Boxing day sales, Winter Storms and Small Blessings

Playground car stuck in snow

Playground car stuck in snow

Staff lined up in the aisles. We were ambushed at every turn. “How are you making out,” the sales clerk in appliances asked. “Oh, not here!” I replied. He blinked awake from his bored haze and said, “What?”

“We aren’t making out here. We are just looking at fridges.” Ours had died after a valiant 10 year life. How could we complain when we had paid less than $200 for a full sized one. At any rate, we had the new to us auction vehicle which has a cracked head and has no heat. It is a refrigerator that we can drive around. The snow and below 20 weather has allowed us to use the uninsulated pantry area as a fridge and the table purchased for sitting in the sun as the freezer.

Winter walk in Sutherland Park

Winter walk in Sutherland Park

We have only to remove the carcass of the dead fridge from our deck… clear the deck and then we can view more clearly the collapsed tent broken down under snow that was meant to protect our piles of wood.

The stores were almost empty. Costco was as deserted as I have ever seen it. Home Depot was ornamental with the orange aproned people clearly visible in every department. Only a very few potential consumers were moving through the aisles.

Snow on Rowan Berries

Snow on Rowan Berries

The only place with any traffic at all was Future Shop. Many were coming out empty handed. The hoodie with asymmetrical abstract design crowd seemed loose, casual and after some fun. They probably scooped up games and distractions.

The lower mainland will be slammed again with winter storms. Oh David Suzuki, you were right. We are cursed when Victoria, B.C. has the deepest snowfall of any city in all of CANADA. Now if Yellow Knife has hybiscus we know the new age or end times or revision-vision time has come.

from Cedar Creek, the lake with snow clouds

from Cedar Creek, the lake with snow clouds

We sit in our small house and enjoy movies. Our neighbour’s similarly sized house has been declared by some potential buyers to be, “Too small to live in.”

Cameron cooked an amazing meal. I am really enjoying shovelling the sidewalk. Both of my adult children have phoned me with messages of love. My step-father is still amazing and amusing. My brother has not died of cancer this year but has beaten it. I have wonderful friends. This is a big house that contains worlds of possibilities and happiness. Revise that title. The blessings are NOT small at all.

Cameron's idea of Christmas lights

Cameron put up christmas lights

Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas Tree

Our Christmas Tree with Uplight

Our Christmas Tree with Uplight

The man who cooked all day is ready to eat

The man who cooked all day is ready to eat