Yesterday I saw buds on a few trees. No big deal, right? Except yesterday was February 15th. Today, while Rusty was off golfing, I spoke to my mother who is toughing it out on the Rock in the North Atlantic: Newfoundland, ground zero of the Polar Vortex. Gale winds, ice pellets, freezing rain, snow drifts, the works.

I admit to feeling a little guilty about basking in a fairly mild winter as my fellow Newfoundlanders (and half of North America) battle Mother Nature in what appears to be a one-sided fight. In my defence, there were two days last week where the temperature dipped below zero, and it is currently too windy and rainy to actually sit on my balcony, so really we’re all suffering.

I suppose it’s entirely possible that this is yet another example of the media blowing things out of proportion, or maybe the 2014 snowpocalypse is actually happening elsewhere. In the absence of any interesting blog material today (I’m too busy determining if a husband watching luge, curling and figure skating for 10 hours straight is grounds for divorce), I’m asking to see first hand this calamity everyone is talking about.

Send me your best winter warfare photo and I’ll add it to this post over the week, provided it’s not a shot of you naked while shovelling your driveway, although I could be persuaded if it’s artful enough. Let me know if you prefer to remain anonymous and I won’t use any personal details like name or location. Best (worst?) image of the season from hell wins the title of Winter Warrior Supreme and an all expenses paid 7 day trip to a Caribbean resort of their choosing where Neil will cook gourmet meals between Olympic hockey periods. Okay, I made that second one up, but the first should be enticement enough. Send your photo to bobbi@findingmeinfrance.com and show me what I’ve been missing.

Here’s mine to get you started. I call it Hard Times in Victoria (and yes, this is current)…

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Arlene in Alberta is looking at this…

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Marianne in Saint John, New Brunswick sent these…

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Plus a shot of her coping strategy…

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And Debbie sent this from ALABAMA, Brrr!!!

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Of course, then the folks like Vincent in California who are bearing (and betting) up as best they can…

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Here’s a beauty from Cleveland, Ohio, hope springs eternal…

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Jean-Claude is having a more exotic winter than the rest of us, naturally…

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Tucker, the 4-month-old Miniature Schnauzer, is the bright spot of Conrad and Melissa’s winter…

photoAnd here’s Pippa escaping winter by breaking ground for a children’s home in Kenya. Not a bad way to do it…

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