Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cold eh? At least it’s not Regina.

have always despised the whining yelp of complaint,
and the  cowardly feeble resolve.
                                           Robert Burns


It is 6:00 in the morning as I sit here writing this story. My feet are resting on the cold hardwood. The chill that creeps slowly up my legs reminds me that I should get off my butt, then head down and throw some wood in the hungry woodstove. One last sip of my coffee slides smoothly over my lips. Down into the dungeon of cold I head.

There is only one thing to blame for these frigid temperatures, and that would be me. I should have been a bit more specific when I kept begging for winter and snow. The last few months we have basked in warm temperatures, rain and mud, I complained. Yes, complained. The “powers that be” must have listened, and decided to give me what I wanted, winter came and it snowed. I honestly just wanted to go snowshoeing. I did not want to have to pull on so many layers that I cannot even get my leg up into the tractor. Was that so wrong? Should I apologize to all of you suffering in the cold?


We could call the event that blew in over a week ago, consisting of blowing snow and creating such havoc on the highways a real snowstorm, but I called it a tease. I have to say I was expecting a lot more product at the end of such a loud boisterous storm. At the very most we only have about five inches of snow, which covered that mud nicely.

Covered it, but it did not keep it from making itself known and create a problem while feeding the cows. The tractor tires had dug themselves deeper into the ground with every trip I had made. Four-wheel drive turned out to be my best friend. There is certainly not a problem about sinking this last week. There are now, big gigantic frozen ruts where I can drive, and let us just say I will never go off course. The problem now would be to change direction. Yes indeed, be careful what you wish for.


Yesterday, the constant winds were our problem. It was -30 degrees Celsius with the wind chill. That may not sound too bad especially to a “special” someone who now lives in Regina. Rumour has it that it was -41 degrees Celsius with the wind chill there. My sympathies go out to the poor farmers and the people out there, the ones who work outside no matter what the weather. It goes to show you that you have to be tough to live in the prairies. I probably look like a big whiner here in Ontario. Those tough prairie people are thinking right now, what a wimp she is. Look at the balmy weather she is complaining about.

My Hero while leaving for work yesterday, made a point to shout out, “Dress warm the wind is cold” I shouted back “OK I will.” The sound of the door slamming echoed through the house. The windy, blustery no doubt freeze your ear off monster, had obviously pushed past My Hero, around the open door, raced down the hall and into my warm bed. I pulled the comforter over my head. To stay in that bed huddled under my down comforter and sleeping the day away had crossed my mind. I lingered, but then I thought about Bossy2 and the girls, they would be waiting.

Before climbing into my tractor every morning I always greet her with words of encouragement to start. Yesterday those words that spilled over my lips instantly froze, fell to the ground and shattered. She started up, even without hearing them. No complaints there. As usual I did make it out into those blustery cold winds, and I did drive in those ruts, and I did not even try to turn into a different direction. I delivered that hay to Bossy2 and the girls right on time.


They were happy to see me. They have never doubted that I will always be there to feed them. There was the usual sharing of hats, but not for too long. Bossy2 understood that I needed the hat. After all it did not even cover her ears. I went snowshoeing and darn near froze.

This morning, while throwing the wood in that hungry woodstove down in the cold dungeon, I thought about what the weather was going to be like beyond the door. My Hero shouted down the stairs, “The wind has died down” and that sounded good enough to me. The door slammed shut and we both started our own day.

There is enough snow to go snowshoeing so why should I complain. At least I do not live in cold, cold Regina right now. You have to be tough to live in Regina. Now that Ontario girl transplanted in Regina is freezing whenever she ventures outside, but she is happy. I have to say right now, I will stick with my -30C days and be happy too.

Well, the sun is up and this wimpy Ontario girl, best put down the pen and get out there, to chop ice and feed those cows. I am sorry if it was my complaining that brought these unusual frigid winter conditions. The sun is coming up I have to get out there. Keep warm in Regina you Ontario girl and continue to be happy.


Later.

43 comments:

  1. It is cold down here but not that cold we are maybe -6C with the winds makes it feel like -11C not to bad and the snow has been little here this year so far , we have had sun shine and cloud and the odd little snow fall but nothing major as of yet thank goodness lol ! Thanks for sharing stay cozy and safe and have a good rest of the week !

