Man Is It Cold!

There is zero chance of doing anything outside that is golf related in the winter! We are entering a cold snap where temperatures at night are expected to reach the mid to high 20s…..below zero. This morning when I rolled out of be it was a brisk minus 27° C (-16° F) and the thought of doing anything golf immediately rocketed from my brain. On days like this everything is moves slower including my thought processes. Given that this situation is not unique to this time of year, one would think that I had a contingency plan to keep my golfing passion rolling. Well, usually I do have something in the fire, but not today.

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The Winter Wonderland

Yesterday was the winter solstice. Starting today, the days are getting longer (by 2 minutes in the morning and evening). This means that my count down to the start of golf season has started. Only 115 days if you are counting. 😉 Before I get too excited, it is important to understand that weather is very important to Canadians. Because we live in the cold, snowy weather for 3 to 6 months of the year, the count down to opening day keeps my golf dreams alive….or at least part of it. Right now, we only have about eight inches of snow on the ground, but I expect that to increase 400% before the temperatures turn and spring like weather starts to poke its head out from a long winter’s nap.

For now, I am left with dreaming about hitting the links in the spring. For those who do not experience the seasonal changes like I do, here are a couple pictures of the snow in my back yard:

My daughter’s dog, Windsor, loving the snowy outdoors.

Snow covered everything. It is beautiful to see.

The winter wonderland is especially glorious when the temperatures hover around 0 to -5°C (32 to 24°F). I find these temperatures in the winter cold enough to keep everything frozen, but warm enough to enjoy long snowshoe walks, walks in general, or playing outside with Windsor. The winter has plenty of opportunities to be active and I plan to take full advantage of its offerings.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Taking Three Months From Golf

The title might be a bit confusing as my golf season ended last month. At this time every year, I take at least three months off without swinging a club. I have the facility in my garage to hit golf balls, but I also like to take the time off to recharge. This year, however, I am taking the time to heal some nagging injuries I played with all summer. I went to my first physio appointment and have some exercises to do a few times a day, but I expect the time away from golf will help with my healing process. It just makes sense to take these three months and to get healthier.

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Is It Time To Hibernate?

I have been slacking off and have not written anything in a few days. With the long cold winter days pounding on my golf psyche, I find it hard to be be motivated enough to write something profound (or anything at all actually). It happens every year around this time until after 21 December. Yup, that date is important and I will explain later….see if you can figure out why.

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