Sunday, January 9

Snow Day in Alberta, Canada

This morning I was going to drive down to Calgary but because of the horrible weather and the 20 cm of snow my trip was, needless to say, canceled.

So we spent the entire day at home, bunkered down. Playing inside. I sent Drew outside for a bit to clear the snow off our roof and gazebo roof; it took him 3 hours.

I always get a kick when I watch the news and hear of cities in the USA or England other countries that shut down when they get a few inches of show. I can't even imagine what that would be like. For me it's a fair trade though. We have snow, but no huge gross bugs or poisonous spiders. I will take this white stuff any day.

 Here are the highlights of our snow day.

Drew pushing the snowblower.

Everyone on our road was doing the same thing at the same time; which is to say ALL morning.

This is a shot from the roof down our street.

Shoveling the roof.  

Ethan having a wonderful time.

Princess Nora.


I am grateful for days like today. Although it came at a very inconvenient time because I had plans I felt were important, Drew and I were given a play day with the children. I love playing with our children. I am grateful they still enjoy playing with us, we know this will end soon but not today.

I am grateful for the street that we live on as each of us take turns shoveling the sidewalk; it's nice to have caring neighbours.

I am grateful for all the laundry I was able to get done today. 

I am grateful for the turkey we have in our freezer that will be making an appearance tomorrow for bunker down day number two!



Sam and/or Monika said...

Snowblower on roof? Has it been tried before? I am just sayin....

Also I remember a time on my mission (Las Vegas) where church was cancelled because of a 3 cm snow fall that day. My comp was from Alberta too and we just laughed and did our thing anyways.

Its really sort of a funny thing, how people here just wimp out over some cold and snow. Especially the drivers. I stay off the roads after the first "big" snow storm of the season down here while all these born-again winter drivers figure out how to maneuver on ice and sleet again.

When people find out that I moved to Wisconsin from Utah/Arizona they say, "Boy you must be hating life!" I calmly shake my head and say "No. No I am not." I then ask them the following questions:

- Have you ever had to plug your cars in at night just to be sure that it will start in the morning?

- Have the cattle ever frozen to death in the field because the ranchers were not able to get to them for days on April?

- Has your town ever been the coldest place on the planet?

- Have you ever been without power for 3 days due to a blizzard in May?

"No? Well then shut the hell up about "cold" weather to me."

Natasha said...

LOL. Blizzard in May. That's so funny.

I love it. Church was cancelled, we're totally snowed in, but it's romantic. It's not overly cold, and it's WAYWAYWAY better than having rats, poisonous snakes and big poisonous bugs. And would you believe I have never seen a single cockroach?

We don't have a snow blower and neither do most of the people on our street. I shovelled yesterday and it killed my back. My 11-year-old very maturely offered to come shovel my driveway and back deck with his dad.

Amy said...

So sad I didn't see you and the other girls yesterday, but a day of playing with the family is a nice trade off.

What a job for Drew to take on all that shovelling...even the roof, I'm impressed. :)

Anonymous said...

I think we Albertans are kind of proud of our extreme weather, and how tough we are about it.
I just wonder, why can't we have a day off when it's sunny and minus 10?

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