Winter weather has arrived with a vengeance, here in Kansas, veiling the landscape of long since harvested fields and the remaining fall colored foliage with a blanket of ice. It is quite beautiful to see everything glisten like polished crystals under this frozen glaze.
The inclement conditions have also made for a good excuse to stay in inside, allowing time perhaps, to cook a thick hearty soup or stew to eat, wrap gifts in bright shiny paper, finish stuffing and addressing envelopes with Christmas cards, sipping an occasional hot mug of coco with whip cream on top, and spending all day in pajamas watching every holiday movie we own.
Although this Season of Joy is in full swing with the snowy days lending an air of authenticity to our happy moods, I find myself reminiscing about those moments spent over the summer when we were so fortunate to entertain some very unexpected guests.
Remembering when a pair of Robins became our delight... discovering they had decided to build a nest and raise their family in the Lace Elm tree in our front yard.
I will never forget the time I spent with them and their fledglings. It was truly a gift from nature, and a most treasured memory.