Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Only a few hours left!

It is January 31st. Less than half a day remains in the month of January, and I can't wait to bid it farewell. We have had an exceptionally warm and beautiful month, and I am grateful for that. Even more, I am grateful for the lack of precipitation that we have had so far this winter. So far, our flooding outlook is pretty good for the spring, though we have a long two months to go yet before we can really get confident in that.

But weather aside, I just really look forward to February. I do every year. February symbolizes hope to me. It is still winter, and can be downright miserable. But February is on the home stretch. It means spring is coming. And it is a happy month. It's full of pink and red and hearts, chocolate and gifts. Yes, Valentine's Day. Am I a fan? Not necessarily. In fact, as a rule I kind of hate pink. But it is a happy colour, and signifies spring and flowers, and freshness. I don't know why. That's just how I think of it. Valentine's Day is hit or miss for most people. It is a terrible, torturous occasion for the single and lonely, a stark reminder of their status. (For those who are unhappy being single, that is.) For those who have someone special, it can be a wonderful day, or it can be a day marked by unfulfilled expectations and disappointment.

For me, I don't much care. I mean, I was never really bothered by Valentine's Day in my single days, and once Mike and I started dating it became a really fun day for me. Now, we don't get out much ever, let alone on Valentine's Day. I would love to go on a date, but I know that's unrealistic, and that's okay. As long as we can spend a fun evening together at home. But I really do look forward to baking my Valentine's Cookies. As a matter of fact, this year I did not make my Christmas cookies, which are the same except cut into Christmas shapes instead of hearts. Valentine's Cookies have been part of our tradition since our first Valentine's together, in 2000. So this year, I am irrationally excited to make them.

Our KitchenAid mixer broke several weeks ago. In fact, it was over the Christmas holidays, in the first week of January. Mike just got it fixed last night when our parts finally all arrived, and now I am excited to have it available again. Yes, I will be making the cookies, despite the ridiculous amount of time it takes me each year to make them. I will put pictures on here once I get to it, which won't be this week.

Anyway, as silly as it is, these little things are enough to inspire me, and I feel like it's going to be a good month. I also have a sneaking suspicion things might get very cold outside, but in Manitoba, you just never know. Either way, I am happy to say January is nearly over and we are coming to the last cold month of the season without having gone through much harsh winter weather at all. That is a small detail, but it certainly is enough to make me smile for the moment.

Now I must sign off. Tonight is a hockey night for Cody, so it is a rushed afternoon as I have to feed the boys supper between 4-4:30 p.m. so he is ready on time to go to his practice. Sadly, I continue to lack in imagination in the culinary department. Sigh. Well, one thing at a time, I guess. We can't all be good at everything!

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