If you are reading this and live in most parts of The USA, then you are probably experiencing the extreme cold today!  Here in Maplewood, New Jersey the temperatures dropped to 3 degrees and the wind chill factor made it feel like -15!  For many parts of the US right now, that is on the warmer side!!  I almost feel guilty complaining when I hear how cold it is in other areas of the country.  We are just not used to it.  I cannot remember it ever being this cold.  The last time I remember temperatures this cold, we were visiting Montreal. It was February 1993 and we were going to The NHL All-Star Game.  The cold was so extreme, that it made our eyes and noses run and it FROZE to our face!!  That is how cold it felt here today!

I don’t like Winter weather on a typical day so this is very unpleasant for me.  I have to count my blessings though.  My house is warm, my power is on, the pipes aren’t frozen.  I have heard so many people that aren’t so lucky!

Fortunately for me, when I do have to go out, I don’t have to be outside for long.  I can jump into my car in the driveway and be at school in under three minutes.  My heat doesn’t even have time to warm up in the car.  I ran right into my building and was out in the cold for less than a minute going and coming from work.  I don’t know how people who work outside these days can manage.  I cringe as I watch firefighters, police officers and public service people working in it.  I am so concerned for homeless people.  I know that there are shelters offering housing and I pray that they are taking advantage of it.  That worries me so much.

I am hearing that these drastic temperatures will not last for long, but it is only January and there are still many more days of winter ahead!  Stay warm and safe!


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