Guess how long it took me to get home from work today?
I get off work at 4:30 pm, I just got home it is 8pm; can you do the math....?
I had to stand all the way home on a crowded bus. It took an hour to go through one intersection.
I'm cold, hungry, tired and not too happy.
This is why.
These are taken the day after the storm, I did not take these next five photo's and I don't know who did....
These next photos were taken by me on the bus ride home today.
Willow Tree intersection
Side street off Cogswell St
Snow bank along the street.
Another side street off Cogswell St
The transit service was only running a partial schedule today, eight main routes were covered.
Most streets are very narrow 1 lane or 1½ lanes. Many side walks are not cleared so people are walking on the streets. Snow banks along the streets are so high cars, trucks & ploughs can not see the oncoming traffic.
I actually started home by car however we could not get out of the parkade due to the traffic outside the building, the driver decided to park the car, sit it out and try later, I decided to try the bus.
I got home first.
Weary on the East Coast.
I finished the Celtic Cap, it was a lot of fun to knit. This one was made for a friend, however I will make this pattern again for me.
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino Wool
Colour: 00227 Taupe
Tension: 20 sts - 26 rows = 4" (10 cm)
Suggested Knitting Needle: 4.50 mm, US - 7
Suggested Crochet Hook: 4.50 mm, US - 7
Content: 100% Wool
Put-up: 3.50 oz / 100 g,
Length: 223 yd / 205 m
Care: Hand washable. Lay flat to dry.
Knitting on the East Coast
It is snowing here again; it snowed all last night and all day today.
After shovelling for several hours I came inside for a hot chocolate.
candy cane hot chocolate
"Police barricades are up around downtown Halifax so ploughs can clear the snow-clogged streets without encountering traffic."
We are still under a state of emergency and have been under curfew the last two nights.
Transit is still not running.
I've begun to run out of necessities like:
garlic stuffed olives,
I'm down to my last half litre of milk. I now must ration how many cups of tea I drink... do you have any idea what this means to a born & bred Bluenoser to ration how much tea they drink in a day?
Maritimers drink more tea than other Canadians, according to the Tea Council of Canada.
"A Nice Cup of Tea"
by George Orwell
A friend landed here today to take shelter from the storm, he was tired of trying to subsist on chips and beer; he said he went outside forging for nuts and berries and the trail led to my house....
A pot of chili is bubbling on the stove; homemade oatmeal bread is baking in the oven.
The bread recipe I always use is from a Robin Hood recipe booklet, I found in a magazine about 15 years ago.
Oatmeal Casserole Bread
1 3/4 cups (425 mL) boiled water
3/4 cup (175 mL) Oats (Quaker regular oat are fine.)
(I sometimes also add 1/4 cup of Flax seed
or Red River Cereal)
1/4 cup ( 50 mL) molasses
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) salt
3 tbsp (45 mL) oil
1 tsp (5 mL) sugar (I use brown)
1/2 cup (125 mL) water, warm
1 envelope (8 g) active dry yeast
(If you buy yeast in a tin or bottle,
I use one-tablespoon active dry yeast)
4 cups (1000 mL) White Flour (I use organic unbleached)
POUR 1 3/4 cups (425 mL) boiling water over oats in large bowl.
Stir in molasses, salt and oil. Cool to lukewarm.
DISSOLVE 1-teaspoon (5 mL) sugar in 1/2 cup (125 mL) warm water.
Sprinkle in yeast. Let stand 10 minutes, and then stir well.
(Your yeast must be fresh & it will foam up double or more in volume)
ADD dissolved yeast and 2 cups (500 mL) Flour to oat mixture.
Beat on low speed of electric mixer 1/2 minute then on high speed for 3 minutes,
scraping sides of bowl often.
(I use my heavy-duty mixer & dough hook for this next part)
STIR IN remaining flour, until thoroughly blended.
Use enough flour to make a soft, non-sticky dough.
COVER with greased waxed paper and tea towel.
LET RISE in warm place (75°-85°F/24°-29°C) until doubled (45 - 60 minutes).
(If you used a heavy duty mixer & dough hook for the part above you can skip this next step)
BEAT 25 strokes with wooden spoon.
Form into a loaf (dough is sticky so oil your hands too)
and place in a greased pan.
Press some oats (Flax seed or Redriver Cereal) on to the top of the loaf. (optional)
(I use a round casserole dish)
COVER with tea towel and let rise in warm place until dough is 1" (2 cm) above top of pan
BAKE at 375°F/190°C on lower oven rack for 35 to 45 minutes, or until set.
This Robon Hood recipe is almost the same as the one I use,
the main difference is they have added a cup of whole-wheat flour.....
Shovel at the ready on the East Coast.
Since I've been trapped in my house for two days, and unexpectedly had time off from work; I have had some time to knit. The roads were/are impassable, the transit is still not running. If I drove & owned a car it would still be under the 2 meter (6ft) drifts in my driveway. I live at the city limit so am not in walking distance of any stores... not that it would matter since most stores have been closed for the last two days, as their staff were unable to get in for work. In my storm obtruded confinement I've had time to look around the knitting BLOGs, I see a number of people are doing a Rouge-a-long... although I love the design, I don't normally have the time it would take to make a sweater so I'm knitting the Celtic Cap.
