“There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter.  One is the January thaw.  The other is the seed catalogues.” ~Hal Borland

January 11

   “The birds are gone, The ground is white,
The winds are wild, They chill and bite;
The ground is thick with slush and sleet,
And I barely feel my feet.”
~Winter Poems

January 11

“January opens
The box of the year
And brings out days
That are bright and clear
And brings out days
That are cold and grey
And shouts, “Come see
What I brought today!”
–  Leland B. Jacobs, January

January 11


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13 Responses to January

  1. cheri says:

    Love your pictures and the quotes. We are WINDY today. Warm (45*) and windy (65 mph gusts)! Makes for feeding cows fun! ha! You flake off a piece, and whoop its gone!
    Have a perfect weekend! 🙂

    • Robyn says:

      On those kind of days we try to feed the cows next to a wind break. It’s the pits dealing with hay blowing in your face while taking twine off bales. I always think twice when J says we are hauling out hay bundles and cutting strings. In the summer we use twine to bale hay.

      At least you have temps in the 40’s. We are not far behind you, but I have my doubts we will see 45*. The last few days have been in the mid 30’s.

      Thanks for the warning as is must be your wind headed our way tonight. lol!

  2. Linda W says:

    Love the poems, and the photos of the bare trees are very nice. Stay warm out there!

  3. Bonnie says:

    Stay warm out there. I loved the poems. I happen to have a pile of seed catalogs sitting next to my chair. Stay warm.

  4. beautiful words and gorgeous photography ~ be warm ~ carol xxx

  5. Kim says:

    We have a warm-up coming this week, just one week after it was -8. There’s still a bit of snow in the shady spots, but it will likely be gone today. Hope you have a great week!

  6. Yay! More winter poems 🙂 Thanks for sharing! And we’re experiencing the January thaw here in STL. Yesterday was mid 50s. So wonderful.

  7. Loretta Beavis says:

    Hi Everyone!
    I like the winter pictures too. In the Mojave desert, there are native cottonwood trees that resemble your dormant trees in the photos. I have very old tree I adore. It is on the west side of the Rabbit Springs stream bed. It has an engaging beauty whatever the season. The stream bed is also an earthquake faultline…there are no native trees on the other side and the plants are different because of (lack of) water.

    How does a woman know she has “ranch wife qualities?”.

    When the wind blows here it fills the horse hay with sand. I often used hay nets or a dry water tank for feeders so as they ate, the movment of the hay shook the sand off the hay. Sand colic is a western horseman’s nightmare. Plantain growing in the local hay supplied “psyllium” and my horses never coliced.

    Do you build windbreaks or use the trees and shrubs?

    I am inspired to look for vacation ranches now, where I can do some cattle work–maybe Montana, Oregon, New Mexico–I would be surprised to find one in California.

    I love baling wire! It is better than duct tape!

    Thanks for the beautiful, refreshing website and insight!

  8. Sandra says:

    Lovely winter photos.
    Countdown to spring 🙂

  9. Candy C. says:

    Love that first picture and what great poems, they made me chilly! 🙂

  10. Linda R says:

    Your photos look so pretty, Cold but pretty. Love the poems you put with them.


  11. Love the pictures and the quotes to go with them! I have been wanting to get out and take some pictures but it’s been so dreary here. That foot of snow (you know, the snow that about darn near killed everyone… sarcasm) has been getting rained on and it’s a mess outside. Was up to 50 yesterday.

    I want it to freeze again. Is that bad?

  12. Eden Hills says:

    What beautiful winter scenes! I’m ready for a thaw. 🙂

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