Weather Gear

Rain Gear

The simplest things can be transformational.

It’s grey, cold and drizzling on this Friday morning. My first thought is to burrow deeper into the blankets, to avoid this dreary day and wait for the sun. Instead I put on my walking gear. First, a soft, cozy shirt, fine gloves and leggings that embrace my body like a warm hug. Next, a light insulating layer. Finally, my rain jacket – light and loose enough to fit over everything but built to send the wind and raindrops bouncing back; the way a superhero’s armour repels bullets and lightning bolts.

Off we go, me and my furry pal. Striding out into the grey, the cold and the chill.  Protected. Invincible. Within minutes it happens. Our limbs stretch, muscles warm up and we fall into an easy rhythm together, breathing in the cool air and the fresh smells of spring. Worms, water, mud and the promise of green things sprouting everywhere. Before long the light seems brighter, the fresh, cool air fills our lungs. We turn our faces up as we walk and welcome the splash of the raindrops and the refreshing mist.

We walk for ages and return home damp, smiling, warm and invigorated.

The day is changed.

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You Might As Well Love It

Well, having survived the “snowmageddon” of last week, here we are in the midst of yet more snow.  Welcome to February in Canada!  Everywhere I turn, I am greeted by complaints and the sounds of people who are feeling a certain way right about now;  lots of winter behind us, and lots of winter still ahead of us!   One of my friends posted on Facebook this morning, “snow, snow go away, come again another. . . year!”  When I stepped outside the other day and greeted a neighbour with “what a beautiful day!” all she had to say back was, “I hate winter!”  Does everybody feel that way?

Well, Gus doesn’t!  This guy has the right attitude.  He can’t wait to get outside in the snow and run around, even if he’s just been roused from the coziest sleep.  You would think he was let loose in a combined fluffy playground and buffet!  He will run like crazy and dig his face deep into the snow, and then stop and take a great big mouthful of the stuff for a snack.  It’s hilarious to watch.

Sometimes he’ll just sit quietly in the snow on the deck, and it seems like he’s just admiring how beautiful it really is.

I think he’s got the right idea.

Let’s face it, even if the groundhog was right, winter is going to be here for a while.  We might as well find something about it to love.

Like how beautiful the trees look. . .

Or how peaceful it is to walk down the snowy path. . .

Or all the fun things you can do with the snow besides shovelling it. . . (okay, you do need thumbs for this!)

How many times in our lives are we going to be stuck with events or situations that might not be our first choice?  Let’s face it, if I was offered a free trip to some sun-soaked beach destination I’d be out of all this beautiful winter in a flash!  But, here I am for the duration, so I’ve decided to make the best of it.  There is always a way to put a positive spin on wherever you are, and whatever you are dealing with.  Research has proven that people who are optimistic and focus on the positive side of events always fare better, and live longer, healthier lives.  So, pull on those snow pants and lace up those waterproof  boots or skates, and get out there and enjoy this stuff.  You might even find someone out there to play with!