This morning when we woke up it was snowing!!! Toronto has had a very mild winter this year due to El Nino, and I am told this is a good thing because apparently the last two winters have been brutal. The plus of the relatively mild temperatures has meant on the downside we haven’t had much snow. The Canadian thinks I’m totally cray, cray wishing for heaps of snow but then again I don’t have to commute to work and drive on icy, slick roads with
the world’s worst Toronto drivers.
The 8-year-old and I bundled up and set out for our walk to school. It usually takes us 10-15 minutes to walk to school but today’s commute was much slower as we both took in the beauty of the snow falling, trying to catch snowflakes, throwing the odd snowball and kicking up the snow. It was just magic with the 8-year-old telling me, “Finally! This is what I signed up for when I agreed to move to Canada”
After I dropped him off the snow began to ease and so I went for a little stroll around our neighbourhood.
Those that know me are aware of my dislike of all things exercise (strangely with the exception of skiing) and walking or basically any outdoor activity. I have also self-diagnosed that I am allergic to my own sweat and so living in Australia in the heat did not encourage me to be outside exercising. Here I find that I am actually enjoying being outside especially as I have purchased the correct clothing for the climate. Aldi ski gear I think is great for a ski season at Thredbo but will just not cut it here.
On previous visits to Canada and especially to The Canadians hometown’s of Gimli (I like to refer to it as Grimly) Manitoba or Winnipeg (Winterpeg) I bitched the entire time about the cold and basically refused to go outside. It always felt like my lungs were bleeding. In hindsight, the winter clothing I was wearing at the time was totally inadequate for the -40 temps. I guess I couldn’t justify spending the big bucks on clothing that I would wear for a few days every 5 years and not get any use of in Australia.
Buying the correct clothing the minute we arrived in Toronto has made all the difference and that old adage – Pay lots, cry once. Pay little, cry twice,” rings true.
A good winter coat was my most important purchase and for someone that usually loves shopping, I also found it one of the hardest things to shop for because I had no idea what it was I needed. After looking in many shops, I headed to The Bay Department store in downtown Toronto. They had an entire floor of coats from which to choose and also lucky for me a fantastic sales assistant with a similar build to myself
both vertically and horizontally challenged who was like one of those pushy old bags that work in the bra department telling you what you need when you have no idea and not letting you leave until you have it.
I had my eye on this jacket:
Until I saw the Ivanka Trump label and no way was I walking around with Trump stamped all over me. I wonder if it is akin to walking around in real fur and having someone throw red paint on you?
I settled on this:
It is 90% down and 10% feathers so basically like walking around in a water resistant doona. It is really long, has no shape and is soooo unflattering but I don’t give a shit because it’s so super warm. It is designed for temperatures of -40 celsius and as we have yet to actually have any of those days I have found it can be a little too warm. I decided I then needed to own two good winter coats, one for super cold days and one for regular cold days.
This coat then appeared under the Christmas tree from me to me and I love it!
It gives me a little bit of shape so I don’t look like a tree trunk. It’s a different colour to my other coat so I don’t feel like I’m wearing the same outfit every day and can mix things up.
The other must have to survive a Canadian Winter are good boots and these need to be warm and waterproof with some kind of non-slip soul. The warm black lace up UGG boots I purchased before leaving Australia will be fine for snowless weather but will get trashed quickly from the salty slush currently on the sidewalks so out I go today into the snow in search of some quality winter boots and like the coat I really don’t give a shit what I look like because I will be snug as a bug in a rug.