Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

The definition of unexpected as the winter season approaches is ALWAYS precipitation.  I usually turn this blog into some funky weather rant over and over again.  The praise for snow starts from awesome to something like “Will it ever end?”

I’m sure a lot of you feel the same way.

BUT I love snow, especially the first few falls.  I don’t particularly enjoy storms, especially now that we have a crumbling bridge that I have to cross every single day to go to work.  Well, the engineers and city didn’t beat the storm with this one so lets hope the super beam installation this weekend will go as planned.

I’m currently sitting in my office as a supposed snow storm has hit the city.  Was it even a storm? There are lots of school closures but my bus wasn’t delayed, so I don’t know what that means.

Leaving work yesterday was clear.  Just cold and windy. When I got back to the suburbs, I realized that it had already started snowing. The roads looked like this when I was walking home.

Snow on the way home

Snow on the way home

Just a thin layer and very comfortable to have snow drifting around.

The forecast kept changing and it was supposedly a 15-25 cm of snow or something like that followed with freezing rain and rain as the temperature rose.  Ugly stuff, my friends. This morning, I feel like we escaped the freezing rain since it wasn’t so slippery.

Looking out my balcony door, this is what it looks like:

This morning

This morning

Well, I was expecting more heaps of snow. Unexpected, right? 😉

Still the first snow that stays on the ground always has the shocking unexpected effect even after so many years of being here.  Drivers are the same also, they kind of forget how to drive. So, from what I gathered on the traffic reports last night and this morning, it was a nightmare with lots of accidents on the highways.

Any “unexpected” precipitation or in general weather in your area?


A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Wood

From my previous post, we can see that Montreal had a massive snowstorm of over 40 cm of snow within less than 24 hours.  Everyone is digging their cars out and whatever items that is now buried.  What better time to take the most treasured moments of the nature around us?

This week’s A Word in Your Ear’s word she picked out of her dictionary is WOOD.  To join her challenge, please click HERE! You can also check out the other entries at that link.

Here’s some branches and twigs under the dim light and cover with snow around my place!

I’ll probably try to get some more pictures outside tomorrow..but it was fun to play with the dim lights and the snow scene function on my camera.

How huge was this snow? I’ve only heard that Maine has gotten about the same amount..anywhere else sitting in this winter wonderland with us?

Snow Day in Montreal!

Last night before I went to bed, I already knew there would be a snowstorm.  Since the last two times we had that similar forecast, it was a false alarm, I didn’t really give much thought to it. This morning, I wake up.  You can feel the snow caked on the window and its hard to see clearly whats going on outside.  When I get out of bed and lean out, its white EVERYWHERE! The driveway is covered in centimetres and centimetres of snow.

However, I had chose today  (out of my optional days) to go to work, so I toughed it out and went.  I ended up waiting for the bus for 30 minutes and right when I was going to give up, it showed up.  In those 30 minutes though, you witness how low the visibility was or maybe just how clueless some people are.  There was a white car that decided to NOT put on their lights.  Hazardous and dangerous..definitely not a smart thing to do and I hope that car did not get in any accidents.  Two minutes later, there was a car in the opposite side of the road driving in the opposite direction of traffic…very scary stuff.  Not good either when the roads were barely cleared and it only had the minimum one lane available.

When I got out of the bus, I had to trudge through deep deep snow.  The sidewalks in my partially touristic area was not cleared. The snow storm raged on for another few hours and it had pretty much died down by the time I left work at 4:30pm.  The weather forecast just announced on the radio that we tallied up 40+ centimetres of snow.

Of course, we can’t go through this day without some good deeds.  Well, a partial good deed.  When I got home from work, the snow pile at the foot of my driveway was about more than half of my 5 foot 3 height.  When I was getting back into my coat to go out to snap some pictures (which will follow in a bit), I see a snow removal truck clearing my driveway.  Note that, I don’t pay for that service because I’m capable of doing it myself, just depends the duration, and it makes me exercise more during the holidays.  So, I thought some guy was crazy to do that and my neighbor pops out of the side of my driveway and says that he asked them to shovel my driveway also.  He even helped me shovel some of the bits and pieces away.  You have no idea how thankful I was because he had a point when he said that it would take me ALL NIGHT to clear it.

Whats funny is that I see people digging out their cars in Montreal.  At my place, we spent an hour digging out our trash can and recycle bin.  Thank you snow storm for the wonderful mother daughter shoveling bonding, collectively aiming to rescue the snow buried trash cans and recycle bins.  It was a lot of fun.

So you’ve read about my awesome Montreal snow day..it wouldn’t be my blog if I didn’t show you some pictures that I promised.

I’ve been wondering whether I should put this up.  Its something my boyfriend and I did on Christmas Day and it works perfectly with the pictures.

Enjoy! And please mute the background if you find that it bothers you..haha! Just don’t tell me.. we were just having fun with one of our favorite songs.  Its already taking a lot of courage to actually publish this.  Still, it goes well with the topic, right? Winter has definitely come raging in on us.





A Word A Week Challenge: Light (2)

I had some more pictures from this week walking around and it came to me that it fit this challenge, so I’m posting a last minute PART 2! If you didn’t see my first entry, its HERE! If you want to join the challenge, you visit A Word in Your Ear right HERE!

Bring on MORE lights!


Purple lights on the hotel, White lights on a Christmas tree, Lights wrapped around trees

All beautiful, but look on the top, a construction crane wrapped in Christmas lights, lighting up the sky in the distance!


Christmas tree lights reflecting on the wall


Today’s snow calmed down.  Took a little break from shoveling  snow and took a picture down my street.

The street lights stood out really nicely!


Doesn’t this look so festive? Branches and red ribbon decorations…I thought it had a really nice vibe.This was just at my front door.

Hope you like it! I promise this is the last post for today, its already the 4th.

Can’t wait to see what the next A Word A Week Challenge is.

Let it Snow!

I’m trying to get through this Christmas marathon and the weather now is starting to cooperate. We had snow (and rain) coming into this week.  This evening and tomorrow should have actual workable fluffy snow, at least I keep hoping for that.  Its the main reason why the winter photography has slowed down.  However, last weekend, I did step outside without a coat at my front door and snapped a picture that I liked of the drifting snow.

I wish to have the feeling of fluffy snow covering every corner of the lawns and the pavement.  Opening my eyes to a brighter sky in the middle of the night just by its reflection is one of the best feelings of winter.



For now, I’ll take this! While I wait for the probably storm coming tonight.  Tomorrow its the Chinese Winter celebration, so with snow, it’ll just complement it.

Anyone out there have more luck with snowy weather? Do you like snow? Or maybe you prefer rain?