I woke up to look out my bedroom window at the first snow of the Winter of 2012 ... and felt crazy, crazy happy about it!
For the first time in a dozen years, I WILL NOT be spending an hour each day on icy, slippery winter roads. No more trudging out into narrow streets at 5:30 or 6:00 PM, my breath making fog, and shivering while I scrape the ice off the car windows, and then sweep fluffy snow off everything else.
Something about the snow made me feel another kind of relief as well--as if I'd been let off the hook about painting the walls in all those rooms in my house. The walls that have been awaiting my hand guiding a paint-filled roller over them since July.
Today had been slated as THE DAY that I would finally select the paint colors (from my spiffy Sherwin & William paint deck) and then drive the 25 miles to Sherwin & Williams to buy paint and supplies.
Whoa. It's not that snowy outside. The roads are, actually, open. The newscasters warned about the highway being slick earlier, but nothing was closed.
Never mind about that. It's now 3:00 PM and I have had a lovely, guilt-free day at my computer, doing what I love best. When Mike comes home from tackling business in town, we're going to have a steamy hot cup of mocha and split a sticky, sweet Costco cinnamon roll and start verbally planning our winter trips.
Orlando is on the docket for January or February. That one's set in stone, as Mike is a convention speaker. But there's also a possibility of flying to Phoenix to see some of our Flying Farmer friends, who conveniently bought a house there last winter. Also, using a free (air miles) airline ticket to visit my brother in St. Louis, before he moves to Denver in May. Lastly, a possible trip to Bermuda a few days prior to Orlando, with the friends we'd visited Hawaii with in 2009.
How do you feel about winter? If I'd written this post last year, it sure would've been different from what I was able to say today. So if you're envying that I get to stay at home, your time will come as well.
Or something like that. May you get what you want out of winter. In the meantime, Vive, Winter!