Today I had no idea I would be seeing the first snow of the season when I first woke up. I rarely remember to check the weather, so almost everyday is a surprise. This morning when I let the dogs outside, I even thought to myself, "Wow, it's cold! With some moisture in the air, we'd probably be having snow." Then to my complete surprise a cold rain began, which turned quickly to sleet, and then moved on to a soft, lovely snow.
As it is still the beginning of Novemeber and snowing, I'm going to say that we have made our way into auinter (refer back to the Creating Your Own Calender post to understand that awkward sounding season). About half the trees are still displaying their golden leaves, yet there is a promise of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce coming soon, but it will still take a few weeks for the holidays to really get rolling. Actually looking out our back windows into the woods behind our house, I saw a nearly perfect example of autumn and winter colliding into each other: a group of turkeys were examining the fallen leaves for food while snow swirled down around them.
And so as we come to another part of the year, once again what we do for fun and relaxation also shifts. I still love to read, but rather than stretch on out a blanket outside, you'll find me curled up on the sofa in front of the fireplace. We begin to crave heavier foods and savor stews and mugs of hot chocolate. We head to coffehouses and bookstores to linger when it's to just too cold to brave the park anymore.
Above all, remember to keep that Daily Vacation mindset. This is a time of year when the days get shorter and life can get monotonous. Don't sit around wishing for the warm lazy days of summer to return. Find things to enjoy in the here and now. Any time of the year is too precious to waste by only looking to get through it.
Today, my Daily Vacation has been sitting with my daughter as she watches it snow for the very first time. It's much to exciting of a time to wish it was any other time.