March 31, 2012

Last of the Snow

Most Canadians engage in a Spring ritual: breaking apart the last of the snow on the lawn, so it melts and disappears faster.  Some, like my neighbour, take out their snowblowers and snow blow their lawn, but I take the old-fashioned approach: a shovel. Here is the fruit of my labour...
Rufus was in the backyard the whole day and as the lumps melted, he licked them like they were sno-cones.
Now that I am feeling better I'm taking advantage of the spring skiing before our local mountain shuts down for the season.  Here I am with friends last weekend...
I'm in the white, not sure why I am standing so funny though. 
It was a great day with warm sunny weather and we had burgers, fries and beers on the lodge patio at the end of the day.  Our local mountain is the only cooperatively owned ski-hill in North America - so that's pretty cool too.  We'll be back tomorrow.

March 18, 2012

Springing out of a Bad Winter

This is my first post of 2012!  I am emerging from a fairly bad winter, but am now looking forward to a better spring.  The snow is receding, rhubarb shoots have broken through the soil, I am healthy and in a much better frame of mind, AND I bought a frivolous pair of spring shoes to start putting my best foot forward!
I can't say that I'm enamoured with the new style of platform shoes, but they don't seem to be going away.  With such great floral fabric, and for only $2.50, I thought I could take a chance on these, even if I only wear them a few times!   I found them on the 80% off rack at our local consignment shop.

So I am trying to look forward and put this winter behind me.  Without going into great detail, I am facing a lot of stress at work which will likely led to an employment and lifestyle change in a year or two. The stress has affected my health.  I am now just getting over a bad cold(s) that I've had over the last four weeks, and it has taken a while to get over a running injury (from Christmastime!).  But, now that the season is changing, and I've come to terms with the changes that are coming, I am feeling more optimistic and more like myself (which will mean a resumption of blogging).