Post by blogger | January 10, 2007      

Louie and I sit here at home, homesick for Lou. It’s a great condolence to log on each morning and enjoy his posts from Europe. While he’s away, we’re snug in the middle of another Colorado winter. Even though snow conditions are variable and we miss Lou, how can we not savor this time? The weekends are filled with skiing and touring, and during the week, when I do the white knuckle drive to work on Killer 82, even then I am lulled by the lovely hills and pastures along the way.

When comrades at the office groan about the cold, I hear echoes from home, cheering the season and praying, always praying for a snow day. Snow, that beautiful nuisance in the driveway, becomes glorious when we ski. How blessed I am to live here and be in a family that embraces life in these mountains.

As a thought for the day, I leave you my favorite prayer which dates back to the 1800’s. “Thou hast given so much to me. Give me one thing more, a thankful heart.”


6 Responses to “Thankful”

  1. Mark January 10th, 2007 7:20 am

    Thanks for the reminder to be thankful. I live in a beautiful place, but El Nino has kept winter at bay. It has caused me to be mopey and negative. We’ll get the snow. And even if we don’t, there’s much to be thankful for.

  2. Lisa Dawson January 10th, 2007 6:37 pm

    Thanks for the nice comment, Mark. Hope you get snow soon!

  3. Carl January 11th, 2007 3:39 pm

    Lisa – I write this to you as I sit in the Emmet O’Neal Library in Birmingham, Alabama. Quick Alabama ski report: No Snow.

    I’m about 2 hours away from Alabama’s only “ski resort”: Cloudmont ( I feel that it’s pretty safe to say that very few people here have every experienced the the delightful pleasure of visiting a backcountry hut for an avalanche course, hiking up the Pyramid to watch the sun rise above the Gros Ventres mountain range or sample the backcountry on a pair of skis.

    I gotta say I’m ready to get back to Jackson. Those of us who live and work in mountain environments ARE truly blessed. This tour of duty makes me realize how lucky I am, how lucky we all are – even during a low snow year.

    Safe travels to Lou and thanks to you and Louie for keeping the updates going strong.

    Carl P.

  4. Lisa January 11th, 2007 7:53 pm

    Cloudmont: elevation 1800 feet, vertical rise 150 feet. Hmmmmm, would that be funner than sitting in the Emmet O’Neal Library? Looking forward to seeing you at 24 Hours of Sunlight. I hear you’re the ringer.

  5. Mark Worley January 11th, 2007 7:58 pm

    FINALLY skied today. Most of the 800 vert lift ride was over green grass, but the snow guns were roaring. Skied the new Mt. Bakers and the Comforts rule–they even released once. Crashing on a blue run is a bummer. Anyway, turns are where you find ’em. I’d happily skin the local hills, but I don’t think the snowmaking crews would appreciate my presence.

  6. Lisa January 13th, 2007 3:44 am

    Mark, great you got snow! Our storm hit as well so we’ll be out early this morning to enjoy it. Yahoo!

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