Baby, It’s Cold Outside

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs in much of the country, my town is super cold this morning.  We are in the single digits, which rarely happens.  As a result, the schools are delayed 2 hours.  I am glad they did that so no frozen kids would be waiting at the bus stop.

When school starts, it will still be cold, but hopefully double digits by then!  The high for today is 29 degrees.  This was the low temperature early in the week.  I am so not used to this cold and I really don’t like it.  But there is nothing we can do about it.  At least it’s sunny today!  That is a blessing.

This morning on the local news, they did two experiments showing the cold weather.  They tossed a cup on boiling water into the air.  It immediately turned into steam.  Really cool.  The other experiment was blowing bubbles, which turned into hard pieces as they shattered.

These Throwback Thursday pictures are from a snowy day when Ian was 2 years old.  It is hard to believe that he was ever this small.  Now at 7 years old, he is very tall and his feet are larger than my hands.  In 5 years, so many changes have happened with him.

He was nicely bundled up that morning and will be again this morning.  We will do what we can to keep warm while we are outside for a very short time. I am very thankful that it will be only for a quick walk into the school and then later at pickup time.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of those working outside on a cold day like today.  I truly appreciate these people and hope they will be safe.

Early this morning, I was glad not to hear any dogs barking.  We have quite a few in our neighborhood and they bark almost every single morning and sometimes throughout the night.  Thankfully they were inside last night since it was so bitterly cold.

Weather like this is too much for people and animals.  I was glad to know that my neighbors were looking out for their four-legged friends!

Today I am thankful for:

  • 2 hour school delays
  • A warm shower
  • Layers of clothing for the cold
  • Heaters and fireplaces
  • Warm blankets and socks
  • Working at home
  • Breakfast with my guys
  • Sleeping in just a little bit
  • A gorgeous sunrise on a frigid morning
  • Fleece sweaters
  • Hats, scarves, and gloves

May you stay warm and have a great day!

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy 1st Monday of 2014. Is it cold where you live?  It is where I live and it’s supposed to get colder throughout the day.

Overnight we got a dusting of snow on top of some frozen rain.  It didn’t amount to much precipitation but is quite cold. I am so not used to these temperatures.  Thankfully, we don’t have to go anywhere today or tomorrow — except to get the mail from our box.  I will have to carefully time that.

Today I am thankful for a warm house, heaters that work, underground utilities, hot coffee, grits and turkey sausage for breakfast, and warm blankets and slippers. I think we’ll have hot soup for lunch and I will cook something in the oven so we can warm up the kitchen.

I took a few photos this morning of that dusting of snow.  I think it’s pretty and makes the whole neighborhood look cold and wintry.

Stay warm and safe!  May you have a good day and if you have to be out in it, please bundle up and be careful.  Today I will be praying for everyone who has to work outside.

A few quotes about winter:

  • “It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.”~John Burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”
  • “I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”~Andrew Wyeth
  • “Winter is a time of promise because there is so little to do — or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.”~Stanley Crawford
  • “One kind word can warm three winter months.” ~Japanese Proverb

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

ice“Mommy, my eyes are cold,” Ian told me this morning.

On this cold Wednesday, this is what he said as we walked from the car to the front door of his school.  As we quickly walked, the cold wind hit his face.

“I know Ian.  That is why we have to bundle up and wear hats and scarves,” I told him.

Neither Ian or I are used to 23 degree weather in the morning.  That was the temperature this morning.  Yesterday, it was 22 degrees.  Brrr,  it’s cold outside.

He was bundled up in his coat which includes an attached hood, gloves, a warm sweater, pants, and socks and shoes.  But, nothing on his face.  So, I will need to look for a scarf for him and a heavier coat, and maybe some insulated pants.

When it’s this cold, the kids don’t go outside to play.  When I picked Ian up yesterday, the students were sitting on the carpet together, had instruments and were singing “Old MacDonald Had a Band.”  It was great.  I was the audience and clapped for them and they smiled.

I think as the week goes on that it will warm up — at least I hope so.  There is, however, a chance of some wintry weather.  I just hope it doesn’t interfere with going to school — especially since had to miss all of last week since he was sick.

On this very cold day, there are a few things I am very thankful for:

  • Hot coffee with creamer
  • Leather gloves
  • A long scarf
  • Fuzzy slippers to wear in the house
  • A bowl of soup or chili for lunch
  • Not having to work outside
  • The chance to cuddle with my husband and son
  • A steaming hot shower in the morning
  • A house with a heater
  • A cozy blanket to sit under while reading a good book

I wonder what the children will be doing today when I pick Ian up?  I imagine it will be something in their classroom since it isn’t supposed to warm up that much again today.

May you stay warm and cozy!