And this 5 comes from Sally, someone whom I adore and am so grateful for her popping in on me from time to time. Its a goodie – so here we go!
Here in the UK we are struggling with floods, other parts of the world have similar problems without the infrastructure to cope with it, still others are badly affected by drought…. My son Jon is in Melbourne Australia where apparently it has been snowing ( yes it is winter but still!)…. With crazy weather in mind I bring you this weeks Friday 5…
I have and I can’t believe I can’t find any pictures to share! It was the Halloween Snow of 1991. I mean it even has its own link! I was working for this bar that was in a tiny town, Lillydale, next to a bigger town, Mendota Heights, just up the way from downtown St. Paul. You never would have guessed it was so close to downtown that night and day though. It easily could have been someplace like Embarrass or International Falls, MN.
I was the FOH MOD (front of house, manager on duty, yes even restaurants have Office Space’isms). Outside there we people pulling up on 4 wheelers, snowmobiles and sleds. The snow came so fast, we had what seemed like over 5 feet in places – with snowdrifts.
We had an impromtu employee / bar regulars party, and stayed up all night, playing whipped cream baseball, shooting pool, and made some of the the coolest colorful (food coloring and jello) snow angels you ever did see.
I can’t think of anything more important, as I believe it directly impacts so many other issues, like poverty and hunger. Caring for all of God’s creations: the earth, the things that crawl, walk, slither upon it, the air, the water – its all a web of interconnected life. What I am amazed by is how many people don’t care, or feel nothing when it comes to this issue.
Fall. The colors, the smells, the crisp air, the newness of each sweater that I re-discover. It is a season of glorious transformation and death. But beautiful, glorious, life turning, cycle shifting death. I love the squash and the Minnesota State Fair, I love fall.
Any weather is perfect vacation weather. For me, its about choosing to have a good time, no matter where you are and what God serves up for climate. Sometimes getting snowed in is just the right thing. Sometimes, driving along sheer cliffs in driving rain in Ireland brings the most laughter and smiles. A shower a day (the 10 minute rain shower) in the Virgin Islands is what keeps everything so lush and green. A perfectly sunshine day, always starts from within.