But today, my friends, my small corner of Canada is!
We have received about 3 - 4" of snow last night and today here in the Fraser Valley.
It's a good habit to leave the front gate ajar just in case
the snow accumulates enough and makes opening it an issue.
Looks like the grape vines took a beating today
My family took four different vehicles in four different directions today to make it in to work.
Lucky me gets to stay safe at home.
The fields were pretty with untouched snow.
The dogs get spoiled on Snow Days as they are allowed to spend most of the day inside with us humans laying on the floor in front of the fireplace ... er ... the dogs lay in front of the fireplace ... not us!
Their favourite yellow ball will have to survive without them.
My dear friend, MaJa had the privilege of being his daughter-in-law.
I went to be there for her.
It was said that Jakob lead an amazing life. Wounded in the war, captured while on his way to receive medical help, and as a prisoner was used by the Germans as an interpreter as Jakob was fluent in both German and Russian.
He outlived one wife, and was married to his second until his death.
The preacher commented on the fact that it was lucky for Jakob that God has promised us mansions in heaven as Jakob had so many children, grand-children and great-grand-children that will follow him there one day.
What a glorious thought
At 89 years old, Jakob was fraile and laboured to breath during his last days here on earth.
We were told that just before he died, his countenance changed ... one said that he looked 20 years younger ... he then smiled, waved and was gone.
This account gives me goose pimples ...
he was smiling and waving not at those at his bedside,
but to those that came to greet him on the other side.
The leaves are falling and many have been dried by the sun already. Hubby used his fancy machine and blew them into what wildly resembles neat piles. The piles go far in helping in the relative ease of picking them up ... one day.
Here is a great shot of my lens cover ... and some leaves all in a row
This tree was given to us a few years ago. Not sure what kind of tree it is, but its bark peels away as it grows. I rather like it.
Another friend gave us these three maple trees years and years ago when they were just twigs. I L-O-V-E how they display this brilliant colour variation every year.
Amongst the beauty always lurks some villainous bramble. I'll have to remember to scale it back with shears before it takes over.
Mattie, one of our dogs, must have dug under the fence in search of some furry creature living in the ditch. I wonder if she was successful in her attempt in finding him.
And finally the first barrel of fallen leaves. Lots of work, but the rewards are rich compost in the spring.
Half a dozen times a day I enter our food 'storage room' and then it dawned on me ... I don't think that I have shown you around in there. If I have, please forgive me.
No, this is not the remains of our Y2K storage. In fact I didn't really add much when the year 2000 was about to roll around. I have always 'stocked' up. I watch sales, use Costco, and well, it works for me to have food on hand. You never know when a crowd it going to stay for a meal.
I do can a bit ... that's Concord Grape Juice in the jars ... but don't have much time to do what I used to. I didn't take any pictures of my appliances ... they are white and large ... but I have a box freezer, upright freezer and second refrigerator in my storage room as well.
As you see by the disarray of 'stuff', I didn't PLAN on showing you my storage room today. No tidying up done here ... forgive the mess.
These chrome shelves from Costco were a bit of an investment shock to purchase, but they are well worth their weight in gold. Great looking, on lockable wheels, and easy to clean.
Canned goods are purchased generally in bulk. I love the boxes that some items come in. The cans roll down as the supply is depleted.
I arrange my cereal boxes in order of purchase. My family has long been trained to 'take from the left' ... like reading a book ... and NOT to take out of order to get at their favourite type.
I use ice cream buckets from a local dairy to store some items ... hair cutting supplies, clothes pins etc ... and save yogurt containers for a variety of uses.
Ice cream buckets line up on a shelf for easy display of lunch add-ons. Notice the Halloween candy purchased November 1st at half price ... SCORE.
My new enameled Kitchen Aid cast iron casserole. Also microwave popcorn packets fit nicely in dollar store plastic bins.
Costo spices lined in a row.
Small Rubbermaid totes store the kids toys. Although not played with now ... my youngest is 19 for crying out loud ... one day I WILL have grand kids!
And finally, one of the most important tips that I can give. Invest in a Shapie felt pen and label each can, box or bag that crosses your food storage room threshold. Many items don't have a visable expiry date and yet your own date with stand out to remind you when to use by.