Today, for starters, it snowed.
Yes, snow has a smell for all you poor folk who don't get any. It also has a taste ... a taste most of us only experience during our childhood when we love to eat fresh powdery snow and have the crystals gently crunch between our teeth. People frown at you if you eat snow as an adult. People also frown at you if you lie down in the snow and look up into the falling snow. But that's exactly what I used to do as a kid. We'd be tobogganing or traipsing through the woods and we loved to just lay down and watch and listen ... so calming.
After I shoveled the driveway this morning at 6:45 a.m. (I didn't use the snowblower because I didn't want to annoy my sleeping neighbours), my next priority were the birds. I filled the feeders and watched as jays, cardinals, juncos, chickadees, sparrows and mourning doves flitted around in complete happiness. I spied these little snow angels beneath my window. Aren't they cute?
Then I felt rather festive and dusted off my pinecone wreath and pinecone garland (they were stored in the garage, not the crawlspace), and brought them indoors. I now have them hung up in the kitchen. It looks quite pretty with the pinecones, birchbark snowflakes and the wintry background scene out the windows. Can you see the snow falling? Are you jealous?
I made these garlands just a day or two before Christmas last year. I wanted to use up some pinecones I had around and this seemed the perfect solution. I really like natural decorations, and I have a pine branch outside my patio door waiting to be used for decorating inside too.
I saw a pretty little white tree for sale at Canadian Tire a couple of weeks ago. I thought how perfect it would look in my new kitchen! Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of free space in the kitchen so I didn't bring it home (did I mention my husband was with me ... he thought I was crazy to want a white tree). But it's been on my mind a lot! I wonder if it's on sale now. hmmm
I was considering spray painting the wreath white to look all shimmery in the new kitchen. But I just can't decide. I'm horrible at making decisions. Once I paint it, there's no going back, and I'm afraid I might not like it painted ... so it's staying natural for now.
Almost ready to reveal the kitchen. Sorry this is taking so long to show you. I took some photos today thinking it might not be too bad if there's still a lot of stuff crammed onto the counters. But, no, it looked dreadful and my pride won't let me show them to you. You'll have to wait a bit longer. Plus the drawers are still getting their final coat (thanks to my husband ... I gave up).
Well, drive safe and keep warm if you're getting this same snow. I don't know how much they're predicting now, and I'm not listening to the weather reports. As long as I can drive on the highway on Saturday to visit Dad, I'm fine. I did some Christmas shopping last night which made me feel a little less anxious. I have to go out again tonight to shop for my nephews in BC. The deadline is
ticking already passed (oh no!!) for me to send out their package. I also picked up my Christmas cards last night ... do see how far behind I am. I think after shopping tonight I'll sit with a coffee and write my cards out for tomorrow's post.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you're all enjoying the Christmas frenzy/calm ... whichever way you roll.