First Snow

First Snow - photo by Sheena Riley Marini.jpgThere is something remarkable about the first real snow of winter.  It is a “groaner” to many, even to me, because it signals shoveling, difficult driving and having to put my sandals away but still there is something about that first clean blanket of snow and fluffy flakes that brings joy to my heart.

It arrived gently today with huge snowflakes which settled and stuck to trees and grass.  For a few minutes the whole world was white and then it began to fade back to the dull brown and dark green of a usual November day.

I’m not sure why I love the snow so much but I think it may be a bit of a Canadian affliction.  Snow holds many fond memories of toboggans, snow men, fox and geese games, skating on the lake and even better the hot fire and hot chocolate that followed.

Meteorologists would know better than I but I suspect there may be a real scientific reason for the sudden joy that fills my lungs when it snows.  I think my allergy ridden body finally gets a rest from the dust and pollen which fills the air for the other three seasons of the year.  At last I can brFirst Snow.jpgeath and so, part of me wants to dance and spin in the snow watching the flakes fall on my skyward pointed face until I’m too dizzy to stand.

Two months from now I may be cursing the stuff but for today I will sing its praises…

…”Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes…these are a few of my favourite things. ”  (My Favourite Things, Rogers and Hammerstien, The Sound of Music.)



About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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2 Responses to First Snow

  1. Oh, I can almost smell it, Peggy. We don’t get snow here in Sydney, but I do remember that first fall is magic.

  2. We woke up to our first snowfall this morning too.

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