Hi there! I see that you’ve made it to A Sparrow’s Home for Friday’s Fave 5. I wasn’t sure you’d even find me this week because we are


and here’s proof – a satellite picture of the Island after the last storm.


So how do you count blessings when you’re hammered with a monster blizzard? Well, if you’re a student, you’ve had the whole week off from school. But I’m not so sure the parents are counting that as a blessing, so I won’t include it in my list 😉

1. But I will count our sense of humour. No sooner was the storm over when Islanders started to have some fun. How do you have fun when you’re literally buried in snow you might ask? Well you laugh along with this clip.

2.You tell snow-tales. The blizzard this past week will definitely go down in Island history. Remember the picture I showed of the 1982 blizzard last Friday Fave? I think the blizzard of 2015 measures up or surpasses!

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Monica Jollimore – 1982 7 Mile Bay /2015 Nineteen Rd, Kensington

I think this snow crew might have the bragging rights for highest snowdrift.

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Clearing the roads on PEI Paul Davis Systems Restoration Specialists PEI Flood Fire

But this couple from Summerside win hands-down! They sent this picture to CBC’s National news program. if you don’t recognize what they’re doing, they’re digging out their car!!


3. You record your pets’ reactions.  Mila is not amused.

Sophie on the other hand is elated – once she figured out how to get off the deck.


You may be wondering why the snow is covered with spruce branches – we lost a tree during the storm. I’m surprised we didn’t lose more – the wind was over 100km.

Walter and Winnie love the snow too – it must be a dog thing. James and Nora,along with Walter, snow-shoed over to visit Rob, Dorothy,Oscar and Winnie.James_norastorm
Yes that is Rob and Dorothy’s front door!!

4. This is how Islanders get their exercise.

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Sarah and her friend,Martina,demonstrate how high those banks really are.

Roger does a very neat shovelling job  – and it was on his birthday! He stayed cheery – I’m not sure I can claim that for all Islanders. 😉 This may be turning into The Long Winter

long winter

Remember the story of the train that couldn’t get through the snow drifts? Well, we’ve had some similar snowplow stories this week on the Island. (Just a little aside –  has anyone received a copy of Pioneer Girl yet? Andrew and Hyekoo pre-ordered a copy for me for Christmas but it hasn’t arrived yet.  I’ve heard such good reviews- I can hardly wait to read it. )

Prairie Girl
5. Despite the stormy weather, we managed to celebrate two birthdays this week.

My fellow wacky, Shirley, shares a birthday with Roger. Rose, a 2nd generation wacky, (not sure she’d fully appreciate that title 😉 ) stood in for her mom, who’s travelling the globe and missing all the party fun. (and the storms – pretty sure she’s not complaining)

We had to postpone Roger’s birthday celebration for one day because of the storm but everyone made it the next day. It wasn’t easy – the digging out process is still happening five days later. But as Kathleen put it “Nothing holds the MacPhees back”

It was so good to be together, although we were missing Andrew, Hyekoo and Kinsey. But they sent this sweet facebook birthday greeting. That little smile totally melts my heart ❤

We have such fun loving the babies – they’re passed from arm to arm. Oscar had a sweet little hug for each of us.


Hugs for Auntie Kathleen ❤


Auntie Nora loving the baby boy ❤

Isaiah had his share of cuddles and Josie had fun trying on Auntie “Dodie’s” big green boots.

I had to include this last shot even though it’s a little blurry. This was Sarah’s last evening before she headed off to Guatemala on a mission trip. She’ll be gone for almost a month. (and note Oscar in his Montreal Canadian hockey sweater  – his daddy is giving a real dig to Grampie, who’s a die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan. Hmmm . . .should I even admit that? 😉 )


Well, the sun is shining and it’s not even that cold. I’m hoping to finally get out for some pictures of this incredible snow. Before the next storm – yes – you read that correctly – the next storm forecast for this Sunday.

