Brrrrr! Last night, the temperature started dropping and the snow began to fall. This morning, it's seriously frosty outside, and I for one am feeling very grateful to have a warm roof over my head, protecting me from the elements.
With all the snow outside, I find myself looking out the window and thinking back to my childhood and the sledding fun I had both by myself and with my dad. When I was really little - I think I was about three - dad would hook up a sled to the back of his motorcycle, strap me onto the sled, and then he'd pull me around the snowy roadway. It was great fun, and I can still remember laughing out loud when he made sudden but gentle turns. Isn't it funny how, as we get older, we sometimes find ourselves thinking more about the happier times in our lives than the sad ones...
With this new snowfall, Glimmer has once again found her sense of fun. When it's not too cold and she's out for a potty, she gets all rambunctious and plays, shoving her face into the snow and just generally acting like a puppy. It's hilarious to see, and one of these times, I'm going to video her. There's a ton of Diesel's poop all over the back yard right now - it's been there for over a month, now - so she plays in the front, where the snow gets high from being shoveled off the walk. She loves it, and we love to watch her having so much fun.
Violet is now 11 weeks old, and when the temperature moderates enough that it seems safe to let her out, we're going to take her outside to experience the snow. Being a cat, she probably isn't going to be impressed by the coldness on her little feet, but I'm thinking that watching her experience it for the first time is probably going to be hilarious. I'll even video it for the wonderful people who gave her to us so they can get some laughs from her hijinks, too.
It's hard to believe that Violet is already 11 weeks old. Sometimes, it seems like we only just brought her home yesterday, when she was a mere four weeks old. The bond she and Glimmer have built has been phenomenal, and slowly but surely, she is learning how to be with humans, too. She still doesn't like to be held, but she is starting to accept affection from us - and most importantly, she is learning how to keep her claws in when she plays with us. She's gouged me so deeply in a few places that I'm sure there are going to be life-long scars. It's not a big deal, though - and I doubt it will be the last time I serve as a teething ring for a baby animal. LOL
Over the past couple of weeks, Roger and I have spent some time with family and friends, and I have to say, it's been awesome. Last night, we were talking about our annual Yule dinner, and for the first time in what feels like forever, I actually felt a bit of excitement about it. We weren't sure we were going to do it this year because of all the stress and negativity that's been draping all over our home like a thick, dark blanket. But after talking about it, we realized that we can remove a lot of that stuff simply by looking at more positive and uplifting things - like going ahead with our annual Yule dinner and sharing it with the positive and uplifting people in our lives.
Anyway... I hope all of my American friends and followers have a warm, safe, and loving day Turkey Day today, and that you all find many, many things for which to be grateful. Have a great day!