I went out to my physiotherapy appointment this morning in a tank top, jeans, and a sweater. It was like a vision of the spring to come, and it’s pretty much unbelievable. This is Alberta in January, usually a long, dark, month of brittle cold, and here we are with bright blue skies and above-freezing temperatures for the fifth day in a row.
Please don’t think I’m complaining about the beautiful weather. I’m just at a loss for what to say. I’m used to wearing wool socks and long johns to venture out of my house this time of year, but lately I’ve been bombing around town in sneakers and a hoodie.
Last year we were out of spots to pile the snow by New Year’s Eve, and the flakes kept falling heavily for another eight weeks. The temperatures dipped low (like minus 30 Celsius low) and stayed that way for weeks on end. There were long stretches of days where I couldn’t take Sherm for a walk because his feet and nose would have frozen after mere minutes of exposure. Last winter was one of the more serious influences in my decision to purchase a treadmill for Sherman, so his walks on the really cold days could look more like this:
Summer 2011 was rainy and grey, and winter 2011 was the coldest, snowiest one I can remember, so maybe this very mild winter is Mother Nature’s apology for last year’s suffering. It’s rather like the neighbour buying you flowers after backing her Subaru through your fence. I’d like to think this gorgeous weather is all about striking a balance, because the last thing I want to experience, meteorologically speaking, is all the icky parts of the winter we were scheduled for crammed into the nest eight or ten weeks. Imagine that? It would be the equivalent of eating an entire week’s worth of hospital meals in a single sitting: positively gag inducing. Yuck.
The “heat” and sunshine are forecast for a few more days at least, so we’re going to soak it up as long as possible. At the very least, I should have an easier time than I normally do chipping the turd nuggets out of the back yard.
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