Since I’m back to a 9-to-5 schedule, I take my weekends rather seriously. Unfortunately, the powerful Canadian weather Gods conspired against me. It is March, really? Doesn’t feel like it. I know we skipped most of the winter but this doesn’t mean I wanted to experience it in March!

Saturday was a slush day. It rained a lot. Some of the water froze right away (yay, icy sidewalks!) and large pools of water accumulated everywhere (yay, soaked pants!). Drains are still blocked by snow, streets were flooded and the general feeling was “Ugh, yucky!”

I spent the night reinstalling Windows 7 on my computer since I caught a nasty virus earlier this week. Seriously, there should be a special place in Siberia or the Sahara desert for people who code viruses. This one slowed down my computer and kept on redirecting me to spammy websites. I figured it was easier to reformat my hard drive and start fresh rather than trying to get rid of it and it took me hours to back up my documents, reinstall the OS and all of my programs.

By the time I was done, it was almost 1 a.m. I went outside for a breather and discovered it was snowing pretty heavily. It was beautiful actually, in a pretty eerie way. We didn’t get any warning this time, which is funny because it was supposed to snow a lot the past couple of weeks and nothing had happened.

On Sunday morning, we got our “Canadians fighting the weather” kit out—shovel, salt and gloves. It took me almost 20 minutes to clear the pathway to the house, the wind had blown the snow everywhere. I think we got close to 10 centimetres of snow this time.

March is always the hardest month for me. I don’t mind the slow descent into winter in November and December. I can deal with January and February because it’s cold in most temperate countries as well. But in March, when the rest of the world is watching the flowers bloom and enjoying warmer temperatures, we are still dealing with severe winter conditions. It feels like the winter is never going to end.

And I have the nagging feeling I’m living in a giant fridge, in the freezer section.

Snow Piling Up
Footsteps in the Snow
Everything Covered Up (but the sewer plate)
Fir Trees
Tires in the Snow
Quiet and Snowy
The Morning After

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  1. Nigel March 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Heh, you need to switch to Ubuntu. Probably at least have one partition with Ubuntu so you can browse etc sort of safely at least 🙂

  2. Jeruen March 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    So our weather doesn’t differ that much: this past Saturday, we drove from Buffalo to Toronto to meet Puku again since he was hosting a mutual friend’s birthday party. The snow began in Toronto in the evening, and on Sunday, things were covered with snow. We drove back to Buffalo, but not before being stuck in the QEW for more than 3 hours since a trailer truck jack-knifed and blocked everyone. Nevertheless, it was a fun weekend!

  3. Yogi March 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I love the fir tree pics.

    March is frustrating here. We are of course not as cold as you but still colder than I would like. When I lived on the Gulf Coast, March was pretty darn warm.

  4. Sidney March 8, 2011 at 1:06 am

    That is a lot of snow…
    Glad it is 27 C here 🙂

  5. Tulsa Gentleman March 8, 2011 at 2:19 am

    After reading your post I feel kind of guilty for posting pictures of flowering trees. Lots of spring flowers are blooming here and it looks like we have had the worst of our wintry weather.

    You were victim to the “redirect virus”. I share that problem. I have found some workarounds but am considering a fresh start with a reload of Windows 7. I have not done that before. Is it tricky? Any advice?

  6. London Caller March 8, 2011 at 9:36 am

    What can I say?
    When life gives you snow, make ice kacang!
    Did you try it in Malaysia? Ha!

  7. barbara March 8, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Salut Zhu,

    How are you doing, lady?
    I have been “out of it” in blogging in February. But, I am fighter, too.
    I guess it is you are never sure of when you can hope for Spring in Ottawa.
    Your early morning pics have an eery feeling to them in b&w. I like them!
    I hope that school and work are going well.

    Stay warm and have faith for Spring.

  8. Zhu March 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    @Nigel – I thought about it but frankly, it sounds bit too complicated for me. Lame excuse, I know.

    @Jeruen – You are so often in Canada these days! I guess we do have the same weather, although I think you have more wind in Buffalo.

    @Yogi – Even in France it gets warmer towards the end of March!

    @Sidney – Shut up… SHUT UP 😆

    @Tulsa Gentleman – I found reinstalling pretty straightforward. Just back up all your documents and make a list of the programs you want to reinstall and insert the Windows 7 CD. It will promt you to reinstall and wipe the hard, juts do that. An an hour or so later, you can enjoy a fresh new OS!

    @London Caller – I think I did. At the time, anything cold was a God sent!

    @barbara – Hey you, everything is well here, although it is a bit colder than I like. But I’m sure spring will come around… sometime!

  9. expatraveler March 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    sounds a bit like what happened to us the week before… I didn’t like it either as March shouldn’t be that way! Beautiful pics though!

  10. Eric March 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Maybe my comment has nothing to do with this post (but it does technically …LOL)
    Those pics are amazing!!!
    may I ask:
    1. What time did you take them?
    2. What camera are you using?


    1. Zhu March 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you 🙂

      I took these pictures around 1 a.m. (Saturday night fun I guess!) a couple of weeks ago. I use a Nikon D60. You can see the full technical info on the pictures here:


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