I understand a strength in keeping a journal is
capturing the mundane along with the interesting
and magnificent events in ones life. Well, January,
February…I don’t know how long the mundane life
continues in Maine…Keeping a journal this way, is
showing it smack dab in the face as I try to think
of things that happened, sometimes wondering “why”,
what struck me to take the photos I took.
Earlier journals, no one else has ever read: mundane
was recorded as matter of fact.
I didn’t differentiate between the mundane and
the magnificent…I was quite bland !
The weather often has been cold with a wicked wind chill.
On the coast of Maine, the temperature usually varies…
so it’s not every night, but some nights are damp and windy.
In the grand scheme of things, not a big
I have a handy dandy remote starter so I can start
my car from my living room window, no longer having to
dress warmly, and hazard a fall on my lawn…luckily
the traffic in the winter, even on the major streets…
three of them ☺. AND few neighbors
are here to watch me scatter cat litter or ice melt
ahead of me like Gretel over icy patches
from the warmer sunny days melting the snow.
As I traipse to my car...two canes with ice pics on them,
and LLBean ice grippers on my shoes or boots,
now THAT was scary.
Using gasoline at $3.50+/gallon
to start my car in the middle of the night to be sure
it will run the next morning makes me think twice
before hitting the remote button,
(okay, Maxine is rubbing off on me)
but choices, we have choices,
and I choose to live in Maine in the winter.
Besides, with the remote,
I don’t have to worry about freezing in the driveway,
having the sidewalk plow scatter the icy snow
into my driveway and over me !
Six Word Journal Monday January 16, 2012
Cold, Somesville, Everybody Eats, lively conversation
Six Word Journal Tuesday January 17, 2012
Writers Group, Lunch Pizza Hut, COLD
Six Word Journal Wednesday January 18, 2012
Portraits group: Maggie/Warmer/icy underfoot
Six Word Journal Thursday January 19, 2012
Bret’s birthday/he called/Senior Center
Six Word Journal Friday January 20, 2012
Painting cancelled: 4″ snow/tossed riff-raff
(finished card to Stacey for her birthday…
red blueberry field of photo she liked)
Six Word Journal Saturday January 21, 2012
Lightly snowed all day…1/2 “only.
Six Word Journal Sunday January 22, 2012
Ride>photos after snow>blueberry fields
January ice and snow…
coat the fields,
especially the blueberries,
that suffer in an open winter.
January thaw is expected,
not too long, but just right,
for a short respite from
deep freeze cold and snow.
February invites Canadian
cold and snow,
that didn’t arrive the month
February is thankfully short,
hopeful for an early spring…
hope runs eternal on the coast
Downeast in Maine.
In March, my forty plus old
tulips in their gowns
of red and yellow,
appear against the cellar wall
where it’s toasty warm
from the suns
warming rays …
it’s spring when they peak out,
green leaves at first,
letting me know
all is right in the world,
spring is here.
April, if we’re lucky,
May if not,
we get to see the lovely canopy
of “spring green” as the trees
leaf out getting ready to shade
us from the summer sun.
Nature works hard
on the Downeast coast of Maine,
bringing natures beauty on land,
from the sea.
Written January 19, 2012