I think that statement is the biggest understatement of the year. We have had an incredibly long, cold, snowy winter this year. It was only a few weeks ago that the high temperature reached a number on the positive side of freezing, and that was only for a couple of days and then we were back to -10, -17, -29, with wind chills at times of -40. It is only now that looking at the 14 day weather forecast (which could also be a bunch of malarky, but here’s hoping) and the high temperature is consistantly in the positive numbers every day. This is like a heat wave. Even though there is only 2 days in the next 14 that we are supposed to be above 10 degrees.
Winter seemed to start early this year. Earlier than usual anyway. The last two winters before this we barely had any snow or cold weather at all. I don’t think we took our snowblower out of the garage once in either year. This year probably seemed far worse in comparison to those two years, but the cold temperatures certainly didn’t help. Since the beginning of 2014, we have been under at least 3-4 cold temperature alerts, and they tend to last for about 2 weeks at a time. It has been brutal, and it hasn’t let up. Every week it seemed to be about a new system, a new storm, a new pileup on the highway.
But, what can you do? We live in Canada, we accept the winter along with the rest of the seasons. Hopefully we have a nice long hot summer where we can spend lots of days at the beach. That will help make up for it.
Overall though, we have had a good winter. We have kept busy, and done some fun things. Back in February, we went to see Disney on Ice at Budweiser Gardens. It’s the second year in a row we have gone now, and we really enjoy it as a family. The look on Nicholas’ face when he sees Mickey and Donald and Goofy – is a true testament to the magic of Walt Disney. It also adds to our conviction that we really need to try to go to Florida to take him to Walt Disney World. I think we are going to try to go next February. If Disney on Ice makes him excited, I can only imagine what Main Street USA will do to him. I went when I was a kid – and again with Joe when we were engaged, and I seriously can’t wait to go back. I really hope we get to go next year. I really want Nicholas to experience it.
A little later on in February, we went with my parents to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls. We drove through a snowstorm to get there (how fitting), but we had a wonderful time. We stayed for two nights. If you’re not familiar with GWL, it is amazing, and worth checking out, especially if you have kids. It is a huge lodge themed resort that has an awesome arcade, bowling, mini golf in the summer, and among other things, over 100,000 square feet of water park. The water park is simply amazing. There are slides, a wave pool, lazy river, splash pad with bucket, hot tubs, and so much more. We all had a really amazing time. This place is so geared towards kids, it is so relaxed and fun, we were all really sorry to leave. It is an awesome place for loads of family fun, and we have made plans to go back again for a couple of nights in May for Nicholas’ Birthday. It is a bit expensive to go, but if you plan ahead, and take snacks, it can be doable. It’s totally worth it.
The rest of the winter has been good. The frigid temperatures have made it hard at times because even a beautiful sunny day can be hard because when you would normally be outside playing you can’t, because the news reports are saying that exposed skin can freeze in 2-5 minutes. Not exactly the type of weather you want to send your kids outside to play in. Nicholas has managed to get out tobogganing a couple of times this winter though, he got a new sled for Christmas, and has enjoyed those times out very much.
In other news, my Mom just celebrated a Birthday this month. She turned 65 years young. She continues to inspire me on a daily basis with her energy, her dedication, and her ability to get things done. She may be 65, but she really is so much younger than that. She and Dad are selling their house, my childhood home, to move into an apartment in town. This is going to be bittersweet for everyone I think. It will be odd that they won’t be living in their house anymore, there were so many good memories there. Still, it’s time. Where they are is too much for them to comfortably look after. It is getting to be way too much, especially for Dad, and Mom doesn’t want to live anywhere that she doesn’t feel that she can effectively look after. Being in an apartment will be so much better for them. No grass to cut, no snow to shovel. They are looking forward to it, and it will mean that they will live even closer to us, so we’re happy about that too.
So that’s it for the updates I guess. Not much else to say at this point. We sit and we patiently wait for summer to come around again. I look at the local forecast and it says 2 degrees. This makes me happy! Tomorrow is supposed to be a high of 11. This makes me want to dance! If you read this blog and/or know me at all, you know that I love days at the beach or by the pool, and though I do love each and every season, I am certainly excited to feel a bit of warmth when I step outside. I’m looking forward to running out to the store or to work or wherever without having to put a coat on. To slip on a pair of sandals and go. Those days are coming, we just have to keep being patient I guess.
I just wanted to make a note about this blog. I have a few plans for it, which include expanding the focus slightly. There will be more about that to come in future weeks. I know that lately I haven’t been blogging as much, and I really hope to turn that around a bit. I haven’t had a computer at home for quite a while now, so I have had to resort to blogging when I can, and often on an iPad. Now I love my iPad, but it is really not the greatest thing to write nice, long blog posts on. It’s also a little hard to format the posts on the iPad. Not for everyone maybe, but definitely for me. I recently got a new computer for various reasons, and I’m hoping that this will lead to many many more blog posts in the future, about various topics, on a regular basis. I know I’ve made this promise before, but now I have the tools, and I mean to use them.
Hope you’re having a great weekend, and you’ll be hearing from me soon.