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Cold you say?

I've never understood how folks in the "four seasons" areas of the country survive.  Especially when they declare their love of snow.  Maybe it's because I've never been fond of any temperature below 65.   But what exactly do those of you east of let's say, Arizona get out of below freezing  marks on your outdoor thermometers, blizzards, shoveling your cars out (okay, I'm sure the last mentioned gives you a great workout) and wearing outerwear that makes you look like Frosty getting ready to stand guard for the night?

I both admire your stamina and feel amazed at it at the same time!

Steve and I watched the news reports on Minnesota's population being able to throw water up in the air and having it come down in solid form-How no one could be outside and take a drink before the water froze in the bottle.

While it may have looked "cool" (sorry about the groaner of a pun here) I cannot fathom why anyone would not be looking for ANY way out of the entire state!  I also saw the amount of people who did want to leave and couldn't because it was too dangerous to fly and too slippery to drive on the roads.

This won't be a popular blog, I know.  Our daughter Sarah always loves to take the boys on a snow weekend during our brief winter weather.  Flagstaff is only a short drive and there's plenty of snow there and in nearby Williams.  The boys love sledding down a slope all bundled up to the point where they can barely roll off their make shift snow sleds.  

A few years back we came out for a visit and went with them to do the Polar Express.  It was COLD.  I couldn't move any joint in my body.  It hurt.  And then we had to sit on a 100 year old train and visit "the North Pole". Felt exactly as I imagined it would, let me tell you.

Thank goodness the delight on those two little munchkins faces almost made up for the fact that it took me two days to thaw out once we came back to Anthem!  

This year, while we've had a few days of 32 degree nights and mornings-the rest of the time we've thankfully been in the mid 60's-70's.  Lots of sun, little rain and that's fine by me.

In fact, today had me venturing out to our local Wal-Mart to pick up a few things and I went into my car without my hoodie. I arrived at my destination to realize that the howling wind was swirling so hard that our trash cans had blown over and my car let me know that it was a mere 56 outside.  Checked my phone and it told me that the wind-chill factor was making the air feel like it was 42.  

Brrrr.  It's supposed to warm up quite nicely later on, about 77.  Lucky's waiting for her walk.  She's been wearing her hoodie since Steve put her out potty at 7 this morning.

Nope, I'm not a fan of cold.  Glad our so-called winter is coming to an end.  In fact, Steve was already thinking we should start using those coffee ground "logs" he bought for the fire pit next week.  If we wait too much longer we'll be back to having 112 during the day and skimming 100 at night.

Good.  My 15 year old leather coat has been worn twice in the last 3 years and I don't want to have to find a specialty cleaner to correct its overuse.

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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 16, 2014
    • estatic  

      It’s one of those things you have to have been born here in the north to understand.  Maybe it’s a man vs. the elements sort of thing.  I’m not sure, I can’t even explain it.

      When the temperature gets down around zero, my joints stop hurting. Also, there’s something very cool about going outside when it’s so cold it makes your eyes water and then freezes your eyelashes.  

      Some of the best times of my life were mornings like that, my dog at my side, feeding calves crowded around the feed bunk while their breath and mine hung in the air.  The hair on their heavy winter coats would be tipped with frost all along their backs.

      At 20 below, prayer becomes a big thing.  “Lord, let this pickup (or tractor) start.”  as you turn the ice cold key in the ignition  and the motor says, errr, errr,  errrr too many times before it chugs to life in an uneasy cough.  

      It’s been about 35 here all week.  We are all running around in shirtsleeves being grateful for this warm weather in January, especially after the severe cold we had just a week ago.

      And, you can’t even begin to imagine the joy that daffodils and tulips bring in the early spring when the very flower bed they live in was buried under three feet of snow all winter.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 16, 2014
    • Hats are off to you Tulip!   For me it’s the other way-cold=BIG HURT

      can’t imagine the thrill of realizing the snow will be gone soon.

      just the thrill that it’s gone.  tongue out



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 17, 2014
    • Yep TL is right about some things. There’s nothing like making snow angels or snowman or having a snowball fight then coming inside to peel off the many layers to sit down with hot cocoa.
      Spring has a completely different meaning and feeling. You actually can feel the rebirth of flowers, birds, etc.

      Since I’ve been in the south for 6 years (YIKES) I truly miss having 4 seasons. We have 2 here in Memphis- fall and summer. Summer is about 9 mos long. And while I love the warmth and sunshine I really only get to enjoy it from Mar- May. And then not again until September. The rest of the time I’m holed up in the darkest corner closest to air vent trying to breathe and keep previously unknown allergies under control.

      So cold and snow it more about memories and the feelings it evokes. Do I REALLY enjoy standing g outside freezing my hiney off while scraping snow and ice off my car? No!  But drinking hot cocoa after peeling off my fall weight jacket is just not the same tongue out



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      Diane17 wrote Jan 17, 2014
    • I am NOT a fan of the cold either Carine!  It must be a northern thing like Tulip said because my mother in law, who is from Massachusetts and her husband who is from Vermont, plan to retire to Massachusetts!  I was like, huh?  Don’t most people retire to Florida or somewhere warmer?

      I’m in Virginia so it hasn’t been too cold although we had one day of the polar vortex.  Brrr!



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 17, 2014
    • Diane I think one of the draws of Florida is that they are senior tax friendly. And yes warm too!



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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 17, 2014
    • Another draw for Florida is fishing.  The people I know who winter there instead of AZ so they can fish.

      Diane, I can totally understand your in-laws.  I like to visit warm places, but I’d want to retire where it feels like home.

      Actually, I know a lot of older people who used to winter in the south, but after 8 or 10 yrs of going, they decided to just stay here for the winter.  The novelty wore off of the south and this is home.



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      Marya1961 wrote Jan 18, 2014
    • Being raised in the snow belt capital (Buffalo, NY), I truly know snow, ice, high winds, blizzards, lake effect...and now Niagara Falls has been frozen for awhile..nothing new.

      Being in SE Pennsylvania for the last 29 years, it has been quite different.  The summers can be brutally hot and humid (I hate that!!), meanwhile the winters are touch and go... sometimes cold and snowy, sometimes cold and dry, sometimes warmer and dry..that it makes me nuts!  It is like it can’t make up its’ mind.

      If I had my druthers, it would be moving to San Diego.estaticestatic



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 18, 2014
    • Love SD Marya!  of course I really loved my home in OC.  But while the weather here in AZ is quite hot in the summer-it’s not humid.  Winter is fleeting w/o sleeting and I’m ok w/ the monsoons.



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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 18, 2014
    • We had high winds here again today.  I drove clear to the east side of the state and the temp went from sunny and 38 here at home to 14 and blizzarding at my destination.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 19, 2014
    • brrrr.  being near a wash (across the street and all over this part of our area)the winds here can be something.  Howling is just what we‘re used to.   but I’m loving the mid-70s.

      sorry



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