It was our first winter storm in 2015, and guess what, the year will be over very quickly, only a few more days now, and we will enter into 2016. With the storm warnings, and the cold blowing winds, I’m sure that there were many who were not loving the day. Especially with buses stalled, and stuck in snow banks, the cold weary commuters had to stand and wait in the blustering weather for transportation. It was certainly a dump, no light dusting today… when I left the house shortly before nine there was already a good foot of snow in the driveway.
Snowblowers and shovels were the toys being used today. When I was leaving home and hearth on my adventure, I saw only trucks like mine or bigger, on the roads, and of course commercial vehicles. The big city plows and sidewalk cleaners were likely in the downtown core and major streets in the city’s core. I could hear the ice pellets hitting the roof of the truck, yes there was some of the little crystals gems flying through the air as well as the flakes of snow. I couldn’t hear the wind, but I could see the trees bending and the commuters hankering down into their winter coats with scarves wrapped firmly around for more protection.
So what was I doing out? I was enjoying the day. I watched the gray mist darken the day, when I got out of the truck to enter a building, I felt the cold on my face, and the embrace of the winter chill. My boots left a deep waffle like texture in the soft snow, and my coat kept me warm while I walked. I had the store basically to myself, the staff that did make it in, were busy telling of their adventure, I had time to wander and delight in the treasures that were laid out for me to discover.
Clerks had time to visit, we enjoyed some social chit-chat, while we dealt with the transaction at hand. It wasn’t rushed, it was nice and leisurely, and then while walking back to the truck, I got to appreciate how the snow had fallen and covered the truck in a blanket of white… there was a crystalized veil across the windshield… the pattern a lovely lace. Mother Nature had done this in a very short time, she is obviously good at what she does.
Smaller cars were having their challenges, I decided to take a different route home.. It was a little longer maybe, but it was a bus route, the roads would be plowed. It wasn’t till I got back closer into the city proper that I saw just how much traffic was being affected. For sure I had to be extra careful, stay focused, and enjoy my surroundings while staying vigilant. I loved it.
It was good to be out on my own, going from A to Z I even broke out in song. Yes. be thankful you were not with me. I felt that my positive good mood would see me home safe and sound, and it did. I had a great sense of satisfaction in my outing, it was rewarding even… I didn’t let the voices of “others” over shadow my desire of experiencing the day. I embraced what was presented me, and took it all in, and said thank you at the end of it all… the great mood just continued on, and tomorrow, will be another day… Hopefully just as amazing as this one was.
You know who else had a great day… the children who got to make slides and play in the snow… and the skiers who finally got enough snow to have a day doing what they love to do. =^_^= life can be magical!
I loved today … and I love YOU
Namaste – Oyashikiri
*** Blizzard oil on canvas by Joseph Farquharson,British 1846-1935
photos from CBC Canada
some from Pinterest