April 4th, 2018
By all accounts, a storm is coming soon to Labrador West. It has left dumps of snow across Northern Ontario, moving through Quebec and arriving around midnight tonight. My husband and boys are spending Spring Break in Quebec City with family while Bailey and I take care of the homestead here. They experienced the snow blizzard there early today. Staying in a hotel means no shovelling for them. I won’t be so lucky if we get the predicted snowfall. Tomorrow will be all about snow removal in the form of shovelling. Knowing the cleared parts of the yard will once again be covered in white stuff, Bailey and I spent the afternoon playing in the open space around the house. A pathway has been kept clear around the entire house due to the hard efforts of my husband. Besides allowing the basement windows to be free of snow in case of fire, Bailey and I can practice our Rally-O techniques as we move around the outside of the house. The snowbanks are over 6 feet high and act as a natural barrier between distractions and Bailey. It may have been -36 degrees Celsuis on our walk this morning (-41 degrees Celsius if you count the windchill) but, the sky was blue and the sun shone down on us. The air was invigorating. It was quite pleasant as long as one was dressed for the weather. We played with the ball. Bailey fetched. Then, the two of us wrestled with the ball. A simple “Leave it” command and the ball was mine. We soon collapsed down on the snow in need of a rest. Life won’t be so leisurely tomorrow. While Bailey will be thrilled to see the white stuff, a morning of shovelling will definitely dampen my spirits. Tonight, I plan to enjoy the calm before the storm.