We arrived home a week ago today. The day we left Texas, the forecast high was 42°C (107.6°F)

It got cooler as we travelled North, so we were able to acclimatize a fair bit during the six day trip home.

When we arrived home, we were happy to see that the snow was all gone and that spring had definitely arrived. It looked to be shaping up to be a mild Easter weekend.

Approaching our prairie city a week ago today

It took us a day and a half to get the motorhome cleaned out and taken to storage.

The next day, a three day spring blizzard hit, keeping the roads impassable and making staying indoors a necessity, and reminding us to never take anything for granted in terms of weather on the Canadian prairies.

These photos were taken from our condo balcony.

Once we were able to get out, I snapped my feature photo at our local supermarket. I’m guessing that longest of those icicles are around four feet.

I wondered what these photos would look like in black and white, so, after correcting the white balance, I tried that. The colour seemed to depict the cold better, so that’s what I stuck with.

We’re thankful that we weren’t hit as hard as North Dakota was during this blast, we’re thankful that we got home safely before it hit, and we’re definitely thankful for the moisture in all of that heavy wet snow. It’s just been a bit of a shock to our Winter Texan systems.

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”

Carl Reiner