Winter is no completely upon us in the Midwest, and it has come with a force. We had a bit of delay in getting the snow and cold weather this year, which was nice for a change, although I can’t say I was too enthused about not having a white Christmas.
What is Christmas without a fresh blanket of snow on the ground?
All things considered, I don’t mind having a mild winter. The snow is pretty to look at, but it can get tiresome with all of the shoveling, salting, and the expensive heating bills.
But, for the first few weeks of heavy snow, it is great to sit back and look outside while quilting of knitting.
I couldn’t help thinking this week about our summer camping trip and how much fun we had. Every Fourth of July we go up to a state park up north and set up camp. We have gradually got more and more fancy with our trips through the years.
We started out as real survivalists by today’s standards. All we had was a few things we brought in our backpacks and some basic shelter. If we couldn’t catch anything, we didn’t eat that night.
As we had kids, however, that started to become unpractical—especially while they were young. You can only catch so many fish, even on a good day.
So, we got a camper with camping purifiers and cooking utensils and everything else. At that point, we really only made bonfires to talk and roast marshmallows, but it was still a great time. There is nothing like a weekend at the lake, with no distractions, just you and the outdoors. No phone calls from work, no emailing, no chores, just you and nature.
It was always a peaceful memory for me and the family, although once the kids started getting a little older, there was nothing peaceful about nature. One of the boys was always trying to jump off this, or climb this tree or this rock. It was a full time job to keep track of all of them.
Now that they are all grown up, it’s back to a peaceful and relaxing trip, and they are bringing us into the 21st century with some of the tools and gadgets they are bringing along.
They have a set of the coolest magnesium fire starting system that makes starting a fire a breeze. No more lighting matches or trying to get a lighter. And even though we don’t it necessarily, they always bring along some emergency survival food items that have a shelf life of 25 years! Can you believe that? This food stays good almost as long as my youngest son has been alive. What a crazy world we live in these days.
Anyway, that was my thought for the week, sitting in my rocker quilting away while looking out at the picturesque snow falling from the sky. It really is a beautiful sight—from the warm of the house obviously.
It made me think what might happen at this year’s camping trip. Hopefully it will be a fun time. :]