Monday, December 03, 2007

Winter Wonderland

Last week, winter arrived with a "wall of snow" - yup, that's how they described it in the winter storm warning on the Environment Canada website. Winter storm watch in effect, a wall of snow moving in across Lake Superior. Wall of snow! Sounds terrifying doesn't it? I mean I was picturing this huge, white wall rushing down the Trans-Canada highway pushing away every thing in its path.

Of course, it didn't come as a wall but a heck of a lot of snow fell in a couple of days and we went from no winter to total winter overnight. It's officially here.

So is December, so is Advent. I don't know if it's because my kitchen is still not yet complete and I'm counting the days down until it is, but I seem to be acutely aware of how rapidly Christmas is coming. There are still presents to be wrapped and mailed, don't even ask me about the Christmas cards yet, and forget decorating. We can't put the tree up until the fridge is out of the livingroom anyway :)

This morning on the way to work I had one of those moments when time froze for just a second. The sun was coming up over the mountains, a beautiful orange glow spreading across the sky, the pine trees wore dresses of white, and the sky was that clear, light winter blue it is this time of year. It was awesome and I breathed it in, grateful that I live in such a beautiful country. Thankful that I'm warm and well fed and that I have a kitchen (even if it is in a mess) when so many don't * o


Helen Ginger said...

Man, that looks cold. Down here in Texas we're still mild, in the 70s. Last week we even set a record high in the 80s. But we did have one night that it dipped to freezing before the sun came up.

I agree, Christmas is barreling down the tracks. And it didn't help that we decided December was the time to paint the master bedroom and bath. And completely move all the furniture downstairs to wax the tile. What in the heck were we thinking? Uh, we have no tree yet, needless to say.

Eveline Maedel said...

I hear ya...painting, renovating before Christmas is sheer insanity :) I'm trying to take it one day at a time!