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Dogs/Cats React To First Snowstorm – so-o-o cute!

Perfect timing for ViralNova’s December 9,2014 post, as we just received our first major snowstorm of the season here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

These 15 Animals Playing In Snow For The First Time Will Melt Your Heart, initially posted to boredpanda 10 days ago by Viktorija G. The comments for each photo are from ViralNova.

Newborn animals come with a number of first experiences. The first time you bring them home. The first time you catch them chewing on your shoes. Even the first time your heart melts after they snuggle beside you. But for all these firsts, there’s one that stands above all the others: the first time they play in snow.

This Polar Bear pup just got a dose of home.

 
 

That’s one chilly kitty.

 
 
 

Wait…I can’t even see you!

 

“It’s COLD…COLD…COLD!”

 
 

“Mom, it’s stuck in my ear…”

“Don’t tell mom…”

I bet you’re re-thinking that long coat.

He may be 8 years old, but he plays like a pup.

 

Yummmm, that’s the good stuff.

 

“What IS this?!”

 

“I don’t wanna come in! I’m still PLAYIN!”

 

“I swear I left a toy under here.”

 

His first snowfall feels just right.

 

Yup…cats hate snow, too.

 

“Grrrrrrr…….I’m not liking this whole ‘snow’ thing.”

These adorable animals are a reminder to keep your eyes open and experience the world with a child-like enthusiasm when that big Nor’easter arrives. After all, you can always have just as much fun as these adorable creatures!

Lucky for us, some lovely people had their cameras on hand when these 15 adorable animals had their first snow encounters. The results are beautiful scenes of wintry magic!

http://www.boredpanda.com/animals-playing-in-snow/?afterlogin=savevote&post=123993&score=1

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Tank's First Blizzard :)Tank’s First Blizzard 🙂

WATER DROPLET1_FOR BLOG ICONGreat photos – great inspiration to get outside for winter sports or activities in the snow with your own four-legged friends.  Have a great weekend everyone.

 

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Fun Friday ~ Is it spring yet where you live???

These cartoons say it all! 

Enjoy and share.

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Snow – an untapped commodity in Canada

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MONTREAL SNOWSTORM

Waste Not, Want Not,
“Are Canadians turning a blind eye to the untapped potential of snow?” by Clark Kingsbury, assistant editor of WaterCanada.
IT IS NO SURPRISE that snow is cumbersome for cities. It must be removed from streets and disposed of as swiftly as possible, creating an organizational headache and a monetary burden. For example, the City of Montreal spent $120 million to remove 13 million cubic metres of snow in 2006.

