Spring Wisdom as Winter Starts to Leave

We’ve had a few days of above freezing temperatures. It is starting to feel like Spring!

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Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.
– Author Unknown –

snow trees Alberta

You’ll have a lot more respect for a bird after you try making a nest.
– Cynthia Copeland Lewis –

The glory of springtime is the same to all. But there are many different points of view. A child sees it best from the middle of a mud puddle.
– Pearl Swiggum –

Never Ending Alberta Winter

You might be as tired of hearing about winter as we are of having winter. Yesterday we had another big dump of snow. About 10 inches of the wet, white stuff. But I have some more nice pictures, and a few quotes… I would rather think about snow than about the Federal election – that is all people are talking about…
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You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks two sizes.
– Author Unknown –

snow on spruce tree branch

My family tree needs more wood and less sap.
– Author Unknown –

snow spruce trees

As the poet said, ‘Only God can make a tree’ — probably because it’s so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
– Woody Allen –

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If the temperature is zero outside today and it’s going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?
– Author Unknown –

Canadian Ice – All That it’s Cracked up to Be! Bus Bonspiel (Video)

Canadian Seasons have been described as: Six months of winter, and six months of poor sledding. These two blocks of time can be further broken down into: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction season. On the calendar, this would read as Winter, June, July, August, Winter.

Winter here is not like the one that people in other countries use as an excuse to wear cute sweaters, light jackets and fashion boots. No, a Canadian winter can be a fierce thing that will kill you if you don’t treat it with respect. On the coldest days, citizens who brave the outdoors look much like a padded, rounded snowman.

While so many of you are blogging about the joys of spring, many of us here in Canada are still digging out from another day of snow. You can understand then, why many of us think Global Warming is a good thing. We also don’t mind sending some of our wintery weather south in cooling blasts called  Blue Northers or Alberta Clippers.

Even our sports reflect our climate. All the most popular ones involve Ice. Many children are introduced to skating at a young age, with boys normally gravitating to hockey, and girls to figure skating (though there are plenty of excellent female hockey players and male figure skaters.) At the professional level, Hockey is our biggest sport. 54% of the players in the National Hockey League (which has teams in both Canada and the United States) were born in Canada. With the highest paid players in the league earning salaries of $10 million a year, and the lowest salary a cool $500,000, it is no wonder that little boys dream of being one of the 720 hockey players in the league. Personally, I don’t like the direction hockey has gone. I think the salaries are obscene and the violence is abhorrent. The Sidney Crosby concussion tells the story of much of what is wrong with hockey.

Another popular sport is Curling. No violence, no big salaries, no over the top media hype, it is a game that many people just do not understand. And no wonder. It is Chess on ice. Though it is a game played by people of all ages and abilities, it is not an easy game to play well. Here are Canada’s best Top Ten shots from the Roar of the Rings in 2009.

Curling is also a game where even the smallest Canadian towns and cities can boast a world class team. Team Holland was a Saskatchewan Women’s Team that curled out of the small town of Kronau, a place of 200 people!

There is also the ice that causes so many car accidents each winter. Watch this video, which does an excellent job of both documenting a string of vehicle accidents in Montreal, and explaining some of the finer points of curling.

Ice – I’ve skated on it, I’ve curled on it, and, during our brief summer season, I keep my beverages cool with it! What a remarkable product!

Ice Tea

That Will be a Frosty Friday – The Magic of a Heavy Frost

“Never say never.”

All parents eventually  learn that the word ‘never’ should not be used in the following sentence: “My child would never…”  It is an invitation that no child can resist.

A more lengthy version of the same maxim is: “That will be a Frosty Friday” which also implies a statistical probability of zero. However, this morning it is a Frosty Friday, which just goes to show that anything can happen!

Frosty Icicles.

Evergreen branches coated with frost.

heavey frost AlbertaJack Frost muffles the bell.

heavy frost AlbertaEven a simple post is covered with frost.

Spring Snow – Day 4 of Enough is Enough

Another spring day at our house. The trees are covered with frost. No new snow this morning, so Mitts and I don’t have to go out and shovel yet. 30% chance of snow today, and the temperature, with the wind, feels like -10C. A good morning to stay inside.

I found Mitts in the laundry room.  Fresh out of the dryer, they were hanging out with Doll.

Mitts eventually got put into the cupboard, where they tried to convince Canada Mitts to hide them. With any luck, all the Mitts will be taking a well deserved rest – in a month or two or three… Then, I’ll have to track down Gardening Gloves! 

Tracks in the Snow – Mini Snowmageddon

Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.
– Author Unknown –

We spent a few days in the mountains of British Columbia. It snowed  nearly every day while we were there. One of the snowfalls produced giant snowflakes! Each flake was clearly visible to the naked eye – lacy six sided crystals sparkling in the sun.

On the giant snowflake day, I spent the afternoon outside wading through knee-deep snow and taking pictures. When I looked back to where I had been, I was surprised to see how crooked a path I was making!

In the foreground you can see how the sun was lighting up the big snowflakes. You can also see the very crooked path I had made two days before. All I can say is that the scenery makes it hard to concentrate on walking the straight and narrow.

In one of the forest clearings I came across tracks going every which way – my nemesis, the deer. Well, not my deer, because they are back home, probably sitting in my back yard enjoying the quiet. They like it when we go away and leave them alone to eat my yard in peace.