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Hoar Frost Delight... Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on November 22, 2016


Top of the morning to all who follow. It ss another great day unfolding. Just looking out the front window and again we have a super thick fog. It is that time of year although this year it has been one day after another. It started yesterday afternoon to form just as the day's sun was dropping below the horizon.

Fog like most things in life has its good and bad. If you are on the road and can see no further than a hundred yards you may want to wait till it lifts. Nothing is important enough to take that chance you could be in harms way. So if that is you get another coffee, put your feet up and lets spend a little time chatting about what ever comes to mind. I think it is time to set aside the politics for a spell and focus more on the positives of life...

Glad we all agree... so please settle in and lets get cozy, listen to the crackle of the fire and feel the warmth seemingly entering into those chilly places... Know that you are dearly loved.


Natures Moments

This is what is commonly known as Hoar Frost in these parts. Moisture particles from high humidity freeze and are carried in the air. These small crystals will attach themselves to anything in their way. They just keep accumulating during the duration of the frosting. I am certainly no photographer but the above photo will give you an idea of what nature can create.

Yet another phenomena of this creation is if you take notice all the sounds around you become muffled. If you are walking through the forest or along the river banks in the ravines I walk daily you had better be wearing waterproof rain gear or you will come out soaked to the hide. A few years back I stumbled upon a Whitetail Buck, Doe and a young fawn only 20 feet ahead of me. Neither of us heard each other, yet we were all frozen in time for that few moments. The Buck reached his neck out as far as he could snuffed the air and gave a loud snort ending the meeting in a flurry of activity. I can only assume the Hoar frost must absorb a certain degree of human scent as getting that close is unheard of.


Crisis Averted

As you can tell there are days when the branches will creak with the additional weight. Keep in mind this is frozen particles of water. If you weighed a gallon of water it would tip the scales at 10 pounds. I think you get the picture and can agree there is much weight hanging on some of these tender branches.

Years ago while I was in the far north I was the Survival Training Officer for Search and Rescue. We were several miles back into the bush for the weekend. For once it was rather pleasant in comparison to some sessions which would see 30 below. This particular day the Hoar frost started by noon as we were building shelter. By 10 o clock most of the student comprised of Police, Fire and Rescue and emergency personal were already bundled up and attempting to sleep.

Within the hour branches started to snap and fall to the ground all 15 of us were huddled together under a rock wall overhang. One would have been foolish to attempt getting out of the area in the dark. The following morning two of the shelters had been crushed. One subject I taught that weekend was to be prepared for the unexpected. We did have a fire so we were fine other than a lack of sleep.

Heavy Frost



It fascinates me to see the design and creation at the end of the frost just as the sun breaks out and catches its creation with beads of crystals. They are hard to capture with a camera and yet they will hold you somewhat spell bound as you watch the frost slowly return back to moisture to return yet another day.

For those of us who experience winter we watch and are fascinated by the patterns it leaves on window panes. I laugh now but I was lured into thinking the steel pump handle at the water well in the small town I was raised. Back then running water was my middle name. The average week meant 30 pails for the bath water and another 30 for laundry. It was a hard job, even though I begrudged having to do it, I accepted it.

As a young lad I suppose I was always curious. The handle on the pump was a shiny cast iron and on it would form some of the most intricate patterns. Well curiosity won the day and I decided the pattern looked good enough to lick. You guessed it I was stuck. Do you have any idea how muffled and hard to hear my call for help sounded. My Dad came to the rescue with a hot water and he managed to peel my tongue and bottom lip loose. The whole time he was so sympathetic and yet the tears of laughter ran down his cheeks. I became the butt of many a good laugh at family gatherings.. lol... It was commonly called the Pump Handle Caper...

Winter Weatherings



I often look at nature and her wonders comparing just how we are. The similarities as often or not are amazing. Look at the above photo and think of the hardship it faces going through the changes in season. Every second summer the deck, the outbuildings and fence get a make over to protect them from the elements. It is key to doing preventative maintenance around that which you are charged with looking after. Our homes are our investments and we best be willing to look after what we have been blessed with. It is far cheaper and less labour intensive to do it on a regular basis.

