Snow clearing vehicles stuck

More Snow Days

We had another snow day last Friday, and today is the Family Day Holiday – so we have had four days of relative peace and quiet. We had too much time to watch the ultimate Canadian reality show – the removal of the Truck protestors from the city of Ottawa.

We distracted ourselves from this by trying to watch as much of the Winter Olympics as possible! Now that both the Truck protest and the Winter Olympics have ended, it seems that our news broadcasters are at a loss as to what to talk about!

Snow days for me are usually a chance to re-group, nest, re-organize and plan for events in warmer weather. This pandemic has been the “Winter of Our Discontent”. We have patiently waited indoors and avoided contact with each other, but sunnier times are ahead.

We think of “The Winter of Our Discontent” as being John Steinbeck’s last novel and refers to the idea that “we have reached the depth of our unhappiness and that better times are ahead.” However, the phrase stems from a speech in Richard III by William Shakespeare

Now is the winter of our discontent

Made glorious summer by this sun of York;

And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house

In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.”

This soliloquy is a metaphor – with winter and summer being used to celebrate – “the reign of King Edward-IV has turned sadness, which is like winter, into celebration, like summer. Richard III is not talking about unhappiness, but celebrating – Richard’s family felt they were oppressed, and their lives were unhappy, as though under the spell of a long winter.”

There is nothing so deep and serious going around here on this snow day. I looked back to some previous snow day posts and read:

December 2019 – it was a great day to match socks, and why were there still fishing rods in my dining room?

January of 2020 -I was thinking about spoiling myself and breaking out a new Magic Eraser. I was hoping to avoid watching news about China tariffs, Trump and potential impeachments.

The snow will melt soon, and better days are ahead. To entertain myself, what I enjoy most about snow days is watching large snow clearing vehicles (and buses and garbage trucks) get stuck on my street and slide back down the hill. It makes me smile on cold days.

Below – the snowplow gets stuck and slides backwards, and the garbage truck slides backwards (everyone was fine).

Here the sidewalk clearing device got stuck, and it seems like the pickup backed up to help and got stuck, thereby blocking the road and the sidewalk.

Snow clearing vehicles stuck
Snow clearing vehicles stuck

I know that better days are ahead and I will keep trying to enjoy the climb.

19 thoughts on “More Snow Days

  1. Sadly I don’t think that anything but the Olympics is over. It’s still cold, the powers behind the insurrection will find some new way to be annoying and there could be a major war in Europe. But hey, it’s Family Day so be happy!

  2. I love your description of the news commentators seeming to have run out of things to say! Watching those police from right across the country patiently and methodically removing those illegal occupiers was mesmerizing. And satisfying. And gratifying.

    I actually love winter, it makes life more of an adventure! 😏

  3. It seems I rarely read about extreme political upheavals in Canada. Having seen otherwise recently, I’m just hoping the trucker strikes don’t spill over into the U.S.

      1. Canada has always been a place I’ve dreamed about to escape from the US if needed. Not so much anymore it seems.

    1. We live on a steeply sloped little hill. It’s surprising that every year the snowplows try to head up the hill instead of downwards. After a few tries they usually figure it out – but after 130 years I would think someone at city hall would make a note to remind the plows to look out for the hills. It’s a great source of entertainment when we have children visit!

  4. We rarely get snow days here in Saskatchewan. We get lots of snow but it’s usually blowing so much that it just keeps moving. We do have to dig out on occasion and I so snow day to me means exercise! Bernie

    1. Growing up, we always hoped for snow days – a few each year to stay home from school and go tobogganing. These days kids are probably happy not to have snow days after being at home for so long. It won’t be long ’til we have nice weather in both Ontario and Saskatchewan!

  5. This is the first time I heard about the Winter of Discontent. It is such a beautiful phrase, thank you for sharing! And yes, I hope better things come for you and the world. Your news presenters are not picking up on the Russia-Ukraine conflict yet? It is everywhere here.

    1. Hi Markus and Micah. I’m glad that you liked the phrase. Yes, we are fully watching the terrible news from the Ukraine every day and praying for peace.

    1. Thank you for the comment and the visit Therese! I’m sorry if the Like button didn’t display – it seems to be there now – above the comments and related posts and below the share buttons.

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