I’m assuming most of you are aware of the Ikc Christmas drawing for a knife donated by Erin at TSA Knives. IF not, check it out. Pretty simple to enter the contest and a pretty nice prize to boot.
I’ll be putting up a note on the Trestle Pine Knives page with a special offer and drawing opportunity for the holidays shortly. It’s always fun to surprise someone with an unexpected gift particularly at the holiday season. Better yet to be the recipient of that gift!!!
A critical part of my day is usually my afternoon break when I head to the post office. That trip includes a stop at the local Holiday Station for a cup of coffee to accompany my afternoon stogie. With coffee in hand, cigar fired up, my wife (usually accompanies me) and I spend an hour taking a drive. The drive rarely has a specific destination. In fact, it’s a bit like watching a dog wandering around the yard with absolutely no destination in mind. There is, however, a purpose to the drive.
The drive is my ‘cocktail’ hour. I don’t drink, so the coffee and cigar are my substitute for a couple of beers. Seems to work. During the ‘drive’ we (if my wife is along or “I” if I’m alone) might recount the days events, upcoming activities, share some gossip or air our differences.
With sunset in the middle of the afternoon this time of year, we get to see the Christmas lights people put up. It really puts you in the holiday mood and makes the afternoon drive a bit more interesting. You also have to keep your eyes open as the deer love to come out for some evening browsing. And the browsing is always better on the other side of the road.
There’s over a foot of snow on the ground in my part of the world. Temperatures have been in the double digits below zero at night and hovering around zero during the day. It’s that time of the year when we ask ourselves why on all of God’s Green Earth we choose to stay up here. Then I think about the evening drive.
We’ve seen people shoveling the snow out of their driveway in what can be life threatening temperatures. Kids are running around with sleds looking for a hill to go down. A couple of guys are out on the ice trying to catch a few fish. Shoppers are going in and out of stores doing their Christmas shopping. I’m driving around with the window open so my wife doesn’t suffocate from second hand smoke.
All of this makes the summer days living on the lake so much sweeter. Kicking back with a cup of coffee by the fire after supper. This is what makes us more aware of the time of season up here. I couldn’t imagine Christmas without bone chilling temperatures and mountains of snow. Do I like it…not really. Would I miss it…you bet.