Thursday, February 09, 2006

Winter Weather

Well, today was one of the few days this winter that has actually been stormy. We couldn't even see across the field for all the snow that was blowing. Jim prayed about where we would build our house for quite some time before making the decision, and it was so right. The front here is calm, but go up to the field and you can't see anything! We probably won't get out of our driveway unless the township grader comes through and cleans out our road. It's amazing to me that the grader will plough out everyone's driveways! We are the last one on this road, so it takes a while before he gets to us. Makes for a very pleasant day with the family. Even if the power would go off we have lots of hot water (which is heated on top of our wood stove inside an old water heater) and plenty of heat. Add a little bluegrass music, and we are set for the day!

I never knew what the night sky actually looked like until we moved out here ... We have nothing to dim the stars since we have no yard light. I remember when we were first living in the pop up camper there would be nights when someone in the middle of the night needed to "use the bathroom," and the process of opening the door would wake everyone up. I don't exactly know how it happened, but someone outside must have commented on how brilliant the stars were, so we all climbed out of our sleeping bags and took a look. That must have been the first time I had ever seen a shooting star. No mistaking the Big Dipper up here, it's so huge. I have kept an eye on 3 stars that are all in a row, and move with the seasons. Some day I'm going to get out an astronomy book and check out what I am seeing in the night skies.

Another thing that amazes me is how light it is outside for the whole night, even when the moon is not visible. I guess for this season it's because of the snow, but even without light a person can easily make their way around outside. We haven't seen much this winter of the Northern Lights, but occasionally they will be dancing and someone will notice them.

This photo of sun dogs was taken in early December. My son Andrew pasted the 2 photos together to show how beautiful it was.


Emily said...

Oh, that photograph just takes my breath away. I've never seen such a display! What an awesome Creator we have to give us such beauty, and how it glories Him so.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn!

What beautiful thoughts and words!

It's by leaving the light pollution of our modern society that we can begin to understand the words of the psalmist in Psalms 19: 1-4:

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out unto all the earth, their words to the ends of the earth."

Sad to think how many people don't see the 'glory of God' proclaimed in his sky!

May your Light Shine!

Northern Farmer said...

The north country sure does have it's moments as the photo shows. I sure am glad you folks over there are all blogging, you've all filled a gap, thanks.


Lynn said...

Thanks for all the comments! Looks like we're in for a bit more "weather" today, as it's still snowing and blowing.

The Jersey Homesteader said...


I love when you talk about heating water on the stove. Seven years ago the reason we picked the area we now live in, no lights and a dirt road. Sorry to say its not that way anymore, we now have a monster home being built across the road. You can keep writing about where you are living as I enjoy it very much. Thank you for visiting my blog I think I am finally out of my slump.