Too much SNOW

Lately it seems I haven't had much inspiration to write in my blog... life in Canada has become "normal" for me and not much has been happening lately - which is a good thing really. However, the winter we've had this year is far from normal for our part of the world.
Every time I visit the Netherlands, I have to explain that not all of Canada is close to the North Pole and not all Canadians live in igloos. In fact the Creston climate is a lot better than that of Holland - we live further south and much farther from the sea or ocean. On top of that, we are sheltered by mountains and tempered by a huge lake.

However, this year has been the exception to the rule... we have been snowed in for weeks on end! Every morning when we wake up, it's a surprise how much "whiteness" has been added during the night. This morning the snow on our balcony was piled up almost to the top of the railing.


Our "street light" has white "top hats". Although the pictures are not really capable of showing it, in some areas the snow is piled up as high as my shoulder. Never in my life have I seen anything like it... it makes you feel truly dwarfed and humbled when you realize powerful nature can be. I can't imagine how all the little birds, raccoons and deer are able to survive!


Poor Murray had his work cut out for the day, shoveling the deck.


By the end of the morning, he was halfway done. It's very heavy work, he will sleep tonight!


Next, he will need to clear off the roof... we don't want the house to cave in.


Meanwhile, the cats and I did some chores inside the house. Simba is always keen to supervise anything I do, even if it is only washing up.


He is very eager to help when it is time to change and wash the bedding, The bigger the mess I make, the more Simba enjoys it.


After such hard work, we both deserve time out at the computer.


Mickey, Leonito and Mouse enjoy their soft, new cat beds in front of the fireplace.


All chores done, all that is left for the the cats to do now is stay warm. They choose different methods to accomplish that. One of those rare moments where Mouse and Mickey are all cuddled up together.


Whenever there is a ray of sunshine in the house, you will be sure to find our adorable little Manx, Atrus, getting a tan.


Thankfully, the snow seems to be easing off - we're starting to see clear skies. Come back inside, Mur, you too can relax a little now. Let's hope spring is on the way!


Mickey wishes everyone goodnight and sweet dreams!



Comments

  1. Are we ready for that 'final update on the theater' yet?
    I am! :)

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  2. I have only heard nice things about KLM, looks as if they were all true!!

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  3. Ah geweldig die service! De volgende keer dat even melden bij het inchecken, misschien dat jullie dan first class waren gevlogen!

    bij deze nog van harte gefeliciteerd!

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  4. Hello Murray, I had a feeling the photos were taken with a high end camera.
    Beautiful, great color and saturation!! I am sure you are very excited
    about getting your Remix. You will love it. I like the forum that Jide
    created, keeps things more organized. However, I am still trying to figure
    out the different tabs!!! LOL!!

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  5. Murray, I cannot wait to see the photos taken while you and Sophia were in Norway!!

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  6. Awesome tour and very interesting. So pleased they preserved the older things so you could see how it was back then. The dining rooms look awesome!

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  7. Just noticed you wrote another blog already! Beautiful ship!

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  8. Wow!! Brownies take excellent pictures, Mark and I have to get one, LOL!!!

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  9. I loved the special high-tech seafaring terms used on the helmsman's throttle: "Full Power" "Half Power" "Slow" "Very Slow" and "Stop" !!!

    Sophia, you're doing such a nice job of relating the story of your trip - thanks!

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  10. Sure thing, if you have a dollar to spare :) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownie_%28camera%29 He answered you above though with some facts :P

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  11. Sophia as I have told you many times u r 2 funny LOL!!!


    Sent from my OnePlus One

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  12. Good review you posted on the Remix forum!

    Sent from my OnePlus One

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  13. Oh Sophia, The photos are all so lovely!! It appears that you and Murray had a wonderful time. The photos of the tour are impressive and also crystal clear!! The glimpse of the behind the scenes looks incredible!! What kind of camera were you guys using? LOL!!!

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  14. Mur says it was a "Brownie" :P Nah I'll let him answer you, lol!

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  15. Hi Ron, Thanks for your kind remarks, it is a Nikon D80 but it hardly does credit to the beautiful surroundings, no camera would, HEHE. Lots more to follow :)

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  16. p.s. Ron, wait until you see Norway

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  17. Hello Murray, I had a feeling the photos were taken with a high end camera.
    Beautiful, great color and saturation!! I am sure you are very excited
    about getting your Remix. You will love it. I like the forum that Jide
    created, keeps things more organized. However, I am still trying to figure
    out the different tabs!!! LOL!!

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  18. Murray, I cannot wait to see the photos taken while you and Sophia were in Norway!!

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  19. Jouw ouders mogen er ook nog wezen hoor!
    Jullie zien er alle vier piekfijn uit! De boot is gewoon prachtig!

