-52'C with the wind chill. seriously.
This past weekend, we went to Saskatchewan to attend the funeral of one of Bob's cousins. Our kids were fascinated by the farm. We are grateful to Bob's cousins, Brian and Oralee, who agreed to take them out to the barn even though it was BEYOND FREEZING. The kind of cold that causes you to gasp as it hits you when you walk outside(even wearing as many clothes as you can mange). I could barely manage to shoot. I wear bi-athlete gloves when I shoot in cold weather. They absolutely did not work and my fingers were quickly so numb that I could barely move the dials on my camera. We all took about half an hour to get ready to go outside and spent 10 minutes admiring the sheep, the horses and...most importantly...the newest calf.
We were sad to say goodbye to David Pugh. He was a character that will be greatly missed(but the stories of his antics will live on for some time I'm sure). He valued family more than anything I think...he never missed a family event--wedding, reunion, funeral...he was at them all. This weekend reminded us of how important it is to remain connected to family far and wide. There is something about sitting in the homes on the farm eating the homemade squares that are so familiar to us. Seeing our family from across Canada gather to remember. And, yes...standing outside experiencing one of the coldest days of your life. It grounds you in a very special way.