Sometimes I forget what winter is like in the country. What fields of snow look like untouched by footprints and tire tracks, graders and gravel trucks. Just the delicate hoofprints of a careful deer. And even these marks will be covered by wind and fresh snow before the day is out.
The horses have grown their winter coats. This morning when I fed them, frost clung to their whiskers and eyelashes. I often worry about them, but then remember that they are built for this -- their coats are warm, they know where to stand to be out of the wind. The frost on their muzzles will disappear as the day wears on.
The land and sky today are white on white. The treeline at the end of the field looks silent and grey. Without it there would be nothing to distinguish snow from cloud. The barn looks especially red against this stark backdrop. There is a frosting on everything. Our dog is up to her chest in the yard.
In my office, I light candles for warmth. Coffee poured into cold mugs turns lukewarm. Snow on the floor by the door melts into puddles.