Those who follow us on Facebook (Hailey Merriland if you are looking for us) will have seen us complaining about the cold. Above is the forecast, in celsius, for the next week. If you don't know Celsius: -15 is 5F and -27 is -17 F (and these are warmer then it has been, it has been as cold as -37C/-34F). While these are not uncommon in our winter, it is a little early for a season for this cold. It is usually a week in January that is bitter. The one good thing about it being really cold is that it rarely snows. You will see they are calling for a lot of snow next week (20 cm = 7 inches) when it 'warms up' a little.
My test for how long I think it is safe to be outside is two fold. First, how long until the hairs in my nose freeze (one morning it was under 30 seconds). Second, how long until one of the dogs is three-legged dogging it (this afternoon we got to 2.5 minutes)
These are the tricks to survive this cold:
-Count the number of winters until retirement (12) and know you won't have to live with this forever!
-Drink lots of hot drinks, especially hot chocolate with Baileys, Creme du menthe, Creme du Cocoa, and/or Maple Cream.
-Snuggle by the fire
-Wear warm clothes indoors and out. There is no judging others fashion when it is this cold. You wear what you need to to stay warm. We tend to judge those not appropriately dressed!
-Don't plan on doing anything outside for any length of time. It has been so cold they have closed outdoor skating rinks!
-Give the pups puzzles and play other mentally challenging activities like 'find it' and accept they may be a little restless but there is nothing you can do. Even in coats, pants and boots, it is not safe to be outside for very long. Any exposed skin is at danger of getting frostbite.
-Go outside a little more often but for very short periods of time. I think the max in one trip has been 5 minutes.
-Phod suggests laying right down in the snow when your paws get too cold. After a few minutes you will be ready to race back to the house.
Stay warm dear friends!
|Not taken this week as it is too cold to take the camera out!|