Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Long have I loved thee, Saskatchewan

But for the first time in my life, I'm beginning to think it might be a good idea to retire somewhere else. Where they have never heard of snow. We have had nearly SIX straight months of winter, and that is enough. I am so so so so so so tired of bad to impossible driving conditions. Today, we almost did not make it home from music lessons (which happen in a town 20 miles away). When we set out this morning at 9:30, the temps were below zero (Centigrade) and the wind was blowing like crazy. Which meant that it was blowing snow across the highway, but since it was cold, the snow was not sticking. By noon the temperature went above zero, which meant that the snow WAS sticking. And piling up and piling up. Long story short, by time we came home at 4:00 p.m. (yes, it was a long day, including piano lessons for 4 girls, vocal lessons for 2, and choral practice for music festival), some sections of the highway were completely buried in deep heavy snow. One curve on the highway was down to one lane of traffic--nothing quite so scary as driving on the wrong side of the road, but having no choice because your side is under 3 feet of snow. The small road that leads from the highway to our town will soon be completely impassable. Blocked, like the pass in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In April, the month formerly known as "spring." Forecast for the next three days: snow, wind, rain, wind, freezing rain, wind, snow.


A lovely picture for December, but not April

If spring ever comes, and I'm ever able to get out of my house again, I think I'll go far far away for an exotic vacation, to somewhere more pleasant... like Siberia.

Update: On nearly every road in the west central part of the province, the local highway advisory has issued Travel Not Recommended warnings. And the wind continues to howl like it's the middle of January... in Siberia.

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