The deep freeze part of winter is here and is now time for me to hibernate.
I think I mentioned before that I do not like winter. I have become a real wimp when it comes to cold weather.
I do not want to blame this on my age as that would make me feel old; so I will blame it on the Celsius temperature.
I grew up with the temperature measured in Fahrenheit (F). In Fahrenheit, -20 C (Celsius) is -4 F.
Back in my day, we thought -4 F was a warm day. Of course, we called it ‘Four Below’ not ‘Minus Four’ because it was 4 degrees below 0 F and 0 F equals -17.7 C.
We didn’t know that then, so we didn’t say it was cold until it was 20 below F which equals -28.8 C and that is just plain cold.
We never paid attention to the temperature until it did hit that 20 below mark.
Now when I see that -20 C on the forecast I cringe and go into hibernation mode. I guess my brain jumps back to Fahrenheit.
We didn’t let those winter temps bother us back then. We would just bundle up and go out sledding, skiing, skating or anything fun. We just went and did it.
We didn’t let the cold stop us from travelling either but we did take some precautions for that.
Travelling in winter meant that there were snowsuits in the trunk and quilts on the back seat plus a survival box packed.
This box was packed with candles and a tin can, matches, bandaids and a wool army blanket (in later years a foil reflective blanket was added).
It is surprising how much heat a few lit candles in a tin can will generate.
A thermos or two of hot chocolate or coffee was prepared and we would be on our way.
Nowadays people think of their cell phones as their survival box.
I guess they can’t imagine any place not having cell service or their phones dying when they need them.
They don’t think about what to do if the cell phones work but help cannot get to them for hours.
A vehicle can get real cold real fast.
That is where the candles and the tin can came into action.
Beating the cold can be as simple as thinking “What if?” and taking the precautions needed to beat that.
There are a lot of things to enjoy about the cold. Just be smart and take precautions.
The one thing that will never change is the fact that ‘cold is cold’ no matter how you measure it.
by Lois Perepelitz