I’ve always lived in the western suburbs of Chicago and we Midwesterners are a pretty tough bunch. This subzero stuff happens to us pretty often and we’re generally equipped to deal. But today is a new level of crazy cold.
When I woke up this morning it was -27 actual temperature! Last night I left faucets trickling and cabinet and vanity doors open to allow warm room air to get to the pipes.
I felt like I was taking my life into my hands just going to the end of the driveway to retrieve the papers this morning. Apparently frostbite can occur in two to five minutes when wind chills are -55. Doctors on the morning news shows were telling us not to take deep breaths outside as it can cause lung damage!
As you can tell because I’m blogging I made it back inside safely. And I won’t even have to go out again for the mail because they’ve suspended our postal service today.
Come on Spring!
This view is from my front porch yesterday morning.
I’m not exactly grateful for the snow on top of snow, but I am grateful that I have a Toro snowblower and that hubby made sure I knew how to use it! Sometimes my new neighbors, Christian and Gaelle, offer to shovel for me but it’s not too bad with the snowblower.
I’m grateful that my car started with no problem this morning as Dave and I are going to the gym soon. Yes, we are that dedicated as it is 2 degrees F. out! And I would feel bad if his trainer was there and we didn’t show as then she won’t get paid…
I have warm gloves and coats and am grateful for my Bearpaw boots! And later I’ll be grateful for my Instant Pot as I’m going to make butternut squash soup and maybe Italian beef for hot sandwiches.
Tomorrow we are expecting daytime highs of about 15 below so we are not going anywhere on Wednesday. Maybe not even to the mailbox by the street!
Instead of me! I’m home in IL from Hawaii, just in time for THIS! At least hardly anybody is going anywhere today and I have groceries in the house.
The picture on the left is my front yard and you can see how much snow is on the bench. The other picture is the hot tub and that’s the grill on the left.
My poor old dog followed me out while I was trying to shovel him a path cause we have about 9 inches of snow and expecting more all weekend. He, of course, had to be first and plunged into the snow that was up to his tummy and just stood in one spot until I shoveled him out!
It’s been super cold here in the Midwest (high of ten degrees today, low of 12 below last night) but we’re expecting warm ups by this weekend and maybe even 40 degrees one or two days next week! Hallelujah! We have some snow, but only three or four inches. And the sun is shining brightly, hence the really, really cold temps. When it hits above freezing I may attempt to clear the driveway, but really, if I can drive over the snow, does it matter?
But the East Coast was hit with a “bomb cyclone” recently, with more than a foot of snow in many places and now dropping temps. Is that even a real term or just something the weather people made up? (Okay, I looked it up and yes, it’s a real meteorological term so if you want to know what brings the snow and cold, you can look it up online, too, 😉 ) To all my East Coast friends and family, please stay safe and warm! Hopefully we will get through January and February here in the States and on to better weather…