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Remember Your Winter Tires

Next time you bitch about how it's now a law in Quebec to have winter tires between December 15th and March 15th, there might be a reason for it. I should mention that this photo was taken on December 8th, a full 24 hours before the 35cm of snow that the Montreal region received on December 9th.

This is probably the most unique car in ditch poses I've ever seen in person. 

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The Lake In The Winter

March 1st my Dad, the boys and myself went up to the lake for an afternoon of fun. We had been putting off the trip for a few weekends and since all the snow was melting it was now or never kind of thing.

We parked in our usual spot on the road except we had to shovel the snow. Bad enough we had to do that in the city, but at the lake as well? I'm glad we only go up once a winter

We managed to get down to the lake (those of you who know how hard that can be in the summer just imagine what it can be like in the winter) and the boys we jumping off the dock on to the ice. In some photos is looks pretty melted out there but we saw cars on the ice road so it was strong enough for us to (thankfully).

The boys had fun pushing the snow off the boats and tossing twigs out on to the ice. They really liked demolishing the snowman they helped make.

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Get Really To Shovel

Well I'm already depressed as it looks like winter has arrived. I just hope we don't see the kind of snow fall we did last winter.

I did buy the boys shovels at Wal-Mart this past weekend with the intention of them at least trying to help me shovel and ET seems very eager about it. Of course they might change their tune once outside and actually have to do some work but that's understandable at their age.

A nice thing with Donna home this winter with AR is she can have the driveway shoveled for us when we get home everyday. Right Donna? Donna? 😉

Of course to little kids the first snowfall tells them that Christmas is just around the corner and ET is really excited.

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Snow Rage… Only in Canada

Anyone living in the great white north this winter is already a little short on patience when it comes to the almost record breaking snow falls we've had (so far).

So understandably snow rage is being reported across Quebec. But in all fairness it does seem a bit of sensational journalism as the same few instances are being repeatedly picked up by the media. But if you are interested, both Reuters and Spacing Montreal (my new favorite blog) have articles about it.

For those of you in warmer climates and never enjoyed a Montreal winter, Chicagoan in Montreal has a great post (photos and all) about the work that goes into snow removal here.

And finally, here are some much better photos then mine of the mountains created by snow removal around Montreal.
Let's Make a Fort
I know what you did last winter
Snow removal

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Winter on Bark Lake

For the first time in at least four years I spent a day at Bark Lake in the winter. It just the boys (my dad, my brother in-law Phil and ET).

We stopped at Harvey's in Saint-Sauveur (a really nice tourist town if you want to visit) for lunch and then it was on to the lake.

I have missed seeing the Laurentians during the winter. I find it can be a little surreal in the winter because even thought I know that it's winter up there too I very rarely get to see it.

My dad's reason for us to go is making sure that nothing has collapsed under the snow (and this year we sure have had our share) but I think he just wants to see the lake and has to justify the trip. Of course if the shed did collapse or a falling tree took a boat or two there's nothing we can really do till the spring anyways.

Our friend Andreas met us at our dock as he and his parents are visiting the lake from Germany (and their cottage is winterized). After clearing the snow off the boats and shed, Andreas drove us down the lake on the ice road (a first for me) to his cottage. We had a very nice visit with his parents and ET enjoyed exploring their cottage and playing with their board games.


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Winter Begins

This is the view that greeted me this morning as I went out to shovel the driveway. I had to shovel twice as the plow visited our street before I could get out with the boys. I also brushed the snow off the car fours times by the time I got to work. Twice at home, once at a red light on the highway and the last after dropping the boys at daycare.

The roads were pretty bad, but I only saw two cars in the ditch. Remember everyone slow down out there.


The local news did a segment on how bad the snow is. Poor Daniele Hamamdjian, I hope they didn't keep her out there too long.

It's been a rather bad day for weather right across the country.

This morning an 18 wheeler made a delivery but got stuck in the snow. We had to get out the sand for the wheels. I went to move one of the company trucks so the driver would have more room to maneuver and I got pined in the snow. The guys from the shop had to push me out. Talk about embarrassing. 🙂

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Vancouver 2010 Mascots

The mascots for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games have been unveiled. They are dangerously high on the cute factor so be forewarned.

Here is a little info on the mascots taken from the official Vancouver 2010 site.

Each of the creatures is distinct and special – both in personality and in appearance. One is big, gentle and shy . . . one is small, mischievous and outgoing . . . and one is a natural-born leader with a passion for protecting the environment. All three are mythical creatures with roots in local legend. One is a sasquatch. One is a sea-bear. And one is an animal guardian spirit.

I totally love them and the promotional video is great. Very reminiscent of our old friend Katamari. And yes I'm sorry that you can't stop singing the Katamari song now.

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