Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A NEW ENGLAND WINTER DAY

Winter...
Wide, sparkling fields snow-vested ice
Beneath a blue unshadowed sky;
A glistening splendor crowns the woods
And bosky, whistling solitude;
In hemlock glen and reedy mere
The tang of frost is sharp and clear;
Life hath a jollity and zest,
A poignancy made manifest;
Laughter and courage have their way
At noontime of a winter's day...
~Lucy Maud Montgomery~
This snowy day finds me out and about early. After tending the "girls," I strap on my snowshoes and head for the trails that lay before me. The solitude of the woods is welcoming, off in the distance the song of the chick-a-dee can be heard. I do feel a bit of sadness as I plod along for my trusty side-kick, Winslow Homer, can no longer accompany me. Winslow, with daily medications remains healthy, but age and blindness has become a hindrance. Today, I again aim for my goal of 10,000 steps. Tomorrow I will be held accountable as it is "weigh in" day at Weight Watchers...How lovely it is to return home and find a note left by my husband...all it takes is three little words to warm the heart...
Speaking of the heart, being heart healthy is most important to every one's overall well being. Most fruits and vegetables included in the Weight Watcher program remain point free, meaning you can eat as many as you like, within limits of course. Oranges have become a favorite mid morning snack, not only are they nutritious, but recently I learned (DR. OZ) that the pith of an orange is beneficial in preventing wrinkles. Who knew...Honey...load me up...this morning as I read my "Laugh 'Til The Mascara Runs" Shoebox calender, the caption read "Does Wearing Fruit Count On A Diet"? Carmen Miranda I am not, but I can shake my maracas with the best of them...

9 comments:

Farm Girl said...

I hope you have a great weigh in tomorrow.
Good for you, I love reading about your day.

The Barn Door said...

Good luck on your weigh in!!! Can't even imagine putting on snow shoes!
Karen & the Hounds

Peacemom said...

Good luck at weigh in! I just recently did a 10 day juice fast. I was sick of being sick, so thought I'd try that to see if it would shake things up a bit. It did and I'm finally feeling better! Love fruits and veggies, so yummy! Just can't wait until the garden is giving up some of my own. Peace to you, Julie...~Vonnie

Eve said...

No snowshoes needed here Julie, now I just have to find my sneakers. Have a good weigh in today and give cousin Winslow a pat for me.

Kim said...

You shake those maracas!! I hope you had a successful weigh-in. Mine is tomorrow (its not looking good)
Congratulations on Ramone's coming out. Made me laugh out loud!

from me to thee......... said...

beautiful snow picture..........and what a sweet note from your husband, treasure it!

Janice said...

I love the contrast between the two pictures of your home...winter versus summer. Lovely.

Margy said...

Good Luck on your weigh in - and you have encouraged me to join myself. I am going tomorrow night to join WW too. Thanks!

Beverly said...

Snowshoes for you and sandals for me. We hit the 60's again today.....weird, I say!! Such a sweet note from your hubby. Don't you just love that! Well keep stepping and best of luck with the weigh in!

Have a great week,Julie!

bev