Complaining about it won't change it!

Let's face it, Winnipeger's have had to deal with some wicked cold temperatures over the past few weeks, although at times it has felt like months!

It seems to be a daily occurrence to see people complaining about the weather on Facebook, in the grocery store line or even at the office. Complaining about it doesn't change it. We may just need to change our attitudes about it. I thought I'd share a list of some reason that I enjoy winter.

  • I get to dress in layers to stay warm, it's like wearing 4 different outfits depending on where you are at the moment and what the temperature is there.
  • I don't feel guilty sitting back with a cup of tea and a cozy blanket and reading a book on a Sunday afternoon.
  • I get to indulge in some new hobbies. Painting, and puzzles are my latest two!
  • I can stay active with winter sports such as Curling and Cross Country Skiing.
  • The winter snow, ice and frost on trees, etc. make terrific photographs.
  • I can plan my garden, research new plants I may want to add to my flower beds.
  • I get to eat those comfort foods that warm up the house and make it smell terrific. Nothing beats Roast Beef , Lasagna, or a Roast Chicken on a cold winter night.
  • It is a perfect time of the year to catch up with friends. Coffee, tea, perhaps a bite to eat or a little dessert, there is no better time than in the winter!
  • I enjoy playing with our Kinect game system, it get me up and moving. Heck, I even get to golf in the winter thanks to the Kinect and Wii games!
  • It's a great time to freshen up the rooms around the house. There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to brighten a room.

I often think we take too much for granted. There are always others with bigger problems, serious illnesses, or dealing with the loss of a loved one. I have a warm bed to sleep in, a warm home that I live in, and clothes on my back, and for that I am grateful.

The weather is not in our power to control. Embrace what mother nature throws at us and enjoy each day because above all, it would be truly hard to appreciate the warm summer months without having survived these brutal winter months!

Stay warm!