Friday, February 25, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Lastnight, the call of the wild came again. There would be a moonlight ski led by a ranger. The winter winds were whipping and we really didn't know if we should attempt it. I figured it would be cancelled. We left the kids with Grandparents and decided to give it a try. Imagine my surprise when there were 55 people waiting for the rangers! We were in a relatively sheltered area where the winds were a non-event. We skiid for 3-4 miles, hearing stories of nature and Native American lore. The swish of 110 skis and the chk, chk of 110 poles, faceless rangers in the dark, telling stories was a charming experience! The moon never did show its face, but we had fun! Next time, I think we'll go by ourselves, or with a small group. We'll take the kids. And we'll tell stories.
In other news, the winter is grinding away. I'm having difficulty providing enough exercise for the kids. Getting together with friends has been a bit sketchy this winter, too. I'm learning a sad fact that when you commit to a debt-free lifestyle and the chips are down, friends you never thought would go away, do. They stop inviting you to go along down-hill skiing or out to dinner. You have to forego your kids' friends' birthday parties because they require an expensive hotel stay in another town. Its isolating. And that makes me sad. Life comes with enough tough decisions without having to forego time with those you love.
On a positive note, our immediate family has had a very sweet, bonding winter. We've turned to the simple joys in life - board games, stories, puzzles. We've laughed together. That makes us rich beyond measure. - Nanette
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Life has been confusing and up in the air for us lately. We're not sure what our future holds and it has had me in a bit of a dither, hence, the lack of posts. Maybe I'll make up for lost time soon! - Nanette