This blue thingy, looking like a cutting board, is actually a kneeling pad I found in Dollarama's gardening section. It is absolutely genius for sitting outside in the weather like this. It's sick, soft and completely cold insulating. It's also weightless and of the size of a medium sketchbook. You can put it on top of a dirty step or freezing stone wall and your bum will be perfectly safe and warm.
These gloves were an another great find. It's called Texting Gloves and I bought them in Jean Coutu pharmacy. The little gray rubberish dots provide enough traction to hold a pen. And when I need to turn a page, I get my first finger and a thumb through the little holes and - voila! page is turned and the fingers quickly drawn back. They are are also quite warm.