A couple of years ago, I came across this animated short story on YouTube called The Lady ParaNorma:
I fell in love with it instantly, and started closely following the artist who created it: My Pet Skeleton. This is the nom de plume chosen by artist Vincent Marcone, who is based here in Southern Ontario. You can buy his art on Etsy and at various events including some conventions. I don’t know what it is but I love all of his work. It is darkly beautiful and I feel drawn to it. I wish I had some My Pet Skeleton prints to adorn my apartment. Maybe it will happen someday… Okay, back on track…
Imagine my excitement several months back when I discovered that there would be a picture book released telling the story of The Lady ParaNorma! Needless to say I preordered it as soon as I was able! It arrived just about a week ago and it is just stunning. It is one of the most beautiful books I have laid my eyes on. I can’t wait to show it to my friends.
Wow what a weekend that was. It started out with a dreary and pretty run-of-the-mill Friday, and just got crazy from there. On Friday afternoon we learned of a cold front that was to come through over the weekend that may bring some snow squalls. We live in what is called the “snow belt” here in southwestern Ontario, so we didnt think much of it as we always get snow. I was expecting a little more than a dusting, but we will get to that…
Saturday morning Jay and I went out looking for a festive decoration for our door and to see what kind of ornaments are available this year. After breakfast we bundled up (because it was chilly!) and headed out. We found some cute ornaments to add to our tree including some cute little footballs for the resident football fan, some shiny red snowflakes and a super cute owl. We also found a sparkly gold snowflake to hang on our apartment door. We also purchased a clear ornament to put my TUSAL threads in (even though I have dropped the ball posting for it, I plan to have a December post in before the year is out).
The first squall started to blow through while we were in the first store, but it blew through quite quickly and there wasn’t much accumulation. We managed to get all of our shopping in before the real snow began!
The first significant squall line started to come through around 2:30pm, at which time we had tucked in for the watching of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special (which was fantastic by the way). We were home around 2pm, and were able to put up our new ornaments and our door decoration. But back to the snow. Oh boy did it snow! It snowed heavily almost nonstop for the rest of the day, through the night to the following early afternoon. We woke up to a proper winter wonderland.
Jay woke up super excited on Sunday morning wanting to go play on the snow with his truck. He talked me into going with him, so he went out and spent the half-hour I spent getting ready to unbury the truck in the parking lot. The timing worked out kind of perfectly, so I bundled up and we went on our way.
The truck was cleaned off, but the box was jam packed full of snow. The parking lots and roads and sidewalks hadn’t been ploughed yet, and in some areas the snow was easily waist high. Thanks to the 4×4 we had no issues getting going. We blazed our own trail down the roads seeing several people stuck along the way. London Transit was still running for some reason, the even the buses we saw were having some serious trouble staying in motion. Our drive culminated with doughnuts in an empty yet snow-filled parking lot and a drive down the road toward the nearby park. It looked like a quiet country road though it is actually a very busy city street. I will admit, though I was initially hesitant it turned out to be a fun trip and the snow hadn’t even finished coming down yet.
The snowfall ended right around noon and the ploughs started getting things cleared. We had a fun afternoon of visiting with friends, hot chocolate and chili, and an evening tucked in watching Jay’s team lose in the Grey Cup (think the Super Bowl of Canadian football, if you’ve never heard of it.)
The snow was absolutely beautiful when we woke up on Sunday and everything was so quiet and peaceful in the beginning. I was sure I was ready for snow, and certainly not so large an accumulation as we received. Now that it’s here though, I do hope it stays!
I came to the realization recently that summer is truly coming to an end. You may ask what made me come to this realization? Well, let me tell you. I wake up in the mornings at 6:00am and it is STILL DARK. Not to mention the mornings are SO COLD! I have enjoyed waking up and seeing the sunrise each morning when I open my eyes all summer. It has saddened me quite a bit. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on fall and winter at all. In fact, Fall is actually my favourite season. I was saddened by this realization because it means my season stuggles with my moods will begin soon.
Though I have no official diagnosis it is akin to (or may actually be) Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD (link). Starting about mid-fall, I get lethargic, feeling generally low and just downright miserable. It becomes a struggle every day to get up in the morning and go about my daily activities. I have tried many suggested remedies, but I have yet to find something that helps me. Mind you, I have a habit of not giving things enough of a chance to work. The main thing I haven’t tried is light therapy, but getting started with that is a bit on the pricy side. This has been a personal struggle for years and it feels like it gets worse each year.
If it wasn’t for Jay and my mom and my closest friends being so understanding and supportive I don’t know that I could handle the winter season as well as I have in the past. They are my rocks through this tough season. This year, it is even going so far as Jay helping me to figure out what things can be done to make me feel better and making things easier through the dark winter months. It even includes looking into that pricy light therapy more. We have come up with several new possibilities and I am willing to give them all a shot if it means a less depressing cold season this year. It seems there may be a serious lifestyle change in my future.
Although I know I have some struggles ahead of me this fall and winter, I am still looking forward to the crisp fall weather, the leaves turning bright beautiful colours, and even the first snowfall and mahor snowstorm. I am also looking forward to some wonderful evenings curled up with a cup of tea and a good book or some stitching. I’m hoping this year is even just a little bit easier than years past!
This weekend past was quite a hectic weekend indeed. I guess it is to be expected considering it was a wedding weekend after all! And it was my step-sister’s to boot. Though it was a crazy weekend away from home it was quite enjoyable, even though I am happy to be home again!
The wedding day was a beautiful regardless of the fact that it rained for most of it and was kind of dreary when it wasn’t. Though the sun did finally break through around dinnertime, making the dinner quite lovely. The bride, my step-sister, looked absolutely radiant and the bridal party looked beautiful. The groom and groomsmen looked dashing in their tuxedos as well. The dinner was phenomenal and the venue and its staff were fantastic as well. I was smart enough to have my camera along and I was lucky enough to be able to snap a few shots throughout the day. These were some of the best:
Now, I obviously was not the professional photographer. I am nowhere near good enough at photography to be a professional! I’m just glad I had the opportunity to take some candid shots. These are just a selection; if you would like to see me please feel free to check out my Flickr account (link in sidebar, under my About Me photo).