I write all day for work, so when I come home, I find my creative release in getting outside, taking pictures, and cooking dinner. Sometimes I sit to write a blog post with all of the photos I've taken and find myself stumped for anything to say. I feel the need to say something profound or impart some piece of wisdom I've learned. But let's be honest--some weeks fly by without any life lessons learned.
I've always done my best to take pleasure in the simple things in life: little moments that may not be extraordinary--like summiting a mountain or seeing Crater Lake for the first time--but remind you that life is good and there are things to be thankful for. With a little inspiration from fellow blogger Nic of Wildlandia (check out her lovely blog--we both agree that we are eerily similar despite never having met) , here are a few things that have made me smile lately.
1. This past weekend we bundled up and headed down a poorly plowed road to chop down our very first Christmas tree. It was chilly and the snow came up to Daisy's chest at times, but it was exhilarating. We spent the evening drinking whiskey, decorating our tree, and watching arguably the best Christmas movie ever, Elf.
2. The spiral pattern of the tree rings after we cut it down was beautiful.
3. I recently discovered a system of somewhat maintained trails that I can access right from the empty lot behind our house. Smartwool socks and Sorel boots are largely to thank for making these walks possible in -20 degree weather.
4. As any good American would, I came to Canada thinking curling was a total joke. Sweeping? Sliding? It all seemed ridiculous. I stand corrected. We now play in a mixed curling league on Fridays, and it's a whole lot of fun.
5. I thank my lucky stars that I get to spend my whole day with this pup. I love seeing the way she makes people in the office smile, even on the most chaotic of days. And curling up with her in our cozy second floor living room watching the snow fall after work will always be a favorite pastime.
6. This, my friends, is Holiday Poutine. Crispy fries laden with stuffing, roast turkey, mozzarella cheese curds, gravy and a dollop of cranberry sauce. All homemade ingredients (yes, even the cranberry sauce) lovingly created by the couple behind WhiskeyJack, a bar, restaurant, and music venue. It was all washed down with an eggnog shooter.
7. The sun sets around 4 p.m. these days, so on our walk home from work Daisy and I go for a bit of play time out on the ice while admiring the moonrise. We watch snowmobilers fly by and people crouch by their ice fishing holes.