Since I don’t have my copy of Pioneer Girl yet, maybe I’ll pull this book off the shelf.

long winter - wilder

It seems apropos. 🙂

Thanks for visiting.

Happy weekend!

with love,

PS – for more Friday Faves visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story


14 thoughts on “Stormy Blessing List

  1. Willow says:

    Oh my. That is a lot of snow. I can’t imagine. Please quickly go look at my photos of flowers! I hope this next storm is not as destructive and inundating. I know my daughters are snowbound on the US east coast. (We had rain)
    Love all those adorable grandkid photos!!


  2. Susanne says:

    I’ve been thinking about you all week. That is a crazy amount of snow. So glad you are all safe. We in Southern Alberta have been getting off pretty darn easy this year. Happy Birthday to Roger!


  3. nikkipolani says:

    Well, you’ve certainly found all the bright spots amidst those amazing heaps of snow. I remember how crippling it was when it snowed about 1/2 inch in L.A. several decades ago. Glad you all are prepared for all the weather will throw your way. And those babies! What stories they’ll hear.


  4. Ellen says:

    You Island folk are such good sports. You really know how to have fun despite the snowbanks! I’ve never experienced that kind of snow, especially since I grew up in Southern California. What a sweet facebook birthday greeting! Hang in there!


  5. Barbara H. says:

    Had to smile at the video! We had record low temperatures and ice and snow here in TN, but nothing compared to that, even though the main hardship here is not being equipped to handle it. Counties don’t want to put money into snow plows that they might only use once or twice a year if at all. Glad you all climbed out ok and even got to celebrate a birthday!

    I did order Pioneer Girl some time back and just got a notice yesterday saying they don’t have it yet and do I still want it. I do! But no idea when it will get here.

    Funny, I just started rereading The Long Winter this week! Whenever I get tired of winter about this time of year, remembering that book puts me to shame.


  6. Debbie Z. says:

    Wow, I have never seen snowbanks like that! Totally unbelievable. I am glad you are all well, safe, and happy. Looking at the photo of your family around the table, I had to wonder, how were they all able to get there through all that snow? Out here in Washington state we feel a little cheated because we haven’t seen one flake of snow so far this winter.


  7. susan2009 says:

    I imagine it’s imperative to keep your pantry stocked where you live. Wow – that is a lot of snow and extra wok. Thanks for sharing your photos. So when I finally do visit PEI (my grandpa was from there), I will be sure to NOT come in the winter.

    How happy that the snow did not stop the birthday celebrations. Know what I love better than baby photos? Baby hugs!!!


  8. Faith says:

    WOW!!! and we thought NYS and BOSTON was bad!! (and yeah,I knew you guys had a ton of snow this past week cause my niece showed pics of PEI where she is in vet school). I haven’t seen that Laura Ingalls Wilder book yet…how did I miss that???? that entire series was my youngest daughter’s fave books when she was in 1st grade. I’ll have to look for Pioneer Girl. Loved all the pics of your family…those grandchildren sure are growing fast 🙂


  9. Rosella Leis says:

    Those snow banks are unbelievable! All those storms and deep cold snow seem invisible with the warm glow of your family! Can’t wait to see more of your pictures. Your book choice is perfect! Stay safe and cozy.


  10. Penny says:

    Oh my word!!! That is some serious snow action!! I enjoyed your posts and pictures, hope you tunnel out soon 🙂


  11. What a great post! I enjoyed seeing the photos of the amazing amounts of snow on the island. At least the family was able to get together for a birthday celebration. I hope Sunday’s storm isn’t a bad one. I’m hearing of rain and snow. Guess we’ll wait and see. Take care.


  12. Gattina says:

    Goodness me ! I have never seen so much snow in my whole life ! Incredible !
    Your family pictures are nice !


  13. Ann says:

    Wow – we thought we had it bad with our little ice storm in the south!! What impressive snow totals!!


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