Monday, July 27, 2009

A Season of Thanks (in July!)

I don't know what the weather is doing where you are, but here in Southern Ontario, nearly everyone is saying the same thing.


So far this season we've had a few days of very warm temps, but for the most part it's been around the mid 70s (no idea what that is in celcius, I'm an American! and too lazy to check the thermometer) with a lot of rain, a lot of clouds, and not a lot of summer-like weather.

I thought about this as I was driving home from running errands today, and heard the local dj on the radio complaining once again, about the weather. I thought to myself "but wait, is it really all that bad?"

No it's not the hot, sweltering, jump in the pool before I die weather, but here's a short list to help keep it all in perspective:

• While you're complaining, you're wearing flip flops and shorts. Try that one in the traditional February Deep Freeze, eh buddy?

• You know when you get up tomorrow, shorts will likely be what you put on again. Not your flannels, fleece, hoody, long pants & wool socks.

• When you want to go some place, all you have to grab on your way out the door are your car keys. You don't need your hat, scarf, gloves, boots, winter coat and ice scraper. Or your cold meds, Halls and chapstick.

• You can get out of your driveway without shovelling. You may have to move a bike or a skateboard, but those generally don't induce heart attacks.

• Your windows are open and no one's complaining of hypothermia.

• You haven't had to haul firewood or turn the heat on for months now. You've also saved a fortune in hydro, since you're not using your a/c.

• There's still 2 months of summer left. If you close the pool when school starts, THATS when it'll be hot for 2 weeks straight. Leave the pool until Canadian thanksgiving!
• The ice has been gone for months now, and you can't skid off the road because of the thick clouds.

So, while we haven't really had the super-hot summer days yet I think we'll all look back at this summer come about mid-March (when we're all going insane and detest the sight of another snowflake), and remember that we had it pretty good.

There's always something to be thankful for. :-)

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