Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas is fast approaching!

The sexy Santa, Miss Moggs and the more sedate Santa, JMB got together in Second Life to make one of those Christmas photos that many send out to their friends at this time of year wishing them a very Happy Christmas. Well yes they are usually better at it than I am, but we only had a few hurried minutes together as Miss Moggs fitted the photo shoot into her busy SL life. Two ladies in red.

My outfit was rather on the risqué side too, but I added a red shirt underneath it as befits a lady of my advanced years. Yes there is lots of snow in SL. It magically appeared everywhere the day after American Thanksgiving and it does look a little strange to see people dressed skimpily skipping around in the snow.

But in Real Life we are snowed in too. For crying out loud I live in the banana belt of Canada. It is not supposed to be like this. We have had snow on the ground for the past week and for the first time since 1971 the whole of Canada will have a white Christmas.

I looked out my window this morning when I awoke to see this sight.

Yes poor fellow, he was digging his car out from where he had become stuck in the snow on our street. Ten more inches had fallen in the past twenty four hours. It is really ugly out there if you want to go anywhere. We never see a snow plough in our part of the world although if you can get out the main roads were cleared by noon.

Well truthfully it is very pretty in a way at the moment. This is my cornus florida or pink dogwood, covered with snow such that it looks as if it is in white leaf instead of green.

All that white stuff, everywhere you look. All the trees and shrubs are bending over under the weight of snow and I am sure there will be a lot of damage to repair come spring.

The lucky Old Scientist got to shovel the ten inches off the driveway. The trouble is there is nowhere to put all this snow. We have piles from the last fall and supposedly there is more on the way tonight.

When we stupidly went out later for a trudge in the snow the OS got to push the postman's van as he had spun his wheels through to the pavement in his effort to get the mail through. The UPS man had just abandoned his van at the nearby stop sign and disappeared.

Yesterday was the winter solstice, thus the shortest day of the year or alternatively the longest night of the year. So this was taken just before 4 pm. I remember well the days of going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Today was garbage day but few actually believed the trucks would come and indeed they did not. Our neighbour however had faith.

I hope we will be able to get to our friends' house for Christmas dinner. She has the turkey and I am bringing the Christmas pudding. They also live in an off the beaten track housing development so while their streets are equally messy and unploughed they do have four snow tires and a four wheeled drive and are getting about. Next year I think I'll become a snowbird and go south for the winter.


Liz said...

Wow! It's very beautiful but as I'm still doing Christmas shopping it would have caused me a lot of grief!

Will you be able to change plans if necessary and your friends come to you? If they have the all-weather gear?

You both look very glamorous in red!

A very happy Christmas to you all (jmb, moggs and the old scientist) and a very hopeful New Year.

rlbates said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

storyteller said...

What a lot of snow! Seeing such photos keep me from feeling cold here in Southern California for sure.
Hugs and blessings,

PowersTwinB said...

Why is it the snow looks beautiful in your yard, but the 13 inches I have it looks like poop!? It is snowing hard as I wander around the web, saying hellos! I have been gone from blogging for a couple of months, but am getting back to it today!

Ellee Seymour said...

It's very mild here in the UK, too mild to make a log fire. I wish you and your loves ones a very happy Christmas too JMB.

sally in norfolk said...

beautiful looking snow which is great if you dont have to get out and drive to work......

wishing you and your family a great christmas time x x

Dr.John said...

But what happened to global warming. We have more snow than ever as well.

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

Merry Christmas to all!

I don't think we will be seeing much snow in the UK on Christmas day, but there again we don't very often, so no change there then.

Maybe after Christmas when it is a just nuisance instead of pretty to look at...

CherryPie said...

I love all that snow!

Happy Christmas.

Trubes said...

What a wonderful winter wonderland scene JMB I'm so envious.

Hope you can get to your friends for your Christmas Dinner.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.x


EastCoastLife said...

Wow! Look at the snow!! Wheee!
*tumbles in the snow*

Wishing you and your family a Merry Xmas!! *hugs*

Janice Thomson said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and your family JMB! Wishing you the best in 2009.
Luckily we live on a bus route so our snow is graded every day! Good thing as once again it is snowing here - surely we must be hitting record snowfall by now... :)

jmb said...

It is causing us lots of grief Liz.

And to you Ramona.

Merry Christmas Storyteller

Glad to see you back Becci. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you too Ellee.

It's beautiful Sally but really ugly too Sally. Merry Christmas.

That's what I thought too Dr John, no global warming here. Merry Christmas.

Right about now Moggs I am wishing for now white Christmas. Merry Christmas.

It is pretty Cherie, up to a point. Happy Christmas to you.

It does not look like it Trubes. More snow has fallen. Merry Christmas to you.

Happy Christmas to you Elaine.

Oh Janice, if only we lived on a bus route I would be happy right now. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting. Happy Christmas.

Crushed said...

Miss Moggs is a very sexy Santa indeed.

Wow, you DO get snow at Xmas. We only get a couple of inches at most for a couple day in Jan. If that.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

You look wonderful, jmb. That snow sure looks cold! Hope you make it to your friend's house!