the first official day of winter was yesterday. and whoa, it came in gusts and flurries!
as though the sky opened up and dumped it’s entire snow-filled contents of each and every cloud around, we have snow!! last year for christmas when i was in france, i didn’t see snow….well, in person at least. and as much as i could easily (very easily) live without snow, i really love a white christmas. there is something folkloric and magical about a snowy christmas…..
again in pseudo-tourist new york fashion, (i know…i actually live here now, but i still feel like a tourist……) we visited rockefeller plaza…the magnificent and stately christmas tree downtown! a blustery stroll through central park, all the while teeny tiny snowflakes dusting the ground…this was just a few short hours before the skies opened up.
today was an enduring trek through the concrete jungle, wiping slush from my jacket and watching millions of particles of salt form a ring on my boots……we trekked out to red hook, a neighborhood far south in brooklyn, to a strangely located home depot and then around the bend to IKEA.
wandering through the overwhelming assortment of various flat-pack furnitures and coordinating housewares, we left with the first few items for our new place. some curtains, matching hardware and some other bits and bobs. and yes, we finally have a place of our own again…..sheesh, it only took a year.
we’ll soon call prospect heights home. situated just south of fort greene and clinton hill and just north of park slope, prospect heights is a lovely spot for us to start our new life in new york city, well…in brooklyn. and once the thick layer of snow melts away, we’ll be left with a garden. an actual backyard garden, all to ourselves, right here in the city.
we couldn’t possibly ask for more :-)
i can hardly believe it’s almost christmas, only two short days away. i have a borderline pathetic habit of listening to way to much christmas music around the holidays…i just love it, so cheery and fun. (hey, it’s cheesy. i know this.) i even find myself whistling along to holiday jingles in stores. which i would assume is rather annoying to those around me. i must remember to shut up and zip it….! but this year will be a christmas spent with just me and the hubby – our family will celebrate in far away christmas spirit in the mid-west and the south of france. we do have a christmas eve dinner planned that my sister will attend just before she’s off to the mid-west on christmas day. and yes, i will probably make her listen to christmas music. just for a short while…
so as the snow falls around us glistening and white, dusting the ground with beauty, many other things are falling into place with it. it’s been a long year my friends. an adventurous, exciting and may i say…lucky year. but now, after this year of misadventures and discoveries, all we want to do is snuggle up on our couch, our own couch, and relax. in our home sweet home.
my friends and family both far and near, i wish you nothing but the happiest and most joyous christmas ever. i am sorry i cannot be here, there and everywhere all at once. although it is a secret wish of mine….
let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
and with that falling snow, may everything here continue to fall into place…
hugs to you, to you, and to you!! xoxo