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Start the new year as you wish it to continue 
1st-Jan-2008 03:39 am
or Happy New Year!

The universe sometimes gives us, unasked, a gift of unanticipated beauty.  2008 began with just such a gift for me.

Wending our way home after bringing in the new year with friends, Husband drove a maximum of 30 mph, due to the heavy snowfall already on the ground, amidst more of the same threatening to continue through the night.  Husband is always a good and safe driver.  Unexpectedly, so was everyone else on the roads.  Perhaps that was the heads up.

I find winter landscapes beautiful at all times.  At night, along the road, I love to watch the trees pass by with the snow lining the branches.  As I was looking through the side window next to me and keeping quiet so Husband could concentrate on his driving, I noticed that not only could I see the trees lining the road, but I could see beyond the roadside deeper into the landscape.  I could see the individual branches at the top of trees.  I could see the color of houses, without additional lights.  When we passed a cemetery, I could see all the headstones through the depth of the graveyard.

Not even in a full moon on a cloudless night have I seen so much detail.  I could read "for sale" signs on vacant lots with no lights for miles around beyond the headlights.

It was eerie, other-worldly, yet definitely this world.  "Beauty" is inadequate, but the only word I have.  After a while, I stopped wondering how or why, and drank that beauty into my soul.  And I gave thanks, I don't know to whom or where.  Just thanks sent out into the universe that gave me the gifts.  I feel blessed.

May your new year -- and mine -- be filled with blessings.
1st-Jan-2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Snowy nights are indeed beautiful. The night seems dark and light at the same time, and the details are so clear. This snowy day is beautiful, too, with all the trees outlined in white and all sounds softened.

Happy New Year!

(But let's hope "as the year begins, so will it continue" doesn't apply to snowfall.)
1st-Jan-2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Oh ... I don't know.

Husband would finally get to do enough cross-country to suit him. I might even get on a pair of skis.

But yeah, I wasn't referring to the weather.
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