So, I welcomed the unofficial beginning of my first Saskatchewan winter.
Winter made her abrupt appearance earlier on this week. 6" arrived in less than 24 hours followed by 60 kph wind gusts. An inch of rain had arrived a day before before the snow, the snow itself was wet and then the temperature dipped several degrees below freezing, so that created a rough, icy surface practically over the whole yard. No it didn't give the same effect as the small homemade skating pond that you and your friends grew up playing hockey on dreaming about how you were going to make it to the NHL.
Now it is time to stock up on hot chocolate, apple cider, good books and a calendar to start marking the days down until spring! :) I actually don't mind winter minus the extreme cold temperatures but then I don't know anyone who actually enjoys -40C except for story-telling purposes. You can garner much more sympathy telling a story that took place in frigid temperatures with bone chilling winds.
Anyways, I intend to enjoy winter as much as possible though it might be mostly admiring it from the inside kitchen window. There is something refreshing about seeing the yard covered with a fresh, clean blanket of snow, snow capped roofs, wildlife tracks, and watching the snow flakes gently fall and sparkle in the sun.
And with that, I wish you all a happy winter!