Winter has hit Edmonton early this year. We've had a lot of snow and temperatures that have dipped to -32 C, a new record for November. However, we're a resilient lot and we take some pleasure at being able to survive and even enjoy this type of weather.
Yesterday was one of the coldest days. I stopped by Jeffery's Café and Wine Bar – my favourite 'third place' for meetings and work – to prepare for a meeting, to relax and organize my thoughts for the presentation I would make.
I sat near the fireplace, ordered a bowl of clam chowder and a cup of coffee and read the book review section in the Sunday edition of the New York Times.
Jeffery's has free wi-fi. I checked my e-mail using my laptop, sent a note to someone in England who gave a favourable review of Cappuccino U, and then finally moved on to the work at hand. No phone calls. No interruptions. Just a pleasant environment with interesting people at the other tables.
Winter keeps us inside, at least on days like these. It may be cold, but we don't have to cut the lawn, wash the car or cut the hedge.
Find a café like Jeffery's. Then let it snow.