Thursday, January 30, 2014


We listen too much to the telephone and
we listen too little to nature. The wind is
one of my sounds. A lonely sound, perhaps,
but soothing. Everybody should have his
personal sounds to listen for—sounds that
will make him exhilarated and alive, or quiet
and calm... As a matter of fact, one of the
greatest sounds of them all—and to me it is
a sound—is utter, complete silence. 

~André Kostelanetz

It has been a long hard week here,
starting with a motor out on the
pump to the well and spending
two days without running water.

A week of record setting temperatures
and snow flurries falling across the
fields. Of ice covering everything,
and showing no signs of melting.
A week of all the bridges being closed
and not being able to leave the farm.
Thank goodness I keep a stocked pantry
and don't depend on a grocery store for
most of my food. [ Something I learned
years ago with a hurricane].

A week of blowing my eating plan
and consuming wheat and cheese both
on the same day; now feeling the
effects of it and what it does to my

A week filled with stress and anxiety,
of headaches and not being able to

I am looking forward to spending
the weekend regrouping and finding
my center again. A weekend of
long walks, knitting, and listening
to the silence that surrounds me 
soothing my soul.

Peace to you.


  1. You got your snow Tracey :) Sorry it has been such a rough week, may you find peace in the silence. Hugs xo

  2. I am so sorry- that sounds like a "no fun" week. I hope things will lighten up for you and you can relax a little. I know so well the feeling of being anxious and stressed because of winter weather. Thinking of you

  3. (((Tracey))) I can't imagine being without running water for two days: no wash water, no laundry, no shower, no flushing toilet, no water for tea or cooking. And, then record low temps and freezing on top of everything, leaving you stranded on the farm. I hope this weekend offers you silence, warmth and refreshment.♥

    Despite the tough week, you took some *stunning* pictures of the ice!

    (I have those same Clark "muckers". I wear them all spring and summer when I go walking in the woods.)

  4. That quote! Oh yes! My sound is most definitely silence and how I am longing for it this week. I see you got your snow! Yay! Hoping you find your silence and your centre this weekend.

    P.S. I, also, am noting the huge effect wheat and dairy have on me and have cut them both out. There's nothing like a backslide to show you exactly what it is they do to your body and mind and to make you more determined than ever to keep them away!

  5. So sorry to hear that you had a rough week. Hope things will lighten up for you soon and that you find what you need this weekend. Silence can be very healing.

  6. I'm sorry for your stress and headaches. Hug. Only you could make those icicles look k Ike art.

  7. Gorgeous ice pictures! Be safe in this crazy weather!

  8. Noooooo. Not havering water is just the worst. We payed for a new water pump and it was $$$. But now I know that I'll have water for the next 10-15 years. Sorry the wheat and cheese was momentarily yummy, I hope you have a thaw out, but you got snow!!! Breathe easy my dear friend

  9. Sounds like a really challenging week. I hope the weekend brings the respite and peace you need to regroup. A little bit of weather warm-up probably wouldn't hurt either. Have a good one.

  10. Ohhh :-( I hope the weekend is as relaxing and rejuvenating as possible, so you get to recharge a bit.

  11. What a week - but you got through....hope the water is running and you are feeling better. A friend of mine has a lovely little saying "its not what happens to you but how you deal with it that counts". Great photos, good quote. I love the sound of the ocean I find it quite calming. Have a relaxing weekend.

  12. that sounds like one crazy week. that is some wild weather you all have been having, thank goodness for a stocked pantry! i will send some sunshine ASAP! we are overflowing here in AZ.
    here is too a much better weekend.

  13. Wow Tracey. I've been MIA for quite some time and I must say that your photography just evolves at an amazing rate. Just beautiful! Praying that your week improves!

    Blessings, Debbie

  14. wow, what a great quote. i needed that. and what beautiful pictures to go with! sounds like you've had it rough, but it brought something i needed. . .thanks.

  15. Gosh that's water. I hope that your weekend makes up for the hard week that you've had. But it all looks so beautiful.
    Happy weekend.

  16. sending you thoughts of peace & wellness, my friend.

  17. Oh you poor thing - I pray you find peace over the weekend and that warmer temps find you. Stay strong my friend.

  18. What a beautiful quote, Tracey. I'm sending love and light and fresh water your way. I hope your weekend is beyond compare.

  19. Tracey, I read your recent blog after finding you on Ravelry. Hope snow is melted by now and all is going better!

  20. Tracey, I read your recent blog after finding you on Ravelry. Hope snow is melted by now and all is going better!

  21. If the water isn't running, at least there is electricity. I've put bottled water in our pantry...just in case. It sure makes flushing a whole lot easier. :) Sorry for the frozen well; that's happened to us fun. That's when I started storing water. Anyway, hope it thaws soon. While you are frozen, we have been unseasonably warm (mid-50s), but now it's cooled down and we finally have rain. Crazy weather this year. Wishing you a peaceful weekend, my friend. ~Lisa

  22. Sweet Trace, hoping your weekend is starting out well.
    Your positive attitude will pull you through! You're so good at that.
    Thinking of you my friend and sending a hug.

  23. I was thinking of you, dear Tracey, as I watched the reports of the weather system moving through the deep south. I hope things warm up (gently, of course, no shock to the system is needed!) for you soon.


  24. Seems like it's been a rough week for many of us. Thank you for the encouragement to listen for my soul sounds and less of the "other" noises.

    Here's wishing you a peaceful, rejuvenating weekend. (hugs)

  25. Thinking of you Tracey. It's so unnerving when crappy days seem to converge into one week like some pow wow was called upon. May this pass quietly into the night and bring endless sunshine in days to come..

  26. Seems the weather is doing its yo-yo act this coming week.
    Hang in there, gal.