I have a message for all those bloggers who are posting “ALL THINGS SPRING”:
Hello people! It is still WINTER!!
(At least where I am!)
As I sit to write this post, we, the citizens of Toronto are having yet another major snowfall coming through our lovely city. I can see the pretty white stuff falling ever so softly outside the patio doors of my office.
I must admit, it has been a brutal winter in so many areas of North America. In Toronto, we don’t get astronomical amounts of snow but we often get what is referred to as “lake effect” snow. The proximity to Lake Ontario can influence the weather in all seasons.
Many people may curse me but I have never really been a WINTER HATER! In fact, I rather like real winter. By that I mean the periods of winter when it is cold and snowy versus the wet and slushy version. Early spring depresses me when the snow turns to slush and everything is dirty and wet and miserable.
How We Remain Sane In Winter
As I said earlier, I was never a “winter hater”. Don’t get me wrong, I hate the driving and the inconvenience but if I choose to live in Toronto, Canada, winter is part of the package.
So my philosophy has always been:
Dress for the cold and it can be fun!
Mr. Nice and I were skiiers. In fact we met in a “traveling ski club”. Small ski hills are an hour or so north of the city and there were clubs who organized day and weekend trips. It was a blast. It made winter fun!
Now we do not ski so much but we do get outside.
1. Dog Walking
We’ve had a dog in our lives for over 20 years and for sure, they get you outside. Our new pup, Chester who is now 9 months old is the ultimate snow lover! Look at these photos. How can you stay inside and deny this pup his romp?
In the fall I posted we took up curling. I thought I was officially a curler at the time of the post but now, I am the proud owner of official curling shoes and a broom!
So yes, NOW it is OFFICIAL! While this sport is indoors, it is only played in winter. If you are unfamiliar with curling, it is a great sport and probably one of the most social winter sports ever. Winners buy losers the first drink and losers buy the second. BTW, our club makes the BEST hot chocolate!
Mr. Nice and I have met SO many people this winter via curling!
Lastly, as this winter has dragged on, I made a purchase to encourage us to get out ever more!
Now that has to be the ULTIMATE committment to winter!
Let me tell you…
- it is cheap
- it is easy
- it is fun
- and you are OUTSIDE!
Last weekend, we had our inaugral trip on our snowshoes with Mr. Nice and my dog walking pal. It was SO MUCH fun! We trapsed around our golf club.
Today, before this snow began my dog walking buddy and I bravely took our dogs out snowshoeing….for an HOUR! For the dogs, the snow was deep and a bit crusty on top but they never seem to tire.
Needless to say Chester is sleeping soundly under my desk …
Winter is a reality.
Just DO it!
I’m 58 years old and LOVE winter
… you can too!