Joslyn Fillman: ‘Tis the season (nearly)
It’s that most wonderful time of the year in Nevada County.
You know what I’m talking about. The trees have nearly all changed, branches laid bare, the pines as green as ever. A chill in the morning air.
If you’re like me, it’s time for cozy days by the fire reading. Life slows a little, then speeds up through the holiday season, then slows again. The ever-growing stack of books on my night stand beckons. Grows taller. I don’t feel guilty about indulging. There’s little work to be done in the garden, no urge to move much at all. Stillness descends.
I’ll miss the sunshine and all that comes with it. I already miss swimming in the river and lakes, hiking along canals (though many are as lovely in winter as in fairer days), sweating and burning a bit and drinking lemonade and iced coffee, camping and leaving work with the sun still hanging high.
But the seasons change — am indisputable perk of living in Nevada County is being able to enjoy all four, and each bit in between.
But here we are — winter. It’s dark when I wake up, dark when I drive home from work. Dark when I make dinner, dark when I drink my morning coffee.
Dark when PG&E turns the power off.
So it goes.
But best of all — ’tis the season in Nevada County. And if you’re the festive type, there is never a shortage of cheer. If you have family in town, flip through this edition of Prospector — and the next — and show them a little bit of what Nevada County has to offer.
Craft fairs and art sales provide the oppurtunity to support your community while finding the perfect gift for the creative types in your life.
If music is your thing there are a host of upcoming shows at the Miners Foundry, Vets Hall, Foothills Event Center, the fairgrounds, and more.
And the holiday lights are popping up across town. Not a bad time for a slow drive.
There may even be snow heading our way — maybe it’s already here by the time this paper hits newsstands, mailboxes, driveways and coffee shops across the county. Rain, snow, dew, mist — anything wet and cold at this point would be welcome.
No matter the weather, it’s time to pull out the reindeer sweater, practice your carols, start or finish your gift buying. It’s time to celebrate your own traditions, enjoy your family and friends, give back to your community — and receive in return.
I love this time of year in Nevada County. Thanks for sharing it with me.
And happy holidays.
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