Blankets of Snow
I mentioned in my previous post that the skies had dumped a whole pile of snow on us this week. It’s still very early for snow, even in Germany, but now the ground is covered in a white, soft blanket and the air is cold. The sun came out for long enough on Tuesday for Mikey and I to be able to go outside and play in it without getting too cold. I bundled him up in his new winter coat, boots and snow overalls. We pushed the snow from tree branches so that it fell in our hair, stepped backwards and forwards in one anothers footprints, followed trails of tiny bird footprints around in circles and threw snowballs at one another.
On Wednesday we had an appointment at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, for some of my immigration stuff. The roads were mostly clear of snow, but the scenery outside the car window was stunning. Even the mostly industrial looking city of Frankfurt looked pretty under the snow. Unfortunately there was a long line outside the Consulate, so we had to wait in the freezing snow and wind. Despite that, we managed to leave with good news about my immigration status and so far none of us seem to be any the worse for wear after standing out there.
I put up one set of Christmas lights this week, Mikey adores them and asks for me to put them on as soon as he wakes up in the morning. Because I’m quite a last minute shopper, I haven’t done nearly as much of my Christmas shopping as I should have, even things like decorations. The snow has been discouraging me from walking all of the way to the Hauptstrasse to finish shopping, although perhaps I will catch a bus to The Familia Center, a small mall just outside of town, so that I can shop in the warm. We already have a few toys for Mikey, hidden in the top drawer of my dresser. A beautiful carved wooden toy elephant from his vovó and vovô, a set of wooden beads to thread onto laces and a few other little bits and pieces. I still have to cut and paint some wood to make him some lacing boards, but I expect I will get around to that in the next week or so. Last night we ordered him classic Mikey Mouse and Minnie Mouse plush toys, I hope that they will arrive in time.
I think that this weekend will be spent making Christmas decorations with Mikey, I expect to be vacuuming up copious amounts of glitter and cut paper. Perhaps we will bake some Christmas cookies too.
Are you getting ready for Christmas? A last minute shopper like me? Have any nice plans for the weekend?
Photos linked to FotoFriday, hosted by Household6Diva. Theme: Texture
Last photo linked to show off your shot and Macro Friday. The secret to catching a photo of a snowflake is patience. I spotted a snowflake on my window ledge yesterday, by the time I had got my camera it had already melted. I opened the window and sat, freezing, for 30 minutes waiting for more to fall
P.S. Can I just say I am still completely in love with this camera lens.
Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Manual Focus only. Love love love.