Wednesday, 26 February 2014

we were havin' a weirdwave

They do say that a favourite pastime of Canadians is talkin' about the weather and do you know what?  Peeps who say that just might be right!  Yup, I'm a Canadian kitty and I'm gonna be bloggin' about the weather...  AGAIN.

As you may recall, my brother Seville and I recently teleported to Ottawa and had a little chat with the peeps runnin' the Worldwide Weather Offices, Forecasting and Control, Canadian Division.  We discovered some interestin' stuff while there but truth be told, even after our visit, our weather was still pretty weird.

I don't know if there's such a thing as a weirdometer but if there is, last week's weird weather would have been registering super high on one.  Hmmm...  like a heatwave only instead of degrees of heat, it would measure degrees of weirdness.  We were havin' a weirdwave.

You know...  if there isn't such a thing as a weirdometer, I should invent one 'cause I bet there's a market for such a gadget.  Probably a really good market, too, but I digress.

Anywho...  it all began a week ago today.  Last Wednesday mornin', I awoke to find that school had been cancelled due to an overnight snowstorm.  To be honest, the cancellation of school didn't affect me in any way 'cause the schools that were cancelled were all schools for peeps and not cats.  The snow had stopped snowin' but there was white stuff, everywhere.  Guess the snowplough peeps needed to clear the roads and whatnot before lettin' the school buses out on 'em.

My driveway was pretty snowy, too.  I was tyin' on my new size zero snowshoes and gettin' ready to head out to trek across the driveway when our snowplough guy arrived.  MOUSES!  He ploughed most of the driveway, ruinin' all my best snowshoe trails, before disappearin' off down the road.  I was just about to toss off the snowshoes when I saw Peep #1 putting on her jacket and getting ready to go do some shovelling.  She had caterwauling practise that night and needed to shovel a path to the car.

So I supervised the peep while she shovelled a path from the backdoor to the car and then cleared all the snow off the top of the car and all around it, too.  While watching her work, I built a snowcat. FINALLY!  Yes, it was good packin' snow and excellent for building snowcats and whatnot.  The peep complained that it was kind of heavy for shovelling but I just ignored her, blissfully happy that I was finally gettin' to build my cat.

It was around four-thirty when Peep #1 and I headed back inside.  The peep had to have a shower before caterwaulin' and I needed some rest and relaxation after my strenuous snowcat building.  I prepared a bowl of hot nip cider and settled in on the couch, in the family room.

Two hours later, Ol' Peepers was puttin' her jacket on and gatherin' together her music for her caterwaulin' practise.  I watched her pull on her boots and grab the car keys before heading out.  While contemplating whether or not to have another bowl of nip cider, I was surprised to hear the peep coming back indoors.  I figured she must have forgotten somethin' and went back to my contemplation of the cider.

What happened next was completely unexpected.  The peep took off her boots and coat and returned her caterwaulin' paraphernalia to the piano.  Apparently, she wasn't going anywhere after all. You see...  when the peep drove to the end of the driveway, the car headlights shone through the darkness, illuminating a two foot high pile of snow blocking  her path.  She had been ploughed in. MOUSES!

And let me just add, the peep said "MOUSES!" quite a number of times that night, too.

I heard Peep #1 threatening to take a blowtorch to the snow at the end of my driveway which scared me for just a moment because the thought of my peep let loose with a blowtorch is a pretty scary thought but then I realised that the peep doesn't actually own a blowtorch so there was nothin' about which to worry.  It occurred to me that she might take a blow dryer to it or somethin' but then I realised that although the peep does have one of those, it appears to have been lost.  At least, it hasn't been used in years.  I kind of wish she would use it though.  Her hair has been lookin' rather wild, as of late, and perhaps a blow dryer could control it and bring back some law and order or somethin' to that head of hers.  MOUSES!

So that was Wednesday.  Thursday morning arrived and guess what...  another paw or so of snow had fallen overnight.  Once again, school was cancelled.  Once again, its cancellation didn't affect me so I really didn't care.

I watched the peep trudge through the snow, taking the garbage to the road 'cause every second Thursday is our garbage day and for the last six weeks, every second Thursday we have greeted the morning with a paw or two of freshly fallen snow.  In fact, ever since Sivvers and I teleported to Ottawa and fiddled with that equipment in the Worldwide Weather Offices, Forecasting and Control, Canadian Division...  Nah...  That couldn't have anything to do with it.  Could it?  MOUSES!

