Let it snow

I certainly have been very fortunate with regards to the weather.  All of November was mild, with rain instead of snow coming down.  Since the arrival of December however, it has been much colder, with wind and snow occurring most days.  Vermont winters are nothing to sneeze at (unless you have a cold), with extended periods of blustery and snowy weather commonplace.  It took no time at all for the ground to freeze, and a foot of snow to be covering everything.  We get near-daily flurries as well, which helps keep the slop on the sidewalks and roads fresh … Nature’s little efficiencies!  Currently, at noon, it is 21 F outside, with a wind chill making it feel like 6 F.  Happily, this is of less importance to me than it used to be since I am now living in a snug apartment with only a 4 or 5 minute walk to work … or anywhere else in downtown Montpelier.

The Christmas season is well upon us, but I find that I am somewhat distant from the Holiday festivities.  My financial situation allows little leeway in the area of impulsive gift buying, although I have allowed myself some small purchases as the joy of giving gifts is too hard to pass up.  My lack of finances has created a bit of a conflict for me as I am still in ‘party mode’ from the joy of having established my residence here, but the difficulties of the past few years have created within me a fresh measure of discipline and stoicism.  Actually, I am probably being too strict with myself, but it is hard to let go of the ‘survival mode’ that I needed to cultivate for so long in order to endure.  This will pass with time as I am already discovering.  It is good to feel the joys of life, and I must allow myself to embrace them fully in the same way that I fostered my previous stoicism.  The right tool for the job as Mr. Natural would say.

Montpelier itself has changed slightly since the advent of the Holiday season.  It seems to me that the mercantile aspect of Christmas manifests itself too easily in people.  The normally courteous drivers, who would stop and allow you to cross the street, now zoom right by you and it pays to be aware of puddles before they become part of your wardrobe’s fashion style.  This is somewhat sad, as the courtesy and warmth of the people here, contributes mightily to the ambiance of contentment which pervades the area.  It is more pleasant with those who are walking about, either doing their Holiday shopping or running whatever errands they find themselves doing.  The frequent greetings and pleasantries have not lessened one iota.

Life in Montpelier

Sometimes in life things move along quite slowly and at other times events seem to happen with sudden and unexpected swiftness.  I have been working at establishing myself and getting out of the homeless shelter for some time now with disappointing results.  Recently, I finally came upon a situation which would allow me to do this.  It was a difficult choice as the place that I was looking at was overpriced and two miles out of town as well as being squalid and rank, but it was the only solution that I was able to create for myself.  And then, suddenly, I came upon another situation on the thirtieth of November (my birthday – and what an entirely unexpected birthday gift life threw at me).  A friend of mine in Montpelier had a roommate who was no longer interested in living in the apartment that they shared.  As a result, he was looking for a new roommate to split the rent, which was within my budget.  And so, yesterday, the first of December, I gave him my half of the December rent, and this morning, with the help of a friend, I moved all my stuff out of the shelter and into my new bedroom in an apartment.

What a joy and a relief to finally achieve what I have been working towards for so long now.  With my part time job at ORCA Media and my new residence, I now have a life in Montpelier.