Okay, so the first taste of real winter has come, at least in the overnight temperatures anyways.
The bitter cold of real winter will hit next week, but for now, at least I get a small taste of what is to come. (It was -12C overnight, which will be a daytime high next week.)
What this taste of winter allows me to do is to remember and practice all of those little winter rituals that I have developed in winters past.
Such as: bundling up a bit more as soon as I get home, lighting candles for light, and who could forget wearing the sleeping toque all evening, night and morning.
It is all of these little rituals and habits which seem silly, but have a reason and a purpose. They all help to keep me warm and weather winter.
It is not a pleasant process, or one that I would wish on others, but I wear it as a badge of honour: I can live in my RV on the streets of a Canadian prairie town and live to tell the tale (sans-frostbite).
I will grumble, and I will protest, but most of all I will look to spring. Or as I call it “Anti-Fall” as it is just like Fall, it just happens in reverse.
During these few months of “Real Winter” all I really need to do is to warm myself up, not my trailer . . . just me. That is something that I know how to do, and know how to do efficiently.
The thing to remember is that when it comes to winter is that it is all in the resources, more specifically, the resources used; the more efficient the usage the better.
It is far too easy to just run the generator every night and keep the furnace cranked.
To do so would use up way too much gasoline and propane, which would negate any cost savings staying in the trailer over winter.
This is because the more resources you use, the more cash you are required to spend.
So bundle up buttercup and just hunker down, after all, body heat is the cheapest (nicest when shared) and most renewable form of heat there is.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!
(and stay warm)