Anywho...  garbage was dealt with and paths were shovelled. Our snowplough guy arrived and a little somethin' was discovered about his ploughin'.  He's supposed to plough along our side of the road if he comes before the street plough so that the street plough doesn't plough us in.  Until that day, Peep #1 thought he had been doin' just that but on Thursday, Peep #2 watched snowplough guy and for some weird reason, snowplough guy was ploughing on the OTHER side of the road and bringin' all that extra snow over to us. This kind of explains the huge mountain of snow that has accumulated at the end of my driveway.  I'm not complainin' though 'cause I'm pretty sure I'll be able to ski on it as soon as my size zero downhill skies arrive in the mail.

Anywho...  like clockwork, right after our snowplough guy came, the street plough arrived and, once again, there was snow piled up at the end of the driveway.  Luckily, the weather was warming up and the snow was softenin'.  The peeps had to go out.  Peep #1 was driving and she just took a run at the pile of snow and ploughed right through it.  MOUSES!  Yup, that's just what I said as I watched her swerve this way and that but she made it through.  I believe one calls that determination.  Good thing, too, 'cause I was in need of some snacks.

Friday mornin' was uneventful.  On Friday night, however, it rained.  Yes, RAINED.  One might even say, poured.  And there was thunder and lightening, too.  The lightening was particularly bright because it lit up the sky and all that light was reflected off all the snow still on the ground and you'd swear it was the middle of the day for a second or two.  Very strange, indeed.

By Saturday morning, the sun was shining and there wasn't a cloud in the sky and it warmed up, a lot.  In fact, where there had been snow in some of the paths, all that was left was slush.  I tried to build another snowcat but let me tell you something about building snowcats with slush...  IT DOESN'T WORK!  Don't even bother tryin'.  You'll just get your paws all wet and icky.  That's what happened to me, anyway.

I guess that Saturday was a little taste of spring but really, it arrived too early and I suppose that's why it fled and is now hangin' out with that groundhog, in Shubenacadie, named Sam.  The cold has returned and any slush on the ground has frozen and although there's still a lot of snow around, it has a hard icy crust on it and is absolutely impossible to dig in or use for building snowcats.

My size zero downhill skis have not yet arrived but I'm hoping they'll get here soon before the peep attacks that mountain of snow at the end of the driveway with her hair dryer or somethin'.  In the meantime, I'm thinking of borrowing the spare tire from the trunk of the car and taking it for a spin on that mountain.  I hear that tubing on an icy surface is a lot of fun.  Wanna join me?  Afterwards, we can have share a bowl of hot nip cider and some snacks.  An excellent way to while away a winter afternoon, I should think.  Very excellent, indeed.

36 comments:

  1. Oh mol nissy I lubs that lubs the mouses my mommy says mouses a lot as it b rain in uk for months mol lubs to join u thou it sound like mew have great fun♥♥♥♥♥

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  2. Teleportation to Ottawa!!?? Well shoot Niss, thats where were from! You shoulda stopped by! Ha!!!! Canadian weather is crazy, thats for sure. And you would think us Canucks would be used to it by now, but still every winter its like "really, could you possibly snow ANY more!!!" Although the huskies love it!
    ((husky hugz))
    frum our pack at love is being owned by a husky

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  3. We have sun at the moment in the UK :-)

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  4. Bwaa!! Haa!! Haa!! My Mommy shares your Mommy's pain! We has been getting LOTS of snow too. One day, Mommy and Daddy had to shovel twice! We are heaving a sigh of relief, it is suppose to warm up later this week, BTW, does yous guys has Robins yet?
    Ours is singing up a storm - me thinks they is singing a sun song or snow snow go away...
    Kisses
    Nellie

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    1. I don't think so. We had a new actin' troupe arrive a few days ago. A whole flock or 'em! They did have some red on 'em but I don't think they were robins. They ate the rose hips off the rose bushes. purrs

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    2. We don't know what to think of your snow plough people. We live in a cul-de-sac and they won't bring one up here in case it gets stuck. We just have to dig ourselves out until we get to a through road. One year (some time ago we had 3-4 feet of snow over night) and we all had to dig to clear it so we could go to work.
      Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  5. Well Nerissa we have had the Weird Wild Weather, WWW if I may be so bold, pummel us here in the lower 48 like up in the, Um, upper 10? Then it Mostly Melted, MM, only to have a nice little baby snow yesterdaze and today I look out to a BLIZZARD! Sideways snow and all! Visibility 20 feet!
    The blizzard seems to have puttered out in 15 minutes. The Cold is here with single digits fur the week
    Can a Cat send the weather a single Digit?
    I ask ya. Mouses
    So it is WWW all over the Wide World
    Purrs
    Timmy

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  6. We would love to see you tubing on an icy surface ! Purrs

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  7. Geez, that is weirdo weather - not to mention weirdo snowplow guys!

