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-39C. With the wind chill feels like -48C.

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Yesterday the temperature was steadily dropping and the wind did this super eerie thing. It didn’t blow. It didn’t buffet. It didn’t howl or thrash or cause damage.

All I can compare it to is the sound of a sheet being pulled steadily across sand. This maybe explains what the snow texture is like but it just made this freaky, steady soft shckshkshckshckschskshkch sound. The sound was low to the ground but it was everywhere enveloping everything and going straight into our bones.

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My animal instinct was to run from work to home. Home to post office. Post office to work. But that only seemed to make things worse because it felt like knives sticking into my forehead and crinkles around my eyes – the only exposed parts of me. My eyes watered so bad I couldn’t see and then the tears froze on my cheeks and my eyelashes froze and I had to pull a mitten to thaw them so I could blink again and then it was like knives stabbing my hand.

Skin freezes in less than 5 minutes in these temperatures.

I have to wear a mitten to open and close the back door for the dogs to go out for a pee or my fingers freeze to the knob. Ever picked up an ice cube when your hands are wet? Just like that. Sticky ouch!

I’m supposed to drive to Alberta today for a one-week wildland fire communications course and it’s blue-sky gorgeous outside but I’m having trouble convincing myself to run to work to get the SUV I’m supposed to drive out there. I wonder if they’ll set fires for us to talk about? They’d be warm at least!

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Posted by on March 1, 2014 in PonderQs

 

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This is Minus 40

Walk to Work 2013

It takes a lot of energy to play outside these days because it’s so cold. We’ve been basically hovering around -30C to -50C because of wind chills for the better part of a month now. Once in a while we’ve had a -25C break but pretty much it’s just been plain colder than cold.

My dogs are even challenged by it. We had a week break in Calgary over Christmas where it was a balmy +8C  a couple of times and then we had to run for home a day early to avoid a major winter storm, spent 11 whiteout, blustery, snowy hours on highways and woke up back here the next morning to -32C with a wind warning making it feel like -50C.

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Today, the chill was still on but we – and I do mean WE – are starting to go stir crazy inside. I know it’s possible to play outside even in this weather. You just have to take the time to dress for it and not stay out as long but it is possible. And so, I bundled up, (can you tell? I’m smiling!)

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strapped on my brand new Christmas snowshoes and headed out with little True-lou the husky first. I dragged her through deep snow. She was in to her chin for most of the walk and had to hop like a kangaroo. There is method to my madness. I wanted to try out the new shoes and I wanted to maximize my effort by wearing her out as efficiently as possible before either of us got too cold to stay out any longer. It worked!

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I arrived back home drenched in sweat which is rule number one of what NOT to do in winter. Don’t sweat! Oh well… we’re staying close to home today. I stripped down a bit to dry off and rolled my old guy Charlie onto his back and put his Muttluks on. He loves those red super sneakers!! I got re-bundled up but ditched my snowshoes because he’s so short that’d be cruel to drag him through deep snow and we headed out for a walk. He did very well and loved it. I started to get drafty because I wasn’t working as hard as before.

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Back home. Shed the coat while I took the muttluks from Charlie and wrestled my nervous Nelly Great Dane Piper into them. She has a lovely matching Chilly Dogs red and black coat. She’s black and white. Looked like a runway model! There is something about those shoes that makes them zippy.

You know that scene from Bambi when the fawn is spiraling out of control across the pond? Picture my black Dane trying to sprint on hard-packed snow and losing control, stick legs bracing while she slid and spun. She loved it though and we spent half her walk running. And can she run!!!

Back to the yard, pulled the shoes off of her so she could get some grip, let the other two out and they wind sprinted around the yard for 5 mins before we were all frozen and had to go back inside. Here we are:

This is Minus 40         Checking me out

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Posted by on December 29, 2013 in PonderQs

 

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