Sunday, October 25, 2015

To be a tough Canadian girl or a wimpy couch potato, that is the question.

You may be whatever you resolve to be.
Determine to be something in the world, 
      and you will be something,
“I cannot,” never accomplished anything;
“I will try,” has wrought wonders.
                                 Joel Hawes


Winter, with its cold, snowy days (with the exception of those magical childhood years), was never something I looked forward to. That first beautiful sunny winter’s day, that I strapped on a pair of snowshoes and hiked into the middle of the bush, that all changed.

 I found myself completely immersed in an undiscovered, magical world, and I was forever hooked. Trees weighted down with ice, snow and an indescribable combination of deafening silence and solitude. Where, could be seen many tracks left by the creatures of the forest exploring without worry. There were so many trails through the snow to follow. It was the most addictive thing I had ever experienced.


I have to admit that, I am a bit worried that this year may be different. I honestly, do not know if I am really that tough Canadian girl that I had believed I was. After last year’s winter of frigid induced misery, I am full of doubts.

Last year, around this part of Canada we were held hostage by an extreme frigid gripping cold, one that seemed to last forever. I know, you are thinking that my being a tough Canadian girl should mean something, but truly it meant absolutely nothing. That tough Canadian girl had morphed into being a wimpy couch potato. Surfing Netflix, mummified in layers of flannel and fleece, then buried under mounds of blankets. Some days I did not move from dawn till dusk. My Canadian bones, no matter how many wool hats or pairs of long underwear I layered on, never came to a mutual understanding with Mother Nature and her vengeance.


 Was I getting too old? A question that had me wonder.

There is one thing that pushes me. I know I absolutely have to go outside, no matter what the weather comes up with. Never have I missed a day because there are cows to feed. They depend on me. Tough Canadian cows, unlike the wimpy Canadian girl I seemed to have become, I suppose.

The tractor will always be plugged in, warming its frozen metal parts. It will be waiting for this girl to layer up, pull on her Pink Cadillac boots, and lined coveralls over her pyjamas. With her warm fleece socks and a hand knit wool hat, she will trek out into the unforgiving bitter cold winds.
Pull her shivering, and wish it was on the couch, body up and then into the cab of the tractor, turn the key to crank the motor. She will sit in the cab to wait for it to warm up and await the blowing warm air. She will possibly pull the pen and paper out of her pocket, and she will write about the weather, and thoughts. She will head off down the lane.

 The snowshoes will be sitting tucked behind the seat of that tractor waiting, as she feeds her girls and tends to their needs.  Then maybe, with any luck at all, she will finish feeding those cows and strap them on once again. Hop over that red gate and explore that magical world.


There is one thing I do know for sure. There is no way I am ever going to be too old, or wimpy. The weather may be horrible and cold once again this winter. I may be miserable, and possibly complain. Deep down, I do know I am still that tough Canadian farm girl, with a very important job to do. There is nothing I would rather be.

Mark my words, I will be strapping on those snowshoes after feeding those cows. Hopping that red gate and I will be trekking into that magical snowy world to follow those tracks in the snow. I may have to come back after all that, then lie on that couch and surf Netflix, but never am I going to admit defeat.


I am a tough Canadian Farmgirl, yes I am. So Mother Nature bring it on, I am ready. Just a little suggestion, feel free to take your time.

Later

37 comments:

  1. Our winters can be harsh and not fit for beast nor human but I to get layered up and get out there to take my Miggs for a walk and to take photos of the nature we have here and to just enjoy the beauty and silence of it all , but I heard the weather people say down here any way we may be getting a mild winter with little snow this year I hope so but if not I will still be the tuff Canadian country gal who loves nature and getting out there to enjoy it all , then comes the couch after lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  2. Good morning, you are a tough farm girl compared to this wimpy girl. I do not like winter or snow. Give me a heat wave, sandy beach and I am happy. Great post and read! Happy Sunday, enjoy your week ahead!