WASTE NOT WANT NOT
Generally speaking, snow in Canadian cities is collected and dumped in a snow disposal facility (SDF), where it is left to melt over the course of the year. But alternatives where snow is treated as an untapped commodity rather than as an expensive nuisance are slowly being suggested both in Canada and abroad.
MONTREAL UNIVERSITYPatrick Evans is an architect and professor of environmental design at the Université de Québec à Montréal, as well as the author of the children’s book ‘Where the Snow Goes’. He believes that the snow Montreal receives can be used either as a source of energy, or as a “visible, celebratory, urban event.”  Evans traces his interest in snow removal and its possible re-use back to his first winter in Montreal in the 1990s.
“I think it was the sheer unadulterated awe of witnessing the late night winter choreography of snow removal in Montreal’s narrow urban streets,” he wrote in an email. “Even then, I was immediately struck by the question: where does the snow go?”
… Evans suggests that we take a more creative and useful approach to snow removal—an idea that has been gaining traction at different locations around the world.
SWEDISH HOSPITALIn their study, Potential Utilization of City Owned Snow Disposal STRANDARD SNOW DISPOSAL SITEFacilities for Seasonal Cooling in Ottawa, Canada, Paul Cipcigan and Frederick Michel state that more than 100 seasonal storage systems exist in Japan and China, as well as a seasonal cooling project at the county hospital in Sundsvall, Sweden, part of Västernorrland County.
SUNDSVALL HOSPITALPrior to the year 2000, the 190,000 metre-squared hospital used a conventional cooling system to control the indoor climate and to ensure technical equipment didn’t overheat. However, a new cooling facility was eventually constructed at a nearby repository for snow cleared from area streets. Snow is stored in a sever-metre-deep bowl-shaped asphalt basin and is insulated with wood chips during the spring and summer to slow the melting process.
VASTERNORRLANDSAccording to the Vasternorrland County Council’s website, meltwater is “pumped through the heat exchanger where the water cools the technical equipment as well as the ventilation air, which passes through the hospital.” The water warms through this process and is used to melt more snow on its way back through the system.
Efforts have been made to incorporate similar technologies in Canada. Cipcigan and Michel’s paper describes…
“The principle behind the seasonal storage of ice/snow technologies consists of utilizing the energy stored as latent heat in the phase change of water into ice during winter. The natural snow/ice collected during winter is then stored until summer when it is used as a sink for the heat removed during cooling of buildings or other industrial processes.”
“The heat transfer is done through a heat exchanger and the cooling agent can be either re-circulated or discharged after use. The most common cooling agents used are water, ice/snow meltwater, and air, which are more environmentally friendly than the ones used by the conventional chiller systems.”
Cipcigan and Michel’s study, conducted in the winter of 2008/2009, investigates the amount of potential cold energy available from the Conroy SDF in Ottawa. “The cold energy,” the report reads, “is the amount of heat that can be consumed or dissipated during cooling.”
CONROY SDFThe report determined that in the winter of 2008/2009, the Conroy SDF held around 500,000 cubic metres of snow, from which an estimated 30,430 MWh was available. The study goes on to assume a 30-per-cent loss of snow before temperatures would necessitate cooling, based on the experience at the Sundsvall hospital. Even after the snow loss, the facility would possess an estimated 21,300 MWh of available energy.
The report also presented energy use data from a city-owned office building with 39,000 square metres of floor space, which was cooled during the warmer months by a pair of rooftop chillers. The
average annual energy consumption of the two chillers from 2005 to 2009 was 512 MWh, costing $51,200 based on the cost of energy in 2009.
Comparing energy consumption figures at the office building and stored energy at the Conroy SDF, the report states that the volume of snow stored at the Conroy SDF “represents the equivalent cooling energy for over 40 buildings similar to the one analyzed, with a total floor space of approximately 1.6 million square metres and an estimated annual energy value of over $2 million.” The value was again based on energy prices in 2009.
“If all city SDFs were filled to capacity—approximately three million M3 – the energy potential after a 30 percent per season loss allowance represents roughly 130,000 MWh of cooling energy, currently worth an estimated $12.5 million annually,” the report continues.
Although the City of Ottawa, citing issues of cost and space for snow storage, decided not to pursue the exploitation of snow and ice for its cold energy potential, Cipcigan and Michel’s report, along with successful examples in Sweden and elsewhere, highlights the possibilities available to those cities lucky enough to exist in a northern climate.

DIARY OF A SNOW SHOVELLER ~ HILLARIOUS!!!

SNOWY DAYFor all who are experiencing the less than desirable effects of many winter storms and many snowfalls – Enjoy this humourous tale from your friends at Rainsoft Ottawa.

SNOW STORMWasn’t even winter yet and we had our first major snow storm!

DIARY OF A SNOW SHOVELER


December 8 – 6:00 PM
It started snowing. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktail drinks and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. We love snow!

December 9 We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a lovelier place in the whole world? Moving here was the best idea I’ve ever had! 

December 10 Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a little boy again. I cleared both our driveway and the sidewalks.

December 11  This afternoon the snowplough came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life!

December 12 The sun has melted all our lovely snow… Such a disappointment! My neighbor tells me not to worry – we’ll definitely have a White Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we’ll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I’ll never want to see snow again. I don’t think that’s possible. However, Bob is such a nice man, I’m glad he’s our neighbor.

December 13 Snow, lovely snow! 8 inches last night. The temperature dropped to -20F. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life!

December 14 The snowplough came back this afternoon and
buried everything again.. I didn’t realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I’ll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn’t huff and puff so.

December 15 20 inches forecast for today. I sold my van and bought a 4×4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife’s car and 2 extra shovels. We stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that’s extravagant. We aren’t in Alaska, after all.

