This was us, a year ago.
Now, here we are.
As you can see, we are still not quite sure to make of all the white stuff. We are slightly stunned… slightly in awe… and partially baffled that people choose to live in these conditions. While we had forgotten over four years’ time what Alberta winter temperatures were like, we quickly became acquainted with -30… and -40 (with the wind chill) over the past couple of weeks.
We’ve received a record snowfall so far in Red Deer. With the snow piles nearly taller than me, it’s a little scary to think that winter only officially started… yesterday. Where will we put the rest of it when it falls??
All this being said, there are many things worse than the cold and the snow. Our SE Asian journeys put this well into perspective. Our favourite spot these days is sitting by the fire, enjoying the warmth and ambience of the cozy indoors. (The NZ equivalent was huddling next to the space heater- not quite as romantic.)
We are trying hard not to think about the beaches we (not so long ago) frolicked upon, but is easier said than done, especially at this time of year. Thinking of everyone who shared in our adventure in NZ… dear friends who journeyed closely with us, the Espresso Workshop whanau, Kaurilands and Maungawhau friends, Laidlaw crew, and students & parents who touched our hearts along the way. Sending love to you all and holding dear the amazing times & memories shared in your beautiful land. And to our friends and family in North America, if it weren’t for you, perhaps we wouldn’t be here right now… But it is delightful to be in your presence once again, and share this special season with you.