This post like the people who have been placed in our lives require time, love and at times simply a friend to sit and listen. I have a friend who has been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder and the prognosis is not good. They have weighed all the options for treatment but this cancer is very aggressive and the treatments available have no guarantees. Rather than go through what time they have suffering from poison they have chosen to live life to the fullest while they can. That to me takes courage and something I truly respect.

What can I do to help. The answer is simple, maintain the love and support we have always had. Help where I can to make the person as comfortable as I can. I know I cannot fix it like I can my weathered deck, but I know I can make the path a little easier for them giving them the understanding I will stand with them. We are called to respect, too support and above all to love each and every relationship we have been entrusted with. I do not believe we meet people by chance, our meeting people is preordained. When you can reach out and touch another in the smallest of ways the benefits will come back to you in a powerful and profound way. Invest well my friends as is your calling and be blessed as you come to realize the reason.

Frost Gauge


My Buddy

This little guy was hung on the wall of the back deck, gosh that would be 7 years ago. If he has a tinge of frost on him well he is the indicator we are going to have some amazing scenery outside that day. Today will be no exception, if anything it will be spectacular.

When we take the time to look at the beauty of nature around us rather than our phone screen we will see far more than any phone can offer. I was in the city the other day, while walking down the street it was amazing the number of people looking down at their devices. There is this unnamed shuffle that takes place today. I stood back and watched. It is very comical actually as yes their are a few accidents where they run into each other or something in their way. Thanks to a quick thinking young man he grabbed the young lady at the last minute before she stepped off the curb into traffic. I smile as I can not help but wonder if it was love at first sight as they both seemed to be spellbound and nervous... Ok so I am a romantic.... Hugs and much love to all... add your comments if you like. They are always welcomed...

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    • Rolly A Chabot profile imageAUTHOR

      Rolly A Chabot 

      18 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lifegate... Thank you so much for the well wishes... sorry I have been so long getting back to you. Something tells me you ,would have had a great Christmas... may the New Year bring about many blessings...

      Blessings from Canada

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      William Kovacic 

      18 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Already read and commented, but wanted to stop back to say I hope you had a great Christmas and wishing you the best in the coming year!

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      19 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric..., one of the many blessings of living here is with the understanding that each snowflake, each ice crystal are different. When I stand back and think of that I stand in awe of creation.

      If so I can only assume we are each made and created differently. This the fascination with nature on my part.

      Your explanation of what you experienced over anyone else is powerful. It tells me that you are very in tuned with what is around you. To me that speaks volumes. Thank you for the comment my friend. Can you imagine you and I on a hike...Max would be 50 feet before we would have to have a consult...Love you bro...

      Blessings and Hugs from Canada

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      Eric Dierker 

      19 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rolly I can not be sure whether I like the forming of our beloved ice crystal hoar frost and ice cycles or I am more enchanted by there melt. My older children and I were hiking in the Cascades and hiking but just as much standing in awe as you published this piece. They laughed at me as I wore much too little clothing. But I just love to feel the cold. Rosy red cheeks, seeing your breath and seeing our precious water in reprieve for a frozen spell. Perhaps there is something in a snowflake -- it is one of billions but like me it is one of a kind and is loved.

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      19 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lifegate...

      You are more than welcomed at the Fireside... who knows maybe someday in person. No matter where we are I am certain the visit and time spent would be filled with great adventure. Above all the presence we both share... many hugs and even more blessings to you and yours during this time of reflection and thanks for what we truly have in Him...

      Hugs and Love from Canada

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      William Kovacic 

      19 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      The fireside is so nice and warm, I don't want to leave, but I must. The pictures are beautiful as well. Thank you, my friend, for allowing me to visit with you in the north country.

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      19 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi PS... thank you for the kind words and the grace you have extended. I am certain the added angels will be a blessing.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      19 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi AliciaC... yes it is a horrible diagnosis in most cases. The causes are well known with all the chemicals we are exposed too and yet there does not seem to be a great deal of legislation governing the industries producing it. Years ago I was involved in the golf course industry and some of the chemicals were terrible. I got rid of most of them and returned back to natural methods. It took a few years but the results were amazing.