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  3. Climbing over a red gate into a snowy white field of tranquility sounds wonderful. I'd like to join you sometime with my shiny new cross country skiis that have never been worn in the four years I've had them . Give me a text sometime and I'll bring my camera skiis and we can have a Canadian winter picnic in the snow

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  4. Good for the Canadian Farm Girl that you are, I would like maybe one full week of that weather then I want back to 30 degrees weather where there is no snow and ice.
    I hope you have a backup person in case you break a leg or something?

    Janice

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  5. And you will ALWAYS be that tough Canadian girl---oh yes. Age is only a number and the winter cold will morph into sunny days. Oh yes.
    MB

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  6. You are still a tough Canadian Farm Woman. I'm not so sure I'm still a tough Canadian old woman. I find it tougher every winters to work in a cold barn where my hands suffer from cold in excruciating pain. Renaud Syndrome they call it... Thawing water pipes and water bowls on those frigid morning is not for sissies old great grandmothers so I guess I'll have to wait and see if I'm still tough.

    It will be hard to see through my foggy glasses and hay dust but from one tough Canadian farmer to another, we'll get her done for another winter. Bring it on Mother Nature.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  7. Great attitude to winter! And one I may have to adopt (will be much easier without needing to catch those early morning buses to work)!

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  8. I am not looking forward to winter, snow is fine it is the way below zero temps that I hate. Hope it is an easy winter for all of us:)

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  9. I see absolutely no reason why you can't be a tough Canadian woman AND a wimp. They both can take turrns.

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  10. Oh I can totally understand your aversion to winter and I'm not looking forward to it either. I think you are a tough Canadian woman as your farm animals 'make' you go out every day and tend to them. Once bundled up and outside I think one can actually get going and keep warm. It's the sitting inside shivering in layers and dreading leaving the cozy house that is the mistake. Yep. Motivation is the key. Maybe I need to get a pet cow? Naw. I'll think about you and the other farm women and men that have to go out in the cold while I shiver inside looking out, and remember how tough you all are. I guess you can be very thankful for a heated tractor cab! And Yes, winter can wait another couple months before it arrives. Have a blessed week and may there be no snow.

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  11. Let's hope your winter isn't too harsh this year..
    I remember the days of warming up your tractor :) seems a long time ago now...
    Hugs M xx

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  12. Oh, gosh, I thought you had snow already! I am back home in the heat for a couple of days, but I am looking forward to getting back to Holland for two last weeks of cooler weather. Then I can come back to Louisiana for a perfect fall and winter. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  13. your winters can be brutal. i've gotten wimpy after living in texas for 31 yrs.

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  14. I am usually one who doesn't turn on the heat til January in my room but I am nowhere as tough as you!

    The woods and snows and cows are a part of your life you would miss if you could not embrace it the way you do now.

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  15. I always think of you as adventuresome, but that doesn't mean you have to torture yourself. I do think just venturing out makes me feel more energized than if I succumb to the warmth of the fire. We're getting older, I guess, but that just means we have to keep moving. Life kind of seeps away if we sit on the couch too long. (This said by a woman who has been sitting all day by the fire and doesn't feel like going out into the snow.) Tomorrow is another day!

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  16. I am also a bit worried about the upcoming winter, even though I am a bit south of you. We purchased a generator for just in case. Our cows, chickens, dogs, etc....always get fed/cared for no matter the weather. No laying up in the house all day!!

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  17. Girl, I hear you loud and clear on this topic! I am not a winter person. And I don't have snow shoes....but as I was reading this I was thinking....should I get some? Would I like winter better if I did? If I got out more? I hate the whole coat, hat, gloves, scarf, boots thing. I'd rather just sit on my butt and crochet a blanket but I NEED to toughen up! I need to be a tough Indiana girl, and I'm not feeling it already and winter isn't even here yet. I'm in trouble. HELP!

    Cindy Bee

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  18. For your sake, I do hope you are spared a repeat of last winter's vengeance! Farming is work that is difficult, regardless of the weather! At this point in my life, I would be ready to huddle inside under all those warm covers.:-) xo Nellie

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  19. I was worried about the ending of this post. You surprised me. Go out and fight it so that you can enjoy winter.

