Sunday, January 5, 2014

Preparing for a Deep Freeze


That's me braving the storm this morning.
 
This morning I happened to be outside and decided to walk around a few blocks. I figured I won't get a chance for a walk these next two days as Chicago is plunging into deep freeze. Tomorrow's forecast predicts a "high" of -20F   (-28C). According to the weather reports, Chicago hasn't experienced that low of a temperature since 1983. I haven't even been here that long!

I know -28C is not impressive for Canadians. Once, when I was in Ottawa on a business trip in early February, my hotel alarm woke me up at 6 a.m. announcing that it was -31C outside. Of course, business went on as usual; the Canadians were unperturbed while I was obsessing over how I'd survive the cab ride wearing hose and a skirt, even if I was wrapped in my long down coat.

Here, schools will be closed tomorrow, which means another day of cabin fever, but also, hopefully, more time to get stuff done around the house. At least, I keep telling myself, we are having a real winter...

With all my best wishes to stay warm if you're in Chicago, or to count yourself blessed if you're in a warmer climate!

6 comments:

  1. In 1972, we lived in a northern suburb of Chicago and were moving to a central IL town. The morning the moving van came to load all our worldly goods, it was 20 below zero. The high that day was zero. They kept the truck running all day for fear it might not start again. Three men worked in brutal conditions that day. I fled to the neighbor's warm house with a 4 year old and 6 week old baby. Memories! We were a balmy 9 below here in Kansas this morning.

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    1. Nancy, wow! What a day to move! Thankfully, we don't have to set a foot outside today, although I think the kids want to venture out to see what it's like.

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  2. That's an adorable photo! Thanks for the perspective on Canada - it's always good to remember there's a colder place to live than Chicago. :)

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    1. Steph, thanks! The Canadians really do put us to shame when it comes to cold. Winter is an art form there.

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  3. I know Chicago got hit hard by that system... it was making the news this side of the border.

    All you do with this type of weather is go out and get on with it.

    Unless you love this kind of weather, in which you gleefully laugh as you get on with it.

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    1. William, see, that's that Canadian art of winter at work: "go out and get on with it!"

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