Grounded Snowbirds need help
July 17, 2012 2:51 PM Subscribe
Snowbird can't fly south this year, help me make it through a Canadian winter, my first. Tell me all you think I need to know about keeping warm and sane.
posted by batikrose to society & culture (39 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, due to circumstances beyond my control, I must spend the coming winter in the Saskatoon, SK area. The past ten years I have spent winter in the U.S. south (MS, TX, FL); prior to that all my winters were on the temperate Oregon Coast. The closest I have come to a "real" winter is in Vancouver, with one week of below freezing weather and 10 inches of snow. I do know how to drive on ice, snow, and in heavy snowing, but am not as experienced as someone who, like, lives in it.
I need to know what I should expect in regard to amount of snow, temperatures, and daylight (and will I be able to see the Northern Lights at all?). Also, clothing! Will not be outside a lot, but have a dog to walk, and the usual errands, shopping, etc. Current outer wear is more suitable to the Pacific Northwest winters. Does my shitzu need some outerwear and/or boots? How do I prepare my old Chevy 454 one ton truck?
As far as where to live, we are apartment hunting ... would it be better to be in the city (Saskatoon) or one of the small rural towns within 40km of it? Anything I specifically need to consider in looking for a rental?
Other information: The Mr. is late 60's with 20% heart capacity, COPD, AF, and recovering from a Pulmonary Embolism in April. I am mid-50's, large, with back problems, arthritis, and multiple other chronic illnesses. i.e. we won't be out cross-country skiing or even snowmobiling.
Truly I am clueless, all advice greatly appreciated. I don't even know what questions to ask, so share anything that seems pertinent. Thanks!>>