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  2. Stay warm and safe with your super weather powers!

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  3. ruts so you'll never go off course - always a bright side. :)

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  4. I cannot even imagine that level of cold! You're -31C and we're +31C, until later in the day when it will rise as the sun comes up. We're headed for 34C which is a cool change from the 39C and 40C we had recently.
    I've often wondered about animals in the freezing conditions, they don't complain, just wait patiently for their hay and to be milked if they are dairy cows; how do they feel about being freezing cold I wonder?

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  5. As long as there is some snow, and some sun, I don't mind winter days at all. The harsh winds are a bit much, but even those are generally only blowing one direction so if you go out walking, you know you'll get the wind at your back for at least part way. I find the dull days and rain or wet snow harder to deal with.

    Everything is relative, isn't it? What seems cold to us isn't so cold to someone else, and what seems unbearable to one may not be to another. Before we know it, summer will be here and we'll be factoring in humidity instead of wind chill!

    A long time ago, my husband shared this little limerick with me:
    "As a fool, man's a fool.
    When it's hot, he wants it cool.
    And when it's cool, he wants it hot.
    Always wanting what is not."

    Every place has its advantages and disadvantages, weather included. So, the best thing is to "bloom where you're planted." I'm not sure who told me that phrase, but I think it's a good one.

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  6. Oh, although bitterly cold and windy, all this excitement is, believe it or not, good for the soul! Keep moving & layering...:)JP

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  7. Oh that's so cold, both there in Ontario and in Regina, and in Winnipeg where my husband is this week! And even here. Well, it was -5 today but the wind howled and howled and made it seem much colder. I don't like the wind and we get lots of it on this ridge as it sweeps over the open fields. I hope you got out snowshoeing. I haven't been out for over a week now. Too cold!! :)

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  8. It was -28 °C yesterday morning here in Fredericton N.B. and the wind was blowing across the St John River from the North. I was glad I locked the barn door the night before because the high wind shake and wiggles the latch loose and blows the door wide open if it's not locked. It happened last winter and all my pipes and water bowls froze in the calf barn. Today was milder but I still get cold to the bones.

    Staying under the warm duvet sounds real good on cold mornings. It always get very muddy around the barn in the Spring. My husband keeps fixing the roads but those big wheels keep digging deeper in the mud with every passing through. Maybe pigs would appreciate the mud but I certainly don't.

    Stay safe and warm.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  9. I tell you every winter, I wonder about our ancestors. I am in Indiana, so do not have winter near as long as you. Probably not the temps, either...but every year I wonder how they made it. Everything was wrought by hand...no flip a switch for light/heat. No jump in a car or on a tractor...we come from strong stuff. Even if we aren't so strong any more.

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  10. Winter always comes no matter where you live, some winters are more trying than others.
    The friend the sends me the Christmas Cake each year lived in Regina, now Edmonton. YES!, I did receive again this year, that would be 15 years at least, so 15 Christmas Cakes :)
    Keep warm my friend.
    Bush fires in the north of our state, smoke coming over our way and we can't breathe that well outside. In doors with the A/C on to keep cool as it's about 30 degC...
    Hugs M xoxox

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  11. Keep warm, as well as you can. That whining you hear is me saying " I HATE winter, over and over."

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  12. You're no wimp, that's for sure! I am though...we're bracing for a nor'easter this weekend and I DON"T WANT IT!!! I'm going to look up Regina, and find out where it is. Sounds like a place to visit in July perhaps? :)

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  13. Hello, you and all the farmers out there have my sincere admiration..Going out in the cold to take care of the animals, gives me chills thinking about it. I am a wimp! I would never complain about the warm winter we had. It is over now, the snow is coming this weekend. Great post and I love your cow with the hat shot. Stay warm! Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  14. We accept your apology. :-). You're having the temps we had over the last weekend. We were happy to send them on to you. Love the sweet bossy in her hat. Keep throwing wood on that fire. Brrr.

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  15. It HAS been cold, that's for sure, but I'm glad you didn't disappoint Bossy2 and the rest of the girls. :))

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  16. Hey...at least you don't live outside like the cows do.

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  17. Hello Buttons!:) I enjoyed reading your cold and warm thoughts this morning.Glad to know your faithful tracter didn't let you down, stay on track, and keep warm. Oh, and I love your first photo, and fence shot.

