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gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

January 2, 2010
10:59 PM

Post #7421001

...snow squeaks when you walk on it
...nose hairs freeze with every breath
... steam rises from buckets of cold water


Yet another day of single digit temps

What are the signs of cold where you live ????

rockette

rockette

(Zone 4b)

January 2, 2010
11:16 PM

Post #7421040

We were a MINUS 30 (air temp only) this morning. Thank goodness there was no breeze in the air. Sounds like we will be below zero for at least a week.

Signs of cold...baking cookies and putting them outside to cool in less than a minute.



Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 3, 2010
1:20 AM

Post #7421373

I get cold just reading this...

you know it is cold when you go outside and you can feel the cold in the posts on your pierced earrings freezing right through your ears...

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2010
4:50 AM

Post #7422013

When I have to wear a coat!
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

January 4, 2010
12:05 PM

Post #7425976

Carolyn, I lived through that last week! I had to take them off until I had finished walking to where I was headed to. Surreal thing for this southern gal to deal with ^_^
Today I found that when it is real cold and we get 6+ inches of snow, the Army closes down it's bases and sends everyone home. Such a treat to have DH back home this morning and for my work to call and tell me to not bother trying to come in.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2010
4:09 PM

Post #7426659

Wrapped up in snuggie, hot chocolate at hand and a good book or catalog to keep one company. What more can you ask for?
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2010
4:20 PM

Post #7426694

Got a good story of cold weather happening for you.

A good friend of mine, Ivy, lived in Weldon, Calif. High desert area and gets COLD. Anyway, her husband and her run an alfalfa farm. From spring til first frost they are busy sunup to sundown. Once winter hits the farm is shut down and she gets to settle in and read her books. She sits infront of the fireplace with her coffee and beside her a stack of books. She'll work her way there the books over the winter. Anyway Dec. 1978, she was rocking in her rocker, in front of a nice fire, and reading a book when she heard dogs barking like crazy. Before she could get out of the chair to investigate, there was a crash and setting in the chair in front of the window (across the room from her) sat a mountian lion. It was being chased by dogs and the way the sun was positioned it thought it saw a cave and jumped thru Ivy's window and landed in the chair. Ivy remembered being told do not run, do not turn you back on a big cat. She wanted to get down the hall to the rifle but the cat started towards her, so she did the next best thing. She started screaming at it and chucking books at it. The cat turned, ran into her kitchen and jumped out thru the kitchen window. He husband come home a few minutes later and tracked the cat and shot it. It had been injured in a trap. One paw infected and swollen. It had been eating the cats and small dogs in the area according to Fish and GAme. It took Ivy the better part of a week to get over the scare and stop stutteringwhen she talked.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 4, 2010
11:36 PM

Post #7428245

Marti

I think I would have more of a problem than just stuttering if that happened to me...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 5, 2010
1:02 AM

Post #7428571

Just told my husband about it and we agree with Carolyn!
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

January 5, 2010
1:05 AM

Post #7428581

The bars on my windows suddenly look better...
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2010
2:28 AM

Post #7428966

I felt better knowing my dogs where in a fenced yard that surrounded my house at night. And I slept with a loaded gun for the next 2 years. When we had to go out at night to turn the sprinklers on in the fields or check the depth of the water in the irragation pond, we carried a rifle and flash light and never, never went out alone. Esp at night, during the day if one had to go alone we took a dog with us. Between the wild dogs attacking people, hybrid coyotes and than mountain lions, we did not feel all that safe.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 5, 2010
6:51 AM

Post #7429585

You know it's cold when you come home from the supermarket after working until 9pm and you're so tired that you don't weant to face unpacking the groceries. Then, with relief, you realize that you don't have too. Just leave them in the garage until tomorrow. They'll only warm up in the fridge!!

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
12:29 AM

Post #7439803

The groceries in the frig on the backporch freeze.
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2010
1:15 AM

Post #7439985

You know it is cold when DH calls you to tell you that he took your vehicle to work as his was frozen shut. And good luck getting it thawed out before I need to go to work this evening. Oh, and he said that the front door of the house was so frosted over, that he had to break through the frost to get out of the house!

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marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
2:34 AM

Post #7440210

You know its COLD when you have to throw the dog outside to potty and it refuses to leave the porch.

rockette

rockette

(Zone 4b)

January 8, 2010
3:02 AM

Post #7440302

Yesterday afternoon and today we had blizzard-like conditions. the wind has subsided and sky is clear with a forecast of -30 tonight (air temp).
I too want to stay inside! ^_^
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
3:11 AM

Post #7440358

Temp still dropping and the wind is blowing pretty hard. Blizzard on its way???
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2010
3:15 AM

Post #7440373

maybe it will blow its self out before it gets here...

I think I could easily hibernate all winter - I just need somebody to bring me my groceries and take out the garbage...

