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Friday, January 16, 2009

Deep Freeze

My goodness, it’s cold out there!

It’s been a while since I’ve felt cold as cold as this. The landscape outside my window shivers in crystalline silence. My car is salted-gray and door knob dead. Its battery gave up the ghost sometime yesterday. No matter. I feel no need to venture far from my front door.

I step outside to sweep away the drifts that drifted onto my front steps. I crunch my way to the mailbox and crunch my way back home again. My nostrils glue themselves closed immediately and gloved fingers freeze within scant minutes.

It’s cold out there!

Inside once more, the roof-rafters crack without fair warning,
the furnace hums, and I applaud winter’s sheer magnificence.

It’s cold out there!

The frozen air is pure.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 38 degrees C in Oz today, I cannot imagine such cold. It seems like something that would occur in a world of dreams. But I would love to breathe in the pure air!

Fri Jan 16, 05:09:00 AM  
Blogger Ponita said...

Ah, Jonas, welcome to my world. I spend a third of the year in temperatures that do that or much worse... Today here, it is -30C (feels like -42C with the wind) so I am sure it is a tad chillier than you, but the effects are pretty much the same.

Even my dog doesn't want to go out! I often have to push her out the door first thing in the morning to go pee. Can't say I blame her....

But there is something quite magnificent about the power of Nature. Of the extremes she can put this planet through... and also of what we puny humans can endure. We are nothing if not inventive when it comes to survival.

Fri Jan 16, 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Grace said...

Hi, Jonas :)

I have no experience whatsoever with that type of weather....but when Winter hits the Soul, I imagine the feelings can be very alike.

Here is to an early thaw, a quick melt, and warm breezes coming your way.

Fri Jan 16, 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah yes jonas we are in the deep freeze here too. stay warm!

Fri Jan 16, 02:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that a photo of you? You're not like I imagined, pretty cute though. We froze over Christmas and now it's above 0C here. Go figure.
Glad to hear you're not ready to shuffle off your mortal coil yet:)

Fri Jan 16, 08:37:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

I'm one who actually enjoys all four seasons (although I'd dispense with extreme temperatures). Each season has its own vibe...I like that about Mother Nature.

Ah, Ponita, we humans are an adaptive species (much to the chagrin of the animal kingdom, I'm sure).

Yes, Grace, the Soul has its own seasons, most definitely. My soul is waiting for spring while my body kinda enjoys this winter.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, Tipota, but it'll be warmer here tomorrow as our frigid air meanders its way to you.

Yessiree, Deb, it's me. The facial fur changes my overall appearance considerably (but not as much as 5+ decades of life). I wasn't kidding when I wrote that I'm grizzled and gray.

Fri Jan 16, 09:08:00 PM  
Blogger anna said...

I love your nose. I know that sounds odd, but I have a thing for men's noses (and hands, but you haven't shown me those). And the beard is definitely a keeper... as are you. :)

Sat Jan 17, 06:52:00 AM  
Blogger shadowlands6822 said...

I am only 6 hours south of you, and the cold froze the well pump. Not the pipes in the house, but the bloody well with a heat light over top of it...
The wind blew the door open and the wind chill froze the thing solid. I spent yesterday trying to thaw it so I could have water. Life on a farm, I know.

I usually love the winter, but each year, I love it for a shorter time than the year before. I am ready to start planting flowers and mow grass...

Keep warm, my friend...

Sat Jan 17, 07:21:00 AM  
Blogger Cheesy said...

You need a Peruvian hat!!!

The first photo made my hands hurt..I tried to grown a beard while we here were in the freezer but alas~ I only have mad skills in the kitchen and.. well---

Sorry we HAD to send that flipping cold snap somewhere... sorry you got caught in the path...

Sat Jan 17, 07:39:00 AM  
Blogger Ponita said...

I agree with Anna, Jonas.... the beard is very nice. I am a fan of facial hair myself. On a man, that is....

Grizzled is okay, you know.... adds character. I myself have a fair number of grey hairs on my head. And I don't dye my hair... being dark blonde means the grey looks like I have highlights!

Sat Jan 17, 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

No one has ever complimented me on my nose, Anna. My nose thanks you. I happen to enjoy hands, myself...for countless reasons. I have a pair I rather like (I have my Father's thumbs). I'm not sure how long I'll keep the goatee. Certainly through the winter, but later, who knows?

As for me being a keeper...well...I can name a few women I've loved who decided otherwise.

This cold snap was rather ferocious, Ms. Shadowlands. Others have pondered this, and I do, EVER did our forebearers cope without electricity, indoor plumbing and central heating? We take so much for granted when, in truth, we are most blessed.

I like my silvered hair, Ponita. I truly do. It bothers me not one bit that my hair sparkles and glints in sunlight in ways I've never witnessed before.

Sat Jan 17, 07:32:00 PM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Oooops. I forgot to mention that EVERYONE needs at least one Peruvian hat!

Sat Jan 17, 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Roads said...

Crikey, that looks cold, and it's been rather chilly here as well.

We had -11C (that's about +12F, I think) one night last week, which by our standards is quite extreme -- the coldest for around 10 years at least.

It's much warmer now and I'm pleased to report that we're back to the standard fog and rain. Which we can have at just about any time of year, come to think of it...

Tue Jan 20, 10:36:00 AM  
Blogger Jonas said...

Today here, it is -30C (feels like -42C with the wind) so I am sure it is a tad chillier than you, but the effects are pretty much the same.

At the nadir of our deep freeze, the thermometers here hit -32C. We felt your pain, Ponita.

A bit of rain and fog would be most welcome, Roads. I'm rather fond of fog and rain...

Tue Jan 20, 11:00:00 AM  

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