Soon

Spring will come soon, the snow will melt, puddles will dry up, trees will bud, tulips will emerge from the ground…. But c’mon, more snow? More cold? Soon can’t come soon enough! I need new pictures to post here instead of posting from deep within my photo library! Bleak grey skies and dirty snow don’t inspire me to get my camera out.

So, instead here’s a picture of a daisy, my favourite flower.

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Wascana Park Geese

Of the 75 or so pictures I took of the geese in Wascana Park this afternoon, these are the only ones that somewhat turned out (and all of them are cropped to differing extents).  It was cold and holding the camera steady while reminding myself not to shiver, proved very challenging.  My index finger is still red from the cold! Besides the cold, though, it’s always nice to be outside taking pictures.  Unfortunately, without a warm weather holiday, it hasn’t happened a lot so far because of the coldest winter on record! (This may not be a factual statement, and if it’s not, it has to be pretty darn close!!)

I'm hungry and it's all mine...

I’m hungry and it’s all mine…

Maybe if I curl myself up, I'll stay warm.

Maybe if I curl myself up, I’ll stay warm

Gliding over a still mostly frozen Wascana Lake

Gliding over a still mostly frozen Wascana Lake

The Big Melt

Hopefully, the long cold part of winter is over. Temps for the next week are forecast to be above freezing – bye bye snow! (Realistically, if this March is like last March more snow is on the horizon, but the relief from the cold and spending more time outside without the threat of frozen eyelashes, or a frost bitten nose, or slip sliding on icy sidewalks is a very welcome change.)

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anxiously awaiting the colours of spring and summer

The sky is a brilliant blue today, and it’s a balmy -28 degrees (-38 with the windchill) and these Blue Rodeo lyrics (song is “Get Through To You”) are going through my head:

Looks like winter’s never gonna leave this grey town
I think it’s going to snow all summer

Okay, I know winter will end at some point, but once again, it’s a Sunday that is too cold to go out and take pictures, so I’m thinking about the colours of spring and summer today. I went looking through my photo library for pictures with bright, brilliant colours…

North Saskatchewan River sunset - iphone pic

sunset over the North Saskatchewan River

Cypress Hills trees

sun streaming through the trees – looking up from lawn chair in the campsite at Cypress Hills

flower in mom's garden

flower in Mom’s garden

flowers in Prince Rupert

flowers in Prince Rupert, BC

mom and dad's backyard

Robin’s nest in Mom and Dad’s backyard

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spring walk in Wascana Park

sunfower in farmer's field

sunflower in farmer’s field in Southern Saskatchewan

summer over winter

As I’ve written before, I think Regina is quite a pretty city.  However, I much prefer it in this season…

August sunset Wascana Lake

Wascana Lake late August Sunset…

Than in this season…

Wascana Creek in Winter

Wascana Creek late February afternoon

It is currently minus 32 degrees here.  Shudder.  The debate at work is would you rather have the massive amount of snow of the never-ending winter of 2013 or the mind-numbingly frigid start to 2014???

(At least when it’s cold it’s usually sunny…that’s the only positive I can think of!!!)

Lahaina Public Library

Since my brother and sister-in-law are off to Hawaii this week, I’ve been going through my Maui pictures and dreaming of a tropical paradise. Maybe I should apply for a job here. I’m very well qualified. And the Pacific Ocean… just around the corner? I don’t think I could get used to to that at all! 🙂

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lazy Sunday reading

When this is what you wake up to on a Sunday morning:

City of Regina
6:13 AM CST Sunday 26 January 2014
Blowing snow warning for
City of Regina continued

A strong Arctic cold front has pushed across Southern Saskatchewan this morning. This front is ushering in strong northerly winds gusting to 70 or 80 km/h producing extensive poor visibilities in blowing snow today over open areas.
Conditions will start to improve this afternoon into this evening as the winds gradually decrease. However much colder air will be flooding in with temperatures in the minus twenties this afternoon and wind chill values approaching minus 40.

The only thing to do is make coffee and read a good book.  These are my choices:

Sunday morning reading

My choice will likely be I Am Malala since I snagged it off the Pop Picks display at work the other day and has a shorter loan (otherwise I would have waited a very long time for it, I think there are close to 200 holds on it and I was near the bottom).