51-52-2013: Winter in the new home

51-52-2013: Winter in the new home

51-52-2013: Winter in the new home

December 21, 2013 – I just love the snow and was up before the sun to enjoy the peace and quiet that snow brings to the Lower Mainland. In two ways.

One, because snow just does that, it muffles everything.

And two, Vancouverites cower inside in terror when the snow flies.

Winter just isn’t winter for me unless there is snow. And I don’t mean snow on the mountains, I mean snow on the streets, snow on the trees, snow on the rooftops, snow in our yard.

In our yard.

How weird does that seem to type.

And there sits our truck, in our driveway. That looks weird in type too.

And it’s in front of our garage. We have a garage. The truck doesn’t get to live in it since it’s filled with other toys, but at least the truck has its own driveway, it doesn’t have to live on the street, even if it does have to be scraped and brushed off when it snows now.

And those are our Christmas lights on our fence. Our fence….. That fence isn’t going to stay, but still, we have a fence, around a yard, and it will be replaced with a better fence eventually.

We still drive around and see the many places we looked at when we were searching, and of most of them we say, “I thought we’d end up buying in a townhouse complex like that, with little privacy, and neighbours too close for comfort.”

We never thought we’d end up with a yard that contained mature hemlock trees, 60 year old rhododendrons, and so much privacy that window blinds aren’t needed because absolutely no one looks in our windows anywhere.

We still pinch ourselves, and Kirk still asks “It’s real, right? No one is going to take this away from us, right?”

What a wonderful way to end the year. Last year I avoided Christmas almost altogether. I was so devastated by tragic events that I just wanted to do nothing more than turn off the lights and curl up into a ball in the corner and cry. Some of that feeling is still there, but I can fight it back most of the time. It seeps up, particularly when I think about Christmas and all those years, all those conversations, all those wonderful memories. It’s still hard.

But I know she’d be so happy with us being here, and even though she helped us get here, I’d give it all up in a heartbeat to have her back here with us.

So when I look at what an amazing place we managed to buy, she is part and parcel of it all. And although it makes me unbearably sad, it also makes me happy somewhere inside, because I know she’d be proud, and she’d be filled with a thousand ideas on what projects to do. And I’ll try to live up to that.

I’m cheating and using this for a two-fer since I am on a time crunch. (113 in 2013: #64 – Low Key)

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December 21st, 2013|52 Weeks 2013|56 Comments

56 Comments

  1. Just Mom December 22, 2013 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Broom works in a pinch.

  2. Free 2 Be December 22, 2013 at 5:50 am - Reply

    I’d have to find it, and at least I know the snowbrush is somewhere "in" the truck.

  3. j5k December 22, 2013 at 7:21 am - Reply

    very good photo!

  4. j5k December 22, 2013 at 7:21 am - Reply

    very good photo!

  5. Clive C December 22, 2013 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Now that you’re up the hill, you should get more snow. I’m envious.

  6. Clive C December 22, 2013 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Now that you’re up the hill, you should get more snow. I’m envious.

  7. Lesley Medlicott December 22, 2013 at 1:54 am - Reply

    beautiful

  8. Lesley Medlicott December 22, 2013 at 12:54 am - Reply

    Beautiful

  9. Missy2004 December 22, 2013 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

  10. Missy2004 December 22, 2013 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

  11. Mary Louise Fletcher December 22, 2013 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Oh Paige, this brought a year to my eye….quite lovely. xx

  12. Mary Louise Fletcher December 22, 2013 at 1:53 am - Reply

    i meant a “tear”, damn predictive text sometimes!

  13. sure2talk December 22, 2013 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Paige, this is beautiful. I love the blueness.

  14. sure2talk December 22, 2013 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Paige, this is beautiful. I love the blueness.

  15. rafartreides2009 December 22, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

    nnice white view ! no snow here yet !

  16. rafartreides2014 December 22, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

    nnice white view ! no snow here yet !

  17. sure2talk December 22, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    It looks so pretty with the snow and the lights. Has a calming mood to it. At least until you start sweeping :o)

  18. sure2talk December 22, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    It looks so pretty with the snow and the lights. Has a calming mood to it. At least until you start sweeping :o)

  19. what a beautiful house you have, that design is spectacular very nice

  20. what a beautiful house you have, that design is spectacular very nice

  21. Missy2004 December 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Oh so Pretty. I hope you have a wonderful festive season Paige.

  22. Missy2004 December 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Oh so Pretty. I hope you have a wonderful festive season Paige.

  23. Justine B7 December 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    So, so hard to imagine a white Christmas as we swelter over here in Oz! Look at that snow on your car. Man, it must be COLD!

