Thursday Afternoon


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The north wind is blowing once again and it’s cold out there.  Damn cold.  It’s so cold that it hurts your face if it’s exposed to the wind.  One has to practice the ancient art of “bundling up” when outside but you also add the art of “covering up” as well.  The weather isn’t fit for man nor beast.  I made sure that the bird feeders had seed and the bunny feed dish was full as well.  They don’t have the luxury of a fireplace like I do.

I’ve always wondered why January was so cold.  It’s never made sense to me.  If the winter solstice is in December and that’s when the northern hemisphere was tilted the furtherest away from the sun then it would make sense to me that that should be the coldest time of the year; but it’s not.  Not for central Minnesota anyway.  So why is January so much colder when the tilt is going back and we are headed back into the sun?

I dunno.  What I do know is it is cold when I’m outside for my walks.  The wind is blowing the snow and reshaping the piles of snow just like the wind blows the sand on a beach and reshapes the sand dunes.  The tracks that I made in the snow this morning are mostly gone with the snow either blowing away or filling in the imprints of the bottom of my pack boots.

This is when winter is at its hardest on your soul.

21 responses to “Thursday Afternoon

  1. You should get one of those snowsuits like the little boy on the Christmas Story movie. That would keep you warm and offer added protection if you were to slip on the ice and fall … Plus you would look really cute all bundled up in a snowsuit 😉

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      • I was about that age too, I had a snowsuit and scarf and mittens and boots and a hat under the hat on the snowsuit. It was awful. It took an extra thirty minutes to get dressed to go out

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      • it always takes kids like 30 minutes to get dressed before they go outside in the winter. the exception is Florida where they have to decide between flip flops or sneakers.

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  2. Up and down the temperature goes causing the fresh beautiful snow to turn to ice only to be salted to the point of insanity at which point it all melts into a clumpy, semi-solid mess as the freezing rain falls and turns everything to slush. Boo. 😭🇨🇦

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