanted trees became visible through our bedroom window.
Look at how heavy the snow is, the poor young tree is bowed completely to the ground.
This is the image that caught my sleepy eyes, my breath, my thoughts this morning when I came down stairs to the family room. The fire of the pellet stove is reflected in the window, superimposed over the snow-laden branches outside. Fire dancing on snow...now that's something to contemplate!
The sky began to clear and I was totally awed by the snow on the trees. This is a perfect example of how a peaceful mind or in this case, a joyful mind, generates power...This feeling of AWE for me was so uplifting I put on my boots and coat and trudged through the dense snow a few yards behind the house to look up and snap these photos of the undersides of the branches while the sun melted chunks of snow that kept surprising me as it fell on my face!
And then…the power went dead. We waited awhile. As afternoon progressed and the sun journeyed lower down in the sky it was evident Gord would need to schlep out the generator after all.
And so now I sit, still bundled with fleece blanket, extra socks, and dogs cuddled near by.
The pellet stove is up and running with the assistance of the growling generator and yet, my mind is peaceful anyway. (Apparently generators also power peace!)
Join me at Awake is Good on Friday where I have the honor of sharing a meditation practice as part of Jan's still on-going 28 day meditation challenge. Actually, stop by every day this week, Jan has some wonderful guest bloggers lined up to teach a variety of meditation/mindfulness practices. Even if you have been meditating for years, there is always more to learn!