Thursday, February 3, 2011

Candle-lit hugs

The ice thickened on the trees, roofs, side walks and windows - the air was a crystal mist - blurred  with white sleet and frozen ice pellets.  I wondered if the world was going to freeze over - for the most part it did.  

Beautiful, huh?  As we looked out from our windows we were reminded of nature's force.  Our power went out and our world was still 'cept for the ice crystals in movement and in sound.  Tree branches creaked and snapped and windows and doors held on as the ice and sleet pounded their resistance. As darkness fell and our home chilled we stoked the fire and kept a pot of water simmering for hot tea.  We made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and lit candles and oil lamps.  Skipp played guitar and we sang for hours- we played cribbage, and hangman and laughed heartily.  We opened a wonderful heavy oak and buttery flavored chardonnay -  we talked, honestly and intimately  about life, our life, our hopes and fears, dreams and blessings. There were tears and long hugs, some times those hugs that are desperate and rough - clinging and hanging on - we groped and gazed, and held on to one another in the best of ways. It was glorious and when the power did come back on - we preferred the truth of candle lit hugs.

Love Gail,
peace.......
 

38 comments:

Bernie said...

It sounds like you had a fun snow day or ice storm day. So happy power is back on and more happy that you were able to share a wonderful time with Skipp - sounds like the best of times....:-)Hugs

Cinner said...

I am sorry it was so cold but it sounds like you coped just fine, I love those candle lit moments. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. you know you inspire me too. HUGS to you.

Gail said...

CINNER-
Oh yes, we more than coped! :-)
Love you girl "hey

BERNIE-

We raelly had a lovely day - made the very best of everything. I hope you are feeling better.
Love you

Love to you both

Gail
peace.....

Finding Pam said...

Your post is so sweet. It sounds like a wonderful day for the two of you.

Glad that you have power again.

Eileen said...

Oh, I love when opportunities present themselves like that! Nothing you could have planned in a million years!
It's so wonderful when Heaven makes the plans for us, and more wonderful when we make the best of that plan.
So beautiful, Gail! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Stay safe and warm, and surrounded by love!
Love to you,
Eileen

Eileen said...

I just had to come back over here to say, "JINX"! Have you ever noticed how many times we are at each other's blogs at the EXACT SAME TIME?!

It actually happens quite often! I will come back to my blog after leaving a comment here to see that you have left one on mine!
'Great minds think alike'!

LOVE YOU!, Eileen

Diana said...

How beautiful Gail. As good as a time that you had, I hope you have power again. It's great that you were together! Love Di ♥

Gail said...

PAM-

thank you SO much for sharing in our day - :-)

EILEEN_
that is amazing how we find our way to one another at the same time. Great minds DO think alike. :-) We so have to meet for real.

DIANA-
so god to have you visit - and ya, it was a wonderful day and the power came back on that evening.

Love to you all
Gail
peace.....

Scott said...

Good for you, Gail. When the electricity goes out in my house, it's all I can do to keep from freaking out and getting depressed: "the pipes are going to freeze," "the food in the 'fridge is going to spoil," "the cats and bird are going to die," "I'm going to miss the next episode of 'Survivor'." OK, maybe not the last one, but I get myself all worked up over all the others! I should try to chill out (so to speak) and enjoy, like you!

Gail said...

HI SCOTT-
too funny! :-) ya, 'chill-out' for sure. So nice to see you
Love Gail
peace.....

Wanda..... said...

A day of togetherness, singing and candle lit hugs with buttery wine.....sounds perfect to me, Gail. Our electric hasn't been off at all this winter, but it's good to be snowed in with a warm fire.

Lisa said...

Sounds wonderful Gail! I would say enjoy the snow and cold but I think you are :)

xoxo, Lisa

Gail said...

LISA-

Yes, we are really enjoying this time of 'Hunkering down" :-)

WANDA-
the warm fire really adds a lovely aura - not to mention the much needed heat!!

Love to you both
Gail
peace.....

Tramp said...

the truth of candlelight, I love that.
...Tramp

Gail said...

TRAMP

So good to see you. And ya, good line huh? :-)
Love you
Gail
peace....

Wonderingsoul said...

This is such beautiful writing Gail. I could FEEL some of the glow from your candles and truths as I read.
It sounded incredible.

So much love
xxx

Gail said...

HI WS
I am so happy you came by AND you sound so much more 'free' and I am thrilled.
Loving you
Gail
peace.....

