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Winter…Love it or Hate it?

Winter…Love it or Hate it?

I admit it. I don’t love living in Alberta in the winter.

A few reasons:

  • It’s freaking cold.
  • Sometimes the inside of your nose freezes just because you breathe in.
  • You need to buy stock in lip balm so that you can leave them all around your home and car. Lip balm emergencies are real when you live in a cold climate!
  • See also…dry skin and lotion. When I lived in Alabama, I never used an entire bottle of lotion. I didn’t think it was actually possible. Yep. It is.
  • My toes never thaw.
  • My dog hates to pee on the snow….see also, why my bath mat smells.
  • All fruits and vegetables either come from a green house or a land far, far away. They don’t really taste like much.
  • No jumping in your car and leaving. Nope. Leave time for scraping, brushing, etc before you can go anywhere.
  • Snowpants. They are OF. THE. DEVIL.

Every time I say that, though, Dewey reminds me that I really, really like winter fashions. I must admit, sweaters, toques/hats and Uggs are kind of my jam. They are much more forgiving that shorts and bathing suits!

Here are a few of the upsides of winter (in my opinion):

Winter Parka Cuteness

  • Cute parkas!
  • Wearing cozy sweater tunics makes total sense.
  • Leggings, sweaters and scarves are never inappropriate due to temperature concerns.

Snowmobiling is my fave winter activity

  • Snowmobiling.
  • Hot cocoa or coffee with Baileys.
  • Crackling fires in the fireplace.

Puppy in a sweater!

  • Cute doggie sweaters for Cooper.
  • You can buy so many lovely smelling lotions that you will actually USE.
  • Really, really, really enjoying any getaway that you go on to a warmer clime during the winter.

Curled up reading

  • Fuzzy blankets on the couch with a great book.
  • Snow is really, really pretty.

So what do you think? Do you love winter or hate it?

Karen Humphrey

Tuesday 5th of January 2016

Depends. I loved it when I lived in the interior and we were not only prepared for winter, we expected a pile of snow. There were things to do, like ski/skate/ etc. Here in the Lower Mainland it snows only occasionally and when it does, everything shuts down. People don't know how to drive in it. The stuff is super wet and then it freezes and everything is icy. We don't have all the gear because you'd barely ever use it.

So, I like snow but I'd want full on winter or green with rain. Nothing in between.

Merry Kuchle

Tuesday 5th of January 2016

That totally makes sense. Even here, if it is going to snow I would rather it stay cold. Once it warms up and starts melting, everything gets super sloppy.