Brrr…..

We are not in Buffalo, thank goodness, but the snow has arrived. On the day I had my very first snow tires installed.

Methinks that is a sign.

Hoping it does not turn into ice….that was a storm my garden would like to forget.

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The year ahead….

I am so excited about 2014 – it is the year that a dream will be fulfilled. The dream – one that I did not realize was so important to me – is about returning to university to finish the degree I began more than 30 years ago.

I am also excited because my hubby and I are going on a cycling trip to France. This is truly another dream – to travel and see the world from the seat of a bicycle. And to visit castle and see history first hand.

I want these events to hurry up and get here – and yet, my daughter recently reminded me to enjoy all the moments between now and then – and not just because I will have no free time for the next several years, but also because THIS moment is an amazing moment.

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…ice cold in the snow…

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,

stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons.

It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

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Iced outdoors

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We are lucky – we have power. We were slightly unlucky in that we have one large pine that has been stripped of branches on one side and lost random other branches lower down. As well, we have one tree down, but it was slated to come down anyway, so that’s less of a disappointment.

I feel fortunate to not be in the cold and the dark two days before Christmas.