Although I tend to complain now and then about winter, the truth is, I rather look forward to it. Mainly because it gives me a chance to slow down a bit. I can spend a Saturday afternoon watching movies on the sofa without feeling like I really should be outside weeding the garden, or refinishing the deck, or painting furniture assembly line style out in my carriage house workshop.
There is also something really peaceful about the quietness of winter. The windows are all sealed up, so outside noises don’t invade my space. A nice layer of snow also tends to muffle sound nicely.
I also think winter is one of the most beautiful seasons. Especially when there is a layer of freshly fallen snow, or a coating of hoarfrost on everything.
I have to admit though, it took me years to learn to appreciate this season and one of the tricks that helped is to find ways to get outside.
Mr. Q and I walk in our local park almost every day throughout the winter, although I admit we took a pass yesterday when the temp was below zero even at noon. But for the most part we have had a very mild winter this year, which is lucky because it has felt more important than ever to get outside with this whole COVID thing still going on.
Another way I got outside (well, sort of) recently was to head to the Drive Thru Ice & Snow Sculpture Park that was part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival this year.
Typically this is not a drive-thru event, but to keep everyone safe from COVID this year you were able to remain in the heated comfort of your vehicle as you drove through the St. Paul fairgrounds and admired the sculptures.
I much preferred the snow sculptures over the ice sculptures, I think because you could see more detail on them from the car.
Mr. Q opted to stay home, so I was with my sister and niece. However, as a huge Lord of the Rings fan, he would have really liked this one called “You Shall Not Pass” …
And I think my bff would have loved this one …
I probably should choose this next one as my favorite, you know … because it’s furniture …
But no, I absolutely loved this next one.
It totally brings to mind Georges Méliès Le Voyage dans la Lune.
In hindsight, I think we probably would have been better off going at night when the sculptures are all lit up with colored lights (and the lights and all of their electrical lines running everywhere wouldn’t have been so obvious).
For you locals, I’m sorry to say this event ended last weekend. But even if I had posted sooner, the tickets (yes, it was a ticketed event) sold out early. Maybe they’ll do it again next year! I’m not sure whether to hope for that or not since the drive-thru feature was specifically a result of COVID.
This coming weekend is going to be another tough one. Our highs are going to be in the negative digits, and that’s the high. I’m afraid to even look a what the lows will be, let alone the wind chill. It might be a great weekend to do some of that guilt-free movie watching on the sofa!