This Is What 6:07pm Looks Like In Saskatchewan In Late November

This is what 6:07pm looks like in Saskatchewan in late November:


I’ve been using my NatureBright SunTouch Plus light therapy lamp, taking extra vitamin D, and going for walks when I can, but DUDE, LOOK AT THE DARKNESS.

One thing I did do for myself as I faced down this oncoming freight train of a void is I sprung for a deep-freeze weather winter coat, earmuffs, a lined toque, good mittens, and a pair of winter boots with lug soles, because over the last couple of winters I let the cold weather lock me inside my home, and that is fully ridiculous. Going out for a walk in all my layers is so good, because, when it’s not night, Saskatchewan is mostly sunny, and blue sky is blue sky whether it’s 40°C/104°F or -40°C/-40°F. If you’re not from here, going outside in -40 sounds like madness, but a few years ago in January it hit -56°C/-69°F, and I still went out to get cream for my coffee, because I still needed to enjoy one thing in life even if it meant enduring the same temperature as the surface on Mars.

It’s not nearly that cold now — it’s just a touch below freezing — so I’m just doing some anticipatory complaining. I try to start looking down the barrel of January early to help soften the blow.

This new going-outside-and-walking thing that I’ve developed an affinity for is like Stockholm Syndrome, only it’s with the weather, but, really, it’s the only way to be. Otherwise, I would have to be more annoyed at my toque hair than I am:


Who am I kidding? I think toque hair is cute.

I’m taking part in National Blog Posting Month, which means I’m posting on this blog every day throughout November. You can follow along and see who else is posting this month by following these hashtags on Twitter: #NetPositiveBlog and #NaBloPoMo.