If misery loves company, this winter is creating one hell of a community!

if misery loves company, this winter is creating one hell of a communityI’ve noticed something recently. Anytime someone talks about how cold it is, how much snow there is or whatever, it seems someone has to try and “one up” that statement with something worse they are dealing with. Using the energy to try and one up each other is a waste for me, I need that energy to stay warm!

Well let me say this clearly. I don’t have enough energy or patience to compete. I just don’t. Maybe I could scrape some together though for a community of miserable folks. We can commiserate together.

This winter is horribly cold in the central part of the US. I’ve written about ways to endure the extreme cold temperatures. And I wrote more about digging in for bad weather.

The weather is enough to seriously make me wonder whether I could get a job in the tropics. I hate the cold. I have to wear multiple layers every day. It actually has been hurting to breathe some days. Yes, it was scary enough that I sought medical attention over it.

dang it is cold! Still, I know some folks have it way worse than me. I have a well built, well-insulated house. I can afford to pay for the heat (even if this knocks my budget out of whack). And I try to keep a sense of humor sharing silly selfies of me in my Fargo hat, I have shared a couple of cold weather recipes (check out the rumchata snowcreme recipe I did for Carries blog!), I use “kill overwintering bugs” as a mantra and more.

I am still reeling from the fact that the temperatures friends in Winnipeg have had to deal with are similar to the temps on Mars, a planet that is not suitable for human life.

snow roller at my brother's farm

My brother says the fence is 3 ft. tall, so the back one is about 1 ft. tall and 2 ft. long. They probably would have kept going, if not for the fence.

My brother (and lots of other folks who raise livestock) is braving the cold a few times a day to check animals in the barn, get them water & food etc. And after living in Ohio for decades, he learned what a snowroller is cause the word suddenly popped up as did some rollers!

Have you heard of these? There have to be a series of things to happen and then nature makes its own snowballs but they look more like a jelly roll.

farmer working in the snowSome farmers are sharing selfies they are tagging as #felfies so folks can see what it is like. This one of Mike Haley in Ohio made me laugh cause you just have to think he was so cold he couldn’t care about getting another snap in that cold. He was leading cows to a pasture that would offer more wind protection.

And the temps in the south have plunged yet again. My dear friend Marjory who had to deal with frozen pipes a couple of weeks ago & the cleanup & new insulation, etc that goes with the knowledge that can happen is once again dealing with it. Thank goodness I don’t have photos on this one!

Atlanta in the snow

And another friend Anna Leigh Peak is in Atlanta. Her photos in my Instagram feed scared me! It was too close to memories of snowmaggedon I faced in Atlanta a few years ago!  A city that size doesn’t want to spend lots of money for snow plows that most years are unneeded. And I can just say, that’s why Southerners think they should simply stay home when snow or ice hit!

I say all of this to say I feel no need to compete with anyone about who has it worse (and let me add, the drought in the West is a major problem too). We can’t do much about the crappy weather other than try to stay warm.

If misery loves company, this winter is creating one hell of a community! Who do you know that should be a member? Any especially good story to share?

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About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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9 Responses to If misery loves company, this winter is creating one hell of a community!

  1. SlowMoneyFarm January 29, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    Scary one last night – only partly shared on Facebook. Friend’s daughter had a massive spike in blood sugar. Rushed to the hospital, she had to be flown to a children’s hospital in Birmingham last night. The ice had shut down much so her parents couldn’t get down there until today. What a horrible feeling to not know if a child will live or die and unable to be there.And God bless the pilots making those flights. It suddenly made frozen water bottles and trying to keep enough wood for heating very small. Blog pending on it.

    • Janice Person January 29, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

      Wow Jan. That is truly miserable! And certainly puts things in perspective. Will keep the family in my thoughts. Have you gotten word on how she’s doing?

  2. Patrick Weseman January 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    And we in Northern California are having days of 70 degrees and sun. But of course (before today) it hadn’t rained in 48 days which means we are in a drought.

  3. Michael January 29, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    You guys all live too far south. All that ice is not for me. We’re cold enough that when it precipitates at least it is something you can push out of the way. Us folks up north just endure snow and cold, keep your ice.

    • cdmiller07 January 31, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

      Kind of a pick your poison, I suppose. We get more ice in Missouri, but you usually get colder temps for longer periods and oodles more snow (as I’ve recently seen on your blog). I’m for the tropical transplant idea!

      • Janice Person January 31, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

        But I am in St Louis, Missouri! This has just been a really weird year.

  4. DebbieLB January 30, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    I’m with you, Janice! I plan to be a snowbird and fly south for the winter–far south!

  5. Cheyenne February 16, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

    Oh — I’m glad to have found your blog. You are a hilarious and talented writer!

    Yes, misery loves company and I think weather is something we can all just yack over – especially those of us whose lives it affects in such a critical manner (ie – our livelihood depends on rain etc!)

    Truth be told, there have been days where it is marked we live in a place where we have graced the charts on more than one day of the top five coldest places on earth – but I love it – I love four solid seasons. It makes life more adventurous.

    Looking forward to reading more. :)

    • Janice Person February 17, 2014 at 11:53 am #

      Thanks Cheyenne! I’ve never been to Alberta but Shaun Haney keeps trying to get me there! I truly hate winter though I do love how incredible the spring feels after it. I could enjoy spring without that burst of excitement though. LOL! I look forward to reading more and will add you to the list of farm blogs I check out if you don’t mind.

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