Thursday, March 24, 2011

Snowpocalypse in spring-time

Hello March. I didn't see you there under ALL THAT SNOW.

It wasn't really the sheer quantity of white stuff that had me gawking out of my window on Wednesday morning. I mean, I live in Canada. I know that has consequences. Perhaps I was daft, but I thought that 20CM OF SNOW would be preceded by, you know, cold weather.

It wasn't even that we'd just had a brief warmer day. It hadn't snowed for weeks and on the weekend, I had finally dragged the bag of de-icing grit for the sidewalks back down to my basement. I had picked up my snow boots from their spot by the door and stowed them in my closet and laid aside my full length coat in favour of a fleece. I had even switched my violently coloured knee-length socks to violently coloured ankle socks. Seriously, spring was coming!

I noted my actions on Facebook and received the prompt reply that I'd jinxed everything and now it was going to snow on Wednesday....

.... I'm still hoping a weather forecast was involved somewhere in that.

Having completed a serious 20 minutes worth of slack-jawed gawking on Wednesday morning, I shovelled my drive and staggered into work. Notably, only the few most major roads had been cleared; something that was true even when I returned home in the evening. In Ontario, much of the snow clearing comes from residents with plough-attachments on their pick-up trucks. They get paid by the province for the work they do, but apparently I wasn't the only one who had packed up for the season.

Upon arriving in my office, I found my Facebook wall had become a site of blame:

"Cause and effect -> didn't you put your salt/grit back in the basement? Doomed..."

Sad but true. Evidently, the clearing of my drive had also been a repulsive act to Mother Nature and she worked steadily all day to cover up any evidence of my labour. It was extremely successful.

I returned home and wrote my message to the world in my car's rear windscreen.


  1. That's 7.9 inches for the non-metrically inclined.

  2. It was just 3 months ago that you were expressing surprise at how your home country was receiving all of Canada's snow, leaving Canada with nothing. I think since that conversation, the weather has completely flipped :-) The temperature hasn't lowered to the freezing point since.

    Excellent photo! I made sure to get my "mum" a "mum" card for Christmas, which was certainly different from the norm.

  3. You should get her a "Mum" Mother's Day card for our Mother's Day on... um ... I think it's gonna be April 3rd this year...

    Mum always gets two from me now :D A "Mum" and a "Mom" Mother's Day card at different times of the year.

  4. Good idea!

    We just had "Red Nose Day", which I incorrectly assumed was your April Fools' Day - good thing I didn't try to play a major prank on somebody :-)