I was having so much fun with the knitting, I almost forgot to take a picture of the knitting progress.
This hat is knit from a charted design which is so much easier to knit from than a written out pattern. Why aren't more patterns charted? I discovered the joy of charted designs when I learned to weave a number of years ago, again when I learned to crochet four years ago, and now as I've learn to knit over the last year.
Bracing for another storm on the East Coast.
The blizzard is being called "The White Juan" by weather forecasters, a reference to Hurricane Juan.
The storm is also being called a weather bomb it was "a classic nor'easter" and dumped record amounts of snow on Nova Scotia.
The province is still under a state of emergency, some main roads are open however many are down to one lane in the city. City police, and the RCMP advise staying off the roads & streets unless it is an emergency. Many businesses are closed, the malls & shopping centres are closed, the transit buses & ferries are not running. The provincial highway view today.
The Metro Halifax was hardest hit, 95 cm (37 in) of snow fell, breaking the 1944 one-day snowfall record of 50.8 centimetres. Thousands of people are without power.
Morning view of the back yard
The high winds caused huge snow dirfts all of which seem to be in my driveway! Some spots are over six feet in depth.
My diveway is down to just a narrow path.
Driveway blocked by plough
Can you see the car?
Digging out on the East Coast.
Remember when you were a kid and they announced on the radio or TV that school was closed for the day due to the weather?
This is one of those days! Not only is school closed the whole province is shut down.
The Province of Nova Scotia has declared a state of emergency.
Holy crow, just look at the weather here today. It is a BLIZZARD!
I opened the back door to let Barkis out for his morning constitutional and had to shovel over 90 cm (35 in) of snow away from the door just to get outside.
Snow blocking the back door
I shovelled the steps however did not clear a space on the ground so my big dog (German Shepard size) got stuck in a snow bank and had to be rescued. This is an after photo.
My work is closed for the day as are most businesses in the city, even the shops are closed including the malls & shopping centres.
The conditions are so bad ploughs, buses even the police cars are removed from most roads, city police, and the RCMP advise staying off the roads & streets due to the white-out conditions.
I just saw a ski-doo go down the middle of my street...idiot... remember I do live in the city.
This is the road in front of my house.
Even if I wanted to go out, I won't get very far, that is untill the front steps are shovelled, and then my drive way which has drifts of about 120cm (4ft) deep.
So, if you a lucky enough to have the day off from work, then snuggle with a friend.
Snow day on the East Coast.
I loved winter as a kid; playing in the snow, building snow forts, making snow people, trying to make the perfect snow angel, snowball fights , sledding, skating.
Dad always built us a rink in the back yard, we would stake for hours.
When I was around 10 years old I was allow to go to the outdoor rink up the road. After supper, on school nights, a giggle of girlfriends and I would go for an hour or so, however on the weekends we went till closing. At night the rink was lit by strings of coloured lights and they played great music.
We twirled, did loops and spins.
We giggled and melted blushing if a boy would ask us to dance; to dance on ice is magical.
During intermission while they cleaned the ice surface, to keep warm we would huddled around the wood stove, in the entrance hut, drinking cups of hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Gosh, how I envy those who live near Rideau Canal Skateway, can you imagine skating there, what fun! There are no outdoor rinks here however the city has begun outdoor ice skating on three metro lakes this winter.
Today my driveway is a sheet of smooth thick ice, perfect for skating.... that is if you want to skate up hill.
I wonder if my driveway would qualify for the CBC Best backyard rink contest?
Drinking hot chocolate and waiting for spring, on the East Coast.
and especially if you're from the Maritimes , you will understand this post without clicking on the links.
Last night after work I stopped at Sobeys to pick-up some milk, eggs, and cat food. I missed my bus so I had an hour wait for the next bus. I headed to the nearest Tim's for an XL double double and a butter tart... carbohydrates galore and they were yummy!
We were planning on taking a two-four up to a friend's kitchen party however soon after I got home it began to snow, there were heavy snowfall warnings and a possibility of it turning to heavy rainfall, with a mixture of rain snow ice pellets and freezing rain as well as strong winds. Needless to say we decided stayed home where it was warm & safe. I'm so glad too, as I got to see Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner, it is such a great film. In 2001 when it debuted at the Atlantic Film Festival all the shows were sold out, so I didn't get a chance to see it then, however I have watched it twice now on TV. The story is great, the landscape is incredible and the exotic images of the Inuit world are amazing, I would love to see it on a large screen in the theatre. If you have not seen this film look for it, Atanarjuat is a definite "must-see." More information at the, IMDB.
Tucked in for the weekend on the East Coast eh!
You know even with all the advancements in meteorological information, scientific research, satellite and infra-red technology, the hopes of everyone in the country on February 2nd hang on the whim of a rodent.
Shubenacadie Sam is the first groundhog in Canada and possible the first in North America to make his annual Groundhog Day prediction.
It will be an early spring!
Anticipating warmer weather on the East Coast.