WIW: Gearing up again!

Woke up to more than a foot of snow here. Back to gear!

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  • Stylin replied 9 years ago

    Got snow in Toronto too, feels like winter now!

  • Inge replied 9 years ago

    WOW, it's really coming down heavily! And you look fab in your Suz-gear:-) Red is a fab colour on you, and that hat is so cute:-)

  • replied 9 years ago

    You look adorable in your gear, Suz! Stay warm!

  • Karie replied 9 years ago

    You even look great shoveling snow! I just got back inside from doing the same thing - a foot + here too :(

  • Tina.b replied 9 years ago

    What a fantastic show shovelling outfit!

  • krishnidoux replied 9 years ago

    Cute gear!

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    I love my puffer vest for outdoor activity. Arms can move freely and I don't overheat! Now that's practical!! :-)

  • Mo replied 9 years ago

    We've been getting it, too. My car is that round pile of snow in front of the truck :)
    I find I am in either work uniforms or loungewear most of the time lately. Will have to make an excuse to go out in my normal clothes!

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 9 years ago

    You look wonderful all bundled up... I am so happy to live south of the crazy snow that arrives each year... When it does come here in VA Beach, no one knows what to do...

  • Transcona Shannon replied 9 years ago

    Well aren't you the stylish show shoveler? Love your red vest and toque. The snow does look pretty though, doesn't it?

    And let me add that we've had that kind of snow (and more) for a month now...just saying...

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Oh, I know, Shannon! I have NOTHING to complain about, relatively speaking. But we did get a huge amount at once last night and our city does not have the equipment to deal with it. Plus we live in a really constrained city lot and there is LITERALLY no place to pile it! Heaven only knows what they did in Victorian times...

    I love the way it looks. I love a true winter, too!

  • Raisin replied 9 years ago

    She's on the east coast now! We're bracing for 40cm! Suz, you should have got hubby a snowblower for Christmas! It's pretty much standard town one out east anyway.

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Yeah, I know...but believe it or not, we don't get quite enough snow in Kingston really to justify it. Or so we think. Having said that, this was a five hour job for 2 people today - we had to do our neighbour's driveway, too. We tried to split on a machine with them and they said no. Huh - they NEVER shovel and we can't really get out unless we clear their drive as well...and so...

  • Mona replied 9 years ago

    We got buried in snow last night, didn't we? I returned last night from States and woke up to this.
    You shovel in style, Suz.

  • catgirl replied 9 years ago

    Looks familiar, except that you are way stylish in your gear!

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    Suz you look too cute for words! We don't have snow so this is such a novelty to me. How much doesmthemsnow impact of how you get about in winter? Are there days when people cannot get to work etc?

  • jenanded replied 9 years ago

    You look sooo cute Suz - and snow is such a novelty for us... I was swimming in the city beach under palm trees this morning but would soooo love to have a white christmas one time! I am taking note of your outfits for when my dreams come true

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Deb, it depends on which part of the country you live in, really. There are wide variations. Where I live, we actually get less snow than people do in upstate New York (considerably less). But where Shannon lives, in Winnipeg, it's another story. Same with where Sveta lives, in Ontario's snow belt, Western Ontario -- she would get way more than me. Ditto Krish, who lives in Ottawa, just a few hours north of me, but away from the lake.

    Meanwhile, in Victoria, they get very little snow...but when they DO get a snowfall it throws everybody into a panic because people do not know how to drive in those conditions and they don't have a lot of snow removal equipment.

    So....keeping in mind, I live in Eastern Ontario now, and grew up just west of Toronto, in central Ontario -- but always near the lake, which moderates temperature and precipitation considerably.

    Growing up, we regularly had a few snow days a year where I lived. Now (with global warming) not so much. "Snow days" meant schools were closed due to the conditions. (I was not bussed to school, but walked. Where busses are involved the closures may be even more frequent).

    People learn to deal with snowfall -- we listen for the weather and get up early to shovel ourselves out. With the a big snowfall like this, some people inevitably would arrive late to the office. And in most workplaces, those in authority would understand that. But the snow has to be MUCH worse than this before people would be excused from work entirely. At least in my experience.

    Snow and ice can seriously affect seniors' comfort with walking on sidewalks. But apart from the very old and very, very young, most people go about their business on foot or by car on on transit, as per usual. You even see some people riding their bikes in the snow, although in my opinion that is a bit foolhardy. As the mom of a young baby I exchanged a stroller for a sleigh and pulled my daughter in winter. She loved it!

    You can probably understand why ballet flats in winter seem seasonally confused to me, looking at where I live. Boots are crucial; this is why I ALWAYS tell Una that it is perfectly okay for her to indulge in boots. She needs variety in her winter footwear! (Her snow is far worse than mine.)

    During ice storms people are warned not to travel. And rightly so.

  • Angie replied 9 years ago


    Shoveling snow is hard work :(

  • replied 9 years ago

    Now we know why you are so buff Suz! I can see why you only wear a vest; that hard work really makes you warm, doesn't it?

    You look like you are standing in my old driveway back east. It sloped like that and we shared it with the house next door. The man of that house had a bad leg and my husband was often flying so that left me to shovel the driveway to get out. When DH was due to arrive home, I'd have to shovel him a spot on the street just so he could park. I know exactly what you mean when you say you run out of places to put it!

  • Jaime replied 9 years ago

    Well you just look gorgeous in red with a snow background, but my first thought is that is a lot of work!

  • Amy replied 9 years ago

    You look so cute in your gear! Stay warm :)

  • Freckles replied 9 years ago

    Fab outfit Suz, gear is certainly meant for snow shoveling.

    Here no matter the weather the federal offices are not closed but may close an hour early. The schools get very few snow days but the elementary schools are more likely to have them than the high schools. In the high schools if there is a snow day they really do expect you to still show up, at least in my area.

  • morethanbeige replied 9 years ago

    Can I just say that you are the cutest snow-shoveler ever!!!

  • Sveta replied 9 years ago

    You are an adorable snow shoveler, Suz!
    5 hours to shovel driveway with only a foot of snow? Even 2 driveways - wow! I would be dead for sure!
    Actually our "snow belt" does not behave normally this year again: we had our first "real" snow (meaning needs shoveling) on December 26 and it was hardly a foot. I wistfully dream of cross country skiing...this is nothing compared to an early December snowfall of 2 years ago when we got 5 feet in 24 hours!
    And let me tell you how I am disgusted with your neighbors! I guess you have adjacent driveways, right? Urgggg, people like that would drive me crazy!

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Sveta, we had lots more than a foot in our garden/ drive because of blowing, which is one reason it took so long. Plus it is just difficult to pile it anywhere -- so you end up walking a lot to find a place to dump it. Crazy! Worse yet, the neighbour then came to COMPLAIN that we had put it on her propoerty -- failing to recognize that we had shovelled her driveway! My husband gave her a piece of his mind. In the nicest way possible, of course. But I don't think she will be complaining again....

  • Sveta replied 9 years ago

    Oh Suz, how appalling! It is such a awful thing to have bad neighbors :-(
    I am sure your hubby was nice in giving her his piece of mind and I hope she got the message and you will see her with the shovel next time.
    It started to snow today too. We thought to go cross country skiing but my hubby still has some back pain from shoveling that driveway on Thursday - out of practice I guess :-)

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