AS: Canada; the first year of the next 50

LothlorienLothlorien All Saints Host
edited January 27 in Limbo
From snow to water...
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  • Hello Fellow Canadians - can you hear me? I am over here on the Atlantic coast waving to you. Welcome, make yourselves at home. Can I get you a donair or a beaver tail or maybe some bannock and jam?
  • Because my commute has a connection near a Tims, I am now 0 for 5 in the national lottery.

  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    This isn't the first time I've found myself on the wrong side of the Pond for a chunk of the RUTR season, but I did gagnez un cafe with the last Timmy's I bought before I left Toronto airport. I might even remember to use it when I get back ... :grin:
  • No Tim's in Arizona, so I out this year.
  • Lily Pad wrote: »
    . Can I get you a donair....

    Donair, the provincial food of Nova Scotia Donair Heritage Minute (youtube)

  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    Have not been to
    Lily Pad wrote: »
    . Can I get you a donair....

    Donair, the provincial food of Nova Scotia Donair Heritage Minute (youtube)

    We do like our donairs over here. I've just had toast and jam as a poor substitute. Rolled up the Rim for my dad today but didn't win the car. I really need a new car and keep hoping that someone who wins one will give me their old one. :smiley: You and I were occupied with similar activities only my elderly dad is the one taking me to the dr and waiting for hours. Outcomes were good here today - still not that well but a new specialist is referring me to someone else. Sort of figuring out that if they are not giving up on me, I'd better keep plugging away.
  • LothlorienLothlorien All Saints Host
    Hope all is sorted for you,Lily Pad. Quickly.
  • DiomedesDiomedes Shipmate
    Our holiday in Canada last year has left us with a craving for Butter Tarts - they'd be perfect with morning coffee on a cold day like today.
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    Lothlorien wrote: »
    Hope all is sorted for you,Lily Pad. Quickly.

    Thanks, Lothlorien! It has been a long haul but no long waits for care.
    Diomedes, there is never a bad time for butter tarts! Oatmeal porridge is on offer for breakfast here. The weather is quite mild but lots of snow is due today. We'll see. Most forecasts this winter have overestimated things by quite a bit.
  • OgtheDimOgtheDim Shipmate
    No raisins in them butter tarts, of course.

    (Don't make me parse Hosea 3:1 for you all) :wink:
  • Diomedes wrote: »
    Our holiday in Canada last year has left us with a craving for Butter Tarts - they'd be perfect with morning coffee on a cold day like today.

    For your future holiday planning, follow this: http://buttertartfestival.ca/

  • DiomedesDiomedes Shipmate
    Augustine - that looks wonderful! We did hear of a Butter Tart Trail. One of our sons lives near Elora so I'm sure we'll be back. We had such a great time.
  • edited March 2018
    Butter tarts with currants. That's the thing!

    We're getting quite a bit of snow today. About a foot so far, with another to come. Not cold though, only -5 in central Sask.

    Is it every where in Canada that people talk of the weather first? "Snowy enough for you?" is today's phrase it seems. Just replace snowy with cold, hot, rainy, foggy, mosquito-ey and you've got the universal conversation starter.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    We get such a lot of weather, I suppose it's natural that it's a conversation starter, and it could be the British legacy: although Britain doesn't get the extremes of weather we have here, the weather there is quite changeable. For the record, it seems to be thawing a bit here in Freddy, which is a Good Thing. :smile:
  • TrudyTrudy Heaven Host
    Snowstorm shutting everything down today in St. John's NL. As it's Saturday, lots of people are unaffected, although us SDA's had to cancel church this morning and the liquor store has delayed opening (in a completely unrelated move). We've had relatively little snow this winter but it wouldn't be Newfoundland winter without a few storms.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I've hardly been believing some of the snowless pictures of St. John's that were turning up on Facebook over the last couple of months. Having said that, I was talking to a friend in St. J. this morning and she said you'd had another big dump of snow today.

    At least at this stage there's hope that it might not lie for too much longer.
  • I'm hoping the silence here isn't a sign that the rest of Canada has been overcome by some weather-related calamity...

