When it's cold you still think about Dairy Queen and Slurpee's. When it's freezing you think about warm soup and hearty stews that burn your tongue. When it's cold you are still able to go skating or tobogganing. You are able to go Cross Country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing, skidooing (especially with a sled tied to the back and you wear ski goggles to help protect you from the debris that's flying at you). You can participate in activities that involve the temperature to be below zero. When it's freezing....................you binge watch Netflix (Chef's Table, The Office, Outlander and Workin Moms are my fave's). You Marie Kondo your closet ( do NOT do this by yourself. I repeat. DO NOT DO THIS BY YOURSELF). You start google-ing hot destinations and research how far $70 West Jet dollars can get you (Not even to Regina in case you are wondering).
If you live in Saskatchewan you have 2 different types of wardrobe.....summer and winter. Summer wardrobes are typically filled with bright colours, fun designs, and pieces of clothing that shows less skin. Winter wardrobes are typically filled with down, wool, anything that is water resistant. No one cares about colours when its -50 outside. Did you know that you can purchase a down onesie???????? YES!!! It's a real thing ($1500). The best part of it being that cold is that everyone that you see looks the same. Big parka, winter boots (with removable liners), puffy gloves, and sometimes even a fur trapper hat. But even through all of this we hold out for that sweet promise of spring. Where we can see the rest of the brown gritty snow mound melt in the parking lots and see actual concrete on the roads. Where the sound of the water dripping from your eaves is all around you (I mean that in a poetic sense, not literally). I have gone to the green houses a few times over the winter to remind myself that everything lasts for a season. That there will be new growth happening. Patience is not something I am strong in. So I'm writing this just as much for me as for you. We will get through this. Before we know it there will be the faint hint of green in the sky from the trees and allergies acting up from all the snow mould. There will be families going on bike rides and getting coconut dipped ice cream cones from Chardon's (if you haven't had one you NEED to go). Just remember that we are all in this together. We are all experiencing the cold and the freezing. So let's cheer on the melting and the end of this blasted winter.
~ Sheri, Admin