Friday, February 8, 2019
If you are thinking of driving into Grey and Bruce counties today, don’t! Ninety kilometre per hour winds howled all night and are still furiously blowing snow in every direction. Occasionally we can see Georgian Bay, but often we cannot see the end of our driveway about fifty feet.
Another snow day for students. Schools are open but no buses running.
For those of you basking in the sun somewhere well south of us, stay there. We have been home for a week and we have glimpsed the sun three times. No stars, not one!
It was milder earlier in the week; so, a lot of last week’s snow accumulation disappeared. Yesterday the hills of the golf course were green. Although I got out snowshoeing twice last weekend, since then, the snow has not been deep enough but the paths have been icy for walking. I have been sticking to roads for walking and glad to have hiking poles for slippery sections. Today the roads are covered in drifts.
When we walked down to the golf simulator this morning, the wind pushed us, but coming home we kept our heads bowed to avoid the bitter wind in our face. I checked to be sure our neighbours’ houses were maintaining their temperature.
This is my afternoon to volunteer at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, but I opted for staying safe and warm at home. I will wait until next week to view the giant goalie mask in person. I will practice Portuguese and bake some chocolate chip cookies. I am happy to have Val’s beautiful orchid to plant sit. Val and Tom wisely departed yesterday for South Carolina. Hopefully they will not have whiteouts along Lake Erie’s shore.
PuddyCat, alias Goose, has not made an appearance today. She is not in the house Brian made for her and there are no tracks around our house. She has hunkered down some place warm, we hope. This past week she has been on our bedroom window sill to bid us “Good night!” and awaken us with meowing at 6 AM, but not today.
I set out to make Bon Appetit’s Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries. It will come as no surprise to those who know me that I did not have all the ingredients. What is shocking is that I had no chocolate chips on hand. No dried cherries was less shocking. I made Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries, Pecans, pieces of dark chocolate and chunks of Twix and Snickers chocolate bars. The last two items were mini bars left over from Halloween. The result is “Yummy”. So if you happen to be up this way lost in the whiteouts, I have cookies.