Friday, February 4, 2011

Wintry Woes

Schools are closed. Government offices are closed. Freezing rain is falling. My toes are froze, and my nose is froze, and we won't see the sun until the weekend.

Got two more kittens their rabies shots, so they can go to adoption day this weekend. The weather being so cold may put a damper on adoptions, but since it is supposed to be sunny by then, maybe some people will come out and adopt a nice, warm, fuzzy friend.

Because we expected the kids' school to be closed on Friday, we went ahead and cleaned the church Thursday. Talk about dust! Refinishing the wooden floors and the dust was thick, especially right there in the kitchen entry. We used almost every one of our washable cleaning cloths, i grabbed a fresh one every other minute it seemed.

This was a good thing, in that we don't have to go get out on the roads today. Sweetie, though, may not be so lucky. His boss has put them on standby. He will call if they have to come in. Why they would need to be there, when the university is closed, i don't get, but somehow the man seems to feel guilty about not having people on the work site when scheduled.

This weather gives me a new appreciation (as if i needed one!) for those who live where the two seasons are winter and road repair. Do your feet ever get warm? Are you ever able to kiss your SO without him/her yelping that your nose is cold? Really, if i were a dog, i'd be so healthy it would be ludicrous.

It is impossible to go outside without preparing for what feels to us like Arctic cold. Yes, it is above zero, but for us it is more than enough cold to present a challenge. There aren't enough clothes to keep you from feeling frozen through and through by the time you get to the car. You have to be prepared to scrape ice from the car windows, and you know wherever you are going, it may be closed when you get there because they couldn't come in because of the weather, either.

Of course, we are never really ready for this sort of thing. Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, had his heater go out. He took our space heater that Sweetie uses for his music room. There isn't one to be bought in stores for love or money.

This is one year where i hope that Punxsutawney Phil is right. We could all use an early spring.

Today is:

Biezputras Diena (Porrige Day) -- Ancient Latvian Calendar

Create-A-Vacuum Day

Give Kids A Smile Day -- for Dental health!

General Thaddeus Kosciuszko Day -- Poland

Halfway Point of Winter

Homemade Soup Day

Independence Day -- Sri Lanka

King Frost Day -- London (Celebrated yearly until WWI, in remembrance of the frozen River Thames in 1814.)

Liberace Day

National Stuffed Mushroom Day

Quacker Day

St. Andrew Corsini's Day (patron against quarrels, sudden death)

St. John de Brito's Day (patron of Portugal)

Tapati Festival -- Rapa Nui (Easter Island) through the 12th

Thank A Mailman Day

USO Day -- US

World Cancer Day -- International

Anniversaries Today:

The University of Wisconsin is established, with one classroom and 20 students, 1849

Birthdays Today:

Natalie Imbruglia, 1975
Oscar De La Hoya, 1973
Lawrence Taylor, 1959
Alice Cooper, 1948
Dan Quayle, 1947
George A. Romero, 1940
David Brenner, 1936
Betty Friedan, 1921
Ida Lupino, 1918
Rosa Parks, 1913
Clyde W. Tombaugh, 1906
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906
Charles Lindbergh, 1902

Today in History:

The Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta, 211
The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries, 960
Maximilian I assumes the title Holy Roman Emperor without being crowned, 1508
Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler meet for the first time near Prague 1600
In Edo (now Tokyo), The 47 Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) after avenging the death of their master, 1703
The worst earthquake in 8 years in Calabria, Italy, leaves 50,000 dead, 1783
The first Anglican bishops of New York and Pennsylvania are consecrated in London, 1787
George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College, 1789
The French National Convention proclaims the abolishment of slavery, 1794
An earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, kills 41,000, 1797
J.W. Goodrich introduces his rubber galoshes to the public, 1824
The Mormons of Nauvoo, Missouri, leave to go west, eventually settling in Utah, 1846
The Codex Sinaiticus is found at the Greek Monastery of Mount Sinai, 1859
The first rolling lift bridge opens, in Chicago, 1895
The first Winter Olympics games close at Chamonix, France, 1924
The first tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks open, in New Orleans, 1930
Radium E is the first radioactive substance to be produced synthetically, 1936
The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops, 1941
Lunar Orbiter 3 lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 on its mission to identify possible landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo spacecraft, 1967
After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections, 1997
Facebook, a mainstream online social network, is founded by Mark Zuckerberg, 2004


  1. Mimi, we are in the third day (at our place) of temps not getting above freezing. My job is about 30 miles south of our farm and it is registering in at about 35 right now. Whoa -- a heat wave! ;-)

    We did have some accumulated sleet from the other night, but the rest has been rain and freezing rain...LOTS of it...almost non-stop. It is pouring here, I'm going to wait just a bit before going out to find lunch.

    Our bathroom heater (propane) went out Wed. night. We only have two in the whole house (one in living room and one in BR). Spent the whole day trying to find one and finally did, then sweetie and I got it installed. (My cats were very happy, too! They love to be in the warm bathroom with me.) Ahhh...could bathe once again! I missed a day of work, but have some warmth.

    Every roof edge at our place has icicles. I hope the temps rise some (supposed to) so the commute home will not be treacherous.

    I know exactly what you mean about absolutely freezing one's behind off...the farm work has been brutal and I feel so stiff once I get inside.

    Long comment, but was just commiserating...I know we don't live too far apart!

    I hope Phil was right, too.

    Take care and hope there are lots of adoptions this weekend. I'm praying for it.

  2. Dear PonyGirl,

    Commiserating with you, too. Hope we get some warmth for you as you do those chores very soon.


  3. Mimi, I hope that your hands are faring well in the cold. I hope that cleaning the church was not too hard on them too.

    Stay as warm as you can. I will be thinking of you.

  4. I think most of us are in the "hoping for spring" stage. Keep warm!

  5. Jokamo, the cold, and doing anything at all, is not easy on these hands. There is nothing to do but do it, though, and hope for a diagnosis soon. Thanks for your good wishes.

    Hilary, we are trying, and i hope you stay warm, too.