I’m not a violent man, but the first person who complains about the heat this summer is going to get punched in the throat.
In a 36 hour period, we went from cold, blowing snow, on top of the 15 feet already piled up next to my house, then to freezing rain, and finally a nice thunderstorm last night, bringing about 40mm of rain….I don’t know how much that is, but its a lot. Trust me.
Now we have full-on class 4 rapids down my street, and since the storm drains are clogged with snow and ice, its spilling into a murky little lake that’s formed right in the intersection.
So far this winter, I managed to dodge making any comments on the ‘Polar Vortex’ that everyone was talking about. Truth is, I kind of enjoy the snowfall ever since I got my hands on a sweet little snow blower. Not having to commute across the Toronto gridlock helps make it more fun….sorry Amy!
I’d rush out in the morning after a big snowfall, firing up the little machine, and start clearing as many driveways and sidewalks as I could. The kids even gave me one of those Alaskan style fur hats so I look the part.
Now the weather is changing. Warm wet air is turning this winter wonderland to a briny, brownish slop, exposing every piece of garbage that was blown out of recycling boxes or neglectfully tossed by uncaring citizens. It also highlights the amount of dog-walking that goes on around here. Yuck!
I like winter. I hate getting stuck in traffic when it’s snowing, or soaking wet feet, but otherwise I find it very clean and renewing.
Spring sucks! Okay, it doesn’t suck for everyone, but with my pollen allergies and all the cleanup around the yard to be done, it’s really just natures purgatory before summer. 2 months of schizophrenic weather, where it’s freezing, then raining, then warm, then snowing…all in the same day.
Summer is awesome! If you live in a seasonal part of the world like Canada, and have 4 to 6 months of bitterly cold weather, you’ll know that no one embraces the summer more than we do. The warm summer heat is so fleeting, that we flock to freezing cold lakeside beaches in our shorts as soon as the first robin shows up. Bring on the sunscreen and shorts.
In Canada, we get only a few months of heat, sun and going outside without having to spend 10 minutes layering up, so we need to fully embrace every minute of the warmth that summer brings.
I can’t wait.
This winter has been too snowy, too cold, too windy, too long. That’s why no one who has battled through this season has the right to complain about the heat when summer finally arrives.
You’ve been warned!