      Prayers are with you and your cousin as you begin down this journey...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      19 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Nell... Thank you for the heart of compassion and yes it will be hard but it will be a celebration of a life well lived...

      Of yes the Pump Handle Caper... not so fond memories but on the lighter side my Dad did have the last laugh... great that I brought him joy... but yes OUCH.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      19 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ruby... it is a special time indeed when people have been given the news, I do not judge, I can not. What I can do is respect the choice and just be there. In this case they know who they are in Christ and they know the final outcome and that is a blessing.

      As for my choice I am certain I would choose to live through a natural course. I do have a standing DNR, like my dad once said why would I want to die twice. Rather than be a burden to others I know what is in store as you do. The lady you mention is a miracle as the family could have chosen differently. Thank you for your comment, thank you especially for your compassionate heart working as a nurse all those years...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      19 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Shauna.. you are so right and thank you for the comment. I like the term you have used "Humans are in an eternal freeze from human interaction." It explains it so very well. I have watched the steady decline of people socially speaking to each other.

      Nature is the greatest healing power we have and it is so essential to continue to experience it... please do have a great Thanksgiving.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Patricia Scott 

      19 months ago from sunny Florida

      You have here a powerful and moving piece...much food for thought....

      the analogy of our lives to nature is spot on.

      Hoping for the best for your friend who is ill...and knowing how blessed that friend is to have you to share these precious moments at this time.

      Angels are headed your way.


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      Linda Crampton 

      20 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      My favourite photo in this article is the first hoar frost one. It's beautiful, Rolly. I'm sorry about your friend's ill health. I admire their determination. Cancer is a horrible disease. I've just heard that one of my cousins has an inoperable form of the disease. Researchers seem to be making progress in understanding the illness and in finding treatments, but the process isn't moving fast enough for some people.

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      Nell Rose 

      20 months ago from England

      Hi Rolly, I lost my friend a couple of years ago, and she did it with so much dignity, so I am sorry to hear about yours. on a lighter note I did smile when you said about putting your tongue on the ice, ouch!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I've never heard of hoar frost. The video was beautiful and gave a sense of tranquility. The heavy frost picture was also beautiful. I liked your story about the pump handle caper. Our world has changed so much, people working their gadget's, rarely speaking. My grandchildren seem to live in another world. I watched a family in a restaurant, they all had phones, the kids were playing games, while the parents were clicking away. Being a nurse, I've witnessed some remarkable cancer cures with therapy. I guess I wouldn't know what I'd do, but I think I would opt for treatment, but I admire anyone's choice. Once I was working on the respiratory unit, ( It was not my regular unit. ) A woman was on a respirator which was breathing for her. I felt sure her time was near. A month later I was called to work that unit again, I was amazed to see that woman up and about, she was being discharged home that day. So I've learned to never give up as long as there's hope, but when there's no chance of survival and all hope is gone, I can see your friend's choice is wise. Thanks for another chat. Peace and joy my friend..

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      20 months ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful post, Rolly. There's so much to learn by observing nature. And there's so much healing to be had by experiencing nature and all her glory.

      I don't understand why everyone has to have their noses stuck in the devices. Whether driving, riding the elevator, or walking down the street, it seems humans are in an eternal freeze from human interaction. I don't get it.

      My thoughts are with you and your friend. I think I would have made the same decision as he did - to live life until my last breath takes me to the next realm. Peace to you both, my friend.

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      20 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy.. Thank you for the comment and yes like you I will stand by this friend through to the end. I respect anyone who can and will make that choice understanding it will possibly mean a slow process. Like you I cannot help but wonder what my choice would. I look at this as a lesson in courage and strength, a time of teaching what it truly means to have faith.

      Hugs from Frosty Alberta

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      Bill Holland 

      20 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Words of wisdom to live by. I, too, have a dear friend dying of spinal cancer....he has chosen to live life to the fullest and when the end comes, it comes, and I respect that and honor his decision. I hope I find that strength when my time comes.

      Thanks, as always, for the reflections. Hugs heading your way from rainy Olympia.


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