We pause our regularly scheduled pretty Jasper posts to bring you this news flash.

Well, we knew it would happen sooner or later and today, it did. Biden became President Elect and our first major snowfall occurred. All in all from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on November 7/20, we had about 20 cm (8 inches) of snow. And no, this won’t melt, at least until March/April. We shoveled 4 times today and each time we went out the snow was even deeper. Tonight, quantities of muscle relaxant will be consumed.


Living on borrowed time

we knew it would not last.

After six days of warmth,

we felt winter’s snow blast.

Exercise put on hold,

white flakes were falling fast.

Heading outdoors after

donning coats, gloves and hats,

we shoveled falling flakes

into white piles so vast,

then went in to warm up

as more snow flakes amassed.

9:00 AM


4:30 PM

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

26 thoughts on “BLASTED

  1. Well good luck with the snow. It’s nice to look at. It can be fun to play in for a short while, but oooh, the work it means. I might see snow. It’s likely, though, if there is to be frozen precipitation, it will come in the form of ice. We just hole up and wait for it to melt in a day or so when it happens.

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    1. Hi Scott. I know there are a variety of opinions about snow, but I do like the change of seasons. Just back in from shoveling out the drifts and residue (another 2 hours). I do not have to worry about building upper body and core strength that is for sure. It seems easier this year due to the extra exercise I have been getting during Covid. I watch my young neighbours putz around with their huge snow blowers for the same amount of time as this 67 year old body did. I feel invigorated and they fight for hearing and breath for a good while afterword. If we holed up here when the snow fell, we might be inside for 4-5 months. My son lives in Vancouver, where they are prone to rain and grey while we get snow and sun. A trade off and options for all, I guess. Stay well and wishing you a snow free winter. Allan


      1. It’s funny how good manual labor is sometimes the best option for getting something done. The only reason I hole up in winter weather is the rest of the idiot DFW population. They can’t handle it. It is simply safer to wait half a day for a melt. I’m actually hoping for some snow 🤪

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  2. We got about 10 inches of snow on our first go around on Oct 23. But luckily for us it all melted within the week. I remember the long cold winters of Alberta and don’t envy you having to shovel. Ever think of getting a snow blower ?

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    1. 6 hours of hearty exercise and or 10 inches of snow has been repositioned. Ours will melt too….in April. Sunshine will be here this afternoon and we will be in a winter wonder land. Not bad at all. As to a snow blower, this may come some day, but I managed to clear about the same amount of snow by hand as my 40 year old neighbour did with a snow blower in the same amount or less time. Good exercise keeps me young. Stay well Ann and thanks for commenting. Allan


  3. It really is pretty but yes, also a lot of shoveling! The nice thing about doing it by hand is that you can run out every couple of hours and do a quick run so there’s not so much when it’s all over 🙂

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    1. 3 hours yesterday with Patty helping on 3 of the 4 shovels and another hour today to clean up the drifts. No shortage of exercise these days. Thanks for reading Angie. Have a great week. Allan

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    1. I remember those good old Prairie blizzards when I lived South of Calgary. No point shoveling, especially since our lane was over 1/4 mile long. Besides, in those days, we were happy the school bus could not get down the lane. My motivation was lacking. Wind finally stopped here this afternoon. Stay well and thanks for reading. Allan


  4. We had our first snowfall last week on Sunday evening, but it wasn’t much and it all melted away the next day. The weather for the rest of this week has been unseasonably warm (19C today!!). I can’t believe how much snow you got, 20cm is no joke. It looks beautiful though and always reminds me of Christmas.

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    1. On Wednesday, we were outside in shirtsleeves at +17C (63F) On Saturday, we were outside shoveling at -2 C (28 F). Nature has a wicked sense of humour. Glad you are still in the warmth, as well. Thanks for reading Ann. Allan

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  5. These are the most beautiful photos that I have seen in a very long time. While the snow at the end of the winter is usually dirty and ugly, the first snow is beautiful and perfect and always much appreciated. We are still waiting for the first snowflakes to slowly swirrl around, hopefully we’ll get to see them. Thanks for sharing and brightening up my day, Allan 😀 Aiva

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