Wednesday, December 26, 2012

No snow

Around the middle of December the Icelandic ice-cream truck made its last round of 2012. It won‘t be back until April. I cannot remember how long it ran last year, or the year before that, but I think 2012 was the first year it was operated in December. It has been an unusually warm fall and winter here. At least in the south of the country.

The only time snow is really acceptable is over the holidays. So far we don‘t have any and haven‘t since last winter. Not bad at all. The north of Iceland however has snow in abundance, having experienced a massive snowfall in September which is exceptionally early for such weather. This storm brought great grief to the sheep farmers in the area since the animals were still running wild and had yet to be herded. I do not remember the number of sheep that were killed of exposure or buried alive under the snow and do not particularly want to either. It is too depressing.

When not interested in skiing snow is good for three things – it is atmospheric over Christmas, it lights up the winter darkness and it is good for positioning firecrackers on New Year’s Eve. Other than that it is useless. Which is why the weather forecast for the coming weeks is no good. Cold, cold and then some more cold. Which given time will be accompanied by snow. But probably only after the firecrackers have all been set off.

I have yet to finish trimming our Christmas tree. It is about 30-40% covered with lights. The remaining 60-70% are my project for this evening. I do not throw lights on the tree. Each bulb is fastened - which is why the tree is still more bare than lit.

My daughter is next to my while I type, talking about cancer. She says I will get it if I work with my computer in my lap. Lap cancer (as opposed to lap dancer). I am trying to tell her that it is called a laptop and that the computer producers are American and they would be sued to high heaven if a laptop cannot be placed in a lap. But she is persistent. Now she is saying I talk too much on my mobile so I will also get brain cancer. Or ear cancer. It is hard to concentrate with all these cancer interruptions. Hence this particular low point in my blog contribution.

Since I had little to say anyway I think I will call it a day – I wish you a good year and will now get back to learning about what cancer I am likely to get because of my lifestyle. Surprisingly enough she seems not to have heard about the cancer connection to smoking.   

So happy coming New Year – may 2013 turn out to be fruitful in all possible, positive ways.

Yrsa - Wednesday


  1. Ms. Sigurdardottir, you're simply fantastic:)) But stop smoking. That's my resolution for you (and your family) for 2013. Happy New Year!

  2. Yrsa, Happy New Year and may you sell a book for every star in the Icelandic sky!