Saturday, December 17, 2005

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

This is one night's snow fall. They don't call it the Great White North for nothin'!

Here comes Suzy Snowflake;
Soon you will hear her say,
"Come out ev'ryone and play with me;
I haven't long to stay.

I haven't long to stay?! The songwriter obviously didn't live in Ottawa.

Over on Ragged Glory, I've published a new post, "Mary's Song".


At 5:45 PM, December 17, 2005, Blogger The Misanthrope said...

Man, that looks cold. I am contemplating a move to the northeast if I am offered the position and the right money to go with it. But as I told them, the only ice I have ever dealt with is in my drinks.

At 6:55 PM, December 17, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

The coldest days occur when the skies are clear. The other day was like that, with a temperature of minus 25° Celsius. (Minus 18°C is equivalent to 0°F, so the temperature was well below that). But when the snow came, the temperature rose to around minus 5°C.

Ottawa's winter is long and extreme; I would prefer less of it. But I think it's great to have four distinct seasons. You're missing out if your weather is summer-y year 'round.

At 9:21 PM, December 17, 2005, Blogger 49erDweet said...

Q said, "You're missing out if your weather is summer-y year 'round".

I put that comment down to something akin to "whistling in the dark".

Scrape and shovel away, Q, all bundled up against the icy blast, while I soak up the sun and watch the pounding surf at Asilomar Beach.

Tell me again about the "seasons". I've almost forgotten how to put on tire chains. (To tell the truth, it did drop down to 40F the other night).


At 7:54 AM, December 18, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

• 49er:

But I mean it, I'm not just whistling in the dark. "Variety is the spice of life." Sameness is just plain dull.

At 5:24 PM, December 18, 2005, Blogger Mary P. said...

And chains are illegal in Ontario, anyway.

At 11:40 PM, December 18, 2005, Blogger Jack's Shack said...


You'd give up the joy of the 118/405/101/110/5 for snow. Say it is not so.

At 12:13 PM, December 19, 2005, Blogger Sadie Lou said...

we get snow but nothing like that!
We got 3 ft. once and that was when I was in 7th grade. Merry Christmas...

At 1:26 PM, December 19, 2005, Blogger LoryKC said...

The coldest days occur when the skies are clear.
So true yet it still cracks me up!
(I grew up in Florida so clear skies meant it was gonna be HOT!) Then, we lived in Alaska and I learned to LOVE cloudy skies in the winter. (Because it would often get TOO COLD TO SNOW!) I actually found myself saying, "Hey kids! It's warm today--look at all the snow!"
Here in Kansas it was around 0 this morning and we got about six inches of snow over the weekend. Enjoy the snow! (though by the looks of poor Frosty over on Mary P's blog, the weather looks a little treacherous...)

At 2:01 PM, December 19, 2005, Blogger Carolyn said...

I'm heading to Iowa for the holidays and I expect a similar snowy scene. I remember as a kid there was snow EVERYWHERE. In St. Louis, and even in Iowa now there seems to be less and less each year.

At 6:46 PM, December 19, 2005, Blogger Janet said...

At first the snow is cute when it's all fresh and new. But after a few weeks in, I'm defintely ready for winter to be over. Ironically it has techincally yet to have begun.:(

P.S. I'm here upon recommendation of Toner Mishap's Misanthrope.

At 7:13 PM, December 19, 2005, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

• Sadie Lou:
You should get a kick out of my next post, when you see the lengths the municipality goes to, to clear away all that snow.

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

• Lory:
You moved from Florida directly to Alaska? That must have been a shock to the system!

For those who've never seen a snowman overcome by snow, Lory is referring to a photo posted here.

• Carolyn:
Despite the photo, I tend to agree with you. I didn't live in Ottawa when I was a kid, but one of my uncles did. And I remember the snow being up over the fence in his backyard.

In my experience, there was one winter that was almost that bad: 1991/92. But since then, there seems to be less snow than I remember seeing as a kid.

• Janet:
Welcome to Simply Put!

I'm not sick of winter yet. I'll get there sometime in late January or February … and we'll still have a lot of winter to cope with. We don't see even a hint of spring in Ottawa until the latter half of April.

It's too much winter for me! But Ottawa is a great place to live in many other respects.


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