It snowed this morning.
I guess I should be used to it, but I truly couldn't believe how much had once again accumulated over the night. It looks to be about 3-4 inches, and is still coming down as I write. Following is a snapshot of my view from my deck across the yard to the road and river bank:
That 'hill' that I pointed out is a 6-7 foot wall of snow that is probably about 10 feet deep. Our trash bin is under it, and it would probably take a good long time to shovel through it to get to it. You see, that is where some of the snow from our large driveway was dumped, and has since frozen/thawed/frozen and thawed several times over, leaving a base of what equals a solid block of ice. At this rate, it will be July before we see green grass. And I was so hopeful.
Yesterday I was bragging how we could almost see our full lawn again. I even toyed with the idea of taking my car for a drive. After all, it IS April 7th and by now the winter should be a memory for us. Right? I suppose I have to be a bit more patient. This is certainly the winter that doesn't want to quit.
We had a nice day though. Keith, his mom and I went to have an Easter dinner with my "Canadian family" in Digby – Bernie and Ellen Bell and their daughter, Cindy. You have probably heard me talk about them before. I met them right when I came here to Canada over ten years ago, and they immediately 'adopted' me. I have spent nearly every holiday with them and they have been an important part of my life.
We arrived to another beautifully set table by Ellen:
She never fails to make every meal so special. We had ham, salads and all the trimmings. And of course, TWO pies! (Apple and pumpkin!)
After a dinner and a wonderful, long visit, She surprised Keith's mom with a birthday cake:
It is her birthday today and we plan on doing some celebrating ourselves. Even though our family is small, it doesn't mean we can't have some wonderful times together.
I just love Bernie and Ellen (and their daughter Cindy, too!) They are some of the kindest people you would ever meet. I am so happy that they are in my life and I don't think things would have ever been the same if I hadn't met them.
(I am sorry for the photos, but no one wanted to pose for them so I had to "sneak" them all!)
I must say though our drive home was pretty scary. I am not one to be alarmed when driving, but it was snowing and blowing so much that you couldn't see more than 20 feet in front of you all the way home on the highway. Thank goodness there was little traffic and Keith is a good driver. It was truly like driving through a tunnel. Keith went pretty slow and was very careful, but it was scary not even being able to tell where you were. But we made it without incident and we hope to go to Yarmouth today. Hopefully this will all melt again, as it is not really cold and heavy and slushy. This winter is just unrelenting.
I hope to get working on some other new designs maybe tomorrow. Today will be a good day that will be spent with Keith's mom. I look forward to it. :)
Happy Tuesday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"