“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”

Today is beautiful with a blue sky and the return of the sun, but it’s cold, an uninviting cold. I have no inclination to go outside. The hot air from the furnace is blowing and keeping the house warm. I won’t even get dressed. I’m nice and cozy in my sweatshirt and my flannel pants. It snowed a bit yesterday, enough to cover the walk and my car windows. I’m hoping the sun will melt the windows clean so I won’t have to brush and scrape.

I always think it is the darkness of winter which palls the spirit so I do my best to compensate. I keep white candles lit in the windows, and their light shines across the dark lawn. In the living room, I light lanterns in the corners of the room. Their candles flicker and leave shadows on the walls. On the hearth, twelve tea lights shine in the votives of the long candle holder, and a gourd filled with white lights sits atop firewood in a basket. The room is filled with light and is warm and cozy and welcoming.

I do love New England and am not tempted to leave for sunnier climes. I am tired of winter, but around this time I am always tired of winter. The two years I spent in Ghana gave me an even greater appreciation for the changing seasons I so love. It was always warm there, and I tired of the warmth. I wanted to be cold, to see my breath on a crisp winter’s morning. I missed the beauty of snow and how wonderful it looks as it falls and how breathtaking the world is after a snowstorm. I wanted to welcome spring with all its colors and sights and smells. Where I lived in Ghana had no flowers. It had baobab and pawpaw trees and fields filled with millet and yams. It had grass, tall and green, but it had no flowers. I missed looking for the first spring shoots to appear, for the crocus and the daffodils.

Spring is always a miracle, and I wait for it with great expectations. Every day I check for the tips of shoots in my front garden. When I find one,  I want to dance wearing bright colors and flowers in my hair.

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18 Comments on ““Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.””

  1. flyboybob Says:

    I could never figure out why wealthy Texans would fly their own airplanes to Aspen Colorado in the winter time and take a chance on crashing into a mountain. When spring comes and the snow melts the wreckage would be found and the bodies recovered. They all want to play in the snow because they never had the pleasure of shoveling the stuff as kids. 🙁 I for one hate the snow and ice. Dallas has just enough of the four seasons to keep me entertained.

    Tomorrow is Super Bowl 52 and we will find out if the Eagles will win their first Super Bowl or the Pats will win their what ever number because I lost count. As usual I always root for the under dog even though I don’t like the Eagles. Their rowdy fans used to throw ice balls at the visiting players bench. One year the Cowboys were pelted. It’s just a game.

    Today is partly sunny with a current temperature of 52 degrees looking for a high of the low 60s. Obviously there’s no snow or ice.

    • katry Says:

      I love the snow when it’s falling. It is the after which takes patience. I want my road plowed, my car freed from the snow and my walk shoveled.

      The change in seasons is why I love living here. Spring is just wonderful, miraculous. Everything is new: the air, the flowers and the gardens. Fall is beautiful, almost beyond description. Summer is hot but it is deck weather, barbecues and outside movies.

      I, of course, am a Pats fan. I remember the early years when the Pats won nothing. When Kraft bought them, that began to change. We will be so disappointed if they don’t win tomorrow. We expect here. We are spoiled.

      It is cold.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Fall used to be my season but now it’s Spring. I’m fine with some winter months but by February, I’m looking forward to any sign of spring. This morning I heard a woodpecker drumming. That could be either territorial or mate attraction but it’s still a tiny little sign of Spring. I’ll take it!
    There are photo-electric battery candles all over my house. Only a few are in windows. The rest are inside old lanterns placed on the floor in strategic places. They make lovely night lights.

    Today’s task was bathing the dogs. I put down a towel on the living room floor so they could rub themselves all over it after washing and blow drying. They declined. Instead they jumped up on the couch and snuggled their still damp bodies up against me. We are snuggling soggily together.

    The weather was the same up here. Brilliant blue skies and really cold temperatures with added wind chill. The strong sun did take care of the coating of snow, though. Thank you, Sun.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      The cape really doesn’t have much of a spring. It stays cold until it jumps into summer usually in June. I’m okay with that as I get a warmer, longer fall so winter stays away for a while. I’d drive both to visit my mother and see budding leaves as I’d get to Boston. We would still have empty branches.

      My window lights are electric and I keep them in the windows all year. My street is also very dark as it has no street lights so my window lights help.

      Dogs and cats don’t even seem to do what is expected. Maddie peed by the front door but has now switched to the back door. I don’t dare take upon the front door puppy pads as I figure she’d go back to that door.

      I stayed inside all day. I even took a late nap. I’m still hurting a bit from my slide so I’m taking it easy.

      Have a great evening!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I think I would like to live in a Mediterranean climate, It does get a bit chilly in winter but very rarely actually cold. I really don’t like the snow and we’ve gotten plenty now. They say it’ll get nasty cold for three days from tomorrow and after that it’ll get less cold again. I hope the Norwegian site is right because they predict slightly less cold nights 🙂
    The problem now days is that it gets so nasty hot down there in summers now days that I’m not sure it would be worth living there all year round and I really don’t like to move around every six months 🙂

    I do hope for an early spring though and a long one before summer and the flies arrive again 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I don’t know where the climate is ideal. Places which aren’t cold have really hot summers. This has been a cold winter here. It started out to be warm then we had that Arctic blast. We haven’t yet had as much snow as usual. and I’m glad.

      We get hot and humid in August usually. The rest of the summer is bearable. I like living here in New England despite the cold of winter.

      We don’t really even get an early spring. The ocean stays cold for a while which keeps spring away. I’m okay with that as the fall is lovely.

      Haver a great Sunday!

  4. William Sandford Says:

    I’ll record the game and start watching while they play. When the recording catches up, I’ll take a break. With all the commercials and halftime, a 60-minute game becomes almost 4 hours.
    Yesterday was a good day. I managed to do my walk. February is one of the best months, with new snow, bright blue skies and the sun higher in the sky. We’re taking Marty to Florida on the 18th for 9 days, and other siblings will fill in after we leave. Florida is not one of my favorite states–too hot, too humid, too crowded. It’s always a pleasure to return and breathe in some cool refreshing air here in NH.

    • katry Says:

      That’s a smart way to watch. I’ll be with Tony and Clare so we can entertain each other if need be.

      It was cold here, cold enough to keep me inside. I even resorted to wearing socks. My hands were freezing which I thought strange.Today, though cloudy, is a better day.

      I have never been to Florida and don’t feel was if I have missed a thing.

  5. William Sandford Says:

    We did have flowers in Ghana. Don’t you remember the periwinkles mixed in with the marijuana plants in front of the house? The goats ate them.

  6. sprite Says:

    I found D.C.’s first bulbs shooting up last weekend (in the same sunny spot and on the same weekend I found them the winter before). Apparently the last weekend in January is the magic date for the Book Hill bulbs.

    • katry Says:

      I too have a spot for seeing the first shoots. It is the sunniest spot in the front garden.

      I am jealous of your shoots. Mine are a long way in the future. Yours would give me hope.

      • sprite Says:

        I’ll let you know when I see the first flowers. If last year’s dates are any indication (and if we don’t get a big snowstorm to slow everything down), it’ll be just a couple weeks from now.

      • katry Says:

        Flowers? That’s a knife to the heart for me. I am even more envious!!

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