December 16 Ice storm this morning. Fell on my butt on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.

December 17 Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere.

December  18 Today the electricity was off for 4 hours. We had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her.

December  19 Guess I should’ve bought a wood stove, but won’t admit it to her. Gee I hate it when she’s right. I can’t believe I’m freezing to death in my own living room.

December 20 Yippee the electricity’s back on, but we had another 14 inches of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling! Took all day. The damn snowplough came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they’re too busy playing hockey. I think they’re lying.

December  21 Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they’re out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they’re lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he’s lying.

December 22 Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white stuff fell today, and it’s so cold, it probably won’t melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to go to the loo. By the time I got undressed and dressed again, I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plough on his truck for the rest of the winter, but he says he’s too busy. I think the asshole is lying.

December 23 Only 2 inches of snow today. And it warmed up to zero. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she, nuts?!! Why didn’t she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did, but I think she’s lying.

December 24 6 inches fell, but the snow was packed so hard by the snowplough, I broke my shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the son-of-a-bitch who drives that snowplough, I’ll drag him through the snow by his hair and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I’ve just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the damn snowplough.

December 25 – Christmas Day Merry Christmas! 20 more inches of the damn slop tonight – Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. God, I hate the snow! Then the snowplough driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she’s a real idiot. If I have to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” one more time, I’m going to stuff her into the microwave.

December 26 Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She’s really getting on my nerves.

December 27 Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze; plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,750 to replace 4 of my pipes.

December 28 Warmed up to above -20. Still snowed in. The BITCH is driving me crazy!!!

December 29 10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That’s the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?

December 30 Roof caved in. I beat up the snowplough driver, and now he is suing me for a million dollars, not only the beating I gave him, but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up his ass. The wife went home to her mother. Nine more inches predicted.

December 31 I set fire to what’s left of the house. No more shoveling.

FEELING HAPPYJanuary 8 Feel so good!

I just love those little white pills they keep giving me.

Why am I tied to the bed???

 

ICE HOTELS – SWEDEN AND CANADA

Sweden is the land of the first time experiences, from watching the Northern Lights, snowmobiling, husky sledging, cross-country skiing, ice driving and ice sculpting to sleeping in the most incredible hotel ever built – the world’s first and largest ice hotel.
The temperature is -32 outside, and inside Sweden’s Ice Hotel, protected by a snow covering, the temperature is -5.

The Ice Hotel which is situated on the shores of the Torne River, 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, in Swedish Lapland, in the old village of Jukkasiarvi comes to life after one month’s (November) construction. 5,000 tons of ice (from the nearby Torne river) and 30,000 cubic metres of snow were used to create this magnificent glacial palace of the Ice Hotel.
The hotel, which opened 10 years ago, covers more than 5,500 square meters. The Hotel includes the reception area; an Ice Chapel where wedding and christening ceremonies and church services are held; an ice art exhibition hall; a cinema and the “Absolute Ice Bar’ (complete with ice tables, chairs and glasses) where the menu highlights the many flavors of Swedish Lapland; and the hotel itself, housing 40 bedrooms and 10 suites – each decorated with unique ice sculptures. The beds are made entirely of ice and covered with reindeer skins and guests are also given a sleeping bag to keep cozy.
4,000 visitors are welcomed each year and can also enjoy sleigh rides and entertainment in the 500 seat outdoor arena.

 

 

Hôtel de Glace Ice Hotel – Québec 2011
Watch the mesmerizing video:

 

This year’s 32 rooms Hotel de Glace was built closer to the city centre than ever before, on the site of the old Quebec zoo and it’s bigger and warmer than ever before. It has improved feature, a larger living space, heated pavilions and a theme I simply love: Biodiversity. Of course it has a restaurant where guests can enjoy a hot soup and a hot chocolate, an ice bar where cocktails are served in ice glasses, and as any self-respecting weird hotel, a wedding chapel for those who prefer love below 0ºC.

