Is it really winter in the Maritimes?

We got a little storm on Monday (Jan 30th)  – maybe 10 cm or so. It was light and fluffy – easy snow to shovel.

If you’ve been following my blog, you would know that I am a single mother at the moment. My husband went back to school in September in PEI. Anyway, you may be wondering, how does one manage to get the driveway done with a toddler?.  That’s a great question because I thought that too when our first storm hit back in November (which was way more snow then this past one).

Really, shoveling snow should not be an issue for me. I like being outside, in winter and I don’t mind shoveling snow. I managed to work at an Outdoor Centre for 5 winters, where we had to shovel almost every day on multiple outdoor rinks. So it’s like second nature for me.

Meet Jerry.

Yes, I name things. My car is Murphy.

BUT, when you own a snow blower things just go quicker and it’s a little less work (out). Very appealing when you have a little one.

So, Monday I decided that once Lilly went to bed at 7pm, I would go out to snow blow the driveway. Well, she didn’t go down well and it took  an extra 40 minutes. I did some knitting while she “tried” to fall asleep and managed to get a bit done before we had success in the crib. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz…………..off she went.

At 7:45 I geared up; put on my Helly Hansen long underoo’s, another wicking layer on top, my fleece and down vest and snow pants. Oh, and my Sorel winter boots – probably my favourite piece of winter gear – they keep my feet happy and warm.

I went out to get the “Jerry” a.k.a. snow blower, ready and was going to do an electric start – but the snow blower wouldn’t move. It was literally stuck in an ice puddle under the deck 😦   This was from a snow/freezing rain storm last Friday (Jan 27th).

Crap. No. Snow. Blowing. For. Me. That’s okay, it’s light and fluffy snow.

I managed to get it done with the scoop shovel but on the way in the house, I also managed to hit the handle of the scoop shovel on my lip. I now have a fat lip 😦

Monday was supposed to be my “rest” day; as in rest from working out. Looks like I can put down “upper body” workout for today.

Later on this week I put a copious amount of salt (environmentally friendly salt) around the wheels and blade of the snow blower and let it sit for a day. ,On Monday when I tried to move “Jerry”, I thought I broke it. The handle was a little loose. My father came down for a visit and managed to move the snow blower and find out that it was just a loose bolt that needed a fixing 🙂

 

I thought that winter has finally coming to the Maritimes to stay. Yes, it’s cold, only -7 c but feels like -12 c with the wind shield factor. Mother nature – please keep this snow on the grown and let more fall. I want to snowshoe and cross country ski on the trails by my house and work THIS winter. Please and Thank you!

According to legend, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on Groundhog Day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he fails to see his shadow, an early spring is in the works.  Shubeacadie Sam in Nova Scotia did not find his shadow on February 1st – looks like an early spring for us!!!

End result of our long driveway (such a perfect night to be outside)

Do you have any signs of winter sicking around?

Have you been out playing in the snow yet?

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