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January 7th, 2015

“Winter descended suddenly, with bone-chilling cold. The damp, raw wind swept in fem the ocean and entered through cracks in the walls of the hut. It made the fire flicker and hiss.”

Lois Lowry from Son (Giver Quartet, Book 4)

I started reading this series of books this past weekend and have been enthralled with them, reading every second I can find here and there. When I came across this quote yesterday morning I had to laugh. There I was warming myself in front of the wood stove at 5:30 am…
We were up early yesterday morning, the fire radio called about a fire alarm at 4:30 which ended up being a false alarm. It hailed once again an hour later for a car in a ditch. I was up early and it was cold. The outdoor thermometer read -9 and the indoor thermostat read 54 – BRRRRRR. Winter has truly arrived.
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I’m thankful that our basement is filled with stacks of lots of dry wood, which we worked on cutting, splitting, and stacking two years ago. Our wood for the next year is already in stacks outdoors to dry this coming summer.

What is the coldest weather you experience during your winter?

6 Comments to “Brrrrr…..”
  1. Josh on January 7, 2015 at 9:07 am

    They are calling for wind chills today in the negative teens. Not looking forward to that. Usually we have a few days where it’s really cold in Jan, and then it seems to mellow out into the 20’s-30’s for the rest of the winter. Yay midwest!

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  2. Misti on January 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

    If it dips into the high teens or low 20s that’s very cold for greater Houston. It’s supposed to be mid 20s here tonight! We had a mild December and I was hoping we’d get away from a deep freeze but nope, here we are about to be hit hard! No snow or freezing precip, but still. At least you have snow to make it look nice.

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  3. Brittany on January 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

    This makes me not feel as much trepidation about the cold temps coming in tonight where i live here in Georgia. They say the wind chill will make it feel like between 5-15 degrees tomorrow. These will be record setting temps for our region. I wish we had a fireplace…I so love a toasty fire. Stay warm, take care.

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  4. DebbieB on January 7, 2015 at 11:12 am

    The coldest it ever gets here is a dip into the mid-20’s (we’ll have it tonight). That’s just for 2-3 days a year, the rest of the winter will be 40’s and 50’s for lows. We’ll have a high of 65 on Monday. Barely enough time for me to enjoy my handspun handknit woolies!

    I’m so glad you have all that wood, Susy. 54 is colder than we keep our house, but we use forced air heat (ugh) and it’s so very damp here. We don’t let it dip below 65 inside, otherwise the dampness pulls the chill into the bones.

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  5. Lorna on January 7, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I used to live in northern MN where we would have a few weeks of -20’s in the day and -30’s or colder at night.
    I now live in New England and enjoy the balmy teens :) Although, my 167 year-old-house was pretty cold our fist winter (before we added insulation); my kitchen was an “addition” and only got up to 45-50 during the day. With the oven on. And the sun shining. Brrrr.

    I also loved the Giver series! I picked one up one day while subbing and had to stop by the library on my way home to check out the rest. Enjoy!

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  6. Charlie@Seattle Trekker on January 7, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I grew up in Minnesota so I certainly have an appreciation of your winter and cutting wood…I live on the west coast now so a temperature for a cold winter day is 40 degrees.

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