It has been a running joke that I have been seeing posted around Facebook and tossed back and forth between my sisters and I. One of my sisters lives in Arizona and when she starts talking about how much she missed a real winter we remind her that going outside in the winter can often make your face hurt. Now granted I am living a fair bit North compared to my sisters but walking home from the post office today, arms full, and nose freezing in the -45C temperature I was reminded that I do indeed live where the air hurts my face. I could have of course pulled my scarf further up over my face but then I would have had the glasses icing up and the resulting blindness for the rest of my walk home. Eternal dilemma during a winter walk without my contacts. Made it home in one piece, glasses fogging, and nose just about ready to fall off from the burning cold. Ahhhh winter :) But there are wonderful compensations to living where the air hurts your face. The pure icy white of the frozen bay and river, the undisturbed snow drifts after a storm, the dancing northern lights, the clear winter skies, and the excuse to drink hot chocolate and tea with friends pretty much anytime from October clear into May. Bundle up, stay warm, and enjoy the winter.