Happy First Day of Spring…. don’t mind the snow.

First Day of Spring…. WooHoo!! Uh then I looked out my window…. WHAT??? Oh Alberta, I just shake my head. My mother reminded me this morning that last year mother nature also thought it would be funny to have a snowy blowy spring storm on this day. Really? Seriously? Can’t we have just a little bit of hope that we don’t live in the North Pole?  Sigh…. oh well. I’m going to call a friend, put on the coffee, stay in my pj’s till the afternoon.

I’ll use this chilly blustery wintery day to once again catch up on laundry, dishes and organizing my events for World Doula Week.

Soon the sun will shine, and the grass will be green and we will briefly forget about all the piles of snow that line the ditches and driveways on the farm. Soon it will be Spring. I know for sure because Dean already has 20 calves in the field and they are one of the signs of spring, so come on mother nature……

White Stuff

Yep it’s here! That fluffy white stuff that covers the grass and the trees and tells us that winter is here. That S word, but today on the first day when I see how pretty it is, I don’t mind. Snow!

The first snowfall of the season is one of my favorites. Much like the first flowers of spring, the first snow brings with it the promise of events to come; Family Gatherings, Christmas, a New Year, Winter fun and on and on. We only hope that the winter isn’t too long and that those chinooks come often.

I’m enjoying the soft snowfall and the clean white trees, but ask me again how I feel March 1st, my opinion might be different. 😉

Fall colors

The days grow shorter and the leaves are beautiful colors of orange, yellow and red. The Suns warmth is fading and I know winter is coming. Yet, the vibrant colors of the changing leaves, the bountiful harvest of the field, and the gracious gathering from the garden are all reasons to rejoice and be thankful.
So why is it then that my mood doesn’t reflect the vibrant trees? Why is it I resonate more with the tired grey grass and the wilted lilies? I feel a sadness as I morn the going of summer. I think I was meant to live somewhere warm… All year…seriously. Oh dear I already miss the touch if the warm sunshine.
I shouldn’t feel bad, for today was a perfect fall day. Warm by fall standards, no wind, the leaves crunching beneath my sons feet for the first time. A smile crosses my face. And yet I feel tired, unmotivated, bored, impatient like the evergreen trees waiting for the first snow to touch their branches and show off their true beauty. Yes I feel like I am waiting for something,
My fall color isn’t red or orange or yellow, it’s blue. I guess summer means so much more to me then I thought. So I’ve decided that’s it okay for me to be sad that fall is here, to be sad to see summer go. We need to morn for loss before we can move on. And I know summer will be back if only I can get through the winter. I will hold onto that thought but I hate waiting. I am not nearly as patient as I wish I was. But for my sake and the sake of my family I have to shake this mood. Like a fall tree dropping all its leaves on the ground. Bare, stripped away and ready to start anew. Yes that is what I need to do, let it all go and see the true joy of the colors of fall. That and take my vitamin D. (There’s a lot of truth to that too) : )

The Mad Hatter

Hats, they are so great! They can be really cute, fun, or practical. They can keep crazy hair under cover, shield the sun, or keep your head warm (In Canada we call those hats Touques) They come in many colors, fabrics and styles. My husband is a full fledged farmer, and almost never goes anywhere with out a baseball cap. I have many friends who have hoards of really great hats, kinda the way I have hoards of really great shoes, you see, I look HORRIBLE in Hats! Every once in a while I see a hat and think, hey maybe that would look cute on me, proceed to try it on, and then rip it off as fast as I can, hoping that no one saw that atrocious display. This can pose a big problem for me especially for the fact that we live in Canada, and 8months of the year requires that your ears be covered. I have yet to find a touque that a:looks cute on me, b: keeps my head AND ears warm, and c: Isn’t so Itchy I’d rather get frost bite then feel like my head is stuck in a straw bale. Grrrrrrr.

And then there is the issue of summer hats. Oh where do I begin…..   My mom found this great hat in Mexico, the kind that you can scrunch up in a suitcase and when you pull it out it looks cute and keeps the sun off, well I obviously didn’t get the hat wearing gene from my Mom. Boooo! I tried to find a hat like that in Mexico, I wore it for the week and when I got home proceeded to put it in the Sally Ann Box. Good thing it was cheap. I’ll donate it and someone else will love it.

As you can see in the picture I did find a hat in Vegas that I liked, a month later it went missing, and I mourned the loss. I kept my eye open for another like it. Skip a year ahead….. OMG I found a hat like that one. Quick buy it, actually, buy two. Yeah! I own one cute hat, perfect. Then fast forward a week, Hey Lesley-Ann, guess what I just found in the camper???? My Vegas hat. LOL. Figures. Bet if I hadn’t bought those hats, I wouldn’t have found it. She agrees with me. Too Funny. 

Well today I am packing for a winter trip and once again hats is an issue. I’m missing my pink winter touque the one of 10 I have that I actually think looks good on me. Do you think I could get away with wearing my daughters leopard print touque with the pink bows? It looks great on her!!?? Oh good she missed the non-hat wearing gene from me! Phew. Dodged that one.

Maybe I should buy one of those jester hats that are suppose to look silly and then it wont matter if I look ridiculous cause that’s the point. Oh goodness I don’t like hats, but ask me about my shoe collection and we’re more then okay!Image