As is tradition, I’m covering the first snowfall! ❄
I actually saw the first flakes on Monday, but they don’t count. They were just twirling through the air and melting as soon as they touched the ground. The first real snowfall I witnessed came on Tuesday the 24th. It wasn’t much, but it was white, it covered most of the ground, and it didn’t melt away.
Temperatures have been varying between +2° to -2° for the past few weeks, so winter is definitely coming. Good thing Markus got the winter tires put on the car yesterday.
Today I woke up to this. It’s wet and mushy, but it seems to stay. It’s actually still snowing!
I’m currently stuck at home with an unusually persistent cold, so I haven’t been able to go outside to experience it. Other than stepping out the front door to take these pics I mean.
But even if I wasn’t sick I wonder how much I would go outside anyway… The truth is I’m finding it really difficult to motivate myself to go out in the forest without Zappo (my old dog, if anyone doesn’t know). And I hate that.
The only walks I take nowadays are from the parking lot to my office, and maybe a quick stroll around the centre of town. Sometimes ENTIRE WEEKENDS go by without me ever setting foot outside the house. That is not like me, that’s not who I am. I used to take multiple walks every single day, now I just feel lazy and out of shape.
I also feel so out of touch with everything…
When you walk in the woods every day you become very attuned to the nature around you. You get to see every season up close and personal. You are the first to see the ice melt, the first to notice spring flowers blossoming, and the first to find berries and mushrooms in the autumn.
Every morning I used to look outside at the weather, check the thermometer, and then take the dog out. I don’t anymore, I don’t keep track of the weather at all. This autumn complete blindsided me, and I was actually surprised when I saw the first snowflakes. Like what, it’s that cold already?
Keeping in touch with nature is so important to me (yes, I’m a total hippie) and I don’t like losing it. I need to get my shit together and get out there again.
Ok, enough of my whining. Let’s end on a positive note, it’s snowing and that’s great! I love winter!
Does anyone else have snow yet? :)