Well, we’re in the deep-freeze part of Winter here in Wisconsin, when we’re lucky if we see no temperature at all outside—a.k.a. “0 degrees”, and everyone debates the differences between “Wind chill” and “Feels Like” calculations. The Kenosha Unified School District has a strict policy of closing schools when “Either -20 degrees Fahrenheit sustained temperature or -34 degrees below zero or lower Fahrenheit sustained wind-chill,” so there’s something to look forward to.
Socks got stuck in the backyard the other day. He ran out to the back fence to argue with the neighbor’s dog, and when I checked on him he was walking back to the house and halfway across the yard he started slowing down, slower and slower, then he stopped, looked up at me sadly and just whimpered. I called him a few times and he couldn’t move. I put on my shoes and went out there and carefully pulled his frozen feet from the icy snow, then carried him inside. It only took him a few moments to recover though, and he was back to normal again.
Our forever-crumbling sidewalk around our house constantly fills with melted snow water when the temperature gets a little warmer in the daytime, then freezes to a solid, smooth surface at night, causing us a lot of problems with trying to walk across it, and worrying that someone (either us or a stranger walking by) will slip and fall, causing an injury. We salt it daily too, but the salt washes away when it melts in the daytime. We’ve sure spent our share of money on 10-lb. bags of salt, and have even had to use table salt as a last resort once in awhile.
At least both cars have started every time so far this season. The colder it gets though, the more we long to make our move to Arizona. It’s going to happen, we just haven’t set a date yet. It’s like getting married. There are so many things that have to be done first, so many plans to make, and it’s a real commitment. Every winter and cold day brings us closer to it though. It will not only be a lot warmer, but it will greatly improve our health and well-being. It will also be a completely new chapter in our lives, so I’m already excited about it.
For now though, bring it on winter! Let’s see what you got! And Go Pack/Bears. I’m on the fence. I have family members on both sides of the fence for the Championship, but I’m not a football fan, so I’m neutral. We’ll be watching the game Sunday, but what I’m looking forward to the most is Sandy’s snack menu–Mini Pigs in a Blanket, cocktail meatballs in barbeque sauce, cheese & sausage & crackers, ham-cream cheese-pickle rollups, a giant Packers-Bears cookie, and chicken wings!