Yesterday we were treated to a reminder that winter is not over yet. I was thrilled to watch fluffy snowflakes fall outside my window all day yesterday and even ventured out to shovel the driveway, as well as a path to our door. From the look of the posts on Facebook however, it seems I am in the minority when it comes to joyfully welcoming the snow.
I certainly understand the sentiment of people who are wishing for sunshine and warmer temperatures, but it's still WINTER people. Every time it snows or the weather is appropriate for the season I feel heartened that perhaps we aren't tumbling into the pit of global warming as quickly I'm fearing.
For those of you who don't enjoy the snow and cold I have this quote that was attributed to Scandinavians when I first heard it. "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing." If you choose to live in a place with a snowy winter climate, you need to be prepared! And there are some wonderful ways to participate in winter. There's snowshoeing, skiing, tobogganing, skating, snowmobiling, hiking, ice climbing and hockey, just to name a few. If you venture into the outdoors to participate in many of these sports, I bet you any money you'll find yourselves removing at least one article of clothing as you find yourself getting too warm.
I recommend we take a lesson from our four legged friends. My photos from today show Enzo the Greyhound and Max the Rhodesian Ridgeback frolicking happily in the snow. Enzo has very short fur and his breed originated in Egypt, where I believe snow is highly unusual. Max has his origins in South Africa where the breed was used for hunting lions on the African veldt. Fairly warm temperatures there I think. These dogs aren't shivering at the gate, whining to be taken back to the car, they're embracing the opportunity to run and play and have fun no matter what the weather. I intend to follow their lead. Here's hoping I can get my Venezuelan born husband to join me....