We say, “Oh no, not yet!” when we hear of the predicted early December snowfall. We cringe, scan ahead to forecasted temperatures for the next few days and then feel optimistic that this will be a temporary condition.
Last night at bedtime, we were in the midst of a rather steady snowfall. This morning it was over and we awoke to a winter wonderland of white.
It is difficult not to appreciate the beauty of fresh snow on our fields, our decks, clothes lines, trees and yes, even on our driveways. It means work but for today, white will be my favourite colour!
I’ve been thinking about Christmas. Yesterday I ventured up to the attic and took a few decorations downstairs. They got no further than the spare room. I just was not ready to decorate or string up some lights.
I have also been thinking about Christmas baking and went as far as to purchase extra sugar, butter, chocolate and gumdrops. But so far, no baking has occurred.
I have also pondered Christmas shopping. To date, much more list making than shopping has been accomplished.
And then last night, as my Book Club was emerging into the night, we walked out into a light snowfall. It was beautiful and cold, and a wee bit inspiring.
As I write, I am watching the sun just beginning to climb over the horizon and I see that the deck and grass do have a layer of fuzzy, airy snow. This I am sure will soon melt away but later today I may be inspired to bake or decorate or shop. Or maybe I’ll wait for the next snowfall to motivate me.
As you know, Maritimers follow weather reports, particularly when it involves snow. Last Wednesday, our forecast was predicting somewhere in the range from 25 to 40 centimetres for Cumberland County. And people sprang into action!
Our house was much the same. First of all, we arranged to have snow tires installed on our vehicle, talk about leaving things to the last minute! We were grateful to be ‘fitted in’ the very full garage schedule with procrastinators like ourselves.
Next I went to the grocery store for storm day provisions. We really only required milk but old habits die hard, and a first storm day of the season, in my past working career meant a baking day – provided the power remained on. So I stocked up on lots of sugar, chocolate, almonds and the like. Obviously many others had similar ideas, the aisles were busy. Why we do this, I really don’t know as we are rarely house bound for more than a day.
Next, I decided that there were too many leaves unraked and thinking that this was our last chance of the season, my husband and I cleaned that yard right up. And just as we closed the last bag, light snow began to fall. I thought we were in a romantic Christmas movie!
We did get snow and we did have to dig out a bit but after some recent mild temperatures, it’s almost gone. All that fuss!!
I know that the next time a sizeable snowfall is anticipated, reactions will be there same, minus the tires and the leaves. We’ll plan that perfect storm day soup or get ingredients for a flavourful recipe to try as the snow settles in. It is after all, it’s what we do here in the Maritimes.
The house has been disrobed of Christmas. Furniture has been moved, lamps and pictures rearranged, the nest has been re-feathered. It’s January and a month I enjoy, always have. While many do go on about experiencing the post-Christmas blues, I feel that it is a time of cleansing, the clutter and wrapping are removed and there is a peacefulness as we ‘hunker down’ for the winter.
We have an abundance of snow and provided that you’re dressed for it, it’s a great time to be outdoors. Snowshoeing conditions have been excellent, snowmobile trails are busy and some of my friends are happy to be skiing. Now if we could get some outdoor ice, well that would be perfect.
January meals at my house are simpler, less fussy and the fridge is no longer full of Christmas fare. Simmering soups, comfort foods and lots of veggies are on the menu.
Through all this I keep thinking of something my father would say every day at this time of the year, “The days are getting longer!” And while I may enjoy the snowy and cold month, I am watching my mailbox for the arrival of a new seed catalogue. A girl has to get ready…..