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The street lights catch the sparkles of snow like slivers of diamonds. We are out walking Josh late at night all bundled up in layers. Sometimes cabin fever just takes over and you just have to get out.  I kick the mounds that have built up over the last few months and watch the light. Part of it fascination for the crystal formations and part frustration at the length and severity of our winter here in Canada.  The almost weekly dumps have had us digging ourselves out of our driveways and adapting our lifestyle to the impending weather changes. It is definitely a case of…..enough already!

Enough already.....

Enough already…..

It is amazing how the human spirit can look for the positive in any situation although sometimes I am pushed to do so. I find it does cheer me up to dig deep for those positives when the vitamin D levels are somewhat depleted. So today I need to remind myself which things still make me rejoice when that Arctic Vortex comes whistling down upon us here in Ontario. Hopefully this reminiscing will see me through till spring!

I ran into my supermarket the other day for a few supplies and was greeted by a wonderful surprise. Some enterprising young entrepreneur had managed to ‘force flower’ some tulips in a hothouse. Oh happy day! Just to see the splendour of the iridescent pink and the promise of spring. It lifted my spirit immediately and I now have one proudly displayed in my kitchen. One glance in its direction is all it takes. It is to be the medicine for my soul till spring arrives. 

Our icy stream at the bottom of the garden.

Our icy stream at the bottom of the garden.

My garden is a blanket of white with heaps of snow along the driveway and pathways. Snow moguls cover the shrubs all cocooned and safe and bulbs wait patiently under the surface for the first glimmer of spring. I dream of my summer garden as I perch myself at my writing table which overlooks the front garden.That anticipation of new growth is a wonderful ‘pick me up’…..like having a healthy smoothie in the morning!

Thank goodness for technology as we have a warm house and a few added perks that help to make winter bearable.  One of our cars parks outside over night. As you can imagine, it is freezing to get into  if you happen to be the first to drive out in the morning. But thanks to advancement, you can start the car with the push of a button while you are in the house……..no hijackers yet in our area! It purrs away for a few minutes, turns on the steering wheel and seat warmers and is deliciously cosy. Early morning drives in this vehicle are no problem.  Nothing quite like the experience of warm hands and a warm butt in this weather either!

A fine merlot in the snow....only in Canada!

A fine merlot in the snow….only in Canada!

So we continue to savour the delights of winter….a glass of a fine merlot at the fire, a good book, a hearty meal and the company of friends and family.  But never far from our minds is the memory of the warmth of the sun on our backs…….

 

(A special thank you to David Morkel for the props and photography. He now knows his mother is crazy!)

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The icicles twinkled as the morning light shone across the deck. It had been a rough night. An ice storm had ripped across Ontario and left a path of destruction. We were reminded once more of the power of nature. The beauty of the ice crystals masked the scars of ripped branches that were strewn across the back garden. I opened the back door to examine the debris of trees and twigs and gasped as the cold wind rushed in. Ice crystals cracked and popped in the branches as the trees swayed to and fro…..a phenomenon I had never observed before. It was like the distant sound of rattling gunfire!

The iced leaves on our emerald cedar hedge.

The iced leaves on our emerald cedar hedge.

My morning kettle purred on the stove as I awaited that first sip of satisfying sustenance. All is well with the world when there is a cup of steaming tea! Suddenly everything electrical stopped…..the internal fan, the furnace and my beloved kettle. The world was silent. The next 24 hours were reminiscent of our regular power outages in South Africa. The only difference was that I was unprepared for this debacle and it was minus 10 outside! My first thought was that we needed to think of a way to stay warm. The reports were that ice storm had wreaked havoc with the local power lines. There goes my cup of tea!

The telephone broke the silence. “Are we still on for tonight?” The reality hit me!  I had been so taken by the force of nature in my back garden that I forgotten I had 30 people arriving on my doorstep in a few hours for some ‘Christmas Cheer.’

I asked myself the question: Do I go ahead with this? I have always been partial to a social gathering and allowed myself a 30 second rethink of the situation.

The cupboards were raided for supplies of candles. Thank goodness this household loves this waxy standby……festive reds, icy whites and angelic creams! So out they came and were strategically placed on every surface around the house. A pyromaniac’s delight! Some smart thinking had also resulted in a couple of long life torches. What a win! I felt pleased with the result. The Christmas decorations twinkled in this soft lighting and it looked festive and ready to receive our guests.. We had light and ambiance. Great! We were almost there. What was next on the agenda? I suppose we needed some FOOD!  

This proved to be more of a challenge as we could not deliver any ‘hot food.’ All the dainty phyllo pastry morsels would have to take a back seat.  Fortunately the larder was bursting with an array of snacks …it was Christmas after all! I was grateful for my passion for exotic cheeses as this would have to satisfy the more discerning pallet. So that was the menu sorted! Of course the fridges had loads of liquid ‘Christmas Cheer!’  There was also a pot of aromatic Gluwein which I managed to heat on an emergency hot plate. The aroma of the cloves and cinnamon wafted through the air and soothed my jarred nerves.  It was going to be just fine…..there were even a few bottles of bubbly firmly planted in ice buckets filled with the snow. As they say in the classics…..’n boer maak ‘n plan.

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As I walk around and switch on my lights, turn up my music and sit by my flickering fireplace, I am grateful to have the power back on.  In the brief 24 hour period that we were off the grid, we certainly went into survival mode.  We were reminded of our essentials……we needed to eat and keep warm. Somewhere in between all of that we also managed to throw in a party! Ingenuity and the underrated little ol’ battery saved the day.

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                                       Let us celebrate and roar…..it is a new year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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