Monday, February 28, 2011

Gratitude Monday --Home

As I sit in my chair at my computer in my home I do not have to call gratitude to me.
It pads up to me, barking and pawing for attention.
This weekend we had a wonderful time in Edmonton with our friends Bob and Sylvia. It was our Christmas celebration. With work schedules, holidays, and various commitments it's pretty common for us to have the holiday celebration in at least February. Some years it has been in March.
This does not matter.
What matters is we spend the time together. Food, presents, activities, are secondary. It is the time spent with those we love which matters.
Along with this I am also very grateful to be home in one piece.
The weather is winter at its finest: snow and wind and ice.
On the way to the city we hit a patch of black ice.  Here's a link for those who've not had the pleasure of its acquaintance.
We spun and slid for several hundred metres. At one  point we were in the oncoming lane, heading the right way for it, but sliding backward quickly.
Mike drove out of it and we were fine, grateful no one was within a few kilometres of us at the time.
On the way home on Highway 2 we saw at least one dozen vehicles in the ditch. Many had police tape around them. At least three had their wheels pointed heavenward.
We had a wonderful time. We are home.
I am grateful.


carla said...

I love this
it was just what I needed to start and FRAME my day.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Carla. Glad to supply perspective.

Ron Scheer said...

That harrowing account of spinning out on ice reminds me of why I don't miss winter weather. Have too vivid memories of that from my youth on the Great Plains. Glad you made it home safe.

Bossy Betty said...

Yikes. Glad you are OK. Gratitude is so important and lends perspective to all we do.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Ron. The joy of winter driving never leaves a person.

Leah J. Utas said...

Bossy Betty, thanks. You are so right about perspective.

the Bag Lady said...

I'm glad to hear you're home, and glad to not have known about the black ice! Absolutely hate spinning around out of control....which is why I try to avoid winter driving!

Leah J. Utas said...

Bag Lady, the spin was pretty exciting, and not in the good way.
I've never been so grateful to be taking beta blockers. They kept me calm enough to speak calmly to Mike.

messymimi said...

Proof of what i have always maintained, that the holidays are what you make of them, whenever you can to fit your schedule not the calendar's.

Glad you got home safe.

Leah J. Utas said...

Messymimi, that's exactly it. Thanks.

Reb said...

I am glad you are back home safe and sound. Black ice is terrifying to say the least. Glad you had the time with your friends.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Reb.

Tabor said...

Sounds like luck was with you and I am glad!

Dawn said...

Yikes....I so understand this! I went up to Edmonton Saturday...(was that the day you went as well?)...and I hardly made it there. Grateful the semi which slid into my lane slid out again!

Glad you are home safe- and what fun to enjoy friends no matter what time of the year it is! More than one thing to be grateful for!!!

Hilary said...

Ack, Leah. I'm glad you got through that safely.. and that you had a good time with friends.

I love this header photo.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you, Tabor.

Glad you made it okay, too, Dawn. Semi?! Yike! And thanks.

Thanks, Hilary. Glad you like the pic. It's morning on Lake Nasser.