Fire and Ice

As a rule, I don’t want to wish my life away, and so I’m trying to be patient about this neverending winter, but we’ve had snow on the ground now since Christmas, numerous snowstorms, freezing rain, and long nights of below zero temperatures. It’s hard to walk anywhere without slipping and sliding. I’ve fallen once, and had snow slide off a metal roof onto my head – both times in front on my coworkers. Kinda embarrassing.

Everyone around here is getting grumpy about the weather. In fact, here are the only residents of northeast Kansas who aren’t complaining.

In order to go out and take pictures, Harland and I have to dress in 10 – 15 pounds of  movement-impeding clothing. Take a look at Harland last weekend.

But I’m trying to focus on the beauty of winter, and in particular the contradiction of the sun’s fire and ice’s hard coldness.

When we had freezing rain last week, it encrusted every surface, but despite sub-zero temperatures, the sun’s warmth caused a partial melting. And now, it appears that a sculptor has been at work.

Another sculptor at work is the wind. It picks up the snow and carries it across the fields depositing it in drifts with knife edge peaks.

With at least 4 more weeks of winter here, we’ll all have to just continue shoveling, dressing like we live in the arctic, and try not to notice how much the heat is running in our homes. After all, it doesn’t do any good to complain, and spring gets closer every day.


——–> UP NEXT: Turkeys in the snow – up close and personal.

[ad name=”Google Adsense”]


Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

You may also like...

5 Responses

  1. trisha Harris says:

    Suzanne, do be careful in the slick stuff, my sister broke her hip. I love all of your posts and the photos are great. Hope you and Harlan stay warm in these frigid temps.

    Can you make snow ice cream?

    I always looked forward to snow ice cream.

  2. Suzanne, I feel for you. I love the pictures and can not even comprehend what you are going through. Just think the first signs of Spring will be that much more of a celebration!

  3. Kathy says:

    I like your reminder that spring is getting closer every day. I just have to keep that in mind to get through these next few weeks. I just said to my husband today that I think the worst of the winter must be over. Isn’t it? Please?

  4. Joani says:

    Luv the pictures. Be careful out there. Spring is just around the corner for your area. I’m hoping within the next week it will pop up here in Arizona.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Joani,
      It was 60 degrees here yesterday and most of the snow melted off! We know we have more winter to come, but what a blessing to have a break.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.