It’s not officially winter for almost another month, but you’d never know it.
It’s snowing outside, the neighbourhood’s lit up with Christmas Lights, and the smell of fireplaces and woodstoves is in the air.
I had to wear gloves and a toque on my walk today, so while it isn’t winter yet, it’s definitely wintery.
The flurries came and went for most of the day. Snow gathered here and there, but it wasn’t until later in the day that it really started to come down.
I’d love to learn to capture snowfall in a photograph.
It never seems to work.
I assume it has something to do with shutter speed and lighting – all of the things you probably can’t do with a phone camera – but you can get the general idea, anyway.
It’s a collaborative effort. They brew the dark, rich beer, and then use coffee from their neighbours in the Distillery District, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters.
It’s local and delicious – especially around this time of year.
I had to call around a little bit to find some, but it’s worth it.
I drove home through Streetsville in the semi-dark of a late autumn afternoon – some of the lights were on, the stores were decorated, people were shopping – and I felt lucky to be enjoying the festive scene.
After I got the girls settled, I hung the Christmas lights and garland around the front door.
I just felt like doing it.
Since I did most of the work last year, it was relatively quick and painless this time around, and then I settled into the couch with Daughters One and Two, and one of those dark brown bottles.
It tasted even better knowing that I’d earned it.
I flipped on my iPod and searched around until I found Blue Rodeo’s cover of the Gordon Lightfoot classic “Song for a Winter’s Night.”
I’m generally not a fan of Christmas Albums, and I think it’s kinda wonky that they released one, but their version of the song is excellent. I love the way Greg Keelor sings it. It’s raw and wonderful.
The album cover’s pretty sweet too, and it comes with an interesting story: “The cover art is an illustration drawn by Greg Keelor’s great-uncle Arthur Keelor who once worked designing greeting cards at Raus & Mann in the 1920’s alongside members of the fabled Group of Seven.”
Talk about Canadiana.
And that’s my short blog for a wintery night.