Rays of Light

The past week was one of stunning weather. The “January Thaw” did not disappoint with several days of temperatures in the mid 30’s. We still have a fair amount of snow, but it settled quite a bit.

This week J and I have kinda been doing our own thing. J got his Trail Fire snowmobile running. J’s Grandpa got it in the early 80’s and J took a liking to it. He spent many days riding with a couple of buddies in High School. J has been having a blast riding around this week. He even took Saturday afternoon to go riding with a friend east of Small Town.

One of my 2017 goals is to enter several photo contests. This week I sifted through my photos and sent pictures to two magazines that have contests. No matter the results, I think it’s important to take the risk. You never know how someone will react to a photo or what other opportunities could pop up. In addition, it keeps me motivated and looking for unique shots.

Hockey great, Wayne Gretzky, is quoted as saying “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I think the principle applies to shooting pictures as much as it does to hockey.

J had me cake the bred heifers on Friday. I also got to roll out bales for the cows. Since I was in the pickup, I had a radio and listened to the Presidential Inauguration. We also taped it on tv; I had it on while baking Saturday morning. No matter how one feels about politics,  I think it’s important to be aware of what is going on.  If nothing else, the changing of political leaders is history in the making.

Every setback you encounter in life contains valuable information that, if you study it carefully, will eventually lead you to success. Without adversity, you would never develop wisdom, and without wisdom, success would be short-lived indeed. When you make a mistake, say, “That’s good! I’ve gotten that out of the way. I will never do that again.” – Napoleon Hill

Yes, I’ve baking. I frequently have enough time after chores and before noon to make dinner and whip up something extra. Blueberry muffins, Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies, Fudgey Cocoa No-Bake Treats (cookies), and Banana Bread have found their way through my kitchen. The extras are adding to the stash I have in the freezer. We are not ready to think about calving season, but it is getting closer. Thanks to my Heart of the Farm Planner “freezer inventory” page I can remember what I baked and made up for those busy days ahead.

On my reading list: I’m three-fourths through The Baker’s Daughter: A Novel by Sarah McCoy. As many of you know World War II stories are my favorite reads and a few good ones seem to find me. I’m glad J had a meeting Friday night, as I couldn’t put the book down.

Last week I read Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I liked the descriptions Pi gave about growing up the son of a zoo keeper and his insight on animals. I’m usually not a fan of fantasy books, but Pi’s survival story is worth reading. I’d like to see the movie. Have you read Life of Pi or seen the movie? If so, what did you think?

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you. L.R Knost .

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5 Responses to Rays of Light

  1. Kim says:

    Good luck on the photo contests! Those frosty trees against the bright blue sky are stunning, but it also looks like it is “take-your-breath-away” cold.

    I’m glad you had a better week, weather-wise, and it certainly looks like you had a productive week in the kitchen, too. Have another great week, Robyn!

  2. Darcy says:

    Good luck with the photo contests! I agree – I think if you go into them with that attitude, you’ll always be happy you entered. 🙂 Happy Monday!

  3. Great to hear you entered the photo contests! Exciting stuff. And your freezer preparations look and sound tasty!!

  4. Bonnie says:

    I watched The Life of Pi on the plane to Denmark. I have to say the ending upset me greatly. It still upsets me. I’m not sure why. I guess it is because it wasn’t about a tiger? I don’t know. Good luck on your photos. I think they are grand. I hope you send some to the South Dakota Magazine.

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