Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Heavens Opened

The news is reported that we had a record one day snowfall. In fairness, I have seen this much snow come down at once, but usually, it is spread over 2 calendar days. This storm started around midnight and lasted until 8 PM . Officially we got 51.3 cm.  If you are unfamiliar with the metric system (or snow) it looks like this.

We were out walking the dogs. As you can see, the snow is higher than Dolly. She is walking in the rut left by the nice man who clears our driveway. The neighbours who had to get out today followed those tracks to the main road.

Canada Post has advised that some addresses will not be getting mail today.

If you look carefully through the trees, you can just make out our mailboxes. They have the red Canada Post strip across the top. You might also notice that they can't get the doors to the boxes open, because the snow is partway up the doors. I think mine is one of the neighbourhoods with no mail!

So I have cancelled all my plans for today. I am not even going to try to leave home.

I started a new shawl on Sunday.  The pattern called for a 4.5 mm or a 5 mm needle.  My 5 mm was at hand so I used that. Yesterday, I decided that I wasn't 100% sure of the fabric I was getting. Since the pattern calls for two skeins of yarn, I just started again, using the second skein and the 4.5 mm needles.

Here they are, side by side.
Swatching while knitting!

I think I will have to knit a bit farther to decide. Isn't the colour lovely and purple!

Meanwhile, somebody forgot to tell my indoor plants it was snowing.

Now, all I need is a fire and a cup of tea, and my afternoon is set!


  1. Amaryllis!!! Shawls!!! Snow... not sure if it calls for remarks, maybe a little too much in one day. Stay warm, great day for cup of coffee, fire going, and some more knitting.

  2. That sounds like a perfect afternoon.

  3. Oh my - that's a whole heap of snow! You're right, staying inside with your pretty plants and knitting seems like a good idea to me.

  4. Great snow pictures! The shawl will definitely come in handy! Beautiful purple colour.

  5. Dolly's walking off-leash. I love that she's such a good dog. I'm sure Doug will be one day, too. Great photos.

  6. Yep, that's a whole lot of snow. Being from Winterpeg, I've lived through a few big snow storms and I'm glad we haven't had one in awhile. Poor you. Hopefully, it won't be too long before the snow is cleared enough for getting mail and for getting around.

    Your shawl is lovely. Perfect colour for spring! Great blooms, too.

  7. Snow? now I remembered why I do not like the white fluffy stuff. One have to shovel it. Love the shawl, the colours are vibrant. Your flowers are beautiful.

  8. Hey Kate: You do have a lot of snow!!! Ottawa in the winter, eh! Your house plants look glorious and cheerful in the middle of winter. Sounds like you are keeping yourself busy and warm by staying inside. We had a beautiful sunny day here today and a bit milder temperatures too.

  9. 51 cm? That's a mere trifle to a Maritimer! *-) We didn't get much at all, thank you for keeping it all in Ontario this time!!!

  10. Brrrr! Too much snow, but those houseplants looked glorious!