Whoo-hoo it’s c-c-c-cold today!!! -29C this morning when I went out to start the bus. With it’s new starter it zoomed to life as if it was +29 but once it caught, it chugged reluctantly for several minutes before I was confident it wouldn’t stall. This is always the time of morning where I hold my breath–am I going or not? Much as I would like the morning off, I take it as a personal failure if the bus won’t go–not really my fault, it’s usually a mechanical problem and very very infrequent–once a winter or so. But it was grinding away so after a quick peek in the pumphouse where my new heater was also chugging away, I headed back to the warmth of the house. The bus never really gets warm. It gets comfortable but not warm and if ever, at these temperatures, the heater were to quit, it would take about three seconds for the inside temperature to drop to match the outside temperature. I have a rural route where most of the kids come dressed for -40, especially the young ones. Teens are the same in either an urban or a rural setting–simply too cool to dress warm. They come in bunny hugs and summer shoes, and we are not allowed to send them back for more clothes. “We don’t know the family situation”. I’m not really sure what this means. Maybe they can’t afford winter clothing?? We do live in Saskatchewan. But I bite my tongue and hope no one gets frost bite and loses a finger or a toe.
When I came home at 9am, it was still -27C. Molly was standing just on the other side of the gate, soaking up the sun. The frosticles on her eyelashes and nose showed how cold it was but she was just dozing. I had to get a picture, she was so pretty!