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February 7, 2008

You never know what Mother Nature will throw at you. Last night I had to go to a meeting after work for the Building Committee at the children’s centre. The meeting was at 5pm and so I left work at 4:30 just as ice rain was starting to fall. The normally short drive took 3 times as long as we were travelling a third of the normal speed. I just rolled with it. No big deal, I’m not in a hurry. But while at the meeting I was anxiously looking out the window as the ice rain turned to snow. A lot of snow. I mean, not really a lot, just 3 inches or so, but it came SO fast.

Luckily, it stopped just as I was headed home at 7pm, but the drive home was a white knuckle ride, mostly due to other people’s stupidity. Once home I shovelled the driveway. Yes that’s right. I have a large shovel and I drive my power chair with one hand and use the shovel like a plough with the other. My dad does edge cleanup and we’re done in no time flat.

As my dad headed in and I was putting the shovels away, I was feeling pretty good. It was the first time I had slowed down all day. I sat out in the driveway for a couple minutes, suddenly realizing what a beautiful night it was. It really wasn’t very cold, and the snow was wet and sticky and had coated every single surface with a thick layer of white. The air was crisp and clean and it seemed so quiet out. You could hear voices far off in the distance and a shovel or two scraping a walkway. Remembering I had yet to eat dinner, I  headed in to make myself a grill cheese sandwich and a scrambled egg. Not really a great dinner, but at 8pm, I didn’t want anything heavy.

This morning as I left for work saw how beautiful everything looked, I just had to take a few pictures. Having heard the terrible news by then about the tornadoes that devastated the southern US yesterday, I wondered if the same weather pattern that had wreaked such havoc was also responsible for the beautiful display I was snapping pictures of.  You never know what Mother Nature will throw at you.

This picture is of our front sideyard.

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 These next two I thought were cool to put together. These are birdhouses in our backyard, albeit from a slightly different angle. One was taken by Kelly last summer, the other by me this morning. (the summer one was swiped from Kelly’s blog)

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 7, 2008 10:51 pm

    Wow…what a beautiful juxposition of photos…summer and winter scenes. Love the bird houses both with and without snow on top. Glad you got home safely.
    Drive sounded scary. Mixed feelings enjoying my quiet spring weather while others die in tornados. Life is such a mixed bag!

  2. February 8, 2008 1:06 am

    You do realize that in about 9 months we will be expecting the spring and fall set? 🙂

  3. February 8, 2008 8:01 am

    Breathtaking photos!

  4. February 10, 2008 8:37 am

    that sounds beautiful!! (and looks beautiful based on the pic)

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