Before I moved up here to the North Way, I never talked about the weather much, that was a sign of a bore, or a boor, but up here in Montreal, it's one of the ways we bond with loved ones, friends, and strangers.
Today, yesterday, the day before that, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, it's been hovering and will hover around -30, that's Celcius folks, the wind chill making it even more bitter. The kind of weather where your face burns and your toes and fingers go numb, even with gloves on. Don't go out with wet hair, as is my habit (being a swimmer, indoors lately) or you will don a halo of icicles!
My old beater of a van is now stuck on Old Orchard. I thought I was being a good citizen not parking in front of someone's driveway and inadvertently slogged myself into a mini-snowbank. New "winters" notwithstanding, no body could free that sucker. Thanks to the kindness of strangers, I had lots of help, and there will be more tonight.
But there are some nice sides to these Arctic temps, so enjoy some of my own favorite winter pleasures.
Huddle in front of ... a blazing fire
Drink some... hot, sweet, milky tea... or strong, rich coffee and warm your hands on the sides of the cup, your face in curls of steam
Find yourself an enveloping read...or two and catch up on that stack of unread magazines, journals and newspapers
Bundle up and go out...to a great film (I'll be viewing Defiance)...or watch one on dvd curled under flannel sheets and a cloud of duvets and blankets
Take comfort in...the warmth of friends and loved ones
Slow down your pace and relish some...luscious indoor time to write, dream, and think
Stay warm if you live up here
And send me news from warmer climes if you are down south.