Monday, December 2, 2013

and so it begins...

Just last week I was thankful that despite the cold, blustery days, color was still in abundance everywhere outside.  Yet the ominous presence of old man winter, could be felt in the chill of the air. 

We had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving spent with family at our house.

Afterwards, Rick worked.  The boys played hockey.  And I succumbed to bed on and off for a few days, caving to the mind-numbing fatigue, heightened perhaps, by infusion last week.  Tykerb is tricky- and I pray its even trickier on cancer, and all it takes from me in exchange.  

We'll check tumor markers in two weeks and see if they've fluctuated at all, giving us an idea of what, if anything, we should do next. 

This one is a constant companion.  



Both Crosby and Colton indulged me in watching this… 




It was late yesterday when the flakes began to fall.  

We awoke to a light blanket of white fluff.  It still amazes me every year, after all these years, that a whole winter season can arrive just overnight.  The temperatures are set to steadily decline to "well below the doughnut," or below zero, by the end of the week.  Plus several more inches of snow are set to fall steadily over the next few days.  

Baby, its cold outside!



It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ~John Burroughs, "Winter Sunshine"




Have you heard this yet?  Love it.  We have to unbury the entrance to the closet downstairs before I can get to the Christmas decorations, but I am even more ready after hearing this...





We didn't think this little guy would get to play in goal in Grand Forks yesterday, so we sent him with a teammate to the game.



It was shortly after the game that we got the text.  Not only did the little guy get asked to play half way through the game- but they were losing 3-1.  That's a tall order to fill!

But not only did his team manage to bury 4 goals in the other team's net, but Colton managed to save every shot the other team attempted to snipe past him. 

Colton's team won 5-3!  And Colton got the "worked like a dog," bone, to bring home.  



The days are short
The sun a spark
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

~John Updike, "January," A Child’s Calendar, 1965













30 comments:

  1. we've only had dustings here {that still slowed traffic to a crawl one morning} but they said "snow" for tonight. the photo of your constant companion in the snow is simply perfect !!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Beth- he just loves the snow and it makes it so easy to shoot him! Praying you don't get dumped as we are this very moment :)

      Delete
  2. Still lighting candles for you.... Just in another state. Love your sweet companion.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I just love knowing that Katie- it means so much to me- to know I am somehow connected to some other corner of the world is truly humbling.

      Delete
  3. Congratulations, Colton!!!

    We've had some cold (for Texas) weather recently, but I can't imagine dealing with snow on a regular winter basis.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't mind facets of winter- sometimes snow is fine- sometimes cold is okay- or wind. Blizzards are even okay- but it does get pretty relentless and its the absence of color and sunshine that drive me bonkers :)

      Delete
  4. Congratulations to Colton on his win. I watched the video The Little Drummer Boy yesterday. I loved, loved it. What wonderful voices. Take care. Francis Moore

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Francis- the voices are truly amazing aren't they? So glad so many have heard this one already!

      Delete
  5. We have been in the low 70's since Thanksgiving. But, that is all going to change starting tomorrow! We will only be in the 40's for highs with low 20's at night! Brr!!! Loved your pictures though!
    Here is three cheers for Colton!!! Great job!!!
    And, my friend, you are always in my thoughts and prayers...every day. xxxooo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Low 70's sounds divine right now- and sunshine to go with it would be oh so pleasant. But, instead, I'm dreaming of spring and layering up right along with the snow falling in layers outside!

      Delete
  6. Oh the snow sweet Vicky...I wonder if the first snow still thrills you after all of those firs-snows you've seen...I love the pics of the pup with tiny flakes all over...sending love my friend xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The first one doesn't necessarily fill me with thrills- but at some point when I know its here to stay- like this snow is only getting deeper by the minute-then I have my days when I truly love the look of the freshly fallen snow. Sending love to you!

      Delete
  7. I love that picture of your dog looking at the camera.....just beautiful.
    And I'm praying that Tykerb is THE ONE.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Hilary- just as I pray that each surgery, treatment, healing, etc. will the ONE for you too! I know, you know- and wish it weren't so. Hugs to you!

