Friday, April 4, 2014

Just for fun, 2014 Edition

Last year, I decided to see how the beginning of April had looked around here for the previous several years.  I managed to find a picture taken April 3 every single year since '09!!  And naturally, because I have a thing for precision, I had to take one yesterday as well and add it to the collection...

Interestingly, the last two years look very similar, but it's for two very different reasons.  Last year we had WAY more snow than normal, so much HAD already melted by the time the picture was taken.  This year, it's been so cold till now that none of the normal amount of snow we got this winter has had much chance to melt yet.

Either way, I'm always more than ready for it to look like this...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Practicing Gratitude 04.03

Pfft, and there goes another month.  Just like that!

I feel like we've been so busy and yet I know we haven't really done a whole lot other than our usual routine.  And work.

Oh, except for my first ever snowmobile trip a couple of weeks ago!!  Which I'm thankful I survived.  ;)

It's really just not my thing.  And I'll be honest, when I realized it wasn't just going to be for a quick little jaunt, I settled in to resenting it and being anxious about something going wrong.  It was terribly hard to relax and part of me didn't even want to, so that I would be able to complain more afterwards about every bone-jarring bump we hit.  My last snowmobile ride ~ about nine years ago ~ ended in me getting thrown face-first into a hard, icy snowbank while my leg got caught and twisted under the machine, so it wasn't hard for me to not really want to risk repeating the experience.  But the girls were having such a great time and The Man was excited to be able to do something like that again (we traded our snow machine for the quad a number of years ago), so I decided for their sake I would try not to hate it quite so much.  (At least, not quite so obviously as I'd originally planned!)

And you know what?  I actually didn't have a bad day.  I got better at anticipating the bumps and leaning into the turns.  By the time we were about halfway in, even my arms and hands could relax, only gripping The Man's sides when navigating the sharper turns.  The trails through the heavily wooded areas were really quite beautiful.  The warm-up shacks along the trail were cozy and inviting.  (amazing how an outhouse and an empty shack with just a woodstove and hard benches can seem pretty stinkin' luxurious after an hour or two on the back seat of a snowmobile!!)
The one picture I have,
taken by our host
just before we hit the trails.
I think The Man is trying to
convince me I will survive!  ;)
The lookouts from high points in the hills were spectacular, and we saw four deer, two Great Grey owls, and a moose on our travels.  Unfortunately, because I wasn't sure what to expect and didn't want to risk wrecking anything, I didn't bring my camera along.  Boo.

I was quite stiff and sore for several days afterwards (we did 91 kms/56.5 mi of trails in about four hours, according to our host's trip odometer!), but I'm thankful for the time we could spend with friends whom we hadn't seen in a long, long time, doing something they really enjoy.  And that I allowed God to work on my heart and change my attitude about the day.

I'm thankful the girls and their grandparents could continue the tradition of spending Spring Break together in the city this week.  My parents were out last weekend to visit and pick them up, and we're planning to meet up with The Man's parents somewhere on Saturday to bring them home.  It's been quiet around here this week, but nice to have a slightly more flexible schedule for a change, too!

I'm thankful for Spring, even though it doesn't look the way I'd like it to because it hasn't been warm the way it normally is this time of year either.  But it's coming.  It always does!  Another reminder that God is faithful week in, week out; year after year.  And I'm grateful for the difference the sun makes, even if the air temperature isn't as warm as it should be.

What are you most thankful for today?


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

WW: Winter's Last Day

Now, if only it would FEEL like winter was over...

Enjoy more Wordless Wednesday here.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Two Typical Days March on the Canadian prairies.

March 6              March 7

The eternal struggle between winter and spring.
Which, thank goodness, winter loses every year.


St. Patty's Rain Shamrocks Rainbow

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Practicing Gratitude 03.06

It's MARCH.  Can you even believe it??  (I can't believe it's been so long since I had time and thoughts to share, either!)

I'm thankful this winter has gone by so fast.  It really has.  I guess it helps to have a seasonal job that's most demanding in February.  That has always felt like the longest month, but these last three Februaries at the accounting firm have kept me so busy the month just flies now.

I'm thankful for the job, but I'll admit, I'm grateful the pace slows dramatically in March.  It will gradually build again until the final frenzied week of tax season at the end of April, but it's never the same as February.  I'm grateful for more time at home again, and being able to get back on top of things here.

I'm thankful the "polar vortex" has FINALLY vacated our neck of the woods!  WOOT!! Beginning March with a combined windchill temperature of -52 (-62F) was harsh, but yesterday was already up to a balmy -15 (5F) with light, fluffy snow gently falling most of the day.  It felt so good to enjoy a first-thing-in-the-morning walk again!  The past six weeks at work combined with the short daylight hours and insanely cold temperatures have provided few opportunities for walking at all, but the long-range forecast now looks much more seasonal and bearable.  And with Daylight Saving Time beginning on Sunday and lengthening our evenings, I also look forward to the option of walking after supper.  I have so missed my "Father/daughter" time on my mile road!

I'm grateful for the difference the sun already makes in the temperatures, too.  It amazes me how suddenly about mid-February, you realize the sun actually FEELS warm again. (provided you're out of the wind!)  I love how temps can jump 20 degrees from early morning to mid-afternoon on a clear day.

I'm thankful for the weekend visit we just had with The Man's parents.  They came out to watch the girls' curling bonspiel again and were at our house from Friday afternoon to Monday morning.  It was a full weekend ~ we had one of the girls' school friends over for the weekend as well since she also curls with our girls and her parents had to go out of town.  So it was a house-full, but it was a good time.  Neither of the girls' teams did terribly well this year, but by the time supper rolled around, they'd already watched a movie and played outside, so any bad feelings had completely evaporated!  (it was a much shorter day than it has been in the past and we were home just after 3.)

What are YOU most thankful for this week?

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