North Ranch: Winter Morning

A winter morning.

woods and cottages in winter white

A new day begins at North Ranch, with a fresh snowy mantle and crystal clear skies. The brisk temperature is noted before starting the day’s work.

Occasionally, the wildlife will make an appearance later in the day. They are well accustomed to the snow and cold, and well experienced in foraging.

passing through: deer on a snow-covered trail


Snow Day

With the 2017 MLB season beginning, it is very appropriate to have challenging springtime weather. (The Rockies’ home opener is Friday, April 7.)

snow-covered: in the neighborhood (Tue, Apr 04 2017)

tree-bending snow: winter white (Tue, Apr 04 2017)

measuring the snow: 6+ inches (Tue, Apr 04 2017)

The snow ended in the late morning, followed by partial clearing in the early afternoon. With temperatures climbing into the mid-40s, the melt off began in earnest.

snow free feeder, nearly dry street (Tue, Apr 04 2017)

In the forecast, sunny and warmer (nearly 70) by Friday.

On Christmas Eve

A calmness and quiet has descended on this Christmas Eve. It is a day we’ve enjoyed very much with sounds of laughter, and sounds of quieter moments. It is a day when worries and concerns are set aside. In waiting for Christmas, our anticipation is much like a child’s.

Tonight, it’ll be an early dinner followed by a small part in the musical program at one of the larger, local evangelical churches. Though we are not evangelical by persuasion, anytime there is a chance to sing praise to God, it is taken. Andrea will be one of the featured vocalists. She’ll be doing “In The Bleak of Mid-Winter” and  “Beautiful Seed“. I will accompany her on piano and keyboard.

From our home to yours, may you have a Blessed Christmas.


Notes –

A video performance of “In The Bleak of Mid-Winter” by Corrinne May can be seen here. Also, the video performance of “Beautiful Seed” by Corrinne May can be seen here.

For more information on Corrinne May, please visit her site here.

Waiting On Christmas


It is Christmas Eve, all the hurry is over. Watching our daughters ride their horses, enjoying themselves completes the day. It is the way life should be, where worries and concerns slip away. When the cold of the day is replaced by the warmth of love.

Tonight, it will be grilling, gifts and cheer. And, may be a song.

To all of our friends and readers, my family and I would like to offer our best wishes for a blessed Christmas.

Snow Covered

Winter made an unwelcomed return yesterday. Snow. A brutal cold, north wind.

blowing in the wind


wind blown


layered in snow


snow-covered apple blossoms


Winter continues today, with the same brutal cold, north wind and a few, stray snowflakes. While tonight will bring another freeze warning, the weather is expected to moderate tomorrow and Wednesday. On Thursday, it’ll be mid-May weather … just in time for mid-May.

Spring Snow

For about an hour, yesterday afternoon, it appeared the snowstorm was going to be much more serious than forecasted. The snow was falling heavily, the winds were becoming stronger.


Many of the birds had already hunkered down in their roosts to wait out the snow. But, there were a few robins that waited out the snow more in the open.


A couple hours and two inches later, the heavy snow had relented. The robins, in the open, returned their roosts for the night. During the overnight hours, everything turned into sheets of ice.



While today felt more like a day in late January or early February, the snow and ice melted away rather quickly under the bright sun. And, the robins were back to their springtime routine.


Another sign of spring.