The morning had dawned gray and cold, and—here and there—light traces of snow that had fallen in the night were visible. Far out to the east, across so many empty and barren fields, the sunrise had valiantly tried to make itself known, but the thick, dark cloud bank hanging so ominously low would have nothing of it.
A few snowflakes had blown about and had brushed lightly against my writing room window and then were gone. The backyard, that I had mowed for the final time last week, lay quiet and resigned to the fact that those wonderful warm days of summer and fall were but a memory now, and winter’s chill, with its snow blanket soon to arrive, was creeping in unopposed.
Alone in my house out in the country, I listen to the quiet all around…and the quiet is good. From my computer, the relaxing and pleasant classical music station soothes the roughness of the world outside, transporting me into a good writing mood, and thoughts about the next chapter of Sandbar’s Secret begin to take shape. Periodically, the furnace “kicks in,” offering reassurance that our house is warm, and the newly arrived cold, a preamble to winter, can do nothing about it.
I finish writing the letters that have needed writing for many days, and they’re ready for a trip to the post office later. I send a couple of quick e-mails and clean out an overcrowded Inbox. I spend some time trying to figure out where I want to go with this week’s blog post—which “road” shall I travel today?—and settle on sharing my thoughts and impressions about this wonderfully inspiring day, glad that I don’t have to be outside other than to visit the post office, dump the recycling over at the Waste Management site, and maybe go to the store to see if the sale on Budweiser is still on!
It has been a busy week with appointments of one kind or another: Lab work for routine six-month doctor visit on Monday; a trip to the Apple Store on Tuesday morning for a battery replacement in the iPhone; pick up the grandsons from school on Wednesday and take them to basketball practice; finally, the trip in to the doctor’s office early this morning to go over the lab results and the routine check-up (which all turned out very well).
In short, I love this sort of day, especially when the past weeks have been endless strings of sun-drenched, blindingly bright days. On days such as this, the writing seems to be better, and the energy and drive to accomplish much is stronger than ever! And now that the rush of this week has subsided, I can stay inside now, on this cold and gray day, and focus on moving my writing along on this near-perfect “writing day.”….CortlandWriter
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That sounds like the perfect day to me, Mark. The winter chill you speak of will be arriving here tonight…not looking forward to it. I don’t like to be cold. 😦 I hope you continue to have near perfect days.
Thank you, Jill. Same to you. I don’t mind the cold…as long as I can stay in out of it and have the warmth of my MacBook Pro to keep me warm! 🙂
I am so impressed about the “writing letters” bit. Really?! 2014? Man, I didn’t know anybody still did that.
Luanne: Yep, letters! Call me old-fashioned and/or sappy, but I’ve always enjoyed creating and sending letters. I very seldom buy birthday cards–which are way overpriced–but, instead, write a letter for the occasion. It’s fun to trod amongst the dinosaurs every now and then! 🙂
Wow, Mark, that was sheer poetry. The visual you painted with this post is stunning. And I am so happy I’m not the only one who still writes actual letters. I love sending them, but I love receiving them even more. 🙂
Thank you, Elizabeth! Your words mean a lot to me! Check in again, please! 😊