Hello Winter, Glad You Are Back!
Walking alone in the silent woods picking up firewood kindling is a meditation in Thankfulness. Each stick provided without request or payment. Surprise Hickory, which is a strong tree thus not giving up branches often, is a treasure.
The first "catch" of the small kindling a promise of hope. There is magic and depth in a open fire. Generations have sat looking into a fire to see plans, and dreams. Calming as woodsmoke drifts upward and out, with crackles and swooshes soothing the soul. Walking outside into the sharp cold air to catch a whiff of Hickory on the wind is delicious, evoking memories and imaginings of times of old.