Monday, 17 December 2007

After the storm





Finally the storm is over and I'm able to return home. I was so thankful that I had a place to stay in Cornwall and didn't have to travel to work on Sunday during the storm. My son's place is only a few blocks from the hospital rather than my normal 40 min drive. Final reports are that we had 40 cm in our area. As you can see from the pictures, that's a lot of snow! We are not fortunate enough to have a snowblower but we are lucky enough to have several neighbours who do. I'm not sure yet which one blew out our drive, but it was all complete when I returned home this afternoon. I have a bottle of wine and some gas money ready whenever I find out which one it was. One thing I did notice is that my bushes in front of the house, which were covered in Christmas lights ,are now buried beneath the snow. So much for decorating!


All that snow can look very pretty but for those of us who travel in it, it can be extremely treacherous. I travel to work on the back roads where there is not as much traffic for most of my drive. However I do have to get on one of the major roads for the latter part of my journey. At that point I get on highway 401. The 401 highway is an east/west route from the Quebec border all the way to Windsor, On. At the height of the storm this highway was closed at Cornwall due to a pileup involving six tractor trailors! When I heard that I was very glad that I'd stayed put!

I'd hoped to get some stitching done at my son's during my stay but I forgot my Ott-lite at home and the light just wasn't good enough for stitching at Dan's place. So instead we took a walk over to the local Blockbuster and rented the new Harry Potter release. I enjoyed it but was a little disappointed since they left out so much from the book this time. After this I caught up with a little reading. I almost ended up walking to work from his place this morning because I had difficulty getting my car out of the parking lot at his apartment building. During the night they plowed the lot and my car was surrounded by mounds of snow. I couldn't even see the wheels on it! I managed to shovel a good portion of it and then took a running leap over the last mound where I promptly got stuck. After backing up I had another go at it and this time I managed to get out.

I took the scenic route home this afternoon along what's known as the Long Sault Parkway. This road takes you onto some of the islands on the St. Lawrence River between Long Sault and Ingleside. It was a lovely, sunny winter day today and all that snow made for some very nice pictures. You can see the St Lawrence River in the background of the first picture.












No stitching progress at this point. I'm hoping to get some done this evening and have some new pics for you in the next day or so. Time to go, I hear my DH arriving from Ottawa with supper!

12 comments:

tkdchick said...

Lynn I'm glad you stayed safe during the storm!!! Some pretty pictures you've got there!

Jaimie said...

I'm glad you mad it home safely. Your pics make it look beautiful but you are right, dangerous. The ones of the trees are really lovely.

Kathy A. said...

Wow,that was some storm. Glad you stayed put in Cornwall till everything was cleared. Those photos remind me why I come to Arizona each winter. We are coming home from Jan 10-28th and I am not looking forward to the weather. Where is my fleece blankie???

Suzanne said...

Wow, that's a lot of snow! We watched the latest Harry Potter movie and my husband also said the same thing at the end of the movie. He thinks they left quite a bit of the book out of the movie and was a little bit dissapointed.

Carolyn said...

You did get alot of snow too didn't you.I am glad you had a place to stay in the storm.It was pretty nasty out that's for sure.

Lynne said...

Lynn, I am sooo glad that you and your family are safe !! The pictures are beautiful !

Beatrice said...

The photo's are wonderful. It was good that you stayed put.
I did as well. No driving in that for me..Yuck
Wish your men a happy birthday and the cake sounds lovely!
Wasn't it nice to have the snow removed for you ..It was done by a Christmas Angel!

Kathy A. said...

Lynn - check out the Snowbird SAL today. There is a special message

Wendy said...

Great pictures, Lynn, but it reminds me of how cold it was out there. I'm glad you found a safe place to stay in the storm so you could get to work ~ now that's dedication! I think its going to be a loooong winter!

stitcherw said...

Wow, you did get a lot of snow. I'm glad that you were able to avoid having to drive in the worst of it.
Sue

Cheryl said...

Thats a lot of snow! It looks great but i wouldnt want it at all ;)
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Beatrice said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS! All the best of the season!

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