Underneath the Weather

imageThere are times
When winter settles into your bones
And old Arthur comes a’stealing
When nothing else matters
Except a warm fire
Maude’s old blanket and
A hot cup of orange-spice tea
Cupped into cold hands
All with an international flare
I want nothing
Except to lie down
And orientate myself to the sun
Where there are only grey snow clouds
To just sit upon this cozy day
No clocks
No scheduled tasks
Just me


Wrangler Steve Gunter


Join us at the Artist Retreat Center 6:00pm
Come by for a hot toddy or cider! — Steve Gunter Speaker

Saturday Series 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Village on the Lakes Writers & Poets
Sponsors, Artist Retreat Center & Bella Vista Library

Our featured speaker is Wrangler Steve Gunter, Northwest Arkansas Renowned Storyteller and Gracious People Person & Bentonville High School Retired English Teacher! Steve has kept a Writing Journal since he was ten years old and will share Lessons Learned in Life and in Writing! Also, as a bonus he will share his Memory Master Method to remembering names. He is currently employed as 21C Museum Hotel’s Most Excellent Door Man & Valet, lives currently in Bentonville.

Held at the Artist Retreat Center in Bella Vista, AR across from the Bella Vista Lake along Hwy 71. Admission is free. However, the ARC requests reservations at 479-268-6463.



Good morning from the lakeside deck ~

Good morning from the lakeside deck ~
Grey skies and rain today. This January’s weather is finally making the turn towards winter. But still I remind myself we only have winter here for another month or so. Each day is getting longer & daylight is earlier. It’s a small change but March is around the corner!

My morning write ~
A pair of Northern Flickers
Pecking at sweet suet cake
Mother & Father settling in
Even in rain


Good morning from the lakeside deck –

A COLD 26 degrees this morning — some thin ice out over Lake Ann and water pan frozen solid!

From our house, last night’s sky was unbelievable. Super clear, I could see the Milky Way, Orion and the Seven Sisters. Some of the best sky views are during the winter. Don’t forget to look up while you are out and about!

Today’s blue winter sky is full of contrails as the air is clean, clear and crisp after a cold front has moved through our area. Nothing in the world like this Ozark air!

My morning write — FOCUS
Inside out
Cob webs mount
Delicatelly I manuever
Through this untidy house
Only one eye to see
Crystals still shining
Sun rays still catching
My heart