Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

Think on th' eternal home,
The Saviour left for you;
Think on the Lord most holy, come
To dwell with hearts untrue:
So shall ye tread untired His pastoral ways,
And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise.

--from Keble's The Christian Year, Thoughts in Verse

Friday, February 8, 2013

A Cold Night and a Frosty Morning

Good morning! It's a bit brisk outside today (26 degrees) but the sky is clear and the sun is shining, so it promises to be a beautiful day.

Last night was cold enough to drive my solitude-loving cat, Crook, who usually hangs out on the foot of the bed in my sewing room/spare room, to find a new place of solitary comfort under the toasty woodstove:

And this morning, it was plain to see where our sweet outdoor dog, Dexter, who seems to thrive on cold, had spent the early morning hours:

It always gives me a kick to see his melty outline in the frosted grass where he's been relaxing. He actually had little ice balls on his port-side whiskers this morning where he'd been lying his head against the ground!

It's hard to get a proper photo of Dex as he's a bit suspicious of the camera, but I did manage to snap these today by dint of distracting him with a molasses dog biscuit.

 Wickham is envious, but then Wickham gets his regular snack of raw carrot and a little dog cookie at noon, and Dexter doesn't.

We don't know how old Dexter is, though he's at least 16. He wandered, a stray, onto our place years ago and when my husband tried to send him packing, Dexter hid under our porch and so managed to avoid eviction. The kids and I were delighted, of course, and even my husband had to give grudging admiration for Dexter's powers of passive resistance. Eventually Dex's sweet nature won over even my curmudgeonly non-dog-lover spouse, and now even hubby is very fond of our old friend. Everybody loves Dexter!
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Well, my plans for the day--out and about with my sister-in-law--have been postponed. So I'll have to wait and share that adventure another day. But I do have photos snapped for a quick project post later on, and after I've done my day's work, I'll (hopefully) have time to put that up. 

Meanwhile, have a lovely Friday!  Today is a blessing--take time to thank God for His goodness.


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