Monday, January 14, 2013

Idle

 








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This week, Trifecta's word is:

IDLE
1: lacking worth or basis : vain <idle chatter> <idle pleasure>
2: not occupied or employed: as
    a : having no employment : inactive <idle workers>
    b : not turned to normal or appropriate use <idle farmland>
    c : not scheduled to compete <the team will be idle tomorrow>
3: a : shiftless, lazy
    b : having no evident lawful means of support

This week's challenge is community-judged.



Idle

White breaths puff before their faces while they shape snow like wet sand on the beach.

On my side of the glass, steam subsides over their mugs on this idle afternoon.

"Hot cocoa!"




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January is the coldest month of the year here.  I'm having some serious warm weather withdrawal.  But the kiddos?  Give them a bucket and some shovels, and they're good with bathing suits and sand or winter gear and snow.  I'm just glad they're old enough to go out there in the cold by themselves so I can stay inside and watch my breath fog up the glass as I watch theirs effervesce exhales of joy in play.




30 comments:

  1. A wonderful moment captured in words. I can almost smell the cocoa.

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    1. Thank you, joe2poetry! It *is* their favorite ending to snow play!

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  2. I never imagined playing with snow like you play with sand, but then I'm a warm weather girl myself.

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    1. I don't really, either, but seeing my kiddos with their bucket and shovels, you wouldn't know the difference... Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

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    1. Hot cocoa is the best remedy for red noses! Thanks, Deana!

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  4. This is a lovely little snapshot of time that you will always remember, I'm sure.

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    1. I do agree with you, PattiKen! It's so comforting to see them have fun with what nature has to offer. :)

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  5. this makes me SO longing for snow. We've had none! It's january and for days wet and misty and in the 50s like March. Yuck.

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    1. Truthfully, this is all the snow we've had, and it's *really* abnormal. This light dusting is almost a joke for our area. The kiddos would like more, although most grownups (who drive) like to differ. But I'll take snow over freezing cold any day. Thanks for stopping by, Sandra!

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  6. I'm having warm weather withdrawal too. Though I did just send in the form for my CSA share so spring must be right around the corner, right??? Right???

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    1. I wish it were, Christie! It's supposed to get to the teens this Sunday here!! Help! >_<

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  7. You are so lucky to have snow! The words go so beautifully with the photo. I can smell the hot chocolate now. And I love the blurriness of the trees in the background. Lovely.

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    1. Thank you, Gina! (We're neighbors, shhhh! This photo was from a few weeks ago--you know, our very first snow this year, and it was so little...) My kiddos cannot wait for some real snow!

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  8. That made me nostalgic; those few images evoke my childhood winters so strongly. Nice wokr.

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    1. Thank you, Annabelle! I'm glad this made you think of fond memories! I'm living vicariously through my kiddos--I grew up in the tropics! :)

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  9. What a beautiful word picture you drew using such few words:-)

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    1. Thank you, Atreyee! I really appreciate that!

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  10. I'll take some of that cocoa! :D

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    1. Peppermint? With marshmallows? Thanks, Draug!

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  11. It's always fun to be on the warm side of the glass. :)

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    1. It's definitely where you would get the best of both worlds, right?? Thanks, Barbara!

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  12. Oh, hot cocoa goes with snowy days like peanut butter goes with jelly. It's nice that they can go out and play on their own while you watch from the comfort of a heated home :)

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    1. Yes, it truly is! But every now and then, they beg me to join, and once I go out there, it's a blast! I guess I'll save that occasion when there's actually more snow. Thanks, Janna!

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    1. Thank you, Kymm! It certainly is, in my eyes :)

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  14. Ha! a kindred spirit eh!
    If not for the photo ops, I wound not venture out. :-)

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    1. Imelda, we've hit our January lows of the year. It's in the teens outside with a single-digit low tonight. At times like these, it's actually warmer when it is snowing. Sigh. I'm just not a cold-weather person, like you! :) Thank you for stopping by!

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  15. A poem. Nice images conjured up... lucky kids. Lucky you inside.

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    1. We just had a little more snow recently, so the kiddos got another chance to play, and even sledded at school. To be a kid again... Thanks for reading, Ted.

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