If we were having coffee…

I’d tell you around this time of year, I start to yearn for sunshine, longer days, warmer weather and less snow. The hairballs we have as dogs, however, would probably love winter all year around. To them, this is heaven.

Around here, though, Mother Nature rules with a cold fist and there are still weeks and weeks of the white stuff ahead of us. As I look outside my window, all I see is swirling flakes of snow. When the dogs come in from the outside, they are covered with the stuff.

In other news, my job changes tomorrow along with the start of February. I work with the public, so mine is not a predictable job. People come in with all sorts of interesting quirks, issues and stories, appreciating them is the highlight of my job…but it can also be the catalyst for nightmarish headaches. People are a funny lot. Logic doesn’t always apply to the them; alarmingly, neither does hygiene.

On the funny side, TV has never been this entertaining.

How about you? How is your February going?

Note: If we were having coffee is a meme created by Part Time Monster.

Of coffee and weather woes

We’re getting freezing rain. For those of you who are happily unaware of what freezing rain is, let me explain. It’s sucky. That’s what it is.

It’s basically water falling as rain but solidifying into solid ice as soon as it touches anything solid. Everything ends up covered by a sheet of ice. Trees, walkways, roofs, roads…everything.

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(credit:SevereWeatherWiki - Wikispaces)

(credit:SevereWeatherWiki – Wikispaces)

For freezing rain to happen, there has to be a delicate combination of a warm air mass, followed by a colder layer mass to almost freeze it and just the right temperature in the air. The temperature is crucial, if it’s not right, it will melt. Here, in Canada, the temperature is often right.

(credit:MissionMode)

(credit:MissionMode)

Now, if you’re from the part of our lovely planet that’s warm, you might wonder why we Canadians moan about our weather over and over. I mean, how bad can it be?

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Let’s just say that it’s a good thing we’re used to it. Canadian winters are…special. Along with freezing rain, we get lovely things like black ice, really cold temperatures, frostbite and blizzards.

My dogs, however, love winter. The colder it gets, the better they like it.

But we Canadians love to moan about the weather. Doing so creates a bond as we curse and grumble at the snow…usually over a cup of coffee. We even throw in some humour to lighten the dark days. Check out Infinitefreetime‘s version of Black Ice and you’ll see what I mean.