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