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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Chili Beans

It’s been a roller-coaster of a winter, weather-wise, here in Edmonton.
Okay, I know that, calendar-ally, we are only two weeks into it.
But in reality it’s been winter here since Halloween.
Temperatures rising and falling.
And rising and falling.
Yesterday, it was -3. (26.6 F)
Balmy for the first part of January.
This morning, it’s -23. (-9.4 F).
A teeth-chattering, crackling cold that penetrates everything.
Frosts your windows over.
And is (in the words of Gus Pike) 'cold enough to freeze your nose hairs stiff.'
Perfect for some short-lived, vigorous outdoor activities (emphasis of both ‘short-lived’ and ‘vigorous’).
Or for staying indoors beside a snapping fire with a cup of rich hot-chocolate in one hand and a good book in the other.
We Tolleys have a term to describe this type of weather.
And therein hangs a tale.
If you would indulge me . . .
Husby and I had taken our (then) three boys in to Gramma’s house for the evening.
It was c-c-cold.
Each of us, had been padded and wadded with layer after layer of life-preserving warmth.
We had gotten to Gramma’s.
Unwrapped.
Enjoyed the warmth of a good dinner, good conversation and a couple of rousing games of ‘Probe’ (great game – Google it . . .).
It was time to head home.
Husby had gone out and started the car while I began the process of padding and wadding . . . again.
He came in to transport the first child.
He picked up the little fat-sausage shaped figure and opened the door.
A blast of cold air shot through the entryway.
“Oooh!” our son said, his voice slightly muffled, coming, as it was, through the thick scarf wound around his head. “It’s chili beans out here!”
And just like that, our family had its term for ‘very cold’.
So there you have it.
In Edmonton, our weather ranges from ‘Oh-my-word-it’s-hot-let’s-hide-in-the-basement’ through ‘gah-I’m-soaked-to-the-skin’ and ‘balmy-for-this-time-of-year’ all the way down to ‘chili-beans’.
We call it the new weather.
Grab your parkas!

7 comments:

  1. I love the way that family phrases encompass shorthand for very long stories, and come to mean sooooo much.

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  2. Here I'm complaining because it was 48(F) here today! Back in KY we had days like that every once in awhile. Our family does the same thing every time it is 8 o'clock we say 8 o'lock because that's how my son used to say it when he was little. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

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  3. Chili beans! I love it :)
    Parkas-jackets resembling sleeping bags.
    I love the idea of snow, but I'm very glad I don't have to live in it.

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  4. my husband just asked how people can live in weather like that! Our coldest days would probably get down to around 10 degrees and that doesn't happen too often. I can't imagine being so rugged up and chili beaned!

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  5. Chill to warm you on the inside, beans to warm you up on the outside...

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  6. Can I borrow the term? It's Chile Beans in Philly too! I like it!

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  7. Chili beans, I do love the food but hate the weather. Funny how kids can say something and it just sticks!

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