I have a crazy number of friends who travel in winter. The only reason for stating this particular fact is that I am, in reality, sorely jealous. There are so many warm places on the planet to see and experience and I am by nature an experiential person.
For example, right now I am experiencing a very hot cup of cinnamon infused coffee, brewed on my new Keurig that I received for Christmas. It is entirely a wonderful experience. My whole body would like to experience this deep warmth, from my 'bunny hugged' upper body to my hand knit wool socked feet. Alas, I am a struggling livestock farmer, home-school parent and part-time employee of two jobs. Jeepers! No kicks on "Route 66' for me :-). The coffee in my hand, wool socks and sweaters that I wear will have to be enough to keep my mind on warmer days until they actually come again in the beauty of a Saskatchewan summer.
Don't get me wrong, I am happy for friends who travel to Arizona, Hawaii, The British Virgin Islands on catamarans and the ever famous Mexico - you KNOW who you are! However, I will have to be content with my knitting and cinnamon coffee to keep me warm.
In all sincerity though, there are other things (apart from hot jealousy) that keep my heart warm. The glow of a freshly lit fireplace (even the kind that light with a light switch), the taste of hot chocolate and marshmallows around an ice fishing hole, the beauty of the wildlife, trees and forests that can only be truly appreciated from the back of a snow mobile. Seriously, Saskatchewan is a wonderful place to enjoy the beauty of all of the seasons.If you're not sure check out these winter activities in Saskatchewan.
The most unfair of all things is this: those of you who are in Arizona living the life out of these pages! The proverbial snowbirds seem to have the perfect solution to leaving Saskatchewan and taking on warmer climates. You have found a way to leave the province for the most brutal parts of winter yet take the best part of the province with you (your neighbours)! This takes me back to the sorely jealous part of my introduction, but I digress.
Just so you know, we will be snowmobiling, ice fishing, skating, drinking hot cocoa, screaming at hockey games and knitting wool socks while you are gone and we will not be jealous. We know that you will be coming back to our beautiful province after your two week or two month stay in warmer climates refreshed and ready to garden, swim, and enjoy your cabin for the rest of the beautiful year in the province that you know and love.
So, I ask all my Saskatchewan friends. Where are you right now?