My Winter Green Spaces

Little Bit of Summer

We are seven months away from green grass, budding flowers, sprouting vegetables and leafing trees. Although our house is small, I have my areas of greenery to brighten our spirits through the long Saskatchewan winter.

Kitchen Window

Now that I am almost recovered from my outbreak of shingles, I will be returning to work tomorrow. I must make time one evening to work on my kitchen ivy. It is getting a little out of control and becoming a problem when I work at the sink.

Lucky Bamboo

I dusted my bamboo last night. Somehow there is always dusting to be done, even when we are six feet deep in snow. 🤷

Cactus Blossom
Blooming Ivy
Miracle Plant In Bloom

Occasionally, we wake up to random blossoms to brighten our day.

Autumn in Saskatchewan

Autumn is bearing down on us in Saskatchewan. The days are shorter, the air is cooler and damper, the leaves are falling, and the trees and grass are fading to greige. For those not from the construction industry, ‘GREIGE’ is a color created by some sick bastard who thought grey and beige were not dull and depressing enough on their own. He, or she as the case may be, combined the two and greige became the official color of autumn in Saskatchewan.

Anyone not from Saskatchewan, could easily believe winter would be our toughest season of the year, That is not the case, at least not for me, and I have lived here for 64 years. Winter can be harsh, with our minus fifty days, but the majority of winter is spent indoors or in vehicles and we do have coats, hats, gloves and boots to protect us from the elements when we must venture out. Icy roads may be difficult to navigate, but to be honest, the ice pretty much brings traffic to a crawl, so driving is not as treacherous as one would expect. As for the mountains of snow, yes it is more than an inconvenience, as it tends to fall or drift where it is least welcome, but at least it is not greige. So, there is that. For those who are inclined to participate in winter sports, such as hockey, curling, tobogganing or cross country skiing , winter in Saskatchewan is probably a joy. I am not one who is so inclined, but I can deal with winter.

Winter has one absolute advantage over autumn. As we struggle to keep warm and mobile throughout a Saskatchewan winter, we know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We know spring is coming, with blue skies, green grass, and warm sunny days. In autumn, we know that the only thing at the end of the tunnel is a Saskatchewan winter.

This autumn holds a special place in my heart. This will be my last autumn before I retire. This is the last season, where it will truly matter to me if the days get shorter and the nights get longer, if the air gets cooler or if the province is covered in a shroud of greige as I travel back and forth to work with the masses. Next year, when autumn arrives, I will have the option of curling up with my dog and a hot cup of tea in my cozy little home, ready to ignore it to my heart’s content.

My Very First Blog

Here I am, starting my journey to retirement.

Over the years I have thought of retirement as that final chapter in life – the end of responsibility, the end of driving to work on icy streets in the pitch dark in the midst of a Saskatchewan winter, the end of the day to day stress of answering to employers, customers and suppliers and the end of deadlines. Retirement also brought promises of beginnings – the beginning of endless cups of tea, reading, needlework, home cooking, deep corner cleaning and of course spending more time with my husband.

As I get closer to retirement, eleven months away now, I am seeing retirement in a different light. I am noticing the things at work that I will miss, but more than that, I am looking forward with anticipation to this next chapter of my life – the opportunities it will present, the challenges that will arise and hopefully the personal growth that will occur.

I have always believed that our lives here are an opportunity to evolve, personally and as humanity in general. The most exciting aspect of preparing for retirement is focusing on all the ways that I can make the most of my retirement to facilitate my mission to evolve, to grow, and to hopefully, in some small way, leave this world a little better than I found it.

Thank you for reading – I hope you will follow my journey to and through retirement and offer feedback of your own journey.