Here in Central Canada, we are going through a really cold spell. This polar vortex as it's being known for, is also slowly moving accross the midwest states. Last night our temps dipped to -40C which is the same in Fahrenheit. With wind chill, it was closer to -50C. I did a bit of searching last night and discovered that Antartica was warmer than we were ( -31C).
Imagine that, the South Pole was warmer than our central position (Manitoba) and we are close to North Dakota too. It's not as if we are up in Northern Manitoba but it sure feels like it.
It's been cold for awhile at temps hovering around -30C but -40C was overwhelming! I had to go outside and care for my poor horses, and barn cats that have no choice but to endure the cold. I confined the horses to their stalls and the cats have cozy shelters to curl up in but there is no heat (all the doors and windows were closed up tight).
My eye balls were hurting in the cold this morning and my nose would have developed icicles if I hadn't been forced inside to warm up.
I've had a little trouble concentrating on writing posts and updating pages lately. My sinuses are not feeling comfortable with all the the temp changes. I wake up at about 5 am, with a slight headache every morning and have to get up. I actually enjoy getting up at this early hour though.
I make some strong coffee for myself, blow my nose a lot, meditate on some Biblical scripture, say some prayers for my family, friends and more and then I enjoy a TV show called Grand Designs at about 6 am.
My husband gets up around 6:30 am, sometimes earlier and so begins the day. Yesterday I forced myself to finish a post I was writing for one website. It was a very difficult article to write because I really know so little about science. It was an article about Terpenes in plants.
I learned a lot but it was not easy to write. I struggled with it for a week but finally finished it. Today I have to write a post for my dog based website and that will be much easier. My goal is to start and finish it today.
I made some new goals recently to motivate myself and wrote the goals on a white board that is propped up on my desk. I have not entirely been meeting those goals but I am trying. I am unthawed and ready to work but my mind is wandering to a possible snack and a cup of hot coffee.....
For all of you in the path of the Polar Vortex, be prepared. You think it's cold now? It's going to get colder! Thankfully it will not last long, by tomorrow we will be a much warmer -22C or so.
Cheers from your fellow Canadian friend
P.S.- I finished my post today, despite many distractions. Time to celebrate with another hot cup of coffee and a small snack!