I misjudged Calgary. Last year, the winter was brutal. It came early, suddenly and lasted for what felt like forever. I was thoroughly convinced that this was a city of two seasons: a long winter and a short summer. While I probably shouldn’t revoke my judgement too early (it’s hard to tell whether this season or last is the anomaly), the whole point is that winter still hasn’t come. There has been a real fall. The leaves have changed bright yellow and the weather has been pleasantly cool but not too cold. I am pretty sure that fall is my favourite season so I feel very pleased that I get to experience one this year.
I have recently found a lot of joy in drinking a mugful of something steaming hot and delicious. It’s almost always tea, sometimes hot chocolate, and even more rarely apple cider. In fact, I think that the one and only time I made apple cider was late last spring, when we got caught in a freezing cold rain storm wearing nothing more than shorts and a tank top. I got home, drenched, chilled to the bone, and all I wanted was a nice, spicy, hot mug of cider (which at the time was odd, how do you suddenly start craving something that you never consume?).
One of my main issues with moving to Calgary was the fact that I would have to experience a real winter once again. While London and Vancouver are not reknowned for having the best weather (can someone say overcast and rainy?) I really didn’t find either city to be as bad as most people would like to have you believe. I could wear real shoes, my parka was completely useless, and I didn’t need to wear a ski mask walking around the city (yes, I was known to do this all the time during the winter in Montreal. It’s a little scary, but it’s also a lot cold!). So, as October creeps to an end and it is already below zero at night, I am trying to embrace the impending freezing next few months.