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  18. Love your hats!!
    I need to look into show shoes, it looks like a great activity for winter!

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  19. Boa tarde, registos belos e bem captados, os mesmo tem boa cor e nitidez.
    AG

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  20. Your quote fits your post very well. As you say only a very few people "enjoy" what you do as they must be outside. a little whining is okay!

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  21. We have our share of cold but nothing to compare to yours. Thankful as I hate cold weather.

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  22. Such a disparity of temperatures in this wide country of ours. The coldest we have had this winter is -14 C, today we have rain. El Nino is definitely affecting the weather on this side of the country.

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  23. I take some of the blame, too. I kept longing for "real" winter. Just think how sweet the spring will be!

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  24. Brrrrr, I'm a little cold from just reading this blog! Guess we got out of Dodge in the nick of time :). Buttons, some seriously cool(no pun intended) word usage in this blog ... "the dungeon of cold" "words ... froze, fell to the ground and shattered." Our downstairs is a little cooler than our upstairs so I'm going to start referring to it as the "dungeon of cold." I can just hear you laughing at my warped California perspective! Stay warm my friend!

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  25. Glad to know someone else is out there braving the cold temperatures. It warmed up yesterday, and I just got back from a long walk with my dog. I even had to take my mittens off. -20C is apparently warm after that -30 to -40 blast. We have been spoiled this winter though, as the temperatures have been above average and the wind hasn't been bad this year either.

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  26. Thanks for sharing your story. Nice shots. I'm glad the girls got their breakfast.
    Hope you warm up soon.

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  27. Your photos PROVE winter has arrived! Stay warm up there! xoxo

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  28. So now we know who to blame for the change in the weather :)
    It looks especially cold where you are.
    Lynne x

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  29. I did actually think about your previous pining for snow when I saw your post - even before reading it! It is cold here, too. We got a little ice and snow, but nothing compared to yours! Stay warm! We are hoping the heifers wait a few days to calve.

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  30. they have bad weather called 4, around here this weekend & I'm wondering what will happen? schools r closing early. the winds & all is just so rough. no fun!! you stay warm! ( ;

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  31. I cannot even begin to imagine temps that cold! Each season brings its own challenges, I suppose and the cows always need tending!
    hope the stove is well stoked!

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  32. We are about to receive around ten inches of snow with the storm scheduled to start tonight. Makes me feel like a wimp after reading about these cold temps! lol

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  33. I could feel that cold wind as you were describing it. Lived outside of Calgary for 15 years and know what -43C WITHOUT the wind chill feels like (at that temperature wind chill ceases to have any effect !). Drove many a residential street in Calgary with no hands on the wheel - the car just stayed in the ruts. Good for you to overcome the temptation of staying under the covers all day - a weaker person might have succumbed.

    Good read, B. Stay warm.

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  34. Brrr....It is true about being careful about what you wish for. - That's quite a lot of snow. I'm happy about just having the rain here although I do long for some sunshine now & then. - Pretty fence shot with the snow.

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  35. I will NOT complain about the cold temps in the 40's coming this weekend here in s.e. FL. I will rejoice that I do not live in your frigid temps. I don't think I could handle it.

    Be safe, be well and keep warm ~ FlowerLady

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  36. I am looking forward to the snow coming in today, but I couldn't handle the cold temps you talk about :-o.

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  37. we like all weather b, that's why it's so important we get to experience all of the seasons!!!! it's not really complaining, "it's discussing"!! we have been discussing the warmer temperatures and the lack of snow. now we can discuss all the snow!!!

    i love snow because i get to stay inside, except for the fun stuff. a snowman or snow angel. this storm, it may just be a puzzle i am looking forward to. i'm sure you've heard, it going to be a big one!!!!

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  38. Staying in bed is always the better option, however, we never do it because responsibility calls. Stay warm! xoxo

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  39. Here I am on the west coast feeling cold and is not that cold as it is east of us. I have an excuse, our blood is thinner here. Great images!!!

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  40. I do envy your snow shoes. They always sound so fun.

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  41. I don't know how you do it. Bravo!!!

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  42. I can't believe how much colder it is there than it is here! It hasn't been anywhere near as cold here in Hamilton - it has been positively warm compared to last year!

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