Marketplace: Staying Warm Outdoors

Now that the cold(er) weather has arrived (it’s been hovering around 5C every morning in Waterloo), and Ontario has instituted new restrictions about the number of people allowed to gather indoors (25) and outdoors (10), I’m wondering how people will still gather in small social circles while staying warm (outdoors).

When I wrote this post at the end of August, I was already thinking about how to stay social if/when a second wave arrived. To stay social outdoors and extend BBQ season, perhaps, people may be investing in some items such as heaters and fire pits (before they sell out).

patio heater, $249CAD, Lowes; infrared patio heater, $213CAD, Home Depot; table top heater, $129CAD, Home Depot; patio heater, $509.15CAD, Lowes; outdoor chimney fireplace, $349CAD, Home Depot; fire pit, $149CAD, Home Depot; large rectangle fire table, $1696CAD, Home Depot;
fire pit, $113CAD, Wayfair

To stay warm and cozy while sitting around a firepit, BBQing into the fall months like never before, and sharing a meal with your “bubble people” on the patio, people may inject more fleece items into their wardrobe. This might be the time to browse (online) retailers that are experts in outdoor gear!

women’s fleece jacket, $113CAD, LLBean; women’s hooded fleece pullover, $159CAD, Patagonia; women’s quilt crew, $125CAD, Patagonia; men’s quilted sweatshirt, $99CAD, LLBean; women’s puffer vest, $98CAD, Gap; Fleece slippers, $115CAD, LLBean; fingerless gloves, $52CAD, Lululemon; chunky cable fleece throw, $99CAD, LLBean; heated blanket (full/queen), $335CAD, LLBean

If restrictions stay throughout fall and winter, I think there is going to be an uptake in outdoor winter activities like skating, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, which are activities that you can do with friends at a distance. I have already enlisted a cross-country ski buddy for the winter since I won’t be taking lessons like I did last winter. I think cities will (or should) ensure rinks are plentiful and trails are groomed, so these activities can be enjoyed by many people (at a distance). As for indoor activities, I think there’s going to be a rise (if not already) of activities that we generally associate with the (tech-free) past – sewing, knitting, baking, cooking, etc. People who are home and not socializing as much may find comfort in doing these activities. I have already brushed off my sewing skills, and I am eager to continue.

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