What a way to begin a new year- Freezin' the blitzes out of our britches! "Polar Vortex" the new description of the US weather. I feel bad for the southern folks who don't have heat or heavy coats, n can't deal with the extreme conditions.
At least up North here we do this several times a winter, so are prepared for the drill of needing warm clothes, a shovel, n rock salt on hand.
I'd like to thank the LL.Bean Company of Portland Maine for opening a new branch nearby last year, where this fall I got returned boots on sale 50% off for $40 (usually $120), n the warmest gloves I've ever had for about $30. Also, the large, lined purple over-"Shirt" received as a gift years ago n was rated as good up to -50 F for hiking, I've been using as a coat over a flannel shirt, hoodie, n another insulated over-shirt, has made walking in sub-zero temps possible.
With my usual 3 layers of shirts on, that makes 7 layers in all! Did I mention long underwear is on first, bottoms plus top, n 2-3 pairs of socks.
Then I add-on the head a fleece ear-band, a wide scarf twice, (around neck, then face) n double thick knit hat under the hoodie hood.
A great way to render your-self unrecognizable, n looking like your ready to rob a bank... I recently noticed a sign on the bank door requesting to remove head gear n sunglasses before entering. Can't blame them really, but it's been so Freezin'!
At home Mischief has 3 hot water filled jars around the sides of her new for Xmas kitty bed, n I've moved up to 5 kettle-water jars in the chair here with several throw blankets on top. I think keeping warm with moving around is easier, like doing the laundry. If you go outside, then back in- it tends to feel warmer in the house too. I'm so glad today's chores are finally done... Blanket here I come!
It's still under 20 F out there now, but that's summer-
time compared to yesterday!
I'm cold just looking at these guys out in the winter cove water a few weeks ago. I haven't taken ice pics out there yet, it's pretty frozen- No one is out there this week! Hope to upload some of the deep snow pics from a few days ago sometime soon from a remote location, if I feel like another walk out there... or maybe next week!
Hope you all found good ways to deal with that Artic blast-