The February Freeze

Last updated on November 17th, 2020 at 02:22 am

As I stood outside, chipping away at our icy walkway with a spade borrowed from our in-laws (because remember, our garage is still frozen shut from the ice storms), I suddenly recalled that February started with a surprise visit from my parents.

2012 Africa Trip—Coming Home—Unshaven Case

Having missed out on seeing DoomzToo for the entire month of January, they came to Casa de Palmer to see a scruffy Casey Palmer in his house clothes, a relaxing weekend planned with his family and sister-in-law, who was visiting from Ottawa.

Lesson learned—always dress like you’re ready for anything.

Regardless, another month’s come and gone, much of it spent seeking refuge from the harsh Canadian winters we face each February. Many of my Canadian peers likely read this with disdain—after all, what does Toronto know about the cold?—but while we don’t share the massive snowfalls or the extensive swaths of black ice you endure while commuting to your destinations, we too know freezing winds that chill you to the bone. We too know the misery of days all too short, sun blotted out by snow, hail and all manner of projectile falling from above to ruin our days.

In short, fellow Canadians, we know your feel.

St Hubert Chicken & Broccoli Gratin

Last updated on April 5th, 2021 at 11:06 am

#100HappyDays—Day 10—St Hubert Chicken & Broccoli Gratin
Though it’s still unsure whether I’ll step foot in a Hubie’s this year, this pie from No Frills is a good enough substitute for the time being!

It’s been a challenging day — while fighting off Sarah’s cold and going to a funeral for a church member who lost her battle against cancer, I was already wiped from a late night polishing off posts for Parent Tested Parent Approved and The Hooray Collective. But hours later, I’m a happy guy, full of Quebecois-style chicken and broccoli pie and good feelings—I’m about ready to get my weekend on!

I love this #100HappyDays project, though—I find out about plenty of things I’d never know about otherwise. Like when I posted the doodle I drew yesterday, one of my Twitter followers told me about Art House Projects’ Sketchbook Project, where you can get a sketchbook mailed to you and be part of a permanent art installation! There’s no end of cool things to try out in the world!

With that said, I’m calling it a night. Tomorrow’s another happy day to have!

#100HappyDays 10/100—finito!

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