Thursday, January 16, 2020

Snow Days

I was thinking of writing about - fun - laughing - making - creating.

Well, I did make, in an Instant Pot, a Pot Roast that just 'falls apart' with vegetables, recipe at Sustainable Cooks.

Mostly though I continue 'getting over' a several weeks long head cold with lots of coughing, sore throat, runny nose, Halls, Buckley's, Vitamin C chewables, kleenex and cold water, hot lemon-ginger tea, extra naps and light reading. 

Weeks of rainy, not too cold, some sunshine and blue skies showing up gave way to minus degrees of - C cold and very snow Sunday night. 

By Wednesday the tall piles and annoying shovelled removal of snow from behind and on the vehicles, sidewalk, drains ... revived memories of past winters snow clearing jobs. I shovelled snow Monday and Tuesday (and most likely clearing the sidewalks Thursday afternoon since it started snowing heavily at noon, stopped for a few hours and started again in the evening). Snow is again forecast for Friday.

A much appreciated relief from shovelling happened Wednesday morning - a neighbour across the street whom I have not yet met - shovelled the public sidewalk in front of our home (municipal law says 'all sidewalks must be cleared by 11 am or something like that) AND he cleared the two short sidewalks to our front steps and cleaned the lower steps. We thanked him, shared names and are very grateful.

My car and the van are the large bumps under the fresh snow on the left (above). We've been using the truck to get around in this weather so that was Tuesday nights snow since I had cleared the first snow off the truck Tuesday morning.

My rather worn down Christmas Cactus has set two blooms.

The backyard snow is untouched (except for various animal tracks).

Coastal BC (Canada) sometimes has problems with heavy snow and strong winds. Plows, sanding or salting roads keep the municipal workers working long hours - they clear the main roads before side streets. 

Our local schools were closed Wednesday for a Snow Day (and I am guessing perhaps Friday as well  as the weather map shows continued cold and snow).

I did replace my worn out snow shovels last fall  - tried out the curvy handled one. Bit easier for me to use. Picked up two heavy sacks of salt crystals 'just in case' Tuesday afternoon.

After removing as much snow as I could from the sidewalks on Tuesday I sprinkled salt crystals on the ice footsteps left behind and it was easier to remove most of the ice footprints the next morning. Shook out more salt on Wednesday afternoon when I cleared a path to the large drain at the foot of our driveway.

Take care.




  1. We have lots of snow here, too, Joy--and more coming this weekend although they aren't predicting how much yet after the fiasco last week of scaring everyone with 'feet' of snow and we only got about 3 or 4". lol
    I guess I didn't realize where you were in Canada. Are you in British Columbia. One of my best friends in the world lives in Kelowna. She is an artist and pretty well known in that area.
    Have a great day- xo Diana

  2. You guys have gotten so much snow! We missed the bulk of it on the weekend, did get the wind though. Then yesterday from 9am zero snow to today we now have 1.5 foot on the ground. Everything is shut today - all schools, our college, the base. Our airport is open and some stores but boy things sure shut down when we get that much snow. Simply no where to put it all!

  3. No snow in Texas although we did have flurries last weekend! I can't even imagine winter living conditions like yours. Sying a prayer yo get over the last of that cold! Shoveling snow when you are sick does not sound like a good idea.....
    Blessings on your kind new neighbor!

  4. Wow! You guys have been pummeled! My blog friend JoAnn is in Bellingham and has the same thing. I feel for you--shoveling is no fun. Esp with a cold.

  5. Take care and stay warm. We’re could have flurries here next week. We rarely get snow that sticks long enough to be shoveled.

  6. Nothing like having to be out shoveling snow while you are getting over a dreaded cold. More snow expected here, too. I am really lucky I don't have to shovel snow anymore. I hope you are feeling yourself again soon. :)

  7. We have had but a dusting here in Chicagoland since November, perhaps we will get more than ice out of this next storm. The ergonomic shovels are great. Spray the bowl of the shovel with w-d-40 and snow/ice will super slide off...making life even easier! We (in our 70's) push more snow then shovel and lift..and of course a mini and larger snow blower. The mini we use on the porches and stairs or for small dustings. Your photos are lovely, though. Not used to being snowless, here.

  8. I am tired of shoveling! Bet you are too! Stay warm!

  9. So much snow! Wow, Joy! It is beautiful but a big project cleaning it off the sidewalks and cars. Hope you are feeling better.


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