Yellow farmhouse pleasures on a winter day

  • Being "forced" to make a sledding track for the oldest in 8" of new-fallen snow
  • A pine tree, pendulous, bows toward the house
  • Bending a thousand times to shovel the driveway
  • The sizzle of freshly diced potatoes sliding into hot, brown butter in the skillet
  • The way a meal feels in your belly after hard physical labor
  • Staying up late to fold all the laundry
  • The abstract art of shadows on snow: a line drawing in the night
  • Discovering a child amongst the nativity: love and awe and reverence in 5-year-old form