Not from Canada, but I'm complaning about our weather here in MI and it's 40 degrees with the wind blowing and it's -20 where your at? I would die!! I told my girls just two days ago that once Rebecca graduates from high school (seven more years ) I'm out of MI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The older I get the more I can't stand any kind of cold weather. I want to move somewhere where it is warm!!!!!!! My hands and feet crack, my face gets so flaky where it feels as if my face is falling off. Any gloves I wear make my hands crack even worse. Have eczema. I can't park close enough to my door when I get home to get in the house quicker. How do you ladies stay warm? How high is your electric bill if you don't mind me asking. Oh, you are all saints being able to handle this type of weather.:angel2: I am not trying to be mean about living in Canada I just can't take cold weather! Now I feel like a baby complaning about our weather. Where about is Whitehorse, Yukon? Also, when does your summer and winter begin. Just curious. Thank you Renee
Don't forget we use the metric system here! My g/f was from way up North called Fort Nelson and she said sometimes it was -30 but it wasn't as bad as people think as it isn't as damp as it is where I live.
Also, where I live it really doesn't get that cold even though I am in Canada. Where I live the weather is a lot like Seattle. There is a lot of rain but hardly any snow really. Perhaps a couple of weeks a year we get snow.
Now where Homesteadmamma and Queenie live on the prairies they get a lot of snow. They even plug their cars in when they park !:snowman:
May I ask what you ladies mean by plugging in your car? Sorry to sound silly, does that mean you keep it warm during the nite so it doesnt totally freeze up and you cannot drive it?? I am from the east coast and i remember some pretty cold winters but didnt know anyone to do that?? Its pretty cold here in southern cali tonite well by our standards of cold, that is..
plugging in the car actually means plugging in the battery so that the cold does not drain it's power. That way it is well charged to crank the engine the next day. Rather than taking the battery out of the car (not recommended) our cars have a block heater installed. The plug usually comes out the grill and then can be plugged in by an extension cord to an outdoor electrical outlet.
You know I was thinking I had never been in weather that cold but with Farenheit our freezing point is 32º so that would make our -20º more like your -52º Geez can't we just all get on the same page with this stuff (except that I never had to learn metric - thank goodness the kids have to now since it will probably become the universal figure!! ) What do you guys bake in ~ degrees farenheit or celsius ?? I would be so lost - I remember freaking out over your speed limits when I went to Kelowna, BC - I couldn't grasp the whole Kilometers thing!! :screwy:
When I was very young here in Canada, we did the mile, farenheit, inch thing too. But, I learned the metric system living in Europe. When I came back to Canada the switch to metric had just started here. So I never really had a problem. Our stove is in both F and C because most cookbooks are not in C but very little else shows both unless it is really old. My dad bought an indoor thermometer from the States so that he could tell the temperature. He can't get used to the metric thing yet!
We too purchased a thermometre that is in both F and C.
Our school kids learn in metric but because we homeschool and our curriculum is from the States, our kids have learnt both.
Metric IMO is much harder, but it will eventually be universal. Its much easier learning it when your young than waiting until your old or being forced to when your older. Some of the older generation here have never adapted to it very well.
To answer your question, Renee, Whitehorse is about a 1 1/5 hour drive from Skagway, Alaska which is an itty bitty town in southern mainland Alaska. Remember the Gold Rush of 1898 that everyone (historically speaking) got excited about and all rushed to San Francisco to jump on a ship for the goldfields? Klondike Kate ring a bell? Well, Whitehorse is on the original "trail" (river) to the goldfields.
The Yukon itself is located north of British Columbia and east of Alaska.
I was raised in California, so this has been quite an adjustment. I miss the warmer weather but just put on extra clothing! I had problems with eczema for awhile, but tried different things and now only use olive oil to wash my face and shea butter for moisturizer (if needed). Good skin moisturizers are a must for me!
My electric bill is about $100/month averaged out over the year; in a super cold month it can go up to $140, but I turn the furnace off in May and on again in September so I can get the bill down to $65 or 70.
When do summer and winter start? Hmmmm . . . Tough question!
It's not safe to plant anything sensitive to frost until the second week in June, thank goodness for plastic! Crops are done (usually) by the end of August. I find it so hard to define the seasons after growing up in California! I guess April & May would usually be spring and August & September would be fall, so that would make October to March our winter! We had snow in August 1985, my first year here! But these last few years have been warmer and beautiful. Four years ago, one of my neighbours washed his car on Christmas day and had someone take pictures!
One of my sisters is a nurse in Old Crow (a much farther north community accessible only by plane). The first June she was there, she phoned me and said "Tell me why I wanted to live here again." I was surprised, she was serious! Then she explained that she was curled up in a blanket on her living room couch, on one of the last days of June, watching the snow come down outside!
The weather is definitely unique, but I really like the community. There are about 20,000 people in Whitehorse (capital city!) and about 30,000 people in all of the Yukon. I have learned to cope, adjust, and finally like it here.
Now, I can't imagine living with snakes and spiders; I have a sister in Maryland who complained one summer that my nieces weren't closing the sliding door, and the snakes were crawling in the house to get out of the heat!
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