Have a good weekend! Back to posts with actual words and actual information on Monday!



  1. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Frozen here to Karen..Have a great to you Monday!! Keep that fireplace

  2. Laura Watt says:

    too cold! wake me up in the spring.

  3. Janet says:

    Sorry about the brrrrr, but its going down to 44 degrees in sunny Sarasota, but thank God back to the mid 70’s by Saturday. I feel your pain! For us below freezing is anything under 60……. chilly!

  4. Rhonda SmartyPants says:

    Unbelievable dedication to your chosen avocation. Stellar post! Now stay inside, warm, and cozy dry; just like the girls are in the coop.

  5. Raymonde says:

    You can say that again… How are the chicken holding up?

  6. Pam'a says:

    It’s about two degrees here. I know you Canadians are a generous lot, but honestly? You can keep your big fat cold fronts up north, thanks! 😉

  7. Edith says:

    I love the sound of crunchy snow. We rarely get it down here in Texas. I’m a little jealous.

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year’s celebration. 2014 will be good, yes? It will be the year of new kitchen cabinets!

  8. Auntiepatch says:

    So, so you have to take the chickens into the house tonight?

  9. Debbie says:

    Snow + cold = fireplace + hot tea.

  10. Andreae says:

    Ha! As soon as the audio kicked in on your video, I said, “That’s -20 snow, at least!” Having lived in Newfoundland, Montreal, and Yellowknife, I have a finely-tuned snow ear. We’re expecting another 30-50 cm of the stuff overnight. It’s freakishly cold here, and we’ve had rolling blackouts since last night. We ground loads of coffee while we had electricity last night so we can still make espresso even if the power’s out. Propane stove ftw!

  11. Exactly, Smilla! You can tell the temp by the sound of the snow and whether or not your nostrils slam shut when you walk out the door! -60 windchills predicted here this weekend. Gotta love MInnesota!!

  12. jainegayer says:

    Fluffy snow and freezing here in Delaware.
    Will need to shovel out to drive to the barn to check on my horse but then…jammies, hot cocoa and a blazing fire with a good book. See you on Monday, Karen. Stay warm!

  13. Laura Bee says:

    I really want to go to the store, but I think we can survive without cheese one more day. -26 in The ‘Shwa right now. Brrrrrrr indeed!

  14. Tigersmom says:

    We’re having something closer to an actual winter down here in Texas, this year. But it’s nothing like what y’all experience.

    Stay warm. Seems to me that temps like that are the perfect excuse to stay huddled under a blanket on the couch with a good book.

  15. Ev says:

    It’s damn cold here now, but the real weather is coming in a few days, -9 or colder, plus wind. Northeast Ohio. Sorry the east coast gets the big loads of snow. Hope all are well there. You guys up north can keep the REAL cold, thanks very much! Be well Karen.

  16. Sally A. says:

    minus 11 degrees right now in Luxemburg, Wisconsin (near Green Bay). Warm compared to the other poster in Minnesota with minues 60 wind chill! I guess I shouldn’t complain…but I will! BRRRR!!!

  17. JF says:

    well, I feel like a piker, moaning about JUST 11 degrees — do I get pity points for the high winds and snow drifts???

    brrr, indeed, Karen, stay warm and keep an eye on the girls (aka the chickens)

  18. Have a lovely weekend Karen, cold (windy) here, says 11 degrees but feels like -3, sun shining, not a flake of snow 🙁 . My snowboots are out, ready, in the hopes…

  19. Mary says:

    Yes! Snow squeaking like styrofoam is the worst. “Nostrils slamming shut” made me laugh out loud, so true! Another telltale clue is chimney smoke going sideways instead of up. Glad your chickens are ok in this frigid cold.

  20. Amie says:

    I can usually tell by how quickly my nose hairs freeze, and whether it includes my eyelashes. I love being a Manitoban!

  21. Mary Werner says:

    Thanks snow much for the lovely childhood memory of crunching snow in Wisconsin. As an adult driver I would NOT think it so lovely but living in Florida for so long – I LOVED the sound. GREAT POST TODAY!

  22. Kristin says:

    It’s going to be 80 degrees F today here in Pasadena, California. This morning at the crack of dawn, I couldn’t find my shoes where I usually put them by the back door, so I ran out to the coop barefoot to let the chickens out. I got a little chicken poop on my tootsies, but they weren’t chilled! One of my rose bushes is in full bloom, too.

  23. NikiDee says:

    Just moved to a new state. Just heard that they are having the coldest weather in a decade. Just decided that timing is everything. Shivering with you Karen!

  24. Diana says:

    Here in Germany + 7 Celsius… No snow. That is so rarely! Yeah no winter at all…I hope we can skip to spring

  25. Bols says:

    Yesterday, since it was supposed to be gray and overcast all day, I decided to leave the honeycomb blinds down during the day (in the living room). During the day, the thermostat is set to 19 C so that the dog does not freeze (a greyhound – I cannot turn it down to 15 C) but I know she is cold because she keeps fluffing all the blankies and stuff.
    This morning, because even though it’s Arctic cold, it sunny at least and the living room has souther exposure. The dog loves lounging in a pool of sunshine. So, I pulled up the blinds and I see that the upper window pane has a strip of ICE on the INSIDE. Condensation is normal (even though I haven’t cooked for a few days, I have plenty of food in the fridge). And the windows are some 5-6 years old.
    Apparently, it won’t get much better on the weekend – the temps will rise but there will be blustery winds so with the windchill, the improvement will be barely noticeable.
    I shovelled last night for about 25 minutes but it was hard to defrost myself afterwards.

  26. Jan says:

    Oh Dear! If this (with accompanying comments) doesn’t cement my position as a wimp, nothing will. Thanks for the inspirational video, Karen…when our S.TX triple-digit spring/summer is in full swing, I can play this puppy and be ‘inspired’ to quit whining. Bundle up and stay warm, all you brave pioneer-stock peeps and your critters. You have my admiration! (Bols: Ice on the inside???? Eeeek!)

  27. Ruth says:

    78 degrees in the shade over here… all fans in motion. I like… although I may opt to trade it all in eventually. For now, I will keep it. Come on over!

  28. I knew that sound right away! Were back into the cold and blowing snow today. God bless us tough Canadians!!

  29. Barbie says:

    I guessed it EXACTLY! JK

  30. stephanie says:

    I remember that sound but never hear it anymore and I’m glad I don’t … sunny and 6 here in Victoria and no wind. Send the chickens out here and they can play with the peacocks that wander over to my yard from Beacon Hill Park.

  31. Jeannie B says:

    I love that sound!!!!

  32. viveka says:

    Happy New Year to … you! I still that sound when I walk in the snow – we haven’t got any yet .. something is totally wrong here. Keep yourself warm, Karen .. see you soon.

  33. Amber says:

    My dad shamed me into going cross country skiing in Maine on Thursday. -6F, and he was disappointed when I turned back after 3 miles (that’s 3 miles out, then 3 miles back). I couldn’t feel my legs by the time we got to the car, and he’s whinging about ‘just getting warmed up’.
    He’s the New Yorker, and I’m the Canadian, so how is that even fair?
    Still, I’m glad I wasn’t at home in Vermont, where it went to -24F that night…

  34. Kasia says:

    Well, we have -13 F right now, and evidently something like -45 F wind chill! Two days off of school.
    Immediately following two full weeks off of school. *sigh*. And I LIKE winter. Supposedly…

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