Dad sent me my grandparents' cuckoo clock for my birthday. It's been in a cupboard for a long time and wasn't working. I took it to a clock repair place (with several cuckoo clocks on the wall and some amaaaazing grandfather clocks) and the clock guy, Fitz (complete with German accent), said he could fix it for a lot of money. So it's there, getting fixed. I sure hope I love it, since I'm now heavily financially invested in it's continued existence! Fitz said he's had a flood of cuckoo clocks over the past year and he realized it's because about 50 years ago was when people flocked to Europe from Canada for vacationing because the Canadian dollar was really high. Everyone bought a cuckoo clock in Germany and a watch in Switzerland and now, 50 years later, they all need repairing.
It's spring here in Vancouver - came a few weeks early, even for us. Cherry trees are blossoming, magnolia tress are about to burst open (I love magnolia tress). I post this video because it shows the crazy extremes existing in Canada right now as all of the east coast gets repeatedly hammered by snow and ice.
On the one hand it is amazing it its extremeness. On the other hand - this new level of extreme is quite probably the new norm thanks to climate change. I mean, this is weather, not climate, so you can't really say - but all the predictions about climate change are about more extreme and unpredictable weather and that sure is what we're getting. And while Vancouver is laughing now - we have zero snow on our mountains.... and that is our water source, so if we have our typical dry summer, we're going to have serious water supply problems.