I woke this morning after another dream in which Stellar (and Raven, too, this time) were eager for me to go for a walk. So I took Topaz out into the clear cold morning, whistled for the dogs, and set off into the woods traipsing over a light crust of snow. We skirted the does browsing around the house and went out the lion gate, then turned south where the snow was thinner. Neither of us had on the right shoes to go north. I’m grateful for a dream which motivates me to go for a walk, and for a cat who will accompany me.
There were lots of deer prints and trails through the shallow snow, a significant number of little cat tracks, and one stretch where a fox and a fawn followed the same course at different times. Lost in thought, I stepped through the tracks before noticing them, but stopped in time to take them in. In that pause, out in the quiet woods, a sudden sense of belonging swept through me. I wasn’t alone; there were many other creatures living here with me. I’m grateful for tracks in the snow, for the busy, hidden world of animal action they show happening all around and unconcerned with me.
I don’t know how I found your blog a few weeks ago, but I am glad that I did. I receive many emails, but I don’t always open them. I always open yours. Thank you for sharing your moments of gratitude, and thereby reminding me to be grateful for so much in my life. Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays to you, too, Sandra! Thank you, I’m glad you found it and appreciate your appreciation. Were you able to open the gingerbread biscotti recipe? They are as delicious as they look!