crepitate.

[krep-i-teyt]

verb (used without object), crepitated, crepitating.

  1. to make a crackling sound. 

A crepitating fire soothes and invigorates and mesmerizes. It is a night’s entertainment when I’m lucky. The crackle sound is so distinct and warming and goes perfectly next to a cup of tea and big fluffy polar bear. In Ketchum, Idaho, fireplaces are very common. There’s one at Java Coffee House, over-sized leather couches surround the fireplace at the Wine Company, the library’s is picturesque, and the grocery store has the biggest one of all. I love sitting still for long enough to notice the crepitated bliss. I love noticing others noticing the crepitating. The crackle is contagious.

The sound I just heard on a walk with Pal closely compares; it is snowing big fluffy flakes which are falling on several feet of snow already on the ground. It’s so quiet. All I can hear is each flake hitting my jacket. It’s like time is moving slower than usual. I don’t think it’s just Florida girls who are standing in the road in awe. In my experience of being here for a year and a half, Idahoans know they live in extreme beauty. They get it and savor it and they giggle on powder days. Idahoans are some of my favorite people in the whole world. They’re lovely.

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