Saturday, December 26, 2009

Canadian Winter means Flexible Travel Plans

The best laid plans . . . . are usually altered. Today we intended to travel to Bowmanville . . . a little town east of Toronto to visit some extended family and friends. In the middle of the night we could hear the clatter of freezing rain hitting our windows. Have you ever heard it? It is really something actually. Sounds a bit like a frozen car wash : ) and turns your windows into ripples of ice.

The result this morning was all the windows on the south and west side of our home were absolutely covered in ice. It looks pretty but it certainly is not practical for driving. When you see "Severe Freezing Rain and Ice Pellets" warnings , followed by expected "Snow Flurries" it is best to stay home. Snow over ice is not safe to drive on at all. Your tires have nothing to grab.
We have Christmas presents, games, treats and goodies to enjoy . . . so a quiet day at home is a safe and comfy choice.

This is my lovely Wee Scone Teddy Bear from Scotland. He came with dark chocolate spicy ginger cookies and marsh mellow snowballs. Great with a cup of tea : )

The warm glow from the candles makes it all cozy.

It should melt away by tomorrow I hope : )

So comfort food is certainly in order . . . the best homemade apple pie you have ever tried ~ thank you to my neighbour Michelle !

Somewhere out there is a pool hut and a pool.

It will be a few months before we get back to swimming, lol.

Have a safe and cozy holiday and do not travel if you don't need to. There is always the 2010 Winter Olympics, hosted by Canada in February, to organize parties around. We can gather with family and friends to cheer on Team Canada and our favourite athletes!

Hope your "Boxing Day" is safe and warm



❦TattingChic said...

Hi there! Wow, thanks for the pictures of what the freezing rain looks like! I grew up where there is snow and "black ice" on the roads, but we never had windows like that.

Sounds like you were very wise to stay home. I am glad..I want my bloggy friend to be safe and unhurt! Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day!
~TattingChic ♥

The French Bear said...

Oh dear, I really do not like freezing rain, I will take the minus forty over rain any day. It looks pretty on the window, but that's all!!!
Good for you to stay home, it looked so cosy and warm!!!
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
Margaret B

Marydon Ford said...

Oy! You got it all! We dodged by a slim margin that ice storm, TG! We've had our windows coated just like yours ... quite a sight to see.

Glad you are all snuggly warm & safe in the house.

TTFN ~Marydon

cinner said...

That is really quite something, I don't think we have ever had the freezing rain like that. It does look beautiful on your windows. Glad you had a lovely Christmas.