Brrrrrrrrr…today Ottawa is the coldest capital city in the world. This picture is from CBC news who is reporting temperatures as low as -35 Celcius, which is -31 for you Fahrenheit people. Not that it matters, when it gets this cold who cares weather (pun intended) you are talking Celsius or Fahrenheit.
Our government has issued awarning that it is not advisable for seniors or small children to be outside today. The cold weather makes it a good day for hibernating, and not just for seniors or children!
This past winter was so cold our buried water pipe running between the lake and our cottage froze in Ompah, Ontario. This has never happened before and the cottage was built way back in 1972. Apparently the frost line was deeper than normal for this area of Canada this winter. Digging down to find the buried water pipe, we found the ground frozen solid six feet down! Fortunately, the soil at the cottage is sandy rather than full of clay as it is here in Kanata, although it was still a big job. The pipe was rerouted so it no longer goes under the covered patio, but instead will be snow covered for better insulation in winters to come.
The good news is we had planned (eventually) to rebuild the patio, so the frozen pipe turned out to be motivation to start the patio project…
I am seriously starting to wonder if I am allergic to this cold weather we have been experiencing here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This picture of the weather forecast was taken last Sunday, but it has been this cold for a long time now, and I don’t mind saying I am getting tired of it.
My body is not coping well with the cold, so it makes it difficult to want to go outside for anything that is not absolutely necessary. The cold is wreaking havoc with myfourth New Year’s resolution to get more exercise since walking is usually my main form of exercise between November and March. To remedy this, I have taken up doing plankswhich are great for my muscles, especially the core muscles, but don’t contribute to the cardiovascular exercise I need.
I know cold can aggravate conditions like Raynaud’s Phenomenon where blood flow is restricted to the body’s extremities when they get cold. Cold can also aggravatearthritiscausing joint pain. My problem is neither of these conditions. My whole body seems to ache when I get cold. If my feet get cold, the aching pain starts in my feet and ankles, but then moves up my legs to my hips too. The pain actually feels like my bones are aching. Sitting in a cold car or cold hockey arena watching my son play can easily set the aching off. When this happens I find heat and advil are the only remedies. I purchased a click heat pad recently; it works great…
You simply press the small metal disc that is floating inside the heating pad to activate it. As soon as the disc is pressed, the pad heats up and gets firm. It stays warm for hours, so you can move it around to heat all of your achy body parts. When it cools off, all you have to do is place the pad in boiling water to return it to its liquid state. Click Heatcomes in many shapes, colors and sizes, be sure to check them out using the link below: Click Heat