03 February 2020

Slogging Through the Day

So, this is the kind of day it's been.  High wind gusts and sideways rain, grey skies, puddles everywhere, muddy fields = gloomy disposition.  It is a HUGE challenge for me, coming from Florida, to not let this dismal winter weather here in the northern Highlands make me feel despairing.  I am rarely successful, truth be told.  Even my husband, who has lived here all his life, hates this weather.  I mean, really, who wouldn't?  

The track, the roads, the car parks, the fields -- mud everywhere! Dirty cars, dirty people, dirty animals, dirty front steps, dirty wellies.  Ugh!

Grey and brown, as far as the eye can see -- interspersed with soggy grass.  This Scots pine, next to the field where we keep our sheep, was swaying wildly in the wind today.  

And here is our Shermy!  He is a bright spot in an otherwise dreary, or as the Scots say (so appropriately) dreich day.  It was my job to run errands far and wide today, and one of those (not really an errand) was to do Shermy care.  We only have Shermy these days.  We used to have four sheep, all pets.  That's a long story, for another time.  I feel blessed every time I look at Shermy, or feed him a cookie (he gets rich tea biscuits for a treat -- and lots of them!), or scritch him, or take him for a walk.  He is so accepting of life.  The poor guy watched his three friends die, at various times, and he just keeps going calmly through his life.  

Look at that face!  Do you not just love him to pieces?  I adore my sheep, and in general like all sheep.  Shermy's full name is:  Shermy Weisenheimer Poggibonsi.  

I find it hard, sometimes, going out and running errands.  To be honest, I don't really like this society.  So many people seem so angry, indifferent, and definitely without God.  Scotland is extremely secular and in many ways, very anti-Christian.  It is wearing on a soul, and I never know what I can possibly do about it, if anything.  So, pair that with the horrible stormy weather we had today, and what I really wanted to do was crawl under a blanket and hibernate.

The tall, noisy trees at the back, blowing like mad against a grey sky.

Never mind.  I shall try to remember:

Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
~ Joshua 1:9 ~

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