Winter Wander

Ice angel in a lacy gown with crystal aura

When the weather gives you lemons, you make snow cream.

We actually didn’t even suggest adding sugar and vanilla extract and milk to a tupperware bowl of snow when the girls were here. Lord knows, we didn’t need more calories.

But what we did make of the “foul weather” was a number of outings with Abby along the frozen creek. She was fascinated with the snow-covered ice, and made a point to test it by jumping at the edges until it crashed through (only a few inches) to the creek below. Once, it was deeper than her rubber boots. She had to be forced to come to the house to empty her boots and put on dry socks.

She went right back out, and we left her alone to explore the creek near the barn. Growing at the edges, she found this “ice angel” (or Christmas tree, we couldn’t decide) and brought it to the house for her “dumpa” to take a picture of.

I was gratified by her eye for art, and give Abby credit for this one!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. That is a beautiful find Abby made. And asking for it to be photographed. Very cool. I like this girl. She shares her grandpa’s interests, and that’s the best kind of grandkid.