I have been determined to learn to
enjoy like tolerate appreciate winter.
A list of winter appreciations:
- Hot drinks
- Time to read
- Jigsaw puzzles
Well, okay. I’ll keep working on that list.
My sunny disposition has been hampered by a cold. Oh, it is nothing that bad, except that it is the energy-sapping kind of bug. Yet, it doesn’t let me sleep all that well. If I am on my back, the snoring wakes me up. I reach over to
hit nudge pig-farmer … and remember he is traveling for work and the snoring must be coming from me! If I sleep on my side, I can feel everything in my head move slowly toward the pillow. Ditto that feeling when I flop over to the other side. My head feels like one of those wave toy things:
Speaking of bugs… here is something I read in a blog (SugarMtnFarm.com) yesterday that was good news:
“A recent study from the Forest Service in Minnesota showed that:
5% of the insects die at 0°F,
34% at -10°F,
79% at -20°F and
98% at -30°F.” –MPRNews.org
Okay, so now I have #4 for my above-mentioned list. I can appreciate that bugs will not survive the temperatures we’ve experienced.
I was not particularly appreciative of today’s weather forecast:
- Today – Snow likely before noon, then a chance of snow and freezing drizzle between noon and 3pm, then a chance of freezing drizzle after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 32. South southeast wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
I am going to hang my hat on those last two sentences. That is the extent of my optimism today.
Thankfully, the boys dug through the drift blocking the shed where I had parked the SUV. It is now the shit-mobile… the birds in the shed decided to use it as a porta-potty.
Yes, I ordered a doggy-coat for Hunter.
I do, very much, appreciate that the tank heater has kept Abigail and Pumpkin Pie’s water free of ice!
Now, I’ll just go drink some more coffee.