Frozen

Last Update: January 30, 2019

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

Madeleine

P.S.- I finished my post today, despite many distractions. Time to celebrate with another hot cup of coffee and a small snack!

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DonnieNorton Premium
Hi Marilyn, keep yourself safe and warm and only go out if you absolutely have to, when it's that cold it has the power to kill. I remember when I was in the military and stationed in Korea we used to get the winds coming from Siberia. I had no choice but to go out in and my head would literally throb from the cold even with all the cold weather clothing we have on. Stay warm my friend
Donnie
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Maddy55 Premium
Thanks Donnie, ironically this Polar Vortex is coming from Siberia! I can't imagine what it would be like to live there! The people there must be incrediably tough!
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LauraFuller Premium
Hey Madeleine, I am in the central US. I have never seen it this cold before. It was -22C last night with wind chill at -32.
I am so happy you posted because I just wanted to share this with someone. LOL
Never ever have I been this cold.
You keep safe out in the cold.
Laura
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Maddy55 Premium
Thanks Laura. I was reminded by an American FB friend that we've had other Polar Vortex episodes back in the 80s and the 90s. I don't remember a lot of weather details from the 80s but I do remember an exceptionally cold winter in the early 2000s. I was operating a Pet Hotel and had to take the dogs out 4 times per day.
It was a consistant -35C for many days and the dogs and I had to come back inside every couple of minutes. The dogs were so cold that some could not relax enough to do their 'business'. I was putting dog jackets, sweaters and boots on many of the dogs.

Hopefully your cold weather passes by quickly. It's already warmer here at -37C LOL!
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Gordon-D Premium
Feel sorry for you folk on the other side of the pond. Just been watching the weather you have been getting, over here on sky news. A reporter in Chicago reporting temperatures of -40. Geez, that's cold, we think we have it bad when it gets to - double figures can't imagine what it's like at -40. Keep warm keep safe hope it blows over for you very soon.
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Maddy55 Premium
Thanks :) It's really okay as long as our home stays warm. We have not had any electrical failures this month, hopefully it stays that way! A friend of mine had some water pipes freeze in her basement yesterday. It's an unfinished basement, with minimal insulation. She broke the pipe trying to unthaw it and then had to call the plumber. Not having a good day!
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NnurseBecca Premium
Warm thoughts for you! You're making progress. I tried to write something intriguing but scientific and close to my heart, called neuromuscular anomalies ...might have ended up confusing the audience. I find terpeney things interesting, and glad you knuckled down to do it. I hope you are feeling better with the octane booster coffee, and I have to tell you I jumped right on this post because I thought it would be the cartooney Frozen for my 4 year old. Ha!!!! Brain washed by her is awesome.
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Maddy55 Premium
LOL! I love that movie too! Cute little bean :)
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NnurseBecca Premium
Thank you! we wanted to make you laugh and warm your bones down to the soul:):):)
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Maddy55 Premium
I feel warmer already!
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Brooklyn2008 Premium
I'm in Ontario and I'm frozen solid lol
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Maddy55 Premium
I feel for you :) How cold is it there where you live now?
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NnurseBecca Premium
We're only human☺💌
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Brooklyn2008 Premium
Low of -35 :(
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