Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Winter Fun in Ontario

Winter is a reality here in Ontario.  The wind was whistling through the door cracks and electrical outlets and it was -26 C.  Then a few days ago it warmed up to about -5 C. but with it came freezing rain and treacherous roads.  It may look beautiful but falling ice or branches or hydro wires can do a lot of damage.
This is a vintage shot that shows this weather is not a new happening.
 And then there was this week.  Church was cancelled for the last too Sundays as the minister fell and broke an ankle and wrist and needed surgery, and anyway the roads were too dangerous to risk going out on except in an emergency.

 Canadians and Americans in the north can be a hardy bunch and make the best of it all.

We can all learn to see beauty in all the seasons.

While we have been in survival mode and trying to keep warm, our son's dishwasher died.  Then
the sump pump went.  Today the geo-thermal pump started to squeal so it was turned off until the service man came.  He says it is toast so he put us on backup electricity which is very expensive.  We also have electric heaters upstairs and the fireplace is going full time.  

We went out for a walk yesterday to the bridge and back, while admiring the beauty of after-the-freezing-rain.  

I watched from inside as they slid down the hill into the creek in front of the house and Jacklyn began building a snow horse.

The Christmas Eve sunset was lovely just after 4:00.  
We had an early dinner of home made lasagne and rushed off to the Carols and Candles service.

 Merry Christmas to all my blogger friends.  

Keep those blogs coming please.  When we get home next weekend I will do a memory blog of the highlights of these 20 days away from our wee house in British Columbia. 
Somebody years ago lovingly stitched this sampler with the scripture about 'I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills.............' and hung it in the vestibule of the little white church in the cornfield near Russell, Ontario.


  1. Have a Blessed Holiday Season........stay safe and warm and enjoy that snow and ice by choice...........as always an interesting blob

  2. Hope you do keep warm. A wonderful Christmas to you and all the family!

  3. Merry Christmas! As you know, it was pretty chilly here this morning! :)

  4. I am late getting to blogs, but enjoyed seeing your ice from warm Florida. Love the photos, Karyn, and look forward to your blog from home.