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Making the most of the coldest season

“Time is going to pass regardless so you might as well enjoy (winter), says Janine Abbott.
“Time is going to pass regardless so you might as well enjoy (winter), says Janine Abbott. - Contributed

It’s hard to enjoy the winter in the dead of the season but Janine Abbott says it’s truly her favourite time of year.

“I’ve always really loved winter. I have two dogs who are real winter bugs. I walk my dogs twice a day” said the mom. “Even more than summer, I feel refreshed in the winter and you just can’t get that any other time.”

Though the winter can drag on in Newfoundland and Labrador, there’s a way to make the best with what you’re given, said Abbott.

“Time is going to pass regardless so you might as well enjoy it. Always keep warm. Bundle up in layers and find something you enjoy doing,” she said. “Dress for it. Winter here can drag on but you can dress warm and adjust to it.”

Abbott and her family love skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. If you aren’t interested in being active in the cold, she suggests packing a picnic and riding the snowmobile into the woods.

Even just going for walks in the dead of winter can be enjoyable.

“The scenery is gorgeous. There aren’t people who don’t enjoy a winter scene. Take in the moments. It sounds corny but it’s true. Everyone loves a snowfall on a nice day,” she said.

For those who find winter intolerable, Abbott suggests finding something that you love doing, even on stormy days.

“We get a fair bit of snow days. The shoveling part doesn’t have many positives but you can curl up, watch a movie and shutdown the outside world. Enjoy it because they are few and far between. You don’t have to spend money”

For parents finding the winter long and hard, your children can make the season go by a lot faster.

“For children the west coast is awesome, there are so many hills, even in my backyard. Pasadena has an outdoor rink, which my son loves,” said the local resident. “You can build a snowman and make the end result a positive experience by coming in for hot chocolate. Then you get some traditions as well.”

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