Working on it….Winter JOY

Winter arrived swiftly this week.  I actually heard it coming across the South Dakota plains one late afternoon and felt the  change of seasons as the windy system pushed it’s way across Big Stone Lake and blew fiercely upon us RedBarners.  Snow came in the middle of the night so first peek of the snowy  blanket was through the upstairs window.  Pretty.    Day # 1  of being ‘snowed in’ is always exciting.  A mini vacation.  No, sorry, I can’t do that, go there, be on that committee…..I’m snowed in!  Whahoo!

The second wintery day arrives with thoughts of reality tagging along.  Chilly air still chilly, wind has settled down, snow is deep,  vacation is over and ITSREALLYWHITEANDCOLDout there.

Why is there 8 inches of snow on the ground and 18 inches packed on my car windshield? Scraper.  We had 4 of them last year….where’d I put them?  You say the water in the chicken coop is probably frozen? Brown boots down on the shelf in the basement. Who put my tall, brown boots away last year with dried mud stuck to them?  The road is in terrible shape and I should only drive 35 ?  More straw in the doghouse.  Shovel. The red one?  It’s in the lawn shed by the garden tools.    Ahhhh, the second day of winter we move into the ‘adjustment to winter’ stage and  act so silly….like we’ve never done it before.

We do adjust and we do find JOY in our Minnesota winters!  I’ve heard much talk about JOY lately.  Funny how a word will pop up here and there and it  becomes your word of the day, week or year.    Many of my creative friends have joined the ‘Wear Your Joy’ project.  I think we all have at least a few clothing items or accessories that help us wear our joy.  Kids are always so proud when they get a new coat or boots.  This project calls for one to be intentional. Feel like a child does.  It’s ok to  allow the joy of something new, something you really like,  to seep into your heart and bless your life.  Cool.    Today’s the day…here goes!

Naturally, I had to break out my favorite dark gray pea coat from last season.  I love it and have almost been waiting for a cold-weather day to wear it.  Quilted inside, feels good and is just right.(Thanks LLBean)  Here come my intentional winter JOY items; a new plaid scarf, handmade grey  hat and RED leather gloves. I’ve officially joined the “Wear Your Joy” movement. Minnesota style!

JOY is something that needs to be invited in, welcomed, encouraged and  allowed to bless our daily life.  Even on the winteriest of days.

Can't miss these.  My heart skipped a beat when I saw them on the store shelf.
Can’t miss these. My heart skipped a beat when I saw these beautiful gloves  on the store shelf.  Thanks Charlie, for helping me get a picture of both hands;)
Selfies are hard.  Scarey.  Looks like somebody with a big red hand is grabbing me and I like it.  Oh my.
Selfies are hard when you want to share a peek at your new gloves. .   Looks like someone  with a big red hand is grabbing me and worse yet,  I’m smiling about it.

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Where is Thumpkin?  I’m a dork.  Joyous, but still a dork.  Laughter feels good on a cold November day.

Great little handmade cap to keep me all toasty.  I'm loving this, Jessica from Madison, Minnesota you sweet knitter friend.
Great little handmade cap to keep me all toasty. I’m loving this, Jessica from Madison, Minnesota you sweet knitter friend.    Another one, please.   Red?    It’s so comfy and perfectly full of JOY.

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