It has been stupidly, horridly, nastily cold. And in-between the cold, it's been snowy.
Poor little Bart can only do a block or so. Rather than walk down to the lake we drove. All the way down to the lake he looked at me like I'd lost my mind. All the way back he didn't even turn my way - he knew I was crazy.
So, what's the best way to deal with the weather when there's no time to go away? Take an overnighter to a place within an hour away. Kevin and I purchased a WagJag deal for the Shaw Club Hotel in Niagara on the Lake - $129 for a deluxe room with a fireplace, and a bottle of wine, and breakfast, and a spa credit. What a lovely place - terrific staff - great kitchen. Definitely will be going back. Rather than scoot home the next day we took a detour to Niagara Falls.
Spectacular as always, and just as cold as you'd expect.
Can't remember seeing this much ice around the falls in other years. The American falls are to the right of the bridge.
I've been going through photos from my Grandfather taken back in the 1920s when there was no wall. Makes for good pictures, but not being so good around heights and the roar of the falls, there is no way I could have walked as close to them as he did.
If you want to look smaller than you are, have someone who is a foot taller than you take your photo. (Coat is warm and 100% polyester!)
We got back to Oakville in time for yet another snow storm:
About 25cm or so. When the sun came out, the temperature plunged to -25C with the windchill.
Then the furnace broke. Theoretically it didn't owe us anything - it was installed in 1991. It is remarkable how quickly a house loses heat when it's so darn cold outside. Kept warm with a couple of portable heaters, and a never ending supply of chocolate chips, martinis and white wine. I figured Weight Watchers points don't count when you can't feel your fingers. (Sadly this morning, I've discovered my theory was flawed.) Furnace guy came out on Sunday, installed a motor just to keep the whole mess going until the new furnace arrives on Thursday.
Now that I'm warm again, job of the day is to work on Kevin's website, something I've been dragging my heels on. Thought I'd go out and take some photos around town for the different districts we'll be highlighting. Did me the world of good to get out of the house and into the sunshine. Only took my sunglasses 10 minutes to defrost when I came inside. Here are a few snaps that I took:
And finally, back home, my wonderful re-blooming amaryllis, just about to do its thing.
At least I know, I'll have two weeks of lovely colour inside, as I count down the days to spring, and hopefully much warmer weather.