Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Day 6!

Yep! That's right! Day 6 of sunshine!
Temps are in the teens at night and the sun warms our hearts
enough to believe it is warm during the day.
The ice gets the lightest sheen of water on it
during the sun times and then freezes smoother than
evah at night.....
It is amazingly wonderful ice right now.
And the Moon is Huge and lights the night with
these glorious blue tints to the snow and shadows.
(and ice on the driveway, OH MY, the ice on the driveway!
'tis treacherous out there.)
Winter Wonderland defined.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bull Lake 365

 We have had 4 glorious days of great ice AND sunshine!
Just look!

 Mighty Ibex Peak.
Love this place.
One can only get this view from the middle of the Lake,
on skates or in a boat (or swimming).

 My tele-blades.
These babies are FAST!
They are Finnish. You just slip your boots onto the blades and speed off.

 I wonder what it sounds like when the ice heaves up like this?
I skated Saturday and went home, came back and skated Saturday night and the ice
wasn't like this, just a compression crack,
came back Sunday to this big heave filled with water on either side!
It is fun to skate over, makes me feel rad!
And post skate glass of wine with Zeek on the deck, soaking in some of that
winter light!

Moonlight Sk8

 WEll, it wasn't a full moon yet, but the moon was big
and up early and the ice is amazing
and the sky clear,
 opportunity was knocking hard,
we answered!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

As far as you can, hold your confidence.
Do not allow your confusion to squander
This call which is loosening
Your roots in false ground,
That you might come free
From all you have outgrown.

What is being transfigured here is your mind,
And it is difficult and slow to become new.
The more faithfully you can endure here,
The more refined your heart will become
For your arrival in the new dawn.

- John O'Donohue from For the Interim Time


Now is the time to nurture intentions, to feed and fuel and retool according to those intentions. Are my tools ready at hand, and honed for the work ahead? What gets in the way of my fullest creative productivity? How can I minimize obstacles, both inner and outer? What help do I need? What simple joys fuel my work?

How can I make sure I dance enough to keep me happy and inspired in the seasons to come? Dancers use a focal point, so that as they spin on the dance floor, they can stay oriented and not lose their balance or spin off in dizziness. Ritual at points on the wheel of the year can serve the same purpose.
 We can nurture the seeds of intention for the coming year. Letting go and focusing, cleansing and clarifying, are most appropriate activities for this cold part of the spring quarter. Every day is longer, offering more sunlight and the promise of greater warmth to come.