What a topsy-turvy month February has been.
Emotional lows. Followed by highs.
Snow. Ice. Rain, Fog. Brilliantly blue skies.
Freezing cold. Record breaking warmth.
It’s been a roller coaster ride for sure.
The month started with the passing of my father-in-law. He had been ill for several months, but the end seemed to come suddenly and caught us unprepared.
So the first half of the month was sad … and yet full of fond nostalgic memories.
The drive to-and-from Quebec City for the funeral was terrifying, in some of the worst winter road conditions we’ve seen all year … and yet the time spent with family was priceless. The long stressful hours in the car together were spent in either companionable silence, or quiet conversation – occasionally dissolving into uncontrollable laughter.
… but as always, time marches on and so do our lives. The second half of the month has been full of life as usual.
I’ve been busy participating in activities with the Seniors’ group I belong to, and simply trying to embrace winter instead of whining about it.
My skating hasn’t improved at all, but for the most part, I’ve been successful in embracing winter. There is a lot of beauty to be appreciated in a muted colours of a Canadian winter.
This month I also had the pleasure of meeting another Toronto-based blogger, Mary from As I Walk Toronto. Experiencing a small slice of the city from her perspective was extremely interesting and I’ll be writing more about that in a future blog post.
She introduced me to lovebots, a creation of Toronto artist Matthew Del Degan. Apparently the city is peppered with these lovebots, and even while Mary was pointing one out to me, it took me a while to actually “see” little creation. You can read more about them here.
While walking through the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) with Mary, I discovered this poster and decided it pretty well summed up my feelings about this short month.
It’s been a strange one.
This post is inspired by The Changing Seasons – a monthly photo feature now hosted by Su Leslie from Zimmerbitch.