“Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
This is a post I was hoping not to write at all this winter unless I was in Toronto in January and they needed some extra hands digging out. No such luck.
This will be my 5th winter living in Vancouver. One of the reasons we moved out here was to avoid the cold and snowy weather of Ontario. I can see from looking out my window, that my Ontario nightmares have come true. As I write, my beautiful view of the ocean I still have a view ocean is obstructed by the snow and freezing rain.
Usually Vancouver stays green all year round, as many of you saw from the 2010 Olympic coverage last year. Until a few days ago my roses were still blooming up until a few days ago and are now covered in snow.
So rather than doing the usual of complaining about the weather and hiding inside, I have decided to embrace the snow and make it a GIVE today.
GIVE 58: Day 58
Vancouver is not well known for its snow snowploughing services. Usually the snow brings the city to a halt. Somewhere between no one owning snow tires and no shovel to clear the sidewalks the locals stay inside hiding.
Bring on the Ontario blood! I can help out today. My street, like so many in West Vancouver, doesn’t have sidewalks, but down the lane and around the corner there is one sidewalk that is well traveled. It is used by students that attend the high school just around the corner. The sidewalk also has a steep grade which can make for a very slippery walk. We also use the sidewalk every day to walk our dogs. There is nothing worse than trying to push a stroller through snow. My son and I decided this would be the perfect thing to help out our community.
Out we went and in just a few minute and one snowball fight later it was done. A safe clear sidewalk for us all to enjoy and a simple way to give back at the beginning of our cold Canadian winter.
Let’s all do our part this winter and help a neighbour, an elderly person or just one sidewalk in your community that the snow may not get ploughed. Send me your snow story of how you gave back to by digging in the snow.
Time Commitment: 1/2 hour