We had our first real snow storm on Sunday, December 15, and it feels like it hasn't stopped since then. We've had lots of snow and freezing rain in the past two weeks. We've been on vacation, so mostly it hasn't affected us too much, and fortunately we had decent weather on both of our travel days so our planned visit to NS went as scheduled.
We headed for NS on the morning of the 23rd, leaving almost an hour earlier than usual since we'd had freezing rain all the previous day and overnight. By morning though, it was pretty much just rain, and our short drive to the ferry was no problem. It snowed every day from the 24 to the 27, though fortunately it was not coming down too hard on the 27th, when we were travelling back to NB. So thankful for the ferry, which means we only have an hour of highway driving.
We had a good visit with the family, but once we get on our way home to Saint John, I can't wait to get back to our house and the cats (crazy cat lady and proud of it). Our cat sitter had mentioned that our tree out front was really bending over from the weight of the ice, so I was hoping for the best, but as soon as we pulled into our drive way, we could see the tree was destroyed. That put a bit of a damper on our homecoming. That tree made me happy. :(
We've been puttering around, enjoying the rest of our vacation. The cats have been extra cuddly, and also a little stir crazy because they don't like going out in the snow so they have lots of energy to burn.
Tomorrow is our 12th wedding anniversary. Time flies! Usually we go out to dinner, but this year we are having some friends in instead. We're doing Chinese fondue for 8; we've never tried this with that many people, but hopefully it will work out and everyone will enjoy themselves.
It snowed last night. And it snowed again today. Happy winter holidays. I'm thinking I should buy snow shoes.
Winter scenes from my parents house
Bird watching at my in-laws
Checking out the remains of our maple tree and damage to the cat fence; they are both done for.