Sometimes, setting records can be fresh and exciting like a new world record for some sport. Other times a new record is nothing to get so excited about, like living another day as a record for your length of life. Then there are those records that are really crappy records to have.
Today is one of those crappy record days. Here it is the 3rd of March and the record for today was a new temperature record. If it have been a record for a new high temperature, I might not be sitting at the keyboard right now, I’d probably be outside enjoying the record; however, it is not. Today we set a record for a new low temperature of -10°F. My goodness, it is the 3rd of March and the temperature this morning was not even on the plus side of zero!
When I let the pups out this morning before I left for school, they were excited to go out. An hour later, both had frost building up on their fur. As I left the house, I started the truck that had sat outside all night and she started just fine, but the 15 minutes of warm-up were not enough for the transmission fluid to return to a free flowing state.
I shall digress for a moment to ask “isn’t it funny that we often give gender specific pronouns to objects.” Vehicles and other items are referred to in either the masculine or feminine pronouns depending on how we feel about them at the time. Are English speaking people the only ones that do this? But, back to my story.
My drive took me across the river, and there on the open water were Canadian Geese floating where they spent the night. Their feathers were completely covered with frost and they had their heads tucked underneath their wings, presumably to keep their brains from freezing up. They looked miserable, if that is possible for a creature that does not have the facial muscles to show dissatisfaction, in their own little frozen purgatory. I had to wonder how they keep from getting frostbite on their feet after being in that 32° water all night long.
Then, I passed by a housing development from a few years ago and looked down the row of houses, each with its furnace exhaust billowing out of the chimneys on top of the homes on this clear and windless morning. The sight made me want to stop and take a photograph, but alas I have classes to attend and no time to dawdle.
By the time I get to school, the temperature has warmed to a sultry -5°F on its way to a high of 13°F today. I will admit that I enjoy winter, for a while anyway, but enough is enough and it’s time for the white of winter to surrender to the green of spring. With springtime each year as the environment around us turns green we are rejuvenated to face another year of seasons and weather both good and bad.
With that said, I have schoolwork to finish up for classes and must step away for another day.