Teacher's Pet said...

I loved reading your post while I listened to the YouTube link you posted.
You and your hubby are so much in love...and I love being here, Gail. You write beautifully.
I send you a warm hug, my friend.
Love,
Jackie

Gail said...

JACKIE_

the timing is amazing. I just said to myself I need to go over to Jackie's place and see what's happening and then I open up blogger and there you are with a comment - Wow huh??!! :-)
So good to see you and I am so glad you feel good coming here.
Love to you my friend
Gail
peace.....

Lisa said...

Hey Gail,

Thanks so much for the great comment! :) Love to you!!!!!!!

xoxo, Lisa

Gail said...

LISA_
you are SO very welcome :-)
Love Gail
peace....

Just Be Real said...

Great plan set up Gail. Blessings.

Faith said...

Gail,

We've "messaged" before; I'm not a great correspondent, but I do see you regularly on friends' sites. I think I'm somehow afraid of your realness. I may even wish you could be my mom. I really like you. Thank you for being so wonderful to these people I really care about. I don't know how you do it. I get frustrated. Wish I could step in, fix things. Your patience, sweetness, and perseverance really amazes and inspires me. Thank you :)

Faith said...

(Oh - geez,Gail; I'm writing completely out of context; sorry. Not in response to this post at all, just to you, from your responses on other posts. I hope my third glass of wine, or recent divorce and inability to digest real love right now, will apologize sufficiently :( Maybe you can just not approve the prior post and just know that I appreciate you? Either way is of course ok with me.

Gail said...

HI JBR-

always good to see you - keep on believing, k?
Love you
Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

FAITH-

I loved both your comments and your honesty and that you like wine!! Now that is way cool. I am honored and humbled that you wish I were you Mom - wow. :-)
Please visit often and if you want to know a bit of "my" story read my post dated 9-4-08, titled "James-Daniel-Jill" only if yo feel you want to know. I understand either way.
Love to you
Gail/mom
peace.......

Grizz………… said...

When others rant about how awful such ice storms, and winter in general can be, with power outages, snow-closed roads, and freezing cold…remember the blessings such times also bring—quite nights together, warmth from a stove, huddling close, real conversation, hot tea, candlelight, hugs and tears, and just being there through it all with someone you love.

A simply wonderful post.

Gail said...

GRIZZ_

so nice to have you come by for a visit. ANd ya, I know you know of such blessings of love and adventure and the simplest of pleasures enjoyed.
Love to you
Gail
peace.....

Faith said...

Gail/mom/sister,

Thank you, for your kind reply to me, and the specific post. You are a bit older than me, not so much as I might like to pretend. I've read some of your blog, not all. I so far just know bits and pieces. The more recent physical illness, the earlier abuse. But you've seemed older, wiser. And you still do (and a wonderful, inspiring model). But wow, you seem more like me (sorry!). Really real. I'm sorry you've been so betrayed so many times, and so, so happy for you that you have some security, happiness, and (it sounds like!) continuing excitement in your life.

I've always been a red wine fan, but you made chardonnay seem absolutely incomparable:)

Andy said...

Very nice, Gail

Gail said...

FAITH-

I enjoy red wine in the Winter, especially a nice Pinot Noir. Usually only with Italian food though. I/we enjoy Chardonnay all year long - and we love it to be heavy oak and buttery - we also like a nice light Pinot Girigio in the summer months. :-)
And so too, we are 'soul-sisters, of the spirit and heart - and of experiences that make up parts of the tapestry of our unique designs. We are purposeful and beautiful and exactly as we should be.
Love Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

HI ANDY-

SO good to have you stop by. Love to you always my friend
Gail
peace.....

Ann Nichols said...

Absolutely lovely! We have gained so much during the last 100 years but lost so much too... But when the poser goes out... we can quickly get "it" back cause that's what human's do - adapt! maybe...we should voluntarily turn the poser off more often!?
Really enjoyed this - thanks for sharing!
Blessings!
Ann

Gail said...

HI ANN-

"thank you" SO much for your kind words and sharing in the magic of our day.
Love to you
Gail
peace.....

tattytiara said...

That sounds absolutely sumptuous.

Just Be Real said...

Came back by to give you a hug Gail.

Gail said...

HI JBR - and hugs back to you too. :-)
Love to you
Gail
peace.....

Gail said...

TATTYTIARA-

thanks for stopping by. Hope your cute lil dog is doing okay - fascinating!! :-)
Love Gail
peace.....