Two days ago, there we were, on the deck cooking lunch.
Rick had scraped the ice off the deck from the previous day's winter-like onslaught. Camp chairs and table were at the ready, barbecue in place, winter jackets on; we were prepared for our first barbecue of 2016. The glasses added a bit of class.
We had saved the bottle of champagne, not for any personal milestone, but for the first time we could barbecue this year. This was the day, in spite of the snow on the lawn. It had been too long; we were anxious to experience the ambience of early barbecue season in eastern Canada.
As Newfoundlanders say, "It's cold enough to freeze the arse off ya." And so it was, with the wind moving around the frigid air, making it hard to sit there. Winter hats and mitts would not have gone astray. But we persevered; the champagne helped.
Before long the patio furniture will find its way to the deck too and we will eat most meals there, taking in the sun and the fresh air for as long as we can. The barbecue will be busy many days; friends and family will join us.
Yes, it's been cold enough..for too long!