Sweet Summer Winds Are What I’ll Remember Most.

Post by Carina Spring.

Stand By For The Weather…

“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here, with summer’s best of weather, and autumn’s best of cheer.”

Helen Hunt Jackson

This is the last weekend of the summer, and what a send off. We couldn’t have asked for a more radiant Saturday.

I went for a bike ride to enjoy this beautiful Saturday. Birds gathering to migrate, colourful trees, unbelievably blue skies.

We were so lucky this summer.  The weather here was wonderful – lots of sunny, hot spells and soft breezes – basically, the kind of weather I love most.  I mean really, really love.  (Honestly, the air conditioner doesn’t get much use around our home).

Even when it rained, the storms lasted only a few hours, maybe a day or two, and then we were back to heat and sunshine for a good stretch of time.   The thing that was strange, though, is that the storms we did have seemed to be so powerful.

We had very few ‘soft summer rains’.

So, while most of the days were like this…

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the storms that came and went were electrically charged, with strong winds, and  heavy rains belting down rather fiercely.  You could see plenty of evidence of these powerful storms in the lake region near Winnipeg: Felled trees and branches throughout the area.  Parts of the main beach at Winnipeg Beach were closed off for the whole season due to the damage.

Strong storms causing damage in the Interlake Region.
A common sight this summer – strong storms causing damage in the Interlake Region.

In fact, one afternoon out at the lake, when we were inside, a crack of thunder pierced the air so loudly that I froze (ears covered- ouch). It seemed to keep on going… a white light iluminating the whole room while the force of the sound seemed to rattle everything.

When the storm was over, we went outside to see what had happened.  Remarkably, there wasn’t any significant damage. None!  Yet the lightning must have struck extremely close.  We thought for sure we would find a charred tree outside the door!

 

A reader, Julia, shared with me this pictures of a stormy morning out by lake Winnipeg.
A reader, Julia, took this picture when she was out for a walk by Lake Winnipeg on a stormy morning..

There have even been several tornadoes in the province (…not entirely unusual in the prairies).  One funnel cloud touched down in southwestern Manitoba for around three hours.  Now that is rare.  In Canada, funnel clouds normally only touch down for a few minutes, at most.   The tornado lashed trees, farmlands, and roads.  Miraculously, despite its duration, it did not go through any towns or cities, and caused no major injuries.

We also had a funnel cloud touch down near Winnipeg Beach.  They call it a waterspout when a tornado happens on the water. This one also briefly made it’s way to land.  Again, thankfully, no one was hurt and there was only minimal damage.

I am so glad that there were no major injuries caused by the severe weather, though the trend is worrisome.

Have you experienced any extreme weather in your area?

When I look back on summer 2015, though, soft warm winds are what I will remember most.

One spring day, four colourful, huge kites were dancing in the soft wind, against a radiant blue sky.
One spring day, four colourful, huge kites were dancing in the soft wind, against a radiant blue sky.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

Post written by Carina Spring.

Canadian winters. What an experience. Do you like winter?  How do you survive it?

I was listening to CBC recently and a guest speaker was talking about the possibility of making downtown ice trails so that people could skate to work.  He made an interesting point: Winter cities live in freezing conditions for many months of the year. Why focus on the 10 days that are really, really unbearable?  Instead, focus on getting outside and embracing the season.  I couldn’t agree more!

There was a time in history when people enjoyed winter. Regular winter festivals were the norm, people bundled up and walked outside, played outside, and just all around made the best of the season.

I know winter can be hard, and driving in it is the worst part for me. But enjoying the season is a mind-set. If one dresses for the cold, and I mean REALLY dress for it, it is fun to be outside. The quality of light, the crisp, cold air, the brilliance of the snow. It’s invigorating and magical!

Okay, when it gets ridiculously cold (for me, that is when the temp goes below -32 C with a windchill) it can be too much. But normally, it isn’t that bad. When it is, I try to get cozy and kind of hibernate. Wait till the cold snap breaks.

Anyhow, here’s to winter and making the best of it. The way I see it, if I’m going to live somewhere this cold, I might as well really experience it. There are many people in the world who will never know the joy of walking in the picturesque beauty after a fresh snow-fall. Lucky us!

btw I snapped the picture with my cell phone camera on my way home from work. I was not dressed for it so I could barely hold on to the camera. My point? I will make the best of winter, but will LOVE summer when it comes! 😉

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Well, just in case it’s too cold for you to go outside, here are a few versions of that song to keep you smiling!  Take your pick.

I had no idea that Lady Gaga had done a version of this song!

Have you heard this version?  It’s a classic.

Or this one?

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“Where I am From” by Sarah Habben

If you are in the mood to read a short story this weekend, click the link below.  It’s a beautiful work of non-fiction, by Sarah Habben, about her vibrant childhood, and the intricate nature of her identity and the idea of home. Sarah Habben was one of the finalists for the Canada Writes CBC 2014 Nonfiction Prize.

http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/2014/07/cbc-creative-nonfiction-prize-where-i-am-from-by-sarah-habben.html

The image is by Vlado, courtesy of freedigitalphotos.com

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Living Arrangements – Unique Ideas on What Home Can Be – CBC

Home is What You Make It!

Photo by Ponsulak, courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Check out this interesting series that I just discovered on CBC.  In it, people share stories about their unique choices around their living arrangements. From urban nomads, to a tree planter who finds ever-changing shelter, to creative living arrangement for seniors.  Click on the link below, then pick the story that interests you.

What are your living arrangements?  Traditional?  Big ? Small? Minimalist? Alternative? We would love to hear your story here at homehurrah.com, so feel free to leave a comment!  Likewise, please let us know if you decide to share your story on the CBC. I will add a link directly to your story.

Pop by soon for more interesting links, music, ideas, articles and all things home! Thanks for stopping by homehurrah.com and can’t wait to share my next post with you!

http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition/livingarrangements/index.html

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Activities Around the Home: We All Love Listening to A Great Tune

I Love CBC

You know how sometimes you hear a song, and it immediately resonates with you?  Well, that happened to me on my way to work.

I was listening to CBC, Canada’s national radio station, and this great song came on.   I love CBC because Canada is such a huge and diverse country, and CBC helps all of the people and cultures connect, and helps us understand our country – our home.

Elliott Brood

The song is called Northern Air, by Elliott Brood.   In the summer, I spend a lot of time out by the lake – it’s like a second home. The imagery of the lyrics tap into the affection I feel for that geography and spending time connecting outdoors.

I hope you enjoy it!  By the way,  the first time you click on the link, it will play the song.  The second time, it runs a big CBC play list.  So, if you have the time, you might want to get a glass of wine , sit back and relax.

Just to let you know, since relaxing with music is such a great home activity, and homehurrah.com is all about how home activities can enhance our living, I  plan to share music links every now and then.  It will be a pretty eclectic selection, not just from one genre.

 

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