Another blizzard, just another day in Minnesnowfreezeyourbuttoffota. Ya, you betcha!
I ventured outside for a couple of photographs yesterday. Chance looked at me like I was nuts. Chance doesn’t like the wind in the trees..it makes them move. He would be a good prairie dog.
Wind chills were about 50 BELOW ZERO. I will go outside if it is 25 or 30 BELOW ZERO…but 50 that is pushing it.
Someone asked “How do you stand it?” Well I dress for the weather. Usually with many layers. A hooded sweatshirt, a hat, a scarf and my big old long down filled parka. ( For me a scarf is a necessity..I can double wrap my face and tuck it in around my neck) My boots are good to 40 below zero and my gloves have thinsulate linings. If you go outside without the proper clothing you are going to freeze…not many fashionistas here in Minnesota…if someone looks fashionable then they are some cold skinny broads that won’t last a winter.
Chance is okay being outside for quite awhile. BUT he is an indoor dog…so we monitor him closely, when a dog starts holding up their paws or limping on three paws or just lays down licking their paws then they are too cold. On warmer days Chance will often lay down in a snow bank curl up and have a nap. Many people have dogs that stay outside all the time in Minnesota as long as they have a dog house with some insulation they are just fine. It has been my experience that if any part of a dog freezes it is the tips of their ears. I have seen many a cat with no ears or very short ears.
Someone not sure who used to say “Wear a hat or your ears are gonna fall off and you will look funny with holes for ears.” Might have been me.
You can see my bird watching bench has a real cold seat. The usual birds are here, Chickadees, Nuthatches and Woodpeckers but we are missing the thistle eating machines the little Redpolls. They must be eating elsewhere, perhaps someone stayed home this year instead of going south. Last year at this time we were feeding 10 pounds of Thistle Seed a week.
I hear that there is a LP (Liquid Propane) shortage in the Midwest. We filled our tank a few weeks ago, and the price went from $1.69 per gallon in October to $3.20 a gallon a few weeks ago and now it is up to $5.00 a gallon. With our fill two weeks ago we should be good until spring/summer when hopefully the price should go down. We have a high efficiency LP furnace. I feel sorry for people that have old LP furnaces…I cannot imagine paying their heating bill.
I worked on my organizing get rid of stuff project which is ongoing upstairs and we watched The TV Serial Centennial…it was originally shown on TV in 1978 and I have read all the books and recall most of it from years ago. Far Guy had never seen it so it was interesting for him. ( He could have been on deployment someplace when it was originally shown…which means he would have been stuck in a barracks with no TV.)