Wednesday, January 14, 2015

And what's it like in your neck of the woods?


Do you remember as a kid when you knew just what to expect from a season?  I could always count on being able to wear my new Easter hat to church in spring. Summer would bring days of sunshine with the occasional rainy one. Fall would bring lots of crisp, blustery days that gradually turned colder. And winter would bring snow, snow, snow.  It would snow; chains went on the tires because the snow would stay; and sledding was a daily activity. 


Not so dependable anymore are you, Mother Nature!


After a green, 8 deg Celsius (46 deg F) Christmas Day, winter finally arrived the first week of January with a small snow fall. We fell into a deep freeze almost all last week. Then it warmed up and it rained. We had a covering of snow Sunday night. And it turned cold again.

My morning starts an extra 15 min early to deal with the slow drive down river, watching for black ice on those shady turns. And my afternoon drive home is one where everything stays on in the car -- hat, mittens, scarf -- because I don't feel the heater until I round the corner for my street!

My day today? I'm sitting at work. (Well yeah: I'm skiving off at work!) It was super slippery this morning. But now it's lovely as it's warmed up from -17 Cel (1.5 F) to -8 Cel (17 F). And that means I'll be able to feel heat on my tootsies and remove my hat by the half way mark home. I think they blame it on Global warming.



My way of dealing with it is to just roll with the punches. There's nothing we can do to change it, and I refuse to put the time and energy into complaining about what "IS". 



There are plenty of other things to complain about.  Plus, I do enjoy being able to say "Oh, sorry! I can't drive/attend/assist etc because of the weather". And then I just eat hot soup, bake muffins and generally "shlump" on the couch ....


  • with a good book (currently reading "The Town That Forgot How To Breathe)
  • or with my friend, Mr Television. (I'm enjoying some of the new programming that's started this season.)

Shlumping is a very necessary and beneficial part of my winter health regime!




10 comments:

Pam Greer said...

We are just cold. I wish we would get some snow, that would at least make the cold worth it!

TARYTERRE said...

It was 5 below zero last night and only 8 degrees today. I've decided to take your advice and do some Shlumping.

Pamela Gordon said...

This cold is really getting to me too but I'm thankful for the bright sunny days we've had between snowfalls. TV is my evening friend along with my laptop. :) Have a cozy one!

Jack said...

Global warming is an easy sell in southern California. Every day and night is warmer, and the summer lasts longer every year. Today, Jan 14th, not untypical. 21C today, 10C overnight. The rule of thumb used to be "baking on Columbus Day, freezing on Halloween." Now we're still baking on Thanksgiving, and there's no "freezing" at all. Not only does summer last longer, but it's fry-eggs-in-the-driveway hot as well. I know I'm not going to sell any of this as a hardship to a Newfie, but yes, as you point out, the differences just over the last decade are really staggering.

Stacey said...

I always kind of enjoy reading about people deal with real winters. We think we are freezing here in Dallas and it's around 30F. I know that's a walk in the park to you!!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

We have been very cold like you there. Snow in abundance too. Take care on the ice and keep warm !

Marguerite said...

I'm very close to you and our weather is following the same up and down and up and down. I don't know what the heck to wear each day. Is it multiple sweaters and a parka or spring jacket and a light layer? I'm liking the warm spells but a girl needs the weather spelled out in terms of wardrobe.

Marie Rayner said...

You are right Sandy, the weather is definitely becoming more and more unpredictable at best! I'm all for shlumping. xxoo

Kay said...

Oh dear! It looks awfully cold. It was even chilly here in Hawaii, but it's warming up again.

Stacey said...

I've been schlumping a lot lately too. Ready to break out of it though. Since my surgery, it has been a little bit slow moving. Spent this weekend cleaning the house which has really been neglected for a few weeks.