You know it is COLD when you use the back porch as an icebox and the wine freezes...
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
3:17 AM

Post #7440384

Carolyn, I was just posting on another thread how It took me to age 40 to stop calling the fridge an ice box. LOL
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2010
2:01 PM

Post #7441226

Wouldn't our mothers and grandmothers need the smelling salts if they saw prices of $5,000. for the "ice boxes" in today's world?
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
2:04 PM

Post #7441232

Yes they would. When I was a child, we used to play with a jar of smelling salts that my grandmother had. I was the one who always got to feint.
enidcandles
Enid, OK

January 8, 2010
6:02 PM

Post #7442287

On the grandparent thought - mine would have been appalled at the notion of buying water in a plastic bottle - water is free - you get it from the well or the creek - what are people thinking??
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2010
6:47 PM

Post #7442465

I would much rather get water from the well or the creek - our water company totally gouges us...
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2010
6:59 PM

Post #7442503

I've never bought water but it's all my daughter uses.

Our grandparents would be amazed by so much including frozen dinners.
HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

January 8, 2010
7:07 PM

Post #7442524

There's an old Calvin & Hobbs cartoon that I remember, a favorite of mine. Calvin gets kicked outside to play. It's really, really cold and he stops, cups his nose with his mittens, looks at Hobbs and says, "Don't you hate it when it's so cold your boogers freeze?" I couldn't stop laughing for a long time!
enidcandles
Enid, OK

January 8, 2010
7:09 PM

Post #7442533

I don't know of any creeks around here that I would drink out of anymore! Yuck - folks have really screwed up some dang good water. Seems everything is contaminated with something anymore.

You know its COLD when your hot water freezes up - mine just did - back of the house - cold water only!! Oh Crap!!!~!
enidcandles
Enid, OK

January 8, 2010
7:11 PM

Post #7442540

I have been that cold - remember when our parents wouldn't let us play inside - ever - we were always outside - and you weren't lost until dark - then someone MIGHT look for you!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
7:22 PM

Post #7442584

And all of your clothes has to be laid out on the radiators as soon as you came in to dry out.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 8, 2010
7:30 PM

Post #7442617

I remember my mom warming my rubber boots before I had to put them on in the morning. Heavenly!
HoosierGreen
Danville, IN

January 8, 2010
9:20 PM

Post #7443019

We were always "kicked outside" to play until we were frozen. We loved it of course, because all the other neighborhood kids were outside too. The only bad thing was coming in and thawing out your fingers. Even with gloves or mittens, they would be "frozen". Inside, they would swell up and be so itchy/sore for thirty minutes or so. Ow-w-w!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
9:32 PM

Post #7443057

I remember my fingers and toes burning once we got inside.
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

January 8, 2010
11:32 PM

Post #7443429

My mother told me about having to get down to breakfast quickly when called or the fried potatoes would freeze to your plate.
She grew up in the 30's and heat was a luxury.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
11:38 PM

Post #7443444

I remember laundry frozen stiff on the clothes line and my grandmother having to bring it inside, thaw it hanging on the open oven door and ironing it while damp.

CountryGardens

CountryGardens
Lewisville, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 8, 2010
11:39 PM

Post #7443446

One thing we always had was plenty to eat & a nice warm house. One of the perks of growing up on a "Family" farm in the 40's & 50's.
I had nearly a mile to grade school. If school was open, I walked. Sometimes, not often, fathers from each direction would come fetch us early if a big storm started during the day. Transportation was a bob sled behind a team of horses. Lots of blankets to crawl under to keep warm.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
11:40 PM

Post #7443449

Wow, that's a really nice memory.
ghopper
Brewster, MN
(Zone 4b)

January 12, 2010
3:04 AM

Post #7453875

When I was little we had a wood burning cookstove. Mom would heat a flatiron on it. She'd wrap it in newspaper, then shove it in an old wool sock. The heat from the flatiron would keep your feet warm as toast for several hours.What a pleasure on a cold winter night.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 12, 2010
3:42 AM

Post #7453959

That's a pleasant thought. This silly person cooked a 12 quart pot of Chili on Saturday night. As it was late when it finished cooking, I was too tired to split it up into smaller containers to freeze most of it. The pot wouldn't fit into my fridge, so I put it out on the grill on the deck for the night.

I forgot about it until early Sunday evening. When I brought it inside it was one completely frozen solid mass. I set it on the counter. It's been there ever since and has not defrosted one bit. Maybe I'll get to eat some Chili on Wednesday!!

greenbrain

greenbrain
Madison, IL
(Zone 6b)

January 13, 2010
2:12 AM

Post #7457003

You know it's cold when your false teeth chatter!
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

January 13, 2010
3:19 AM

Post #7457219

^_^
Zinnia1
Clinton Township, MI
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2010
4:38 AM

Post #7478255

I set butter on my kitchen counter to soften for cookies and after four hours it didn't soften! Time to turn up the furnance!
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 20, 2010
4:40 AM

Post #7478259

Mine was like that most of December.

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