The weather said it would be cold. Well, they weren’t kidding. It’s -13 C if you’re not in the wind and -27C if you are. Cold enough for even the hardiest Canadians.
It’s cold out. It’s cold enough, when you breathe in, your nose sticks shut. Instead of just steaming out, your breath forms a cloud that immediately dissolves. The cold hits you and soaks into your clothes, skin and face immediately giving you a headache. I don’t know if these pictures give it justice…but trust me, you wouldn’t want to go skinny dipping in our river today…if it’s not frozen solid.
The snow doesn’t just crunch. It’s frozen as well into tiny granules that fly away. It won’t even stick to itself. Not a good day to make a snowman.
The birds are eating like crazy. In this cold, they burn a lot more energy than normal and they’re mowing through our feed.
Ocean was set and determined to go outside today and I let her…for a little bit. I know akitas are designed for the cold, I know you can leave them out for the entire winter…I just worry. Plus, I like her with me. She’s got a busy schedule indoors keeping up with the birds and watching me write this post.
We have freezing rain and ice pellets coming our way for the next two days. Open the weather website and you’re met by a wall of red followed by warnings of different types of dangerous weather approaching. If you’re courageous or crazy enough to drive anywhere, you find line ups so long those at the front still dress in 80’s gear.
I say, don’t fight it, surrender to it. Have a pyjama day.
A pyjama day involves one day of planning ahead of time. You need easy-to-prep food available, movies and/or books, writing stuff, drawing/painting stuff (or whatever-you-like-to-do-stuff) and clean, comfortable pjs (though jogging pants can do in a pinch).
A pyjama day is a day where you do nothing, nothing, that involves effort. You stay home, shower or not depending on mood, answer the phone or not, again depending on mood, and basically relax, read, watch TV and veg all day. It might sound ridiculous and silly but, when you work full-time, there are days when doing absolutely nothing is simply delicious.
A day of nothing but reading is something sent from heaven above. It’s specially nice if you have food ready for you in the fridge (There’s no way you can leave in pyjamas to go and get milk for coffee. This must be ready before you start your pyjama day). Or you can do nothing but sit and watch TV…or nothing but play with play dough if that’s your wish. A pyjama day is self-care to the extreme. Like an all-inclusive holiday, but at home.
I highly recommend one.