The First Snow in Stratford

Snow-dusted

We had our first flur­ries yes­ter­day. I had been feel­ing down in the dump with an ear­ly case of sea­son­al affec­tive dis­or­der (SAD) and the sight of snow was just what I need­ed to perk myself up a lit­tle. I’d been hav­ing trou­ble get­ting myself out of bed but not this morn­ing. I was so excit­ed to see the snow that I prac­ti­cal­ly jumped out of bed as soon as I woke up. I love snow. We had our first snowsquall warn­ing last night and we’re expect­ing 10 to 15 cen­time­ters of snow today. And it’s not even win­ter yet. Don’t you just love liv­ing in Ontario? ;)

Tomor­row The day after tomor­row is Hallowe’en and this is the first year since we’ve been togeth­er that we’re actu­al­ly expect­ing trick-or-treaters to knock on our door. We have three box­es of treat-size choco­late bars to give away. I’m kind of hop­ing that the weath­er would be crap­py tomor­row evening just so that there’d be less trick-or-treaters and we could have most of the choco­late bars for our­selves but it prob­a­bly wouldn’t be good for our health. We’ve bought our­selves three bags of cheap Hallowe’en dec­o­ra­tions, but with this kind of weath­er, I don’t think we would ever get around to putting them up. Oh well. At least we’ve got two big pump­kins to show off. Troy got them for $1 each from some place in the mid­dle of nowhere! And they are big! At the gro­cery store across the street, they’re sell­ing those for $4.99 each. Score!

In oth­er news, we now have a cher­ry tree in the back­yard! Friends of ours bought it for us as a house­warm­ing present. We went to a cou­ple of local nurs­eries togeth­er and I got to pick the tree I want­ed. They even plant­ed it for us! When I saw the Pur­ple­leaf Sand­cher­ry tree (Prunus cis­te­na), I knew I was in love. Yes, it was love at first sight. The fruits won’t be edi­ble, but since the tree will pro­duce pret­ty flow­ers that look like this come spring, I think I can deal with that. A lot of pic­tures on the Intar­web show the tree look­ing more like a shrub than a tree but ours def­i­nite­ly looks like a tree. It’s already over 6 feet tall! I’m real­ly look­ing for­ward to watch­ing the flow­ers bloom in the spring next year. I love cher­ry blos­soms.

While we were search­ing for the tree, I almost got attacked by a big, black dog as we were leav­ing one of the nurs­eries. One of our friends called it the racist dog because it was specif­i­cal­ly going for me, the only non-white among the five of us. Heh. The dog belonged to one of the neigh­bour­ing hous­es, not the nurs­ery. Any­way, as the dog was run­ning towards me, bark­ing fierce­ly, the only thought that came to my mind was, “Oh crap. Is this how this day is going to end?” Troy instinc­tive­ly grabbed me and put me behind his back, ready to take the bite. I don’t know what hap­pened next but the next thing I knew, the dog was already back to where it came from and I saw its own­er giv­ing the dog hell for not behav­ing. I was freaked out for sure, but it wasn’t enough to give me a night­mare about being chomped by a dog that night.

By the way, I’ve got good news for you. I have signed up to par­tic­i­pate in the Nation­al Blog Post­ing Month (NaBloPo­Mo) next month. Par­tic­i­pants are required to update their blogs at least once a day for a whole month, so in the­o­ry, I’ll be updat­ing this wee blog dai­ly! Isn’t it excit­ing? I know, oh-em-gee indeed! But wait, there’s more! There’ll be a con­test!

Any­one who post­ed the most com­ments to this blog dur­ing the NaBloPo­Mo next month will be reward­ed! There is a min­i­mum num­ber of com­ments, though. You have to post at least 10 rel­e­vant com­ments to par­tic­i­pate in this con­test (“10” and “rel­e­vant” are the key­words here). It’s like one com­ment for every 3 posts! No big deal! In the case that there is more than one per­son with the high­est num­ber of com­ments, a name will be drawn out of the hat by my love­ly assis­tant Troy. The reward will be a set of three 5x5 prints from my own pho­tog­ra­phy port­fo­lio (I won’t tell you which ones because I want it to be a sur­prise).

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  1. Ok… Sounds like fun. I checked out your port­fo­lio and amaz­ing work — there is a rea­son why you have been pub­lished. I shoot for fun but sell and pub­lish some work as well. Enjoy the snow.… Chris (from Ontario)…

  2. We cur­rent­ly just have the cold, but not the snow to make it pret­ty. It’s pret­ty much the only time Scot­land hasn’t had any rain all year, as well. Sod you, sky!
    And I am sooo in on the com­ment­ing, because I want me one of those cam­eras (I’m assum­ing there’s no “must be on the same land­mass as me” con­di­tion in the rules!) But rel­e­vant? Yikes — that might be a prob­lem, because I’ve nev­er been rel­e­vant in my life!
    (And good luck with the blog­ging — just stock up on memes in case of blog­ging emer­gen­cies!)

  3. I’ll ship the prize any­where on this plan­et. As for rel­e­vant, as long as the com­ment has some­thing to do with what­ev­er I’m talk­ing about in the post, no mat­ter how loose­ly, I’ll call it rel­e­vant. :)

  4. OMG I missed your post by three days?? Any­ways… I am not play­ing… I love your blog and I com­ment not for the prize :)

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