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  8. Mommy always thought snow was fun and really wished it would snow here. Until she watched the videos of people having to shovel around the cars and people needing to dig their way out of their own home. But she says she would still want to experience it at least once. We told her to put it on her Bucket List - get snowed in.

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  9. Oh my Nissy seems like weird weather everywhere! Mouses!!

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  10. Well, Nissy, you are having the weird weather for sure. Love the idea of attacking the mountain of snow with the hairdryer. That should only take a week or so. That is horrible that they plowed you and blocked you. Hope you got it worked out.
    Take care.

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  11. Our last snow was the 20 inches we got two weeks ago today. Even though we have had some warm days with major melting and flooding, there are still piles of it everywhere, but we hate the stuff, and won't being skiing, snowshoeing or snowcat building ever! Stay warm and dry. That's really the best thing for us cats. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  12. Nissy that snow tubing sounds like a wonderful way to make use of all this snow we have here in Maine. Hope your snow melts soon at least in the drive way!!

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  13. dood...tire toobin sounds like a blast...ewe pro vide de nip soop we will bring de fish....
    we noe bout thoz 3000 bazillion feetz high snow piles......we haz em had em N will still have em come august ...bring yur ski's :)

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  14. If your caterawauling Mummy needs some bad words to shout at the snowplow driver,let us know. We've been keeping a note of the words Mummy Janey shouts at our snowplow driver..and they are blushing bad!
    The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxx
    PS Think you should have ordered some skates too....just in case.

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    1. Skate? SKATES! I've gotta get some skates!!! purrs

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  15. Hey, it is not only the weather pal. Our neighbors would send a weirdometer way off the scale!

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  16. I'm from Michigan in the US and we get a lot of weird weather too. One minute it is a blizzard, the next it warms up and there are floods everywhere. We talk about the weather here a lot too.

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  17. Nissy, your weather HAS been totally weird. We feel ya, pal, 'cause the wierdness has been off the charts here, too!

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  18. That snowplow guy needs to be scratched by ALL of you kitties! That is ridiculous! He surely saw what he did!!!

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  19. Come to us our weird weather is, at least, summery!

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  20. Tubing...well, that's one way to try to make something good out of this wacky weather. Sounds like fun, Nissy!

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  21. You wanna talk weird???...we live in what is often called a "rain forest" meaning all these Redwood trees...but in even Nor Cailf...we have been consistently losing rain and snow fall since the 70's..."what???"..."Global warming???"....surely not....just the normal 'climate change' ...heh...heh

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  22. I look forward to see the video of your down hill skiing!

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  23. We have an extra LONG weirdwave winter here too Nissy.....tired of it....hadn't thought about ordering some ski equipment OR trying snow tubing but purrrhaps I should!

    Hugs, sammy

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  24. Well Nerissa..we live in bush in Australia and our Summer has been hotter than hades...spring starts tomorrow and still it's really warm...we had a cold but nit very wet winter and here in our state it's humid like never before...even the native plats are dying....and then we had an area of our d=sate hit by such a storm and they said it was like a Northern Hemispehere storm with wind blowing the wrong way..a super cell they could not even warm people of...crazy times :) hugs Fozziemum xx

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  25. Such weird weather everything Nissy! When oh when will warm sun finally show up?!

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  26. So funny … your snowplough guy moves the snow from one side of the street to the other? Sounds really weird to me. It can goes on and on forever!
    The good thing is that …. Finally you had your snowcat !
    Here it’s half of a day with sunshine and the other with thunder, heavy rain and hail! My Nat à Chat is so sad when she looks at the apricot tree. He was covered with flowers. It seems that flowers and hail don’t go well together!
    Ronrons
    Hisia

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  27. Well, Nerissa, at least you *have* weather to talk and write and make jokes about. This is what there is to say about the SF Bay Area this winter:

    sunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmRAINsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmRAINsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warmsunny&warm

    There's more, but I think you get the picture. At least your Peeps will get to flush their toilets this year. I'm afraid mine will want to share the little box. ::shudder::

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    1. Those look like waves to me. Were they not weird? purrs

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  28. Nissy , do you know that swede's talk a lot about the weather too :)
    Over here has the spring arrived.
    XOXO

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    1. No sign of spring here, yet. Snowin' today... AGAIN. MOUSES!

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  29. Nissy, that weirdwave thingy is over here too!! I reckon it's all your fault talking to those guys and fiddling with the switches and everything!! And it's all your fault that The Staff is now saying "Mouses" all the time!! ;)))))))

    Anyway, we have had some sun this week. Almost enough for a puddle :) xoxox

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    1. Your staff are sayin' MOUSES? MOUSES! that's good!!! purrs

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