My sunny disposition is a little cloudy.

I have been determined to learn to enjoy like tolerate appreciate winter.

A list of winter appreciations:

  1. Hot drinks
  2. Time to read
  3. 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:

  Lovely….just lovely.

Speaking of bugs… here is something I read in a blog ( 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.”

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.

About Marla Rose

This blog documents our farm life in central Illinois with photographs, experiences, and a dash of cooking. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy sharing part of our lives!
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11 Responses to My sunny disposition is a little cloudy.

  1. Beth Ann says:

    4. Unlimited snow ice cream. I hear it is all the rage about now. That’s as far as I can get on helping you with your list…….

  2. Diane C says:

    Love your blog. Keep up the good work! I’m in Wisconsin so just up North from you a bit! Love the bug info! That works for me!!!

  3. says:

    My immediate fill-in-the-blank for your #4 was “kill the bugs” until you killed all the joy in THAT idea. We didn’t get down to 0 so I guess the fleas will continue to be with my poor cats. Serves you right to have a shit-mobile when we poor Floridians are inundated with bugs. 🙂 How about condensation on the windows making art? Arty icicles? Sufficient chill for your tulips? White wonderland? Or am I just being too gleeful for a gal with soggy, shifting brains?

  4. says:

    At least I’m good for something!

  5. dayphoto says:

    A cold is horrid when you have to do outside chores AND you are the only one who can!

    I hope you get well soon!


  6. pattisj says:

    We’ve had colds, too, only with coughing that kept us awake. The worst seems to have passed. Hope you feel better soon.

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