A new year is quite a big deal, really. We stand back to have a look at what we’ve managed to pull off over the past year, and what we need to clean up or improve on. Coming out of the festive season of over indulgences, we are doubly motivated to have a fresh start!
But our year still needs to be lived one day at a time, with a eye to living in the here and now. This involves leaving the past behind and avoiding living in terror over what might or might not happen next week…or tomorrow even. It means doing the next best thing and being in that moment, giving it everything we’ve got. So! a toast to this very first day of 2013. Lets just deal with that for now.
Well today there isn’t a painting. I’ve been in my booth at a Christmas market here for 2 days, with no time to paint…just a scramble from start to finish. It was a lot of fun with many old friends and family showing up and lots of visiting….some sales of my new books too, which is exciting. Tomorrow, it’s off to Calgary to retrieve my son from the airport, so it’s not looking promising for then either! Instead, you get a photograph of my beautiful old mare, Polly, enjoying some sun on the snow and a bit of a graze.
There’s a pretty barn and ranch yard on the way to Elkwater, and I’ve stopped often to admire it, either with canola fields in bloom, with heavy rain clouds in the west, or like this day, with full-on winter. This was one of those days with ice crystals in the air and the weak winter sun attempting to do something about it Ah, winter. May as well like the weather you have, right?!
Since we went from summer to winter around here, with our first frost being mid October and a blizzard a week later!!!….everybody is a bit confused as to what to do. These geese should probably get out of Dodge, but they’re still hanging about…literally. They’re looking for open spots in the river ice so they can land in the water. Now honestly, if I had wings and half a (bird) brain, I’d be at about 5000 feet and headed straight south!