    Weather here in Ontario has been perfectly pleasant, though many of are still in shock over the fact that Doug Ford is looking increasingly likely to be our next premier. :(
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Now there's a scary thought. I confess that all I know about him comes from a newspaper article that someone linked to on Facebook, but he certainly didn't seem like the sort of person you'd want in any kind of public office.
    Marsupial wrote: »
    I'm hoping the silence here isn't a sign that the rest of Canada has been overcome by some weather-related calamity...
    Such as yet another chuffing snow-storm on a Thursday buggering about with choir practice just before Easter? :rage:
  • There should be a law against that (Doug Ford too, but especially inclement weather on choir practice night, especially the week before Holy Week).
  • Here I am posting on another day of blizzard. About a foot of soggy wet stuff. I predict it's the 2nd last blizzard. Or 33rd last
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    Yesterday's affected morning activities here but by noon things were more normal - just high winds. Had a great afternoon at the beach with a certain four legged canine. Facebook tells me that "on this day" over the past few years, I have watched four girls go swimming in a local lake and had the power go out during several blizzards. So, I guess last night's crazy weather is just normal. I'm just glad there are no mosquitoes. :)
  • LothlorienLothlorien All Saints Host
    Here I am posting on another day of blizzard. About a foot of soggy wet stuff. I predict it's the 2nd last blizzard. Or 33rd last
    Yep, I work on that principle but the other way. 34 forecast for Sydney tomorrow. Celsius, that is. 39 last Sunday. Surely autumn must be here soon.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I'm quietly giving thanks that the temperatures for the next few days all seem to be in positive numbers (Thursday's are even in double digits)! It might be enough to start making a dent in the sn*w-banks - I was beginning to think that if the heaps on either side of our drive got any bigger, we'd have to get a smaller car (and they don't come much smaller than a Nissan Micra). :mrgreen:
  • It's lovely here on the West Coast.....
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    edited March 2018
    It's rather nice here today too - perfect blue sky and hardly any wind. And temperatures beginning to go up ... :)
  • It's gorgeous here. Oh, yeah, I'm still in Arizona for another three weeks.
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    Aren't you the funny one, Sharkshooter. We're having a heavy ice fog this morning and everything looks like a Christmas card. I must admit that the still air and beautiful warm evening last night was welcome. Once the sun comes out we're to have above zero temperatures and that is a welcome thought too.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    It certainly is, LP! We've actually got quite a bit of visible tarmac on the driveway, which is a decided improvement.

    Mind you, they're forecasting freezing rain for tomorrow and Thursday, which is something without which we could do.
  • Last Wednesday, I awoke to -10°C in Ottawa and, after a flight west, was walking among the cherry blossoms of Salt Spring Island at +14°C before dinner.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    That's the thing about living in such a big country, eh? Having said that, we occasionally get a jump or plummet of 24° in a day in the same place, don't we?
  • Last Wednesday, I awoke to -10°C in Ottawa and, after a flight west, was walking among the cherry blossoms of Salt Spring Island at +14°C before dinner.
    Salt Spring is so nice. Almost as nice as Saturna....
  • Last Wednesday, I awoke to -10°C in Ottawa and, after a flight west, was walking among the cherry blossoms of Salt Spring Island at +14°C before dinner.
    Salt Spring is so nice. Almost as nice as Saturna....

    I recommend a visit to the United Church there, as it has some very nice glass by Jack Clements. The people seemed pleasant and were friendlier and more outgoing than those I met at my visit over 10 years ago to All Saints (the Anglican parish), but as it was not a service, I cannot vouch for their coffee-- although the Gulf Islands are very coffee-focussed.
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    Just back from the first visit of the year to the dairy bar. It was warm and smelled like spring outside this morning but a lot can change in a couple of hours. I may need to keep my coat on inside for a while longer. Gosh it is cold and damp and the wind is making it feel pretty chilly.
  • Saltspring - too many SUVs being driven too fast by elderly pseudo environmental hippies. Saturna is a much better island because less people.

    Here it was -26°C overnight. But warming to -8 so we're going skiing. A couple of elderly pseudo environmental hippies. And a dog.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    -26° is bl**dy cold - here it only got that far down (without wind-chill) a few times in early January.

