With all this snow we’ve been getting this weekend, it’s looking like winter. But it’s early October, there are still leaves on trees and green grass. Today, I enjoyed driving to work on almost empty streets that were covered with snow. But in the afternoon, I went out to the supermarket and made this:
Just a tiny snowman. But up the hill a little bit farther, we saw this:
Snow rabbit? With the spruce cones in the face melting the snow, it looked rather creepy.
Has anyone made a snowman yet?
Went out for a walk today, and saw the very colourful leaves. They’re mostly yellow, but there are some red and orange, and some are still green. Here are a few pictures.
The weather is great today, and no wind. The leaves won’t last long, though. And there’s usually a bit of snow in October, so I’m expecting some within the next month.
I’m actually not a big fan of this season. To me, it means winter is coming, and that’s cold. I don’t like feeling cold. Give me summer or tropical weather all year. I could definitely live in a tropical place.
How’s your fall (or spring for those of you in the southern hemisphere)?
It’s only October 1st, but it snowed. Not here, though. You see, in northern Alberta and British Columbia, it snowed in many places. Here, it was too warm, so it rained a lot.
In a way, I’m excited about seeing snow. My daughter will get to play in the snow for the first time. She’s seen it in Japan, but that stuff was very wet and she’d get soaked if she tried playing in it. Sometimes, she says she’s excited. Other times, she says she doesn’t like the cold, so doesn’t want snow.
My daughter wants to make a snowman. She also says she wants to make snow angels. I wonder what she’ll think after being in the snow for five minutes. But when will it snow here? Probably sometime this month. But no idea.
Who likes snow?
As you can see, the leaves are changing colour here in Japan. But there are some other changes happening, and some I need to do.
What’s happening has a lot to do with my daughter. She’s approaching three years old, and the biggest change is her ability to speak. She’s getting more conversational all the time. She’s also getting quite defiant when she doesn’t get what she wants.
There are some things I’d like to change, though.
First, I want to change how and when I write. Any moment I have alone, I should try writing, unless I’m too tired. Mornings when I’m by myself and lunch breaks at work may be the best.
Second, I need to get more reading time in. I tend to read only on the train and sometimes during lunch breaks. I should read at night before I go to bed. I’d get much more read. Maybe I’ll make my 30 book challenge next year.
Another change is that I want to spend more time in the countryside. Trees would be nice.
And so, here are some maple trees for you.
What do you want to change in your routine?
It’s September now, and it’s one of those months I have a love-hate relationship with.
When I was a kid, it meant going back to school and summer vacation ending. Good thing is, I liked school. But I loved summer vacation.
Now, it means a lot of different things. On the positive side, it’s time for hockey to start. Training camp opens this month, and it gets me excited for the new season. Here in Japan, it means a less hot month than August. September is still the second hottest month, though. But it does mean it’s getting more comfortable. I’m also going to get to meet my new niece.
On the other hand, it means winter is coming. I find the prospect of shorter days and cold weather depressing. It’s no secret that I don’t like winter. Not sure if I’d call this a positive or negative, but September is the busiest month for typhoons, too. But I like typhoons. It also means I have to renew my passport. I don’t like government procedures and forms.
There are other things that happen, such as cicadas dying, fall foods becoming available, new electronics models become available, and so on.
What does September mean to you?