Leaving Tracks…

Skiing and doodling are two new things I’m applying myself to in this season of my life, just because they are at hand and I have the time.  And because I need to overcome the associated fears.  Of falling.  Of breaking. Of embarrassing myself.  Of failing…

At face value they may not look like much.  And if you’ve been looking at pictures here this winter you’ve already seen enough snow!P1190826

But in the practicing there have been lessons.  Valuable ones, that go beyond the actual skill that grows with each effort.Num.15

How to fall.  How to get up.  How to bid shaking knees be strong and stride on…P1190843

I’ve learned that a drawing starts with one tentative line.  Mistakes can be redeemed, lines re-routed, or bad starts entirely scrapped with no earth-shattering consequence.IMG_20160113_194524672

Ability is relative.  Doubting whether I can succeed is no reason not to try.
Committing to try, today, and tomorrow and the next day… is the first step to succeeding, or failing.  Which will it be?  Who’s to say?  At least I can show up and see what happens.  There will be surprises either way!


I have learned I can laugh at myself.  I can go “poof” into a snow drift at a sharp curve in a slick downhill trail and roll over and get up and try it again.  You will never see those pictures.  I need not keep a record of the times I fail…


I can tackle a drawing that looks so beyond me I wonder why I’m trying, and well, it may be, the first time.  But there’s a glimmer of something good and practice may yet render a pleasing effect.  I’ll never know if I don’t try.ODP3

Fear dies hard.  Balance takes time to achieve.  Training muscles and fingers and reflexes and undoing lifelong thought patterns takes time… and continuance…


These things I’m learning as I show up at the snowy trail and the snow-white page
and commence to leave tracks.







“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them…” Eph.2:10

Snow, snow, don’t go away…

They say the snow will not be long with us…that spring thaw is coming to these parts.  I do not know; but I hope ‘they’ are wrong.  I hope the snow will keep on falling and blanketing the world with its pure beauty.


Christmas is past.


Easter is coming…


And in the meantime we are enjoying the snow.


It is not only a delight to the eyes


but it is just plain fun to play in!IMG_20160113_151639004

[This was my first tromp-about with snowshoes; I felt like a kid let loose in the snow!]





Well… It makes for some work too, but heh, it gives cause to get up in the morning!


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!



































Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps,  fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! Ps.148:7,8

December in our neck of the woods…

I’ve been away from blogland for a bit.

There are so many distractions in December…

There are visitors in the yard…P1190511P1190514



and snow to be skiied on and photographed.




There are firesides to be enjoyed…


Cards to be made and mailed…image006image002

Ornaments too…image014image016image015

And a home to get ready for Christmas

and for company!


The grandkids are coming along with three out of five progeny and their spouses.

We are so pleased!



Wishing you hope, joy and peace in believing—a Saviour has been born to us; He is Christ the Lord!