Friday, February 20, 2015

COLD COLD COLD......

Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it;
he that fears not,
gives advantage to the danger.
                                Francis Quarles


It appears this Pileated Woodpecker flitting from tree to tree does not mind the cold at all. I think I need some feathers.

Every morning I check the weather network to see what temperatures I am going to be working outside in. This morning was no different.

-24 degrees Celsius. That is a deceiving number. You do know it is cold but do you realise just how cold that is? The sun is shining, so you think to yourself just how cold can it really be? The fact is-----you really do not understand it till your nostrils freeze with that very first breath you take on exiting your warm house. The hidden wind-chill is the variable here. We are now talking about -32 degrees Celsius. Oh yes that does indeed make a huge difference. I had dressed in layers and headed outside to do my chores. Farmers all over are doing the same thing. I am by no means alone in this.

There are more than us farmers out there making this cold world run, you know who those other people are. Those unsung heroes that have no choice but to work out there in the elements every day no matter what, layered up and trying to get through this artic atmosphere in one piece. They are dreaming of those few degrees that have been promised for later that day. A promise by the Weather Network that keeps them going when it hurts to smile and if you do smile or frown you are stuck with that face till those promised degrees begin to climb.


Oh yes I want to thank all those people out there who are braving these temperatures for all of us. Men and woman working hard keeping us safe and making the economy thrive no matter what their frozen face is showing. You know who you are.

Please do make a point of thanking those people out there, you know who they are. The ones you drive by in your warm (if you are lucky it started) vehicle. Those people standing out there smiling and not being able to say thank you back because their lips and face will not move till those promised higher temps thaw that frozen look.


While writing this and sitting in my warm kitchen after finishing those chores, my phone rang. I rushed to answer it. It was My Hero phoning to check to see if I was OK after being out there doing those chores. He did have a strange thing to tell me apparently he just heard on the news that your eye balls can freeze. I was wearing sunglasses. This is no joke people. It is dangerously cold out there so be careful and check on those people that have no choice but to keep working outside. It is COLD COLD COLD. BE CAREFUL.


Later

29 comments:

  1. wisdom.....

    little considered wisdom....

    another reason to wear glasses of some kind. either mine, which darken in light. or just sun glasses. -sigh-

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  2. Stay warm and be safe, Miss B.
    We had a gorgeous day here yesterday. Looks like today will be nice and cold cold returning for the weekend.

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  3. Too cold. Minus 22 degrees F. here yesterday. Can't wait for spring! I hope people are taking extra care of their animals in this weather. Stay safe and cozy.

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  4. I celebrate you Buttons and your work...

    We have a dairy farm and the cold temperature causes a lot of hardship too numerous to mention and yes, it's hard to smile when the wind chill is -32°C. Our temperature climbed a little today and will keep climbing. We work hard to make sure people have milk for their cereals and cream for their coffee, cheese for their bagel, yogurt and ice cream for their deserts.

    My hat's off to celebrate all the farmers who brave the cold in the wee hours of the morning to put food on everyone's table seven days a week.

    Just before my chores were finished for the morning, I heard a cow mooing loudly as she was giving birth to a heifer calf. I arrived home for breakfast at 10:00 am.

    I hope it warms up for you.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  5. It is cold. Well, I finally found you on Google+. Blogger is sure doing a number on us isn't it?

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  6. i do appreciate the farmers and ranchers who have no choice but to tend to livestock, milk cows, whatever, no matter what the weather conditions. there's no calling in sick or taking a snow day, for sure. and as you pointed out, utility workers, fire and police and medical personnel - they're out there no matter... thank you to all of them.

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  7. I wonder how the animals cope with this cold weather. I appreciate farmers for their hard work, it takes a special sort of person to have a love of farming. Keep warm and love your images, especially the cow.

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  8. I've never considered it cold until the nose hairs freeze...and what a weird feeling that is!

    We are not getting your cold temps...we had our share in the beginning of winter. But I do appreciate the Farmer's and the people who have to work out in the cold, it's simply brutal to be out there for any length of time when the temps are that low. We all need to be grateful that they do their jobs so we can get on with our lives.

    Jen

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  9. Its days like today that make us appreciate summer all the more!! Stay warm and stay safe!!!

