If you're looking for the knitting post, you'll have to wait until maybe tomorrow. Here's a teaser. I'm down -4 for completed FOs for YarnWatchers and I'm up +7 for acquisitions. I've finished three pairs of socks (ie. basically second socks) and a hat. I'm working on another hat. And I won some yarn.
That will have to do for now. From here on it it's all about the weather.
We've been hit with two significant snowstorms/blizzards/snowmageddons (aka "weather events") in the last 5 days.
We had a ginormous snow storm on Sunday (30 cm) which shut down the city. Then today we had another +30 cm snowstorm which also shut down the city and basically the province. Estimates are that it will take upwards of 2 weeks to get the roads cleared. (And that's assuming we don't get any more snow).
We had a lot of snow overnight Saturday to Sunday so I woke up to a text at 6:00 am saying that the university where I teach fitness classes was closed for the day. (Yay! But Boo!).
We had had some warmer temperatures on Saturday and a couple of days previously, so the levels of snow had dropped back by about 6". We were once again able to see the tops of the pine trees in the back yard. But Sunday morning we woke up to this.
Basically there was only about a foot of space between the top of the snow and the top of the fence. That's a problem because the dogs' heads were above the fence and they had a yearning to go and explore. So that meant having to take them out in the street to walk them every few hours. They cannot be left to go out into the backyard because the snow is so high.
It was flipping freezing, so when I walked them, I put their jackets on them. They're so totally adorable in their little coats. I didn't get a picture of Bastian because he had already run off to the couch. I did get a great video of him, however.
Here's another shot of Lilah in her coat in case you need more cuteness overload.
There was still a fair bit of fence down the other side toward the house. The dogs were still contained but it was getting touch and go in the middle there.
After the snow stopped, the sun came out on Monday, and it was shovel time! The plows came by and cleared the road (4 times - a record!)
Here's down the road to the end and the view across the street.
There was no place left to throw the snow, so I had to dig out the sidewalk so that we could throw snow on to the curb side and the house side. I am a one-woman snowblower. There were about 10 houses in the neighbourhood with cleared sidewalks, and I was the only one who did it without a snowblower. Go me. This represents much work.
At that point, the snow was piled up fairly high in front of the house.
And this was the curb side.
So walking the dogs 4 times a day was unpleasant on Monday and Tuesday because they had to go in the road. As I said, only about 10 houses in the subdivision had cleared their sidewalks.
Fast forward to today. This was the view that greeted me when I got up to check on the snow status. It's taken from the Lad's room which faces the back of the house. Note the distinct lack of fence. This was about 8:00 this morning.
I had no ability to even let the dogs out back because the doors to the deck were blocked with snow.
And a little while later, the fence had started to disappear in places.
And the front?
Here's the view from my window. Note that the beautifully cleared path on the sidewalk had been completely filled with snow again. It's the dip in the middle beside my car (the black one which is half obscured by snow).
After I managed to clear the front porch, I ended up on top of that snow bank to the right of the silver car so that I could remove most of the top of it and shovel it to a lower-lying area. Yes, I had to remove snow in order to make space to pile the new stuff. It was a three step process.
Then after that, I had to re-dig the sidewalk and shovel all that snow up on to the snowbanks so that there was room to walk and shovel the rest of the actual snow.
I left about 4' for snow before the next door neighbours' driveway, because I didn't want all of the snow blowing and filling in my newly created snow channel. (Again, all dug by hand by yours truly).
I did get the Lad up and he helped shovel.
Here's a great view of our unplowed road. Isn't this ? No one managed to get out of our subdivision today because it didn't get plowed.
I am starting to feel like the abominable snowman. We had to get the cars shovelled out (not that we could have gone anywhere today if our lives depended on it).
I climbed back up onto our front snow pile to survey the landscape. Snow as far as the eye could see.
You can see in that second photo all the snow which I had thrown from the top or which I had hurled over from the snow tunnel sidewalk.
The view from atop Mount Ross.
In the backyard, the Lad dug some trenches for the dogs so that they could run around and pee and do their business. I'll get photos of that tomorrow.
Right now I'm exhausted and going to bed.
The entire city was shut down. They've already cancelled public transit for tomorrow morning and the universities are closed for another day.
Your regularly scheduled yarn postings will return shortly.
Over and out folks. This is as bad as white Juan - if not worse.
Have I mentioned that I hate snow? My boots have holes in them and leak, but my Hunter Wellies aren't warm enough. I've been going through two pairs of gloves and two hats each day.
Did I mention ugh?
I am so over winter. I hope your'e somewhere warm. Or at least somewhere not snowing.