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  20. Grace, you will always be a tougher Canadian girl than winter, no matter how harsh or long it lasts. And we look forward to seeing the photos that you capture, and hearing your stories because you know what they say, you can't keep a good woman down...in the snow...that's why they make snowshoes.

    Jen

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  21. You are a brave soul to encounter the type of winters you have. But you are a tough one for sure. I am looking forward to more of your images and seeing those pink Cadillac boots.

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  22. Oh it seems much too early yet to be showing us snow! Yikes. I do hope this is a fluke and a little autumn returns before the harsh weather kicks in for good. I'd be whimping out too if that were the case. :/

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  23. I loved this post, B. You write so beautifully and I can just feel the frigid air from your writing even tho it's not quite that cold there yet. At least, I hope not! You are tough, much tougher than I ever was. And, I can see how you would enjoy walking in the snow. I did that when I was young, but couldn't now. At least not very far! I'm a wimp, for sure. I hope your winter, and ours, isn't too bad this year. Take care!

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  24. ...Also, I just paged through Rural and read your article. What a lovely collaboration! You bring a smile to my face with your sweet memories. But that is nothing new.

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  25. You make me feel ashamed of complaining about the frosty air we get early in the mornings for a few weeks in what we call "winter".
    There's nothing much tough about me, I like my weather mild, warm sunny days, and cool nights for sleeping.
    Extremes like frost and heatwaves (our summers) are something I can live without.

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  26. Bless your heart, mind, soul and body as you settle into winter with all it has to offer this year.

    To survive, we do what we have to do and hopefully see the good along with the miserable.

    Love 7 hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  27. Yep, feel free to take your time indeed Jack Frost. That said, you actually had me looking forward to those crisp winter days with your first few sentences. That's incredible! Wonderful, and thank you! I do dread the cold winds, and hope for calm days, no matter what the temperature. It is supposed to be a milder winter this year due to whichever ocean currents are dominant or something. I'm also hoping for lots of hoar frost, and several quiet snowfalls. I took up snow shoeing last year, and on quiet, lightly snowing days, I would be out for hours. I'm aiming for 'tough Canadian girl', but we'll see what nature deals us.

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  28. I can't imagine you EVER being wimpy! You are a tough farm girl to the core! :) Me on the other hand...I'm the wimp.

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  29. You could never be wimpy even if you tried. You are a tough Canadian farm girl and each year only gets better. Love this post and your pics. I do hope however that mother nature shows some misery and takes her time with those cold snowy visits. LOL
    Have a great day. xo

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  30. You will never be wimpy...but flannel and fleece do summon us........
    ;)

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  31. You are TOUGH!!! I know you won't miss a beat, no matter what winter brings. I do feel for you. Winters in Missouri can be brutal . . . and we don't have winter like you do. So keep on feeding those cows, and keep the snowshoes handy, and keep on writing. Many, many people love reading what you have to say! Blessings my friend!

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  32. You are indeed a tough Canadian woman, and cows or no cows, you'd be heading outside to enjoy your bush and your snowshoeing. I look forward to being able to join you--but I'm not in any hurry either.

    Hugs,
    C

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  33. I think "not wanting to be wimpy" is huge in keeping us strong!! Call me wimpy or tell me I can't do something and you ignite that fire inside and I will prove you wrong!! You must love Canada to continue to indure those brutal winters!

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  34. Last winter was BRUTAL. My snowshoes didn't get off the hook. I've been trying to get out every day for a long walk with my limpy dog. I want to get us both in shape. When we get the first decent snowfall I want us to be ready to go!

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  35. We must make an effort to trek back to your woods this winter. Winter lasts far too long to let it hold us hostage. I do enjoy a glass of wine in front of a fire but it is always better after returning from a walk in the cold. See you soon; you Buttons not winter.

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  36. You made me quite cold reading this :-), I suspect there isn't much wimp in you at all especially if you've never missed a day with your ladies, that is tough. Neat way you've done your photos, is that white 'stuff' at your place already...!

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  37. I hope the winter is kinder to you this year. I've never been one for the cold, but I hope to learn to dress for it and get outside, no matter the weather.

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