Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

December 9, 2012 at 8:15 am (Meme) (, , , , , , , )

I live in Canada. We had our first permanent lasting snow over a month ago. A full weekend of blustery, blowy snow which is why I didn’t go outside to take these pictures. I took the pictures through my balcony windows from inside my warm, cozy apartment.


I’ve lived in Canada most of my life. I expect snow before Halloween which hardly ever stays. Here, where I live, the season changes from Autumn to Winter long before the official December solstice.


This year, the snow appeared fast and fluffy in early November. I walked to the grocery store that Friday through ankle-high drifts and blowing winds. I had the day off and I had plans! I took a Taxi home again and stayed in after that!


I didn’t mind the walk (too much). I was grateful that I had money for a taxi. I was happy that I hadn’t had to walk to work that day. I was glad it was the weekend and that I could spend the rest of it hibernating and reading.


I was glad to be an adult because nobody could boss me around and tell me to go outside to get some fresh air. But I was sad about it too. When did I forget how to build snowmen and would I ever again play street hockey (very unlikely)? Where did that joy for endless snow-banks and crisp star-filled nights go? I feel so old!


I get looked down on, around here, because I choose not to drive ninety-nine percent of the time. I am not a driver (I can drive). I am a walker who has moved somewhere where everyone else seems to drive and the sidewalks never get cleaned and I worry about my safety.

I just want to enjoy my solitary walks in the quiet of the snow. I want to revel in the pleasure and wonder of the changing seasons once more.


  1. The Retiring Sort said,

    Wouldn’t it be great if snow could be trained not to fall on streets and sidewalks? 😉 Great shots of your wintry views!

    • solitaryspinster said,

      I always thought heated sidewalks would be nice but then there’s the problem of ice build-up.


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