Thursday, February 19, 2015

{pretty, happy, funny, REAL} Snowstorm!

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Ok, so this post is all REAL, with some pretty, happy, and funny thrown in there too!

I'm talking a REAL SNOWSTORM. It blew threw Eastern Canada on Sunday and Monday, but hit PEI the hardest, where we had a whopping 86.8 cm (34 inches) of snow and 120 km/hr (75 mph) winds!! The snow began Sunday morning, and the island was basically shut down. I'm writing this on Ash Wednesday, and some roads on the island still haven't had even one track ploughed through. Schools are still cancelled for Thursday. Some of the pictures are pretty crazy!

Here is what the storm looked like at our place. A lot of it just blew on past us! I hope you like pictures of snow. :) Me, I like a good storm, as long as everyone is safe and snug.

Here's what we woke up to on Monday morning, 24 hours in:

Happy Islander Day!

Still snowing and blowing, and bushels of fun

The car and the steering wheel of the tractor!

Front porch drift

Yes, that's a woodpile buried beside the shed

Monday afternoon as the winds died down. One track ploughed through our road, and we were one of the lucky ones, being on a fairly main rural road. We had two lanes by Tuesday afternoon. Our road was not all that bad, compared to some roads I've seen pictures of, with cuts through of 16 feet! The smaller roads around us didn't even get one track till Wednesday. 

Our means of snow removal :)

Here's where the northeast winds just whipped around the side of the house. The packed snow there is maybe a foot deep.

By Monday evening we figured it was worth going out to do some shoveling. The kids thought it was pretty cool to be able to reach the top of our lamppost.

Starting the channel.

Walking on (frozen) water

I stayed out to finish the path to the car.

The path dug through the drift, with probably a foot of hard packed snow underneath.

The car is in sight!

There was something very peaceful about being out in the calm and dark after the storm, just me and the shovel in the glowing light of the house and the lamp in the yard. Winter nights like this remind me of a childhood winter spent in Saskatchewan, walking through much the same sort of drifts, reading John White's Archives of Anthropos series in the dark evenings, sensing something very real and deep just beyond the throw of the light's reach. The pull of the distant, starry heavens just about equal to the pull of the house's cheery warmth, and me suspended between. The still. The silence. The wonder.

Tuesday we went out to play!

There were fox tracks through the back and front yards.

The building to the right is our chicken shed. The door to it was completely buried! Just keep moving, foxes...

As of Wednesday night, our driveway has been blown out by our farmer neighbour and his big tractor, the car is free, and the road to town is clear, though I hear it is pretty difficult still to get around in some places in Charlottetown. Other rural neighbours are still rather dramatically snowed in. The island was basically shut down Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but we are digging out, and I'm sure this storm will not be forgotten! 

Meanwhile, inside...

Don't worry, it's only very mild cabin fever. :)


Thursday, February 12, 2015

{pretty, happy, funny, real} on February 12

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Pretty in pink and ready for her very first ballet class!


Bear on the Train is a great book for little boys who like trains or bears! The text has a nice rhythm and the pictures are lovely. Happiest when read in the company of Papa Bear. :)

Good to look at the pictures by oneself, too!


Arden decided last winter she wanted to make cardboard skis; I think she was inspired by the Olympics! We made bobsleds and other things, but somehow never got around to the skis. Well, she remembered again this winter. Her idea was to cut out cardboard, decorate them with markers, then put clear plastic garbage bags over them to make them slippery.

I helped her make them, and Daddy took her out to try them out!

She went down the hill and everything! (With a bit of help.) She was pretty proud of herself.


A bit of winter aftermath. We've had more snow since, and more on the way this weekend! The kids are loving it, and I really don't mind either. Embrace the season!

The river finally froze.

Here is the full moon, though this picture doesn't capture its larger than life reality.

Happy winter to everyone!

p.s. If you could use a little bit of hope, some dear friends of mine are sharing their own "Stories of Hope" at my other blog, Red Letters.  This series was partly inspired by a quote on the Like Mother, Like Daughter homepage - "One who has hope lives differently." (Pope Benedict XVI)


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