Most of you who know me or my work know that I try to look on the bright side of life, and make the best of any situation I am in. That is my nature.
However, I am unable to find the bright side in the winter weather we are experiencing here in Manitoba during the wicked winter of 2013-2014. The month of December was so cold that it has been recorded as the second coldest winter since 1893. Manitoba is experiencing its coldest winter in 64 years, and therefore the coldest winter of my life. It’s not all in my mind. It is COLD and we are buried deeply in snow.
I’m sure we’re not alone in our weather woes, as it appears that only British Columbia has experienced a better than usual winter. Every other Canadian province has experienced a severe winter this past few months, whether it be from excessive cold, blizzards, amount of snow, ice-storms, or wind gales in Atlantic Canada. Some of those, such as the ice-storm in Toronto this winter were so severe that people lost their lives, and many were without heat or electrical power for weeks during unseasonably cold weather. Many parts of the US have also experienced extreme weather during the winter of 2013-2014. I am incredibly grateful that our heat and power have held out, as we couldn’t stay in our home without it.
The polar vortex that has been hanging over the Prairies has kept temperatures low and winds high, making already cold temperatures feel much colder than they are reading on the thermometer. There were times over the past two months that our temperatures were in the range of -40 to -50 (in both Celsius and Fahrenheit) with the windchill factored in, registering colder than on the planet Mars!
Usually I manage to get away during the winter, if even for a short while. That helps ease the pain of winter, and later this month, I shall be attending the Hawaii Chocolate Festival and related events, so by the time I get home, March will be on the horizon, and the spring thaw hopefully not too far behind.
Just to prove I’m not a sissy and have at times, enjoyed participating in winter events, here are the links to three winter festivals I have previously attended and written about:
And a story about snowmobiling and attending the Quebec Winter Carnaval.
Now it’s your turn. How has winter been in your neck of the woods? Have you had anything exceptionally good or bad happen over the course of the winter? What’s been the winter highlight (or low-light) for you, no matter where you are?
Thanks for listening to my rant. Please join me back here the week of February 10th for the next new post. I promise to be in better spirits as spring inches near.