"Wasteland? I think you mean 'Wonderland!'"*

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Well, it's here. That time of year where the most obvious thing I've got for blog-fodder (and small-talk) is how much freaking snow there is out there! Oh, and also how freaking cold it is! This is the second year in a row we have had to endure a minus-thirty snap in November, and I don't. like it. one. bit. It wouldn't be so bad if we didn't know that there will be another one in January. Only longer. And most likely colder.

Jason imparted the cheery news to me last night that "several experts agree that this will be our coldest winter in fifteen years. One said in recorded history." Whee.

Why do we live here again?!

For the last twenty-four hours or more, snow has been drifting down in big, rabbit-pelt-like flakes. Pretty, yes. But it doesn't exactly make you excited to get out the door in the morning. Or out of bed, for that matter. Thank goodness that our fireplace is double-sided into our bedroom! Otherwise, what with that part of the house being the coldest and draftiest (and that's really saying something in our house), our bathroom pipes would freeze every night and I'd have to get dressed under the covers. As it is, we've been keeping that fireplace stoked about twenty hours a day, and it barely maintains a room temperature in the master bedroom and family room.

We have how many more months of this?!

I took these photos for Aakanksha:

They were all taken while looking out from my front window. You see that red truck hiding behind the monstrous maple in our front yard that did not get pruned this fall? The one underneath the mountain of rabbit-pelt-snow? That is how much snow has fallen in just the last 30 hours-ish.

When I took my van into the shop this morning, the guy behind the counter was complaining that he couldn't find his truck this morning under all the snow! (Apparently, the truck is white.)

C'mon, all you ex-pat Canadians--doesn't this make you want to come home? You miss this, right?

P.S. Thank you to all of your supportive comments after my last few posts. It really makes a difference knowing that people are rooting for you. Yay! for the Internet.

*Prize to the first person who can tell me where this quote comes from!

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  1. bring on the global warming

  2. Your quote of the day is from the Movie "Monsters Inc." John Ratzenberger does the cheery voice of the Abominable / Adorable Snowman.

    Luv ya

  3. Ger - :-) Thanks for commenting!

    Jason - Hmm...Well, of course you know that! I'm going to have to think of a really great prize for you, now! :-)

  4. Thanks for dropping in with all the info on lscto-fermented chutneys.

  5. Shoot, you guys are going to be easy to entertain! All we'll have to do is let you look out the window at a snowless landscape that still has some green grass among the brown!! Can't wait!! :)
    Love you LOTS!

  6. Dawn - I've re-read the post, scratched my head a few times, but I'm sorry--I totally don't understand where this comment came from. Help me out?

    Rohini - No problem! I'll try to keep better up-to-date next time! :-)

    Mom - Okay, we're easy to entertain, but not that easy. We might actually want to walk around in the grass, you know.

  7. It's OK Dawn I'll explain it to her later after the kids are in bed ;)


  8. Okay, Dawn, Jason pointed out that if I had re-read the preceding comments, I would totally have followed your train of thought. Need sleep.

  9. I knew exactly what Dawn meant.

    Thank you very much for the much desired snow (photos). It rained all day out here today. Grey, bleak, dismal, puddly, muddy,and in front of the station- newspaper -water- (papiermache)-goo on the ground.

    I was wondering why the weather here is leaving me irritated while it was a lot colder and snowy in Stuttgart (Germany) and I felt happy every single day.

    The snow. It brightens. Even if the sky is dark. Rain, is not snow.

  10. That's ok T, And Jason, thanks for explaining things!

  11. And did you know that when you type 'wasteland? I think you mean wonderland' into Google you are the third hit that comes up?


    Yup. Snow. It's all true.

    Love you.

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  13. Are you sure you weren't looking out MY front window when you took those pictures?? Gotta love the Peace region! And what is with everyone parroting Peter Mansbridge on that whole "coldest winter in 50 years" thing, anyhow?? I heard it too...and promptly blocked it out of my conscious mind! Denial is the only way to handle news like that, people!

  14. Ok I know this is a month late. Sue me.

    I just need to express my thanks. I had been experiencing a small crisis of homesickness, but looking at your pictures, then out the window at the green grass in Belgium, I may just be happier here... :p Actually heading for Scotland tomorrow, which legend says is going to be dark and rainy this time of year. See above for Ace's comment regarding the difference between rain and snow, and know that I agree wholeheartedly... so maybe that homesickness thing will come back, who knows :p


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