Saturday, December 24, 2011

Frozen S*** Happens

After a complete melt down of my old (15 busy years) computer , I am back. At least until I can get my files transferred over . That's the trick. A new system to learn as well. Not liking it so far.

So until all is set , organized and learned there will be no photos for now.

But here is a Canadian 'folk' poem  that I could not resist sharing with you.  The information on where to find it will follow.

It's winter in Canada!
And the gentle breezes blow,
Seventy kilometres an hour
At thirty-five below.

Oh, how I love Canada,
When the snow's up to your butt.
You take a breath of winter,
And your nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is wonderful,
So I guess I'll hang around.
I could never leave Canada.
I'm frozen to the bloody ground.

This poem was taken from the Facebook page called " Shit Happens " from The Entertainer . My apologies to the sensitive. This may not be the page for you. It contains adult ( yes, that is questionable) and at times vulgar ( that is not questionable) humour . Occasionally , there is a little gem like this poem found among the debris. If you can keep the bile down visit the page, if only to read the info page . It explains it all.

Caution: Do not 'LIKE' the page if you don't want to be haunted forever.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


I just could not resist posting this video from a friend from facebook .

This doesn't look like one of the seven deadly sins to me.

They will be featured on Animal Planet on December 17. I am watching.

Monday, December 12, 2011

An Early Winter Classic

Gordon Lightfoot , a Canadian singer and songwriter for close to 50 years. often captured historical events in folk ballad form. This one gives a sense of the power of Lake Superior as the winter winds begin to churn the water...and man is caught in its grasp.

As winter closes in, this powerful lake has a great effect on the weather. So do all the Great Lakes. The combination of the five lakes can be felt at all times of the year , but the winter is most spectacular in form.

ice volcano

Another formation seen on Lake Michigan are ice volcanoes caused by wave activity breaking through the ice pack at the edge of the lake. Cones form and increase in size over time. Some have been measured up to 15 or more feet in height. Amazing!

Ice balls in Lake Michigan

I have been thinking about how ice will begin to form on lakes and rivers now that the weather is getting cold. Depending on the conditions ice can give you the opportunity to see some spectacular forms. Frazil ice is rolled by strong winds into balls and washed up on shore.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Far North and Winter

I follow two blogs from two people living in the far north of Canada. Now there is where one can really experience winter.

Ron Wassink is a photographer living in Iqualuit , Nunavut in the north east of Canada. He presents the most excellent photos and interesting glimpses into life in the Arctic.

Drop by at :

Karen McColl is a freelance writer who has lived in many locations around the world. Right now she is posting great photos and stories from Fort Simpson , North West Territories in Canada.  She spends a great deal of time outside in the cold giving readers a taste of life way up north where winter is long and beautiful.

Go exploring in the far reaches of Canada . Enjoy.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Winter Blahs: The Canadian Encyclopedia

I thought you might like to check in with the Canadian Encyclopedia Blog for a little look at winter reaction from other Canadians besides me.

TCE Blog

Winter Blahs

But there is much more than winter in Canada. Have a look around the site.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite... Hurting... Worth Dying for.

Thank you Bob and Barb at their Springfield Plateau Blog for sharing this find. I hope everyone takes the time to view and do.