There is one huge drawback to living in the No. 1 neighbourhood in Canada, (according to some national survey that was published last year).
Osborne Village becomes the absolute worst place in the world to live when you have to go through the kind of winter we have just experienced, because there are so many good things to miss and you suffer that much more.
I am dying to go for a leisurely stroll down Corydon Avenue and grab a slice or a spring roll at one of our outdoor dining establishments. I want to cool off with a brew on one of our patios on Osborne, Corydon or anywhere they tuck away the tables here. I want to marvel at the unusual pets people drag along our sidewalks. I need a gelato! I would even tromp through the mud along our river walk if the temperature would just get above 20 and stay there for a full afternoon.
We enjoyed our first day with a temperature "above normal" on May 10 when the temperature reached a balmy 19 degrees (the normal for that date is 18) under sunny skies. But the clouds returned the very next day and by Monday, it was rainy and cold again.
I know, I know, everybody whines about the weather so I’ll stop. We are all depressed and I can only hope things have improved by the time this is published.
In the meantime, we might adopt the kind of attitude Holly Kolevris, the manager of Saffron Restaurant on Corydon, has.
Nobody suffers more than the folks who make their living at the many fine establishments with patios that we have here in the Village. Holly has seen a sharp decline in business and it pains her to constantly cancel shifts for the students who supplement their income with summer jobs.
Amazingly, Holly was rather upbeat, despite acknowledging this was the worst year she has ever experienced in the 23 years she has been at Saffron.
"It usually works out in the end," Holly chirps. "Like, we might have an unusually long fall or next year might be better."
Holly doesn’t dwell on the negative. Even the fact of that Saturday being the only day with sun and above normal temps so far was one of the highlights of the past decade for her.
"We probably set records on that Friday and Saturday night because people were just so anxious to finally get out and enjoy the day," Holly exclaims. "There were lineups throughout the evening and people stayed right until closing even though the conditions got really cold."
And so there is a bright side if you have the right outlook, like Holly Kolevris.
"We might even have set up an all-time record for margarita sales at Saffron that night!"
Even when it dropped to five degrees.
Don Marks is a community correspondent for Osborne Village. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org