Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Freezing My Humps Off

Hello again. 

It's still winter here in Grimesville. This is a view of my deck. No, I didn't go outside to take the picture. It's 5 freakin' degrees F out there! I'm thinking I won't be venturing out until, oh, say, April. 

TG is outside trying to convince the snow blower that the layer of white powder hasn't frozen solid overnight. He's made of hardier stuff than I am.

Apparently, these camels are, too:

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Me? I plan to settle in with another cup of tea and Book 4. I much prefer to do this "winter" thing vicariously, so...

It's cold in Ciel-land right now. Maybe I'll bury her in a snow drift and see how she handles it. Or perhaps I'll let her go sledding off an unexpected cliff. Or ice skating...without skates. Skiing? Snowboarding? 

Hmm. Where can she get into the most trouble? *thinks cruel authorly thoughts*

Question for the day: How do you feel about winter weather? 

A. LOVE IT! I'd live in an igloo if I could.

B. I'll venture out into it for the sports, but give me a nice hot tub afterward.

C. Eh. Maybe a quick walk, if I have the incentive of hot cocoa waiting at the end of it.

D. I'm willing to look out the window at the gently falling snow as long as there's a fire in the fireplace beside me.

E. Pardon me while I hibernate until the spring thaw.

Happy Hump Day! Stay warm. :)


Diane Henders said...

I've always said I wouldn't want to live in a place where there's no winter. Winter is my catch-up time, when all the gardening is done and the veggies and fruit are all canned/frozen/dehydrated/whatever, and I get to write uninterrupted.

But then we had -50 with the wind chill. I don't think I need quite so *much* winter. A few picturesque white flakes, maybe...

Patsy said...

C. I don't mind going out in the cold if it's for something I want to do, but I'm glad to come back in again fairly quickly.

Probably shouldn't say it but over here, although we've had lots of wind and rain, the winter hasn't been at all cold ... yet.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I am definitely B.

I love to ski -- did it last weekend and I'm going back for more next week. But oh yes, hot tub afterward!

And I do wish the snow would stay in the mountains where it belongs. What am I supposed to do with it here at home?

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I like the kind of crisp clear winter weather that puts a rose in your cheek and makes you feel invigorated. But "feel" is the operative word. I have no interest in temperatures that cause me to lose all feeling in my fingers and toes. Just above freezing is about perfect. With your single digits, I'd definitely be admiring it from the inside looking out.

Hmmm, how's about if Ciel and Billy make some semi-anatomically correct snowpeople...?

abby mumford said...

B, C, D, and E all have their merits. i've fallen under their spell at one time or another.

ooh, send ciel snowboarding! i'd love to see how she handles getting off the ski lift. :)

LD Masterson said...

I used to be an A or at least a B, but as the years go by I'm more of a C slipping toward a D.

How about a snowball fight that gets out of hand? Can you work in an attempted murder by "snowball"?

Carol Kilgore said...

D. Final answer :)

It messes with my tiny little brain to see camels in the snow.

Anonymous said...

May I just say that it's sunny and mid-forties here in northern Montana today? *gloats*

Linda G. said...

Diane -- I like "conversational snow." Well, unless the conversation starts "Holy shit, that's a crap-ton of snow!" *wry grin*

Patsy -- May your temps remain moderate! :)

Dianne -- If only we could bend the weather to our whims!

Susan -- Oh, I like that idea! Sounds just like something the two of them would do. *grin*

Abby -- I imagine Ciel would handle snowboarding with at least as much grace as I would. ;)

LD -- LOL! Murder by snowball? That would have to be one powerful ball!

Carol -- Ha! I know what you mean. But they don't seem to mind it.

Kari -- You are an evil person. *grin* Of course, you'll probably pay the price with a blizzard in June. ;)

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I am so tired of winter and cold! Sitting here freezing right now...

Linda G. said...

Karen -- I know exactly how you feel. Ugh. I will be so happy to see the first signs of spring this year.

Judy,Judy,Judy. said...

Definitely E for me.