It's icy here, so I dumped the whole can full of wood ashes on my paths and the driveway, and then put it to the test. I didn't fall down and break my crown.
Yes, I still prefer winter in the north. My friends are busily knitting their wool into things. I don't knit, but I love to see it done. I did once knit a sweater, on circular needles, but as I neared the bottom, I lost interest in the project. Which did not deter me from wearing it for the rest of the winter, with the needles all dangling down - o, down - o, down -o, with the needles all dangling down. (To be sung to the tune of Fox Went Out on A Chilly Night).
When the sky is clear, I love to see bright stars in familiar constellation, glittering at night in cold, dry air. I love the crystallized world, the way the creek bubbles under ice, with an edge that forms and reforms overnight. I look to see the shapes of leaves and grass in flowing water under the clear ice. I love the thick coats of fur on my cats, the stacked-full wood shed, the splitting block, the cold maul, which also serves to split a big squash, which I like to roast and eat, in winter, with butter.
I like my new, highly visible, lime-yellow down jacket.
Happy winter solstice, and remember the ones who've left us. I light a candle for them in a
mason jar, when the sun goes down, and put it in the frozen fern bed beside the sauna.