      Delete
  8. Dearest Vicky,
    Oh sweet Crosby, you are taking such good care of our girl.:) Way to go Colton..Love that picture with his infectious grin. It is 21 degrees in Spokane with a sprinkling of snow and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.:)

    And the Little Drummer Boy rendition...took my breath away!

    You are in my prayers, sweet friend, as I pray for Tykerb to do its job and for you to be filled with joy and peace.
    Love and hugs to you!
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Linda- thank you for the well wishes and sweet words- they lift me so. Its almost a "whiteout" outside today- the snow is slanting sideways in the wind and the temps are dropping. It'll be a white Christmas for sure!

      Delete
  9. Oh you beat me to it...I found that rendition of the little drummer boy last night ...Ok I didnt find it..my daughter e-mailed me a link and YES I played it over and over..I love it to!!!

    So greatful you had a wonderful thanksgiving, despite resting with Mr Gorgeous Crosby... !!! as for Colton.... Yeah and Go go go! Many prayers still headed your way...its the season of miracles.... Much love and wishing you sweet sweet days in this holiday season!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So true Peggy- tis the season for miracles and so much more! Hugs sweet friend- hoping you and I discover many gifts this season :)

      Delete
  10. Congrats to Colton!!...

    love that picture of Crosby.. beautuiful now dog, he is.

    Sending prayers that your current treatment will be worth the -awful- and kick C to the curb.

    xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the well wishes and the fabulous new design! I am always delighted to see the newest creations pop up.

      Delete
  11. Winter follows fall....and always looking forward to spring following winter.
    Great job Colton!! You are the man!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So true Miss Jackie- is it okay if my countdown is on already? Hehe. Hope you are well!

      Delete
  12. I echo those above ^^ congratulations to Colton!

    Your doggy is a darlin' :-)

    My "kids" back in Chicago LOVE Pentatonix! They are so talented.

    Finally, praying for you and your treatments - and for daily strength.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. P.S. I had to pop back in to say: the Wintertime blog decor is BEE-you-ti-ful.

      Delete
    2. Susan! I got the most delightful card in the mail- so wonderfully surprised and oh boy- could I share some stories about the days I spent in Munich :) Thank you for your sweet words and for taking the time to lift me so!

      Delete
    3. I just popped in here again - so glad the mail came!! xxx hugs and prayers, S

      Delete
    4. I love so many things about this post. First of all, the big dog bone that Colton came home with is such an awesome way to recognize hard work. I had asked him earlier in the week how you were doing, because I hadn't seen a blog update for awhile. He said, "She's posting one today. It's about me!" Way to go, C!

      Seeing your dog, right by your side is so very heartwarming. Animals can sense when we're hurting. When I was at the lake right after my mastectomy, my mom's cat slept right next to me. First and last time ever. He knew.

      As for Pentatonix...they are amazing! Have you seen their version of "Royals"?

      And finally...I hope that tricky Tykerb is tricking those nasty cancer cells as well. Praying that you will feel as well as possible in the coming days. You are always in my thoughts and prayers!

      Delete
  13. Your dog is so beautiful.....what a sweetie. Welcome to winter Vicky!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Woohoo for Colton - that's amazing!

    So sweet of your dog keeping you company; I imagine that is very comforting. And that is an amazing picture of him out in the snow. I know we have opposite views of snow because we don't have to live with months of it in Tennessee. We're having crazy weather ourselves, but of the opposite variety - 77 yesterday and supposed to have an ice storm tonight.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Yay for Colton!! What a way to show 'em what he's made of! Tough stuff and talent, like his mama!

    ReplyDelete

I welcome what you have to say. Thanks for taking the time to grace me with your thoughts and words!

When you get lucky

When you get lucky

Popular Posts

Minnesota.com

Minnesota.com - MN Weather, Map, Businesses and Blogs