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  20. I was wrong, you did get into open water. Anyway, it does look like a floating palace. The amenities look awesome and that looked like an art gallery. Wow.

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  21. wow nice ..sunny day...i know you able to stand even there is big rough..

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  22. Yes Susan the ship is a floating palace. My photos do not give any idea of the size of some of the objects, for instance the girl statue is larger than life and the flower urn is about five feet tall and both are solid stone. Also the green bench is polished marble. In fact there is nothing plastic on the ship, .....oops my toothbrush is :).

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  23. WOW! Gave lens! Wat voor een camera heeft je pa! Echt super!

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  24. How many did you end up with, +Sophia Burns​?

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  25. hahaha! Nice sponsor! :)
    and two years of hard work.. The only thing now is to KEEP up ripping new movies and series ....

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  26. Wow! Impressive as hell Sophia, I'm jealous of your set up 👍

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  27. Wow, amazing Sophia!!! If we are in the area I don't need to look for a movie theatre...I just come visit you guys...hahaha! I'll bring the treats!!! :D Lots of hard work has gone into that project, but I see it's paying off...not to mention the space saving! Enjoy your movies/tv shows for years to come! :)

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  28. Almost 800 movies and more than 100 series, John :)

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  29. No sponsor was involved - it was all our hard earned $$$ we put into it :D Actually we won't be adding that many more movies and series, whatever we love we already have... and not much is coming out these days that perks our interest :P But yes I just convert them as soon as they arrive now :D

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  30. Haha I know, it took us 10 years to get here but it was worth the time and effort :D

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  31. Sponsor?? No No this post was not a commercial advertisement whatsoever nor is it supported from outside. It is just describing how Sophia managed to compress every DVD we own into one tiny little computer using an app we bought from PLEX. On another note we own three DVD,BluRay players that are now completely redundant . Forgot to mention, two VHS players also, soon we can open up a player museum LOL

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  32. You don't know me John, but I am Sophia's husband (lucky me) and I have to tell you she is not being entirely honest with you and I. I know for a fact she has more movies hidden under the bed, not to mention the purchase she made a couple of days ago from Amazon for two more TV series LOL. Apart from that, we are proud everything we own we paid for and the real icing on the cake was PLEX :). Can you imagine looking through well over a thousand DVD cases for something to watch when the mood hits?

    P.S. John, come to think of it, Sophia is from the Netherlands and perhaps those movies under the bed too. I am thinking I might not be old enough to watch them LOL. Agree?

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  33. 2 foto s , maar niet compleet denk ik, groetjes

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  34. Hihi, ja, op het blog staan alle foto's + video :)

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  35. CATS WHO OWN SOPHIA & MURRAY CLAIM THEIR TERRITORY. THEY ALL LOOK SO HAPPY, COMFORTABLE AND SPOILED! LOVE THEIR PHOTOS!

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  36. hey I missed that secret door!

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  37. Hahaha why do you think you couldn't find us at times? We needed a place to HIDE :D

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  38. Nou, ik zie al, als er wat te klussen valt, dan weet ik nu wie we moeten bellen. Jeetje wat heb jij een handige man, die hadden we de afgelopen weken moeten hebben hier! Knap staaltje werk zeg. Behalve de kleur verf..... pink was echt wel beter, maar ja, mannen en kleuren... ;-)

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  39. It's amazing.. Mr Murray is a pro. I didn't know that you can build a house.. And everything...excellent job...

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  40. Excellent job!!! I
    would not be able to do this if my life depended on it, well maybe if my life!!! LOL!! BTW the avatar is a nod to my favorite rock group T.REX.

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  41. Pink??? hahahaha! Wel mooi en goed opgeknapt. Winter proof I can say! Murray enjoy your time there

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  42. Workshop is looking good!!!!
    Hahahaha, nou ik moet het deze keer met Murray eens zijn!
    Ik krijg al uitslag als ik aan rood of roze dènk dus zou 'm gewoon lekker blauw verven. ;)
    Dat kleurtje blauw wat er al op zit zou ik zeggen!!!

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  43. Haha je mag hem lenen hoor, als je een klus hebt :D Ja he, wit, zo saai............. geef mij maar een mooi regenboogje hoor :D

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  44. Me snore??? What about that 'chain saw' you bring to bed some nights. Even the cats hide under the bed LOL

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  45. That's no workshop, it's a home!

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  46. You know I have been thinking... you just gave me an idea... hmm hmmmmm but when Mur starts snoring too much...... yeah... it could very well be a home (HIS, not mine) :P

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  47. "Why does your movie screen have claw scratches all over it?"

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