Our low temps over night are still dipping down to around 20 or 25 below. The winds did abate a bit today. No loss of power that we've heard of. But still, the wind chill forecast is for 49 degrees below zero at this time.
Schools will be closed for the third day in a row tomorrow. Some businesses in town are still open, others are closed. There was no mail delivery in the whole state of Minnesota today. It's not only the northern part of our state that has dangerously cold conditions. And other parts of the Midwest have been hit, too.
Chicken Mama has come down with a bona fide case of influenza. Fortunately, she's not far from us so we're keeping her firewood supply handy (rather than her hauling it in herself) along with other necessities. My job has been to convince her she cannot rush into getting up and back to work or the results will be bad. The doctor told her as long as her lungs stay clear, she should be okay. But for others in the community, he's seen this flu go into pneumonia. Some have even landed in the hospital. So far, she's being good, but I have rope and I'm not afraid to tie her down.
Papa Pea is taking good care of everything outside around here. I haven't been out since last Monday morning. He's currently known as the man in black. (Move over, Johnny Cash.) With his black super-insulated coveralls, black ear flap hat, black face mask and black mitts all in place he says he's comfortable when outside. He's also been wearing goggles (black rimmed) to protect his eyes when the wind is howling. Such a stylish figure he does cut.
Unfortunately, I listened to that wind from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. this morning. Out on the couch so as not to wake my bed partner. When hubby got up at 6, I crawled back into bed thinking I still wouldn't be able to sleep. Woke up at 9 a.m. so I think I gained back those hours lost in the night.
All in all, we're surviving without any difficulty. We're warm and eating good. Meat loaf, scalloped potatoes, green beans, and fruit salad for dinner tonight. Cherry Cottage Pudding for dessert. All is well.
Sending out wishes for warmth and safety for all of you.
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