There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning to find the air in your room is sub zero. Yes my furnace still works, but is feels like sub zero. The outside temperature with windchill here in
Sunny Iceblock Edmonton is -37C. Today is the warm day of the week…-40C is a coming!
What the HELL am I doing here?
As I kid I lived on the shores of Great Slave Lake in the North West Territories Canada. That for those of you not in the know…is the Arctic. It was a place where it was dark all the freakin time, cars wouldn’t start because it was too cold, the oven door was often open and used as the fireplace to heat the kitchen. The wind off the lake would yield temperatures like -65F. It would warm up to -35F and feel like spring…no joke. That kind of temperature differential is huge.
It’s mornings like this one where I have to force myself to remember what Yellowknife and Hayriver felt like. It makes Edmonton feel like the Bahamas. Well…not true, it makes Edmonton feel like Central Alberta not the Arctic.
I am off to work this week where I will meet families who have never been this cold before. They are from places like Africa, Pakistan, India, and Philippines where this kind of cold makes them think they are dying because the air from their mouth is frozen. They don’t understand how it is possible for it to be so cold and have the sun shine. We will reasure them their lungs are okay, remind them to wear mitts and hats. Snowpants are a good idea as well as a sweater under your coat. I will ask them WHY they chose Canada because it is nuts to move to a place that gets this cold.
The upside of Cold like this? Bugs don’t get very big and dies off…. no poisonous spiders here! Snow sparkles in the sunshine. Soup tastes better. Hot coffee feels better in your hands before you let it slide down your throat. Your bed is so cozy you can’t wait to hop into it with your warm jammies and a great book.
I have to keep telling myself, this cold won’t last forever. At least I hope so, because retiring to Mexico is looking pretty damn good at this moment…
Stay warm and keep your stick on the ice…