Breaking news: winter in Canada involves SNOW

So, it’s winter.

It’s February.

I am in Canada.

Thus, you may correctly deduce there is snow on the ground. There is, in fact, massive amounts of frozen white chunks of semi-solid but occasionally fluffy bits out there. Not just flakes fallen from the sky, but piles heaved, areas blown over and drifts everywhere, leaving wavy sculptures by the roadside and heavenly swirls on the surface. I do not expect to see my lawn until June, and if you’ve ever been here, that’s not much of an exaggeration.

I mean, I *like* snow, don’t get me wrong. It’s pretty. Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it, and I have to admit: I’m not the one who shovels it. Also, we can build fun stuff with it like forts and snow people that had unfortunate accidents. We can shovel it against the house to help bank it and keep the cold out. (well, not *me* shovel, but you know what, or who I meant)

But seriously, this is crazy.

Can't get out the front door still

If at some point we disappear, come dig me out, okay? Bring a large tractor, and possibly an empty dump truck. There’s nowhere else to put this stuff. Seriously, a plow came down this morning to try and skim some off the sides of the road. He didn’t know where to put the extra either.

13 replies on “Breaking news: winter in Canada involves SNOW”

  1. I hear you. But I think that Toronto is too warm these days for that sort of accumulation so it isn’t Canada per se. Ottawa looks pretty similar. the city does come by with dump trucks though and a HUGE snowblower that takes all the stuff plowed up onto the side of the road and blows it into the dump trucks to take and dump on various empty city lots around the place. Of course if you live near a “snow dump” there are other issues (the melt stinks to begin with). And yesterday I got stuck behind a convoy of dump trucks (one snow blower, several trucks so that when one is full there is an empty one just behind) on my way home.

    When shovelling the drive I send tigger up to the top of the bank and get her to shovel that down onto the rest of the lawn so I don’t have to throw it so far. Then I contemplate the joy of levers as I strategically position my hands on the shovel to fling that stuff. 🙂

  2. You are in a good position to appreciate the snow, not having to shovel any of it. Snow is indeed beautiful, and the drifts can be really really cool. It’s hard to appreciate that when it means hours of work. The good thing is, when spring hits and all that stuff melts, all that water makes for some lush and lovely grass.

  3. My dad is in New Mexico now, he calls regularly to tell me how hot it is, and how nice the sunshine is.

    We got some fluffy, glittery stuff this morning, putting a pretty white coat over the old stuff. Yes, it’s pretty, but if we could have it be a bit warmer and still be snow, I’d be much happier.

  4. We’re smack in the middle of yet another snowstorm here. Taking H to school today meant climbing enormous snowbanks and dealing with totally uncleared sidewalks where the snow was up to just about my knees.

    I know this isn’t abnormal. But DAMN if I’m not fed up of it by now.

  5. Lucky you! you don’t have to shovel! I’m only a kid and I have to shovel. At least it’s only the front walk-though sometimes I do have to help with the driveway.

    We have that much snow but it’s not all banked up against the house, though I guess we are a bit more in-the-city than you.

  6. We had a rain that washed it all away but the hubby is up in Northern NB and everytime I call and ask him what’s he’s been doing on the job he says, “Shoveling snow.”

    Kinda makes me not so eager to move to NB if that is indeed in our future. 🙂

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