Thursday, February 7, 2019


A little puff of Arctic air arrived yesterday and it got cold overnight. Yesterday was pretty cool, with the high temperature hitting 17 degrees at 1:30 a.m. and falling off thereafter. The daytime high was 15 at 8:30 a.m. At midday it was 8 degrees and by sunset the mercury had tumbled to 3. At midnight it was minus 2, at 4 a.m. minus 10, and at 7 a.m. minus 16.

Then it started warming up. It was still minus 12 when I got out to scoop snow at 7:30 a.m., but it was only -8 when I finished.

I did five circuits in the weight room and ran an easy two mile jog and when I wrapped that up it was minus 4. Just now at 10:45 a.m. it's zero degrees, but an 8 mph northwest wind makes it feel like -12.

As I said last time, it's winter.

Out at the ranch yesterday a basement window somehow opened in a closed bedroom, leading to a minor indoor snowdrift and an influx of cold air. With the heat turned off in that unused room the cold managed to freeze a couple of water pipes, but not to the point of bursting. Closing the window, moving the snow, and turning on the heat soon melted the slush in the pipes and we were golden. Winter.

At 1 p.m. we'll bundle Dad up and take him to town to have an albumin infusion and lab work. It'll be interesting to see if his labs have improved with a medication change started last week. He was getting quite low in the sodium department, and that's just not a good thing.

Just another Thursday in winter.


  1. Hang in there, Shaun. Pretty soon we'll be complaining about heat.

    1. One of my favorite things!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Juvat.

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    1. Yes they are. Kimball was once called Antelopeville, but renamed itself after a UP honcho who decided to run the new railroad right by town rather than 25 miles to the north.

  3. During my four winters at Offutt AFB, I remember that each winter we'd have a couple of weeks of subzero weather, dangerous if you[re not prepared.

    You got lucky on those pipes!

    Best wishes for your Dad! (Keep some for yourself.)

    1. Thanks Sarge. Cold can wreak a lot of havoc. But it keeps the flies down. :)

      Thanks for the wishes!

  4. Continued best wishes to you and your family.

    Thanks for the post.
    Paul L. Quandt