Three of Everything

“So when you’re cold
From the inside out
And don’t know what to do,
Remember love and friendship,
And warmth will come to you.”

― Stephen Cosgrove


It’s cold outside.

It’s been cold outside since last Friday, after our first major snowstorm of the winter.

The 10-day forecast predicts a continuation of the cold: Highs in the single digits (F) with wind chills below zero. The sun and blue skies have been oh so pretty, but there’s no warmth to either one.

Walking outside is currently an at-your-own-risk activity, if you dare. While taking a number of boxes to the recycling bin Tuesday morning, I thought a walk might be possible under certain conditions.

Three layers of everything, head to toe.

Three m.p.h winds (or less).

Three hot toddies when I return.

Three layers of covers on the bed while I continue to warm up and sleep off the toddies.

It’s winter here and the warmer temps of December and January are history. We are in the deep freeze, a phenomenon that occurs in some variation every winter when the jet stream changes and brings frigid Arctic air from Canada. A border doesn’t stop it and complaining doesn’t change it. Here in the upper Midwest of the U.S., we must come to terms with frigid temperatures and enjoy indoor activities until it decides to let go of its annoying grip.

While waiting, I write, read, work out, watch TV, eat, play with the cat, talk and text with the people I love, and stay warm.

And wonder why I need any excuse at all to have a hot toddy or two or three.


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21 responses to Three of Everything

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Good things come in threes. I guess I’m not going to complain about lows in the teens.

    Stay warm and safe, Mary.

  2. lois says:

    I watch that Artic Blast cross your area of the US on the evening news, and shiver. Then snuggle with my 3 cats. 😻

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yeah, Lois, it’s dang cold here. We’ve been fortunate up to this point to have had a fairly mild winter. My fear is that winter will decide to extend into April and that would not be very nice.

  3. Laura says:

    That “three layers of everything, head to toe” reminded me of the days when my kids were toddlers. It was like a wild marathon trying to wrestle both of them/myself in enough dry layers and get outside before I passed out from the heat. Can’t say I miss those days. 🙂

  4. murisopsis says:

    I’m with you! We are experiencing the polar vortex too. I left my clothes in the dryer and had to dry them again because they were slightly frozen!! Now I’ve got the oven timer by the computer so I can extract them before they get cold again! Stay warm!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s supposed to warm up a bit next week, Cheryl, which will help fend off the usual February cabin fever.

  5. joey says:

    We’ve hit the single digits now and when the wind blows, it bites. We’re due for proper snow starting tonight and ending who knows when. I will make you smile and tell you I’ll be up driving to work in it and you won’t 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Ha! I went out yesterday after a couple inches of snow and felt like Grandma Bunny driving around. It might have been because a few days earlier, I was out and almost rear ended someone because I tried to break on an ice patch covered in snow. It’s the cold weather. Nothing melts. Be careful tomorrow!

      • joey says:

        I will be careful. I will. I will likely go in late so as to drive in less fresh bits. I wish our office closed for the holiday!

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