The last day.
So it´s the last day of the year and tonight lots of people will celebrate that. I have never really understood why 🙂 Yes I have been to new years parties and I have sent away fireworks up into the sky, but never really understood why 🙂 For me this is just a day like all others with, perhaps, better programs on tv 🙂 🙂 🙂
The day has started nice, no wind and I saw the sun a short while before it disappeared behind the clouds. But with a little bit of luck we will see it a lot today. The weather will change almost as soon as we have left this year behind us and greeted the new year in a big hug. Snowstorm is predicted in big parts of the country, in other parts only storm and the wind will be as fast as up to 30 m/s (around 30 yards/second).
The two last times we had real winter storms here were in 2005 and 2007. Well they were hurricanes to be honest and the devastation they brought was unbelievable. Both times 100 000 and more people were without electricity for up to several months. The village my mother lives in was cut of from the rest of the world for over three weeks. Nothing worked but they, like I, had a stove in the kitchen and could cook their food and coffee on that 🙂
More trees fell than they cut down on an average year and some forest owners couldn´t take it and ended their lives (others died under trees that had fallen. Why on earth were they outdoors in weather like that at all?). I was amongst the lucky ones. The power only went away for two hours and most of the wind got stopped by the forest, so I could actually stay outdoors without the risk of blowing away 🙂 But I only went outside to get more firewood to the stove to be honest.
There are no indications that it will be that tough this year though. But if it will I do have plenty of food to manage for a week or so 🙂 So before it all starts I´ll bring in lots of fire logs so I don´t have to get out when the winds comes. Have a good ending of this year and a good New year!