LOVE Artsyville‘s List It Tuesday thing; decided this was the perfect topic to jump in on: what you love about where you live.
Over breakfast with the kids, I doodled some things about living here that I love and shared those via Instagram and Twitter – those sticky note photos follow all this.
Here are some longer-winded things I love about where we live…
* while other parts of Canada are celebrating Fall by withering, dropping off, dying, turning brown, folding up and preparing to be buried for several months in a row, Vancouver Island is just only beginning to soak up the elixer to bust out all green, (nearly) all over, all winter long. It’s a green winter out here, friends, and it’s a good thing. (and we get it twice – Spring on Van Isle is also a bountiful green escapade of new life and growth, summer gets a little crunchy and brown but you hardly notice what with the blinding blue of the sky and the ocean, then Fall again brings some lushness to Winter. nice, huh?!)
* winter here actually allows me to not really *have to* force the bicker-y morning rush of enforcing layers upon layers of warm clothes on resisting kids. i can let go, let them out the door in that one sweater, and not have to actually worry about frostbite and hypothermia. yeah, they might get chilly and they might get damp, but their extremeties are actually pretty safe. it might dip down to a bone chilling ZERO degrees celcius… (I grew up in the -30 degree celcius winters of frigid Northern Ontario)
* we like driving daytripping, and even though we pretty much haven’t gone further than 3 hours in any one direction, the things we can see and do in that tiny bubble of do-able road time is pretty super terrific. 3 hours brings me to Tofino and Ucluelet and I don’t think anything is as awesome as the wild west coast of Canada. Tofino used to be a dream destination, a “one day maybe I’ll see it” idea. 3 hours in another direction would pretty much deliver us to seattle, and if you knew me in the 90s you’ll know how cool that idea is (that’s a trip we still haven’t done though, nor have we run through the forest of the Olympic Penninsula or strolled the beach at La Push, lol. one day!)
* i can wear crocs year-round. yep, you read that right.
*the clouds and mist that crawl down the hills and float in the harbour are spectacularly awesome. i love that. it’s beautiful. i do.not.not.at.all. miss snow, because of the fog and cloud and mist. thank you.
*i can SEE mountains. yes, Vancouver Island has it’s own mountains, but jagged peaky towering mountains make my heart full and I can see them on the mainland from here. we used to live at the edge of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and i loved them, and while this is not the same, it’s still very very good.
* it looks like this