There were tracks across the deck of a neighborhood cat making its way back home. Coming from the backyard and heading somewhere toward the front ventured a rabbit or perhaps two. From the tracks it did not appear to be in a hurry, each print placed gently in the snow. Had I taken the time to go deeper into the wooded area I probably would have seen even more tracks, made by the variety of woodland creatures that live there.
It is my own little fairytale. A melody of nature plays in my head as all is still this morning. And then the dogs are released outside. Snow flies as they play and romp and hustle to use the restroom. The snow is disturbed with large paw tracks now and my own boot prints. Yet it is still beautiful.
I'm grateful to know there are still rabbits in the yard despite a few chases that have occurred with the dogs. I'm grateful to see the cat heading back toward its home and I hope someone let it in last night so it had a warm place to sleep. I'm grateful for the chaotic prints my dogs leave as they get excited to see the snow. And I'm grateful to be able to watch my winter wonderland through the big picture window, now, from the warmth of the house. I'm grateful for the beauty of Winter. And I'm grateful for the little signs of life amidst this time of hibernation. And on a side note, I'm grateful to celebrate eight months of marriage with my love today.
What are your favorite tracks to see in the snow? Are there any woodland creatures near where you live? How can you enjoy the winter wonderland today?
May today bless you with awe at the beauty of this world and warmth to enjoy it. Have a beautiful day!