Today I want to know how people in Antarctica survive the cold. Yes, I know. It takes all kinds of people to survive in this world, and without diversity, our lives would be listless and boring. They always say that you can add layers to get warm, but I have yet to find the right kind of layers to do just that. Lately, the fangs of winter are biting hard. I could be standing directly on top of the heat register and still feel a chill up my spine. Oh, how I miss the days of my youth.
With a little research, of course, I found that many people deliberately book Antarctica cruises and expeditions. Have these people lost their ever-loving minds? I can safely say this is not on my bucket list. I will let National Geographic host my personal tour. The packing list alone is out of my budget. Everything must be waterproof and windproof and don’t forget you will need two or three complete changes of clothes including light, medium, and heavy thermal underwear. Sorry. I have never wanted to party with the penguins just to see a huge chunk of ice. Okay, just say it. I am narrow-minded and shallow.
Now, who would not love to see polar bears and their cubs frolicking in the snow. I just think it is a lot more fun to do it at the zoo.
But today, I feel like I am already on a long-term assignment. The overnight low is predicted to only be 15⁰ and that is not really earth-shatteringly cold. So why are these bones shivering so recklessly in my boots?
Full disclosure? I started a new full-time job last month. If the cold weather and the learning curve were not enough to send old bones spiraling into oblivion, within one week I also tested positive for Covid. I had dodged that rusty old bullet for two years and was hit with body aches and a headache that I can only describe as epic – the worst “flu” I have ever experienced. Now, as a prisoner in my own home, it is no more than a slow crawl back to some sense of normalcy. It took a full three days for food to finally decide to actually remain to nourish my body. The weakness that ensued was humbling.
If not for the kindness of family, friends, and neighbors I would most likely still be sitting here fully thrust into a private pity party. As we finally bid farewell to January, I count my blessings that we are one month closer to the end of the gloom and doom days of winter.
Yet for today, I am just thankful that I am not shoveling out of a significant snowfall. Mr. Weatherman missed the mark again. We may hit below zero temperatures by mid-week, so I will just take today’s tropical heat wave as a sign that Frosty is getting ready to pack his bags, hit the road, and go anywhere he can work for freezer space. Ah, but that is fodder for yet another rant.
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2/2/2022 07:49:15 am
Sorry Jacque. Punxsutawney Phil has stated
2/2/2022 12:40:09 pm
Feel better, Jacque!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
2/2/2022 07:05:22 pm
Thanks, lady! It is a slow journey, that's for sure.
2/2/2022 07:04:31 pm
Ah, but Hope in Hope, Indiana did not see her shadow - she says Spring is on its way! Punxsutawney Phil can take a hike! LOL
2/2/2022 08:46:33 am
I feel the same, pretty much, about the cold. In my past I have lived in the really cold (grand forks Nd) and in the extreme heat (Riyahd Saudi Arabia) so it takes a lot for me to be really cold or really hot. Living in SC has been a pleasure for weather with moderate winters and humid summers. My suggestion is to do the same when you are able............move.
2/2/2022 07:10:45 pm
Man, I wish I had that option! Funny thing is that I only hate the cold if I have to go out in it. If I can watch it from the warmth of my home, it can actually be pretty. I just hope it doesn't linger for days, and days, and days...
2/2/2022 10:36:21 am
To answer your line #1 question: According to the weather people, you are about to find out...
2/2/2022 07:15:02 pm
It is weird how this has played out - my blogs are scheduled between 2-3 weeks out, so sometimes for my local readers, it probably doesn't make sense. I'm sure the snow is coming, but per usual, the panic for today (Wed) was nothing but hype. And I canceled plans thanks to them. Mother Nature just doesn't like to be predictable, I think!
2/2/2022 10:41:49 am
We’re sorry to hear that you’ve gotten Covid but glad your improving.
2/2/2022 07:18:56 pm
I am improving, thanks, Ingrid. The Germans know how to call it! LOL Las Vegas would be a great way to spend the winter. ***sigh*** Just another addition to my wish list!
2/3/2022 12:26:13 pm
Ingrid has informed me concerning your woderful blog!!! Great reading. Thanks, Mike
2/4/2022 08:39:17 am
Thanks, Mike! Love the vote of confidence! Would love to see you guys. Who knows what 2022 holds? Take good care, and keep reading!
2/9/2022 06:15:24 am
I thought about your conditions when we were smacked with freezing temp warnings here in Central Florida. Given that we have a lovely array of year-round flowering plants throughout the property, I was considering unstoring the yards and yards of plastic covering...then I thought, "Given that the weather forecasts oftentimes make for great sensational winter news," I resisted the blanket project. And just as well, because we didn't get the horrendous frost, and even the pots of delicate impatiens and coleus are freshly blooming. Meanwhile, keep feeling better, enjoy your Florida citrus, and stay warm there in Indiana's cold storage.
2/9/2022 05:45:03 pm
And I may be crazy, but I think their exaggerations get worse every year. I have become a true skeptic. And because of it, one of these years I will be caught as a storm prisoner of their pure luck! :-)
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