Wednesday, February 9, 2011


This is cold, even for me.

I usually don't get cold until the air temperature gets into the teens. When you grow up in it, you become acclimatized to it and then, working outdoors as often as I used to do, I just got used to being cold and dressing appropriately.

But dump that wind chill below zero and yes, even I get cold at these temperatures. It was -5 when I got up with a wind out of the west which brought the wind chill to a lovely -25 this morning. There has been a "Wind Chill Warning" out for Chicagoland since about 6 p.m. last night and it's to continue through tomorrow. I think it even looks cold today.
I remember that bitter cold often followed a blizzard so I wasn't surprised when it was announced this was coming. I still haven't completely shoveled off the front steps and now, the bottom snow layer will be frozen. But it's supposed to be in the 40's on Sunday so I'll get to that shoveling over the weekend.

In the meantime, I am so very happy I bought window insulator kits and covered the windows. This was the west office window around 10:30 last Tuesday evening.

My old windows are like sieves sometimes. I need to recaulk them this year. The plastic gave way in the back bedroom and I could feel this river of cold air. I had to duct tape it back down to the sill. Once I did that. the furnace quit running constantly.

I listened to it kick in last night as the temperature plummeted and thought about how much less gas I was using because I have the windows covered. It took a couple of weeks to get it done, but I am so very glad I did it. Occasionally, I run my hand around the windows just to feel nothing. I like that.

Beverage:  Scottish Blend tea


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