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  10. I had no idea I wasn't getting your new posts . I have updated your blog now FEW !! Lovely post and photos , Yes it is cold I remember the days when I had to go out to the barn and do my chores in this cold way back in the 70's when I was a youngster I miss it but don't think I could do it now a days ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  11. So true. My poor Luke has been working out in it all week. He comes home and his hands and cracked and bleeding and his voice is gravelly and his lips chapped and he struggles to get warm even in the house. Our heros xxx

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  12. First, I'm so jealous and impressed with your handsome woodpecker photo. Nothing at all like that ever visited here. Second, my sincere sympathies for your arctic weather. I've never had frozen eyeballs but I've experienced temps so cold the hair in my noze froze, and hot water could freeze on contact with the air. Weather is extra weird this year. The eastern Americas are record cold and on our side we have record highs, warmer weather than Florida here in the Rocky Mountains, meanwhile our Australian friends are dealing with Cyclone Marcia. Weird.

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  13. Oh wow, that IS extremely cold! Stay safe and warm and be careful out there! I only remember having this kind of temperature for a few nights 4 years ago...I'm happy we stay around 0°C lately.
    Have a wonderful and hopefully warmer weekend!

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  14. Stay safe and warm Buttons... and, like you, I'm oh so grateful to farmers and all those others who keep our worlds running no matter what the weather.

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  15. This must be one of the coldest winters you have had there Buttons. It certainly isn't normal is it. Surely this jet stream will start floating north soon! So, in the meantime take care and be careful when outside. Blessings, Pam

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  16. Yikes... hold on to those eyeballs. xo

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  17. That's why I love farm kids. They know the cows have to be fed no matter what. It amazes me that when we have a blizzard how many people don't go to work. Our students live on center and there has to be somebody to monitor them. People just figure the few staff that live on center can do it. I have no tolerance for it. I live out in the boonies, but we blow the snow and I go. That is how I grew up. You go no matter what. Just drive slow and don't take unnecessary risks. The kids and the poor staff stuck doing double shifts need you. But don't be stupid, Lots of extra clothes, blankets, and food in the vehicle in case something happens. But in 20 years it hasn't yet. I've only been snowed in twice and that was 72 inches and 4 feet. Took us a day to get out both times. Stay strong and stay warm.

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  18. Do whatever you need to do to stay warm, Buttons! That's what I would say! We are finally above freezing here for the first time since last Sunday. In fact, all sorts of records were set for cold temperatures here Thursday and Friday! We are in the "sunny South," and this is most unusual for us. Our snowfall is nowhere near what yours would be, but it is not something we are really equipped to handle. Take care of yourself! xo Nellie

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  19. It HAS been unusually cold lately. I'm glad you are taking good care of yourself, Buttons. I didn't know about frozen eyeballs. EW!

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  20. I agree it has been bitter cold. I had heard about the eyeball thing on the news, but wasn't sure if it was true or not?

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  21. I just had to google that temp to convert it to fahrenheit, and that's crazy cold! We've had wind chills that low here this week several times. I don't ever remember it that cold before...ever! I hope you're staying warm and safe!

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  22. OMG Buttons, how can you and the others you mentioned possibly work in those conditions. It sounds horrific, 'freeze your eyeballs'. I think I would rather contend with the cyclone which just visited us. Although we were lucky in Brisbane it weakened when it reached us after tearing down many houses up north. You take care and keep those eyeballs warm. Hope it warms up soon.

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  23. Wow, with it that cold, I think that could happen. I hope you wear lots of those knitted hats. That is just too cold.
    I am glad you have your nice warm kitchen.

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  24. That is very cold weather, Buttons! I have experienced that a few times in my life. We always seemed to run out of propane or the pipes would freeze or something equally horrible. Yes, it is brain numbing cold and it is so sweet that your darling husband calls to check up on you. Please be very careful. xo Karen

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  25. Oh Buttons do please take care of yourself. Eyeballs freeze??? How dreadful. You speak of wind chill and that is what Phil always tells me (he is from England). He says it's not the temperature it is the wind chill factor. How do you keep the cows warm or don't they feel the cold.
    Here in Perth we are enjoying a cooler weekend with the temps only in the high twenties (celsius that is about 85F). We are expecting 38C on Tuesday with lots more days above 30C. 38C equals about 100F. What a contrast there is between where you live and where we are. I guess here in Oz we have to always thank the farmers that get out there in the dreadful heat each summer as here our summers are so mild, except for perhaps Tasmania and parts of Victoria.
    Do keep warm as you can and keep safe. Hugs.

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  26. Buttons,

    It's cold here too but not as cold as where your at. Bundle up to keep warm!!!!
    Your cow's love seeing you come out with your pink boots :-) They know you're going to take good care of them.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  27. I have thought of you out there in the cold on the farm, and I hoped you were OK. You are right. This cold can be soooo dangerous. The effects can sneak up on us so quickly.

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  28. And then there are the lambs, kids and calves to think of. It is a dangerous time, but it will soon give way to spring. Right? You take care of yourself, Miss Buttons.

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  29. That's a beautiful woodpecker, I don't get them here!!

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