  24. Justine B7 December 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    So, so hard to imagine a white Christmas as we swelter over here in Oz! Look at that snow on your car. Man, it must be COLD!

  25. Anne Todgham December 22, 2013 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Wonderfully lovely and touching post Paige. Merry Christmas to you and Kirk.

  26. Marne Birch December 22, 2013 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Yup beautiful…and you know your Mom would have had a million ideas for your place. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would also like to mention that you guys have put us to shame. It’s been five years and still no Christmas lights on the house.

  27. Just Mom December 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Only someone who doesn’t get snow often loves it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Beautiful photo….love the colour.

  28. Just Mom December 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Only someone who doesn’t get snow often loves it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Beautiful photo….love the colour.

  29. Paige Ackerman December 22, 2013 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Thank you everyone. And Merry Christmas to you all.

  30. Paige Ackerman December 22, 2013 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Marne – No Christmas lights? We even had them at the condo every year. This place is just a hodge-podge of lights we strung together from previous years and it took an incredible force to stop Kirk from going moderately insane with lights. If he found a cheap source I think we’d have ten times this….

    By the way, where is that sled? Did it make it out to Thunder Bay or is it still with your Mom? I want to see it sanded down and stained by next Christmas.

  31. Marne Birch December 22, 2013 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Still in PG….we haven’t driven out there. Fully expected to for Kira. And who knows where Travis will end up. He didn’t apply to UBC tho.

  32. Marne Birch December 22, 2013 at 8:54 am - Reply

    And no….no Christmas lights….I live with the Grinch….who hates Christmas lights. It’s a battle to have a tree.

  33. Paige Ackerman December 22, 2013 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Dave needs to hang around with Kirk, some of it might rub off…

  34. Paige Ackerman December 22, 2013 at 8:54 am - Reply

    On Dave that is…..

  35. Marne Birch December 22, 2013 at 8:55 am - Reply

    It hasn’t rubbed off and he’s been with me for many years. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love Christmas!

  36. Paige Ackerman December 22, 2013 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Yeah, but maybe it’s a guy thing….

  37. Marne Birch December 22, 2013 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Yet another veiled attempt to get us to move there? ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Paige Ackerman December 22, 2013 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Not at all….where on earth would you get an idea like that from….?? O:)

  39. Marne Birch December 22, 2013 at 8:57 am - Reply

    LOL!

  40. Laurel Gable December 22, 2013 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Beautiful! Merry Christmas Paige…

  41. Paige Ackerman December 22, 2013 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Thank you Laurel, and Merry Christmas to you. Please pass on my wishes to your parents too.

  42. Free 2 Be December 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Thanks everyone. We love the new place, hard to believe it was built in 1951!

    As for cold Justine B7, not at all. Maybe compared to where you are, but for Canada, they call Vancouver Lotus Land for a reason ๐Ÿ˜‰ The white stuff is rare and we infrequently slip below 0C.

  43. Free 2 Be December 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Thanks everyone. We love the new place, hard to believe it was built in 1951!

    As for cold Justine B7, not at all. Maybe compared to where you are, but for Canada, they call Vancouver Lotus Land for a reason ๐Ÿ˜‰ The white stuff is rare and we infrequently slip below 0C.

  44. Free 2 Be December 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Not true Marne, I always loved snow in PG too! When you were a kid your sports took place in the pool, most of mine involved boards and a steep hill, or a machine on a frozen lake. So for me it was always, "Bring on the snow = bring on the fun!"

  45. Free 2 Be December 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Not true Marne, I always loved snow in PG too! When you were a kid your sports took place in the pool, most of mine involved boards and a steep hill, or a machine on a frozen lake. So for me it was always, "Bring on the snow = bring on the fun!"

  46. Free 2 Be December 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    @Clive – I’m hoping….

    @Karen – Thanks, I love the light when the day is starting to think about beginning.

    @Mary – Thank you, and a very wonderful season to you as well.

  47. Free 2 Be December 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    @Clive – I’m hoping….

    @Karen – Thanks, I love the light when the day is starting to think about beginning.

    @Mary – Thank you, and a very wonderful season to you as well.

  48. Albina Rywak Hula December 22, 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Beautiful Paige and Kirk – and that’s a lot of snow! Merry Christmas!

  49. Katie-Rose December 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    What a lovely house!
    Is it Art Deco?

  50. Free 2 Be December 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you, it’s West Coast Mid-Century Modern, designed by Fred Hollingsworth.

  51. Paige Ackerman December 23, 2013 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    And Merry Christmas to you Albina!

  52. Merry Christmas…hope you and yours have a safe and wonderful holiday season

  53. Merry Christmas…hope you and yours have a safe and wonderful holiday season

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  56. Lovetostitch December 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    This is magical.

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