Links –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NmLaFDJXKU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=pQTMPG9x0Dk&NR=1

FUNNIEST EVER! – DIARY OF A SNOW SHOVELER

For all who are experiencing the less than desirable effects of many winter storms and many snowfalls – Enjoy this extremely humourous account from your friends at Rainsoft Ottawa.

DIARY OF A SNOW SHOVELER

December 8 – 6:00 PM     It started snowing.  The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktail drinks and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven.  It looked like a Grandma Moses Print.  So romantic we felt like newlyweds again.  We love snow!

December 9     We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape.  What a fantastic sight!  Can there be a lovelier place in the whole world?  Moving here was the best idea I’ve ever had! Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a little boy again.  I cleared both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplough came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life!

December 12    The sun has melted all our lovely snow… Such a disappointment!  My neighbor tells me not to worry – we’ll definitely have a White Christmas.  No snow on Christmas would be awful!  Bob says we’ll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I’ll never want to see snow again.  I don’t think that’s possible.  However, Bob is such a nice man, I’m glad he’s our neighbor.

December 13     Snow, lovely snow! 8 inches last night. The temperature dropped to -20F. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplough came back this afternoon and buried everything again.. I didn’t realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I’ll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn’t huff and puff so.

December 15     20 inches forecast for today.  I sold my van and bought a 4×4 Blazer.  Bought snow tires for the wife’s car and 2 extra shovels.  We stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out.  I think that’s extravagant. We aren’t in Alaska, after all.

December 16     Ice storm this morning.  Fell on my butt on the ice in the driveway putting down salt.  Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.

December 17     Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere.

Today the electricity was off for 4 hours.  We had to pile the blankets on to stay warm.  Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her.  Guess I should’ve bought a wood stove, but won’t admit it to her.  Gee I hate it when she’s right. I can’t believe I’m freezing to death in my own living room.

December 20     Yippee the electricity’s back on, but we had another 14 inches of the damn stuff last night.  More shoveling!  Took all day. The damn snowplough came by twice.  Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they’re too busy playing hockey.  I think they’re lying.  Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they’re out.  Might have another shipment in March.  I think they’re lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he’s lying.

December 22     Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white stuff fell today, and it’s so cold, it probably won’t melt till August.  Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to go to the loo.  By the time I got undressed and dressed again, I was too tired to shovel.  Tried to hire Bob who has a plough on his truck for the rest of the winter, but he says he’s too busy.  I think the asshole is lying.

December 23     Only 2 inches of snow today.  And it warmed up to zero.  The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning.  What is she, nuts?!!  Why didn’t she tell me to do that a month ago?  She says she did, but I think she’s lying.

December 24     6 inches fell, but the snow was packed so hard by the snowplough, I broke my shovel.  Thought I was having a heart attack.  If I ever catch the son-of-a-bitch who drives that snowplough, I’ll drag him through the snow by his hair and beat him to death with my broken shovel.  I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I’ve just been!  Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the damn snowplough.

December 25 – Christmas Day     Merry Christmas! 20 more inches of the damn slop tonight – Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil.  God, I hate the snow!  Then the snowplough driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude.  I think she’s a real idiot.  If I have to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” one more time, I’m going to stuff her into the microwave.

December 26     Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She’s really getting on my nerves.

December 27     Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze; plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,750 to replace 4 of my pipes.

December 28     Warmed up to above -20. Still snowed in. The BITCH is driving me crazy!!!

December 29     10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in.  That’s the silliest thing I ever heard.  How dumb does he think I am?

December 30     Roof caved in.  I beat up the snowplough driver, and now he is suing me for a million dollars, not only the beating I gave him, but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up his ass.  The wife went home to her mother.  Nine more inches predicted.

December 31     I set fire to what’s left of the house. No more shoveling.

January 8     Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed???

HARBIN, CHINA 2012 ICE AND SNOW FESTIVAL

BEST SLIDES I COULD FIND ON THE INTERNET:
Last year’s Harbin Ice and Snow Festival image set was very popular, so who are we to deny your fix for 2012. Some amazing sculptures and buildings have been carved out of the ice and snow in Harbin, China once again.

Enjoy, from your friends at Rainsoft, Ottawa
http://totallycoolpix.com/2012/01/harbin-international-ice-festival-2012/