8 thoughts on “A New Year

    1. Thank you, Sarah 🙂

      We’ve had such a dreary fall (with only one small skiff of snow in November) and I’ve been absolutely craving snow. For me, someone who grew up with “proper winters”, there’s something ineffably beautiful (calming/healing/rejuvenating/inspiring…) about a snow-covered landscape. And when we woke up to this snow on New Year’s Day, it felt like such a gift!

      (I’ll likely not be making 5-minute haiku a regular thing around here, but it felt good to finally get past a 6-week indecision-filled hiatus!)

      All the best to you and yours for a happy and healthy 2016, Sarah 🙂

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  1. I’m terrible at haiku! I love yours though and am so happy you finally got snow. Winter just isn’t winter without snow. It’s a gray and dreary season (and I love it for that) but without snow it’s just AWFUL.

    Hope your holidays were merry and bright and you’re having a wonderful 2016.

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    1. Thank you, Kate! I can pretty much come up with haikus at the drop of a hat … which says absolutely nothing about how good or bad they’d be 😉 !

      We’re definitely odd ducks around here — everyone else is happy when there’s no snow and the weather is mild, but for us, winter is just WRONG without snow and cold. (Although I do admit to hypocritically wanting it when it’s convenient; I didn’t especially enjoy driving through snow squalls today after dropping our daughter off at university).

      I hope your holidays were wonderful too, Kate 🙂 . Sending all my best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy 2016!

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  2. I’m so glad someone has a proper winter! We’ve had the mildest, wettest of times, and it feels scarily wrong. So very very wrong.
    We’re contemplating a trip to visit very close friends in Quebec later this year, so I might even get to see a (distant) part of your part of the world. All very exciting!

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    1. It was such a relief to get that snow on New Year’s Day! Of course, the temperatures went up in the days following and most of it melted 😦 . I’ve been watching your weather and have been worrying about how you and yours have been faring in all that — scary times indeed.

      A trip to Quebec would be wonderful — I do hope you do a post about it, if and when you go! We’re contemplating a trip to Montreal ourselves 🙂 .

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  3. I missed this somehow…but I am with you on snow. Snow was always a special, magical event for me growing up (and into adulthood), but it was one I could count on happening at least once (or a few times) every year. The past few, not so much. In fact, winter has changed/is changing. It’s shorter. Arrives later and leaves earlier.

    I am glad you have true winter. I may have to migrate north.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean about snow being a magical event to a child. It’s absolutely transformative — visually, with what it does to a landscape, but also practically, because it opens up such a vast range of possibility, which most children (and some adults!) love. (I’m thinking of winter activities: sledding, snowmen, snow forts, etc). I grew up in Edmonton, and we got a LOT of snow; “winter” could begin before Halloween and the snow would stay until late March, and it seemed as though we kids never tired of it. Where we are now, it’s very hit and miss and the snow comes and goes. Most people around here love that it’s hit and miss, but not us … we may have to migrate north, too 😉 .

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