Like many of you who live on the Eastern coast and Midwest, we were hit pretty hard yesterday with a pile of snow. As I write this today, we are still getting more, although it isn't coming down quite as quickly. But it is part of winter and part of life here in Canada, and I take it as it comes.
Our latest dose of winter began just after noon yesterday. By 3pm, we already had quite a bit of new snow, with no signs of things letting up. My cat Pancakes was crying at the door, as the snow always seems to fascinate him, so I took him out for a short walk after I was done shoveling the walkway just to show him how deep it was.
He wasn't impressed, and skeedaddled up the steps back into the warm house like a flash! He decided that being an "inside cat" wasn't so bad after all!
We probably got another 6-12 inches since then, and all that path that was cleared is once again even. I can see the pavement on the road however, so the plows were doing a great job keeping up. I don't know if we will get out today, as I have a doctor's appointment that has been rescheduled twice already in the past week due to the weather and I am waiting for the call to see if they will do so once again.
We are warm, safe and happy though, as we didn't even lose power. We were prepared for the worst, with extra water (our water pump is electric) and food and supplies to last quite a while. Our landlord has a small generator too so if in an emergency we need power, it is there. It's all good.
We were able to complete our errands and get to the post office before this wave of the storm hit. I was so thrilled to find that my Valentine exchange gift from my friend Kathy was waiting for me. (Mine had just headed out that day!)
I waited until I arrived home to open the package, as it was fun to anticipate what was inside. When I did open it, I saw a beautiful array of thoughtful treasures . . .
A beautiful card with a thoughtful saying and a personal message inside . . .
A simply LOVELY quilled ornament for my all season tree! I just love quilling and this piece is sparkly and so pretty!
Some CHOCOLATE for me to enjoy! (I had to leave it until I took the picture at least! But I doubt it will make it through the day!)
A lovely lapel pin that Kathy made for my coat. My winter coat is black wool and it will show up beautifully on it!
And finally, this wonderful hand made magnet.
I am going to leave it out all year long to remind me of the wonderful friendship I have made with Kathy.
I know that many people don't like this time of year. Some get depressed because they feel locked in and are unhappy because of the weather. But I find that by looking for the good things and beauty in our lives every single day, we are much happier people. Even though I live in a remote area, I seek out my friends each day through my computer and we share a joke or story, talk about what we are working on, or share a smile.
I love joining these exchanges with my friends because I think it brings us closer – even though we are scattered through several different countries.
Winter is a part of my life. Instead of feeling isolated through these cold months when I am here inside, I choose to reach out and find others who enjoy similar interests as I do. The socialization and friendships that I have with my online friends is as valid and important to me as any other friendships I have had. Since moving to Canada from Chicago, I realize just how important they are and how my world is better because I am able to keep up with those I love. It does take a little time and effort, but so does any friendship and it is so worth it!
I know my friends feel the same.
I hope you are all safe and sound today. If you are house bound because of the weather, I hope you take some time to enjoy your online friends and communicate with them. You would be surprised at how wonderful it will make you feel!
Happy Tuesday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"