It’s 2:36 pm on January 1, 2022. After weeks of dreading the thought of ushering in a new year (honestly, how much of a clean slate can be expected with COVID still very much exerting its influence over everyday life), it happened at midnight last night and does feel cathartic in a way. A bit like ripping a Band-Aid. 2022 is now officially here – ready or not – and after a week of rest and reflection, I’m feeling a lot more ready.
I did not stay up until midnight, nor did I celebrate with any form of bubbly drink. We had a quiet (delicious) date night at home and watched The Lost Leonardo which was exactly the pace of documentary I needed (art, intrigue – this had it all), the kids listened to an audiobook, and I turned out my light by 10:15. We had been scheduled to celebrate with another family but because of some sniffles and the high COVID case numbers in our area, we all stayed put.
The next thing I knew, it was 6:59 am on January 1st (the kids are allowed to get us at 7:00 am, and their clocks always end up running fast) and our pint-sized humans were knocking on the bedroom door looking for the all-clear to get breakfast.
It’s officially 2022 and the world continues to revolve and kids continue to wake up hungry.
With warm temperatures and some cabin fever setting in, we opted to do a short hike on a local trail and then meandered through the very quiet downtown. Aside from a Christmas Day walk years ago, I can’t remember another time where things have felt so deserted. On that note, I have to give one last huge gold star to Wolfville for helping spread holiday cheer.
You may be tired of my constant celebration of all things Wolfville (and our town definitely has lots of challenges, like any other)…but I couldn’t help but snap these final pictures of all the festive displays. They have just made me so – happy.
Our local university has a tagline: You wouldn’t want to go to an ordinary university. We wouldn’t want to be one. I feel like the same sentiment applies to our little town. It doesn’t feel ordinary, and for that I am so thankful.
ONE LAST FESTIVE HURRAH
We started and ended our walk on the waterfront. I always love when the tide is in and the retaining wall rocks make a great jungle gym.
The giant wreath is starting to sag, but the greenery is still a boost to the spirit.
And the wreaths – there are wreaths everywhere! Dense and wild, with all sorts of natural textures and different varieties of greenery. I love the vignette created in the window display at this vintage clothing store in town.
I’m currently reading Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee and can’t help but imagine she would smile to see the bright, inviting colours on some of our downtown restaurants (with bonus points to the Rolled Oat for their in-window potted plant display)! The Naked Crepe happens to be my favourite place to eat in-town – look at that bright red door. How can you help smiling when walking by that such a cheerful burst of colour?
Then of course there is the iconic Acadia marquee outside the movie theatre/ local coffee shop.
Further down the street…check out the aesthetics of the Annapolis Cider Company storefront – bright decals and more of that lush greenery. And a little half-pint in the flesh, relaxing and completely oblivious to the fact we are so, so blessed to live in such a safe, wonderful part of the world. Ignorance is bliss and it’s moments like this that I want to bottle the kids up and keep them this young and protected and happy and carefree forever.
Happy New Year to those of you reading this blog. It’s been a fun few months for me getting this writing outlet up and going, and I’m looking forward to the giving and receiving of ideas and inspiration in 2022.
Now tell me – did you manage to stay up past 10:15 pm?