Winter at Lake Louise, Alberta
As my husband knows as soon as I see that first snowflake I get depressed. But in the past 2 months we have had more snow than we did all of last winter and it hasn’t been bothering me this year.
It could easily be because I don’t have to drive in it. Throughout the year I am happy to drive anywhere but when it comes to driving in snow and ice conditions I am quite the nervous Nelly. And as I was following the traffic reports for our city on Twitter today I was seeing one accident report after another. So happy not to be driving today.
Last night we were outside later in the evening shoveling the new snow and as I looked around I began thinking about the things I do like about the snow and cold weather.
What I Love About Winter
I love the smell of the neighbour’s wood burning fireplace.
During the day, like today, I love the way the snow sits on top of all of the tree branches and looks so beautiful and white with the blue sky in the background.
I love the view of the snow covered mountains from my bedroom and kitchen windows.
Anytime after dark it still looks quite bright out because of the way the street lights reflect off of the white snow.
All of the trees and houses look like something out of a beautiful old fashioned Christmas card with all of the snow piled on top of them.
And we typically get dry snow flakes that look like white table salt. Not sure if you can picture that.
But yesterday we woke up to heavy wet snow that made our backyard look like it was covered in heaps of white marshmallows.
It was so beautiful and it instantly reminded me of a very fun song that we use to sing in grade school.
Can you think of what I am talking about? It is called “It’s A Marshmallow World in the Winter”.
I listened to it yesterday and it instantly made me smile. As you listen to the words you will find that it is also a very inspirational tune, as they sing “the world is your snowball...”.
Watch Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra dance and have fun!
On to this week’s Circle of Friends from around the world.
DC at YoungAdultMoney wrote Why You Need Health Insurance. He makes a very good point that even if you are currently healthy you have to be prepared for sudden health related emergencies.
Brian at the Outlier Model wrote a very interesting post about a service in Vancouver that I wasn’t aware of, but it makes so much sense to use it – Why I Use a Car Share
KK at Student Debt Survivor gives us a very interesting peek into the world of wealthy people and what she witnessed while working for some – Why I Was Afraid of Being Rich
Pauline at Reach Financial Independence writes more about her adventures in her new home in Guatemala – Little house in Guatemala, week 3
Catherine at Plunged in Debt put together a super cute post on How To Fake A More Expensive Christmas Gift
Glen at Monster Piggy Bank has been writing a series of posts to show us what it was like for him and his wife to build a brand new house in Australia. Check out the beautiful pictures in his post Buying Land and Building a House – Part 3
Kim at Eyes On The Dollar wrote a sweet post about how you can give the gift of time instead of money to your favorite charities – Charitable Giving: Your Time Is As Valuable As Money
John at Frugal Rules shares a guest post written by Kim about looking after your health from a financial point of view – Be an Advocate For Your Own Health Care
L.Bee from L Bee and the Money Tree wrote a very personal post about how her blog has helped so many different areas of her life – I am Thankful For
Enjoy your weekend!