Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow …

The blizzard along the eastern seaboard of the United States last week conjured up memories of my childhood inbizzard Montreal.  Snow storms were no big deal back then.  They were a constant.

Winter would not have been winter without two-and-three-foot-high snow drifts piled up against sidewalks and on front and back lawns — for a good four or five months of the year. There were times we had so much snow blocking our Continue reading

Now that was scary …

It’s funny how we think we’ve forgotten all about certain events or issues and then one day something triggers a memory.  And suddenly there it is, in fearthe forefront of your mind.   Dredged up from who knows where.

Which is exactly what happened to me when I read this WordPress Daily Prompt:  “Tell us about a bullet you’re glad you dodged — when something awful almost happened, but didn’t.”

My ‘bullet’ happened long ago.  Many, many years.  I was in my early twenties and I was in Las Vegas with my parents.  We were there during Christmas/New Years.  We weren’t in Las Vegas the whole time, we also went to San Francisco first.

Several of my parents’ friends were with us, with their own kids — all of whom were around the same Continue reading

Day 187. Snowed In

I actually can’t remember when the last time was we had a blizzard like this in Toronto.  On the news yesterday they said it’s been five years.  In Montreal it’s a common snowoccurrence.  But not here.

All I know is, it started snowing late afternoon on Thursday, and it snowed all night and all day Friday.

Skiers, of course, are thrilled.  We haven’t had snow until now.  Maybe a few sprinkles here and there, but that’s all.  Kids were thrilled too, but for a different reason.  Schools were closed yesterday.  And there they all were, shovelling, tobogganing, making snow angels and snowmen and having snowball fights.

Oh, to be eight years old again.

Driving was pretty hazardous, as it always is, when the first real storm of the season hits.  I’m sure the morning commute to work was an absolute nightmare.  Same with the evening rush hour.  Thank God, it wasn’t a Continue reading