Summer has truly come and gone and December here in New Brunswick has been one storm after another. Out of 5 Sundays we were able to get to town for church for 2. The Sunday before Christmas we got a big ice storm that knocked out our power from the afternoon of the 23rd until the afternoon of the 26th. We had a pioneer Christmas, keeping the wood stove going, bringing in wood, melting snow and ice on top of the stove to use for flushing toilets, washing dishes, and even "showers" on Christmas Eve. Thankfully the cold temps meant that we could empty our fridge and freezer into our shed and not lose too many groceries, and previous water issues meant we had lots in storage for drinking. Today (December 30th) we're finally getting around to having our (now thawed for the 2nd time) turkey dinner.
It's been a good time to focus on family and the gifts that truly matter, and we've enjoyed lots of together time this holiday. We've also witnessed our community pulling together as neighbours checked on each other, homes were shared between those with and without power/generators to warm up, clean up, and just visit. The (Volunteer) Fire Department went door to door to check on people and provided water for people and animals as needed, as well as a warm place to shower and rest. There has been firewood and food donated, as well as bottled water and helping hands. It's been heartwarming in the truest sense.
As the year comes to a close I'm thinking about choices for One Little Word, whether or not to make resolutions, health and wholeness goals...and I'm just very thankful for all that I have. The world is good; at least in my corner today.
Happy Holidays, whatever holidays you celebrate. May the New Year hold beautiful blessings and bountiful joy for you and those you love. I'm going to try to do a year in review post, but just wanted to drop in and share my warmest wishes to friends and family.
I leave you with a few photos from after the ice storm (Christmas Eve); it may have presented us with a number of challenges, but it was terribly beautiful!