Hello there from snow-bombed PEI! We’re digging out from under the drifts, but it’s a slow process. On the bright side, I can’t go anywhere, so I have had plenty of time to write my Friday blessing list!
For the past two days the whole Island was shut down – and the schools are closed again today, while the plows clear the snow on secondary roads. They’re calling it an epic storm. Our capital city, Charlottetown, received the most snow in the Maritimes – 53 cm along with 100km winds, gusting to 143km.
1. There were a lot of dangerous situations, but I’m thankful no lives were lost. There were fires that fire-fighters were unable to get to because of massive white-outs and drifting on the roads. Two Maritime Electric workers were stranded in their vehicle overnight. There was a multi-car pile up on the bridge leading to Charlottetown. At one point, there were 16,000 Islanders without any power. Many people had to be rescued by good Samaritans with snowmobiles. But no lives were lost and that’s a major blessing. Thanks to all our essential service workers – nurses and doctors (our daughter in law, Nora, was one of them) who stayed at the hospital overnight to cover for those who couldn’t make it in, the RCMP, plow operators, linesmen, fire-fighters, paramedics, weather reporters and everyone who helped us stay safe through the blizzard.
And we kept our sense of humour! There were so many funny posts, videos and cartoons on facebook – here are two of my favourites:
This little video will give you an idea of the wind. Although it sounds like traffic going by, there was no traffic – that’s the sound of the wind in the trees around the house. I took this video at the beginning of the blizzard. Sorry for the shaky hand – the wind was fierce!
The birds were very glad Roger filled the feeders before the storm – they were feeding all day long.
2. I felt sorry for those who lost power during the blizzard. Although we had a few flickers, it stayed on in our area. I was thankful not only that we had lights, water, and internet, but also that I could get my storm baking done.
Mmm, fresh bread spread with butter and molasses – a true Maritime treat. Perfect for a Maritime blizzard. I made jumbo cookies too, but the lemon pie was put on hold. Baking bread is a day long affair and I lost my baking steam by evening 🙂
3. This is the view of our next-door neighbours’ home. One picture was taken in the height of the storm – and the other was taken around the same time the next day. Quite a difference.Although the sky cleared on the second day, the winds were still high and Confederation Bridge remained close for most of the day. Thankfully, it re-opened just in time for John and Kathleen to make it home from the airport in Halifax. Josie was at Kathleen’s parents for the second half of their getaway and it was a very happy reunion when her Mommy and Daddy walked in the door!
4. Although the storm has been the centre of attention most of the week, before that we still had Josie for a visit – and oh what fun!! Dancing, tea-parties, colouring, dollies, walks, blowing bubbles, waving bye bye to Grampie at the window every morning, playing piano – even a little cleaning.I noticed on facebook that she was doing a little cleaning at her other grandparents’ house too! 🙂
5. And look at this boy growing! 3 weeks old – photographed by his mommy. We were so blessed to cuddle him for a few hours last Saturday evening while his Rob and Dorothy went out for their first date since he was born. He was as good as gold!
That’s my blessing list for this week. I might mention the 2 storm systems that are being forecast for the upcoming week, one of which might land on my birthday! But could I honestly add that to a blessing list?? I don’t think so! 🙂 haha! I’m not going to start a complaining list – there’s too many on the internet already!
Seriously though, thank you for dropping in today, and a special thank you to all you southern bloggers for sharing your springtime pictures with me. I love to see the bright colours and it builds the anticipation for our own beautiful Island spring
if it ever comes (oops, I slipped) for when it comes.
Many blessings to you and yours!
PS – for more blessing lists (and some gorgeous springtime pictures) visit Susanne and the Friday Favers at Living To Tell The Story