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Friday, December 6, 2013

The Best of Days

Enjoy it now. It'll be gone tomorrow!
In southern Alberta, where I was raised, snow seldom stayed very long.
Even though it was winter.
Oh, it snowed.
Sometimes a lot.
But then the famous Chinook would blow through, drastically raising temperatures.
And melting said snow.
Let’s face it. When the temperature goes from ten degrees below freezing to twenty degrees above, snow disappears fast.
In a few hours, any accumulation would be limited to the ditches and snowbanks.
So when it snowed, and if one wanted to enjoy it, one had to move quickly.
Just FYI.
On with my story . . .
Someone was out in the yard.
Hollering.
I looked out the window onto a scene of glistening white.
And my oldest brother, Jerry, holding the family toboggan.
Squealing (and I do mean squealing) with delight, I donned snow pants, parka, boots, mittens, scarf and toque (it's a Canadian thing).
Remember what I said about the snow lasting a short time?
I donned them quickly.
In no time I was out with my brother.
All of our siblings joined us.
Well, all but tiny, month-old, elfin baby, Anita.
She wasn't coming.
Because.
Jerry sat our youngest brother, Blair, on the toboggan, then turned and started pulling the sled towards the river.
The Stringam ranch proper had been built in a bend of the south fork of the Milk River. Any sled-able hills were on the opposite bank.
We trudged along behind Jerry and his sled across the frozen river to the hills opposite.
Then, for the next couple of hours, we towed up and dashed down.
The older kids choosing the steep slopes.
The younger crew sticking with the gentle-er.
Our shouts and screams of sheer happiness echoing across the wide, open prairie.
Finally, it was time to head home.
Dusk comes quickly, even in Southern Alberta and, trust me, you really don't want to try to walk home in the dark.
We crossed the river once more and climbed the hill to the house.
To be greeted by the warm, aromatic smell of . . . baking.
In the entryway, we peeled off layer after layer, laughing excitedly and telling Mom about our adventure.
She just smiled and nodded.
Then surprised us with warm spudnuts (doughnuts made with mashed potatoes in the batter. Yum…) fresh from the oven, and gallons of hot chocolate.
Sigh.
The very best of days.

Delores of Under the Porch Light issues a challenge once a week. USE THESE SIX WORDS IN SOMETHING. OR DIE. 
Okay I made up that 'die' part. But the rest is true.
This week's words were:  surprisearomaticelfintoboggansteep and dashing
How did I do?

10 comments:

  1. You did great...as you always do.... spudnuts? They sound interesting. I have a fudge recipe that has potato in it. And people.....I DID NOT write the "or die" part. Honest. I didn't. I'm not like that. (Well, maybe sometimes I am.)

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    1. Spudnuts. Sooo good!
      Hmm . . . fudge with potato. Now that sounds interesting!
      Yep. Sometimes . . .

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  2. So good, as usual - I can hear the children laughing and smell the hot chocolate and doughnuts ... well done!

    "Or die." Delores, we all KNOW that's implied :) hee hee

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  3. Ohhh this just makes me wish I grew up somewhere cozy with snow outside. Never had that luxury in south Florida. LOVE your descriptions in this post!

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    1. Have I mentioned I love winter?! Well, I do! I know. I'm weird! :)

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  4. Can't wait to go cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing this winter!
    Love,
    Chris

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  5. You did very well, I could hear the squeals as you all towed up and slid down. I like the sound of spudnuts and hot chocolate.

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    1. So. Much. Fun. I can almost taste them!

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