These two pictures were taken in Toronto, Canada by my best friend LG.  This was one of their first snows early in the winter season just a few weeks before they lost power for several day.  They were lucky to have a fireplace to help keep them warm.   I like the brave sole who ventured out at early evening for a brisk cycle!  Many years ago I lived in Toronto for awhile and loved the city.  However, the cold didn’t agree with me and I returned to Phoenix AZ after 3 1/2 years.

45 minutes later….  I must confess a correction 😀 … the fireplace only used little paper logs that were worthless in this type of cold that penetrated the inside to the core.  The inside temperature of the house was around 5 C or approximately 41 F.  Too cold for any normal person to experience.  They survived with plenty of wine,  lots of extra blankets and multiple layers of clothes.

First Snow of the Season
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Brave Brisk Ride

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

I’ve been busy wrapping presents and going out for last minute gifts.  I did finally find the perfect gift for that friend who has everything and then a bottle of Chocolate Port for my hubby at one of my favorite specialty groceries here in Southern Arizona; AJ’s.  No, we are not in Central Park!  Though I do long to go back.  This is one of those images that takes me to a Christmas like setting like when I was growing up in Idaho.  Here in Arizona, we do not get snow and I do miss it at Christmas.  Not the cold though.  I don’t miss the cold one itty bit.  I left the cold country many years ago as it seem to freeze me right to the bone.

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Winter at Central Park

I had a little fun with this image in Photoshop. Thought not perfect, the windows and the lighting outside is now aglow with light. I also enriched the color of the buildings and the cottage.  I don’t know if it’s re-opened but it was once a restaurant that was closed when we were there.

A snowy blanket of white icing
covered the dells
While I snuggled my jacket
against winter chills
The sled I approached
at the top of the hills
And raced down the slope
wide grinned with my thrills

Sledding in Central Park
Sledding in Central Park