    Today, it's just wet, foggy and dreich.
  • ClimacusClimacus Shipmate
    You can come here. 34 forecast this week. In autumn.

    Sorry to read of the junior hockey team deaths and injuries. :cry:
  • I didn't know why there was all this helicopter activity for Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. The player bus was t-boned by a transport truck as far as we understand from friends in Tisdale. Humboldt (where the team is from) is due east of Saskatoon about 80 miles. Tisdale where the crash happened is a bit north and further east. 14 young people are killed and 3 critical medically. With everyone on the bus in hosp. Some sent to Regina (200 miles south of Saskatoon) too.

    Weirdly I thought, BBC4 which I have on at night on earphones for insomnia had the news of this at 4am.

    Heard that the church and clergy presence and just people is first rate as much as can be. Humboldt is historically German immigration. It had been a fast growing small city. We pass through at least monthly. For a small population province and town don't know what else to say.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Prayers ascending for all involved. :cry:
  • Regarding the accident near Tisdale, I have been struck by the intensity of the national grief. I don't think that one factor explains it. Is it that we are a small population that still identify with small towns, and hockey? I came from a small town, didn't play hockey, but played a lot of team sports, and the male dynamic on a team is a strange emotional alchemy. One thing that has struck me is the raw honesty of a lot of sports figures and journalists. I have been strangely, deeply affected. As have others, as $2.5million was raised for the families in less than 24 hours. I think that the figure is now $4million. We 're a good people.
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    edited April 2018
    In addition, I think it is that every one of us has been on a road trip to play either hockey or another sport and has worried about our loved ones coming home safely. For those who have traveled in a bus to an event, there is that "up" feeling of looking forward to the playoff game and then the horror of those photos brings it close to home. And, worse still, is the memory of close calls, where we have not been paying attention to the road or had the setting sun in our eyes and almost caused an accident. I know I am being extra cautious right now and I can't imagine how the transport truck driver is feeling. I'm about to go get my one hockey stick and leave it out at my front door as part of # PutYourStickOut . There is so little that any of us can do but I will do that.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Being an incomer, my knowledge of and connection to hockey is minimal (I've been to two games), but the spectre of a whole team being wiped out in an accident will resonate with anyone who partakes in any kind of group activity (and not necessarily confined to sporting activities - imagine if your choir, band or orchestra was involved in such an accident).

    A few years before I was born, eight members of the Manchester United football team were killed in a plane crash in Munich, and that is still etched on the memories of their supporters.

    I think as well that the youth of the victims is a big factor - in this case, fifteen people dead long before their time, which touches everyone's heart and mind.
  • OgtheDimOgtheDim Shipmate
    Yonge from Finch to Sheppard is part of our lives.

    Library, transit, food, walking along that street.

    Family all OK.


    Just in shock.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    I was just reading about that - what a horrific thing to happen. Glad to hear that your family are safe, Ogthedim; prayers ascending for those who aren't.

    :cry:
  • ClimacusClimacus Shipmate
    Prayers and thoughts from the other side of the globe.
  • Ken Lam is a bloody hero. He should win Canadian of the Year (if such a thing exists)
  • The Toronto thing is horrific. The reasons we're being told behind it is horrific. The police officer Mr. Lam is a very good man.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host

    Ken Lam is a bloody hero. He should win Canadian of the Year (if such a thing exists)
    Is there a police bravery award? If anyone deserves it, it's Mr. Lam.

    We need the "notworthy" icon back!
  • sabinesabine Shipmate
    edited April 2018
    Hello Canadian Shippies. A friend and I are planning a vacation in Winnipeg sometime in the next couple of years (no date set).

    So, of course I'd like to know if there are Shipmates there.

    I'm spending way too much time on the tourism sites these days. It all looks good, and I wish I had forever to explore. :)
  • Lily PadLily Pad Shipmate
    To Winnipeg? Nothing against Winnipeg, of course, but it is not at the top of most lists for places to see in Canada. :) In the winter, bring lots of warm clothes and in the summer, bring more to protect yourself from the vicious mosquitoes.
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