It’s the hap-happiest season of all. Despite weeks of unseasonably snow-free scenery, yesterday we were treated to our first, real snow fall of the season. This morning I awoke ready to show off my famous shovelling skills, yet I was pleasantly surprised to find that our sidewalks and driveway had been blanketed by a measly 2 cm worth of the white stuff. Hardly enough to justify breaking out the shovel, but enough to warrant snow plow activities. Despite the sanding and salting, the cursed snow caused some havoc on the roads last night, as drivers were forced to re-learn how to navigate in icy conditions. As beautiful as Kingston is after the flurries have fallen, I am sure that many folks would be okay with sticking old man winter in a cheap retirement home, and losing the key on a warm, sandy beach. Accordingly, this week’s poll asks:
What's your least favourite thing about winter?
- Being cold. (54%, 61 Votes)
- Scraping off the car. (14%, 16 Votes)
- Something Else. (13%, 14 Votes)
- Shovelling snow. (11%, 12 Votes)
- Parking restrictions. (8%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 112
As much as you and I dislike snow, and winter in general, it does have a special, drafty place in my heart. I have many fond memories of snow days, family ski vacations, enjoying hot maple syrup off of a bed of snow, and more recently, Kingston’s own Feb Fest. I suppose my sentiments changed towards the negative side when I became a home owner, and was met with high heating bills, and endless shovelling responsibilities. What are your thoughts on winter? Does the lack of overnight parking on city streets create stress in your life, or are you anxiously awaiting your first skating session at Market Square? Please drop off your winter whining below, as well as any tips to make winter more bearable.
Special thanks to |nb| for today’s photo from this year’s Santa Claus Parade.