Today I love stormy weekends that don’t seem too bad. I love that we were expecting a lot worse and never got it. I love that the drive is all cleaned out until the plow comes by and then I’ll have to go clean it out again. I love finding my way around the great outdoors when it’s buried in the great white stuff of this northern land. I love that most of my country is in the northern quarter of the globe by latitude, but not us. I love that we still call ourselves the Great White North even though parts of my province are farther south than parts of California. I love that here in Ontario, we know how to do snow, but we don’t do it in a really crazy way too very often. I love that this year hasn’t been too bad at all. I love that I have two snowblowers now, one here and one at the cottage so I don’t have to drive one back and forth in the back of the truck. I love that I have been moving snow in winter for over fifty years and I’m still not ready to give up. I love that I have become a tough old man. I love that I’m not so tough that I’d want to go back to shoveling the stuff all the time, no thank you. I love that I’m taking a year off of blowing out other peoples drives and I think it’s doing me some good.
Today I love making food for the week and some of that happened yesterday while I napped, which I never do, and more of it will happen today while I am wide awake and being helpful. I love that yesterday I napped, though the popular household consensus is that I must have some kind of bug, because, as stated before, I never nap. I love that even though I napped for hours, I still was able to sleep last night. I love that I still feel like I might be able to nap again today, but cooking comes first, dammit! Ha ha.
Today I love the sweet, cold air outside, the taste of it when I’m out there, the way it makes my lungs feel useful, the way it scours them clean. I love that I know how to live happily in this land of wildly opposing seasons. I love that there is contentment to be had in all of them. I love how I keep going, stand back, Winter, I’m coming through.
Today I love drinking good, hot coffee and getting myself ready to go blow out the driveway now that the plow has gone through.