Play Me That Street Cleaning Music!

This morning I was woken by the sound of scrubbing. Serious scrubbing. Could it be? I leapt to my feet, heart all aflutter, threw open the sash and what to my wondering eyes should appear? No reindeer, no Santa, no snow and not one but two street cleaners!

One on either of side of the street, they moved towards each other with tortoise-like speed. It reminded of a race of the Zambonis. Slowly, steadily, their brushes swirled sucking up a winter’s worth of salt, gravel and winter weary unmentionables, leaving nothing but wet, shiny pavement in their paths.

spring street sweeper cleaner

Whoo hoo! It felt like Christmas, but better. Like all Peace Country dwellers, I am so ready for spring. It has been almost seven full months of snow. I know that the mere sight of street cleaners doesn’t mean we won’t (whisper) wake up to a foot of snow before spring finally shows up, but it is still an encouraging sign. After seven months of winter, we need all the signs we can get.

I also spotted some ducks on the open pond in the park. This was a much better sight than what I witnessed on my drive down to Dawson on Saturday. As I approached the North Taylor Hill a duck dropped down right in front of me, lining itself up for a landing on the highway. I slammed on my brakes just as the duck realized its mistake and pulled up like a 747 aborting its landing. The highway was glossy with snow melting as it hit the surface. Looking at its winding surface from a duck’s perspective the Alaska Highway must have looked like a river. Poor thing.

But today, it is street cleaners, open water and sunshine. We’ll be in ankle deep in dandelions before you know it!

Spring…is that You?

Well, it’s Groundhog day and it was cloudy, so that means our local groundhog didn’t see his shadow, which means spring is practically here!

And look at what I saw in Canadian Tire today…


And then I was in Wal-Mart and saw this…


Buckets of sour candies for $4.27! No, wait…that’s not what I meant to show you. Look at the snow blowers on clearance. 

Oh yeah baby, spring has sprung.

Never mind that we live in the north or that spring rarely hatches up here before May or that I am looking out my window right now at snow-covered roofs. The local hog has spoken. And so have the seed displays and clearance blowers.

Shhhh…let me have my delusions.


Peace Country Signs of Spring

Up here in the gorgeous Peace Country you sometimes have to look hard for signs of spring in January, but rest assured they’re out there.

Today I had two successful sightings.

This one at the dollar store…



And another auspicious sign at Ernie’s…



In case you didn’t catch the winning detail here is a closer look…



That’s right…END OF SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!  Yes!!!!!!!!! A certain sign of spring wouldn’t you say? Right? Right?

But even if they’re off by a smidge at least you can get yourself a real warm coat at a good price to wear while you wait. Or for going on spring scouting expeditions. I like the blue one.