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Snowy day in Indian Land: Country quiet

February 18, 2014 

Way back somewhere I remember what it was like to have a day of “country silence.”

Today is one of those days. The snow is falling so peacefully, a white blanket covering the entire area.

It is not often that I get a chance to watch the birds at the bird feeder from my window. There is always so much to do – appointments, meetings, family, cooking and cleaning.

Watching the birds and the snow is great, but another great thing or maybe the worst thing is eating everything in sight when you have a day like this. By 10:05 a.m. I have eaten two pieces of pastry and one slice of chocolate cake. I am trying to convince myself this is all comfort food. It’s 11:30 and I have a barbeque sandwich and another piece of chocolate cake. It’s 3:30 p.m. and I am already preparing dinner.

This snowstorm is going to cost me an additional 50 pounds.

It’s fine, though. The serenity of the past few days, the absence of stress and anxiety has been worth every extra pound. Tomorrow I will feel like a caged tiger ready to get back into the wild, but these past two days have been great.

Author Orison Swett Marden wrote, “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.”

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