Some call it The Polar Vortex. Before that we used to call it a cold snap. We have one now that probably won’t relent until the end of the week. How chilly is it you ask. It was -31F (-35C) when I got up this morning. AND there was a breeze making the windchill on the dangerous side. I waited until about 8:30 or 9:00 before putting the horses out after a night in the barn. It was up to a balmy -25F (-32C) by then, but there was still a breeze. At least the sun is out and if you stand in it and stay out of the wind it is tolerable to be out if dressed appropriately which means barely able to move because you are wearing 40 pounds of clothing.
When you live in conditions like this it helps to have some diversion. There was a Robert Burns dinner last night in town with some entertainment. I got to be part of the quartet for the earlier part of the program providing some Scottish tunes. There was also another musical group featuring a couple of ten year old girls on fiddle. They were pretty good and very cute. There was the obligatory piper cranking out some bagpipe music and two pipers when it came to “piping in the haggis”. A young friend that I hadn’t seen for about five or ten years was there to play the part of Robert Burns reading a poetic tribute to the haggis before stabbing it with a knife. We all had a wee dram of Scotch whiskey to toast the haggis and then it was time for me to take an exit and get home to put the horses in. I wasn’t planning on staying through all the ceremonies, but I was on stage and there was no graceful way out, so I made the best of it. A few more drams would have made it better, but I had to drive home. Here are a couple of shots using my cell phone from the stage.
It is noon now and up to -12F The sea smoke is dissipating because the big lake is turning to ice. At least the wind has calmed down. Time to go out and clean the barn.