Okay, the cold has hit. And I’m having plenty of moments that reveal me instantly as a cold virgin.
I continued to wear my Texas winter clothing (layers and a cute sweater coat with cowboy boots) on Sunday as it dipped into the teens and started snowing. That was stupid.
I woke up on Monday morning to 3 inches of snow outside and realized that my denial of actually living in a cold climate had prevented the purchase of a snow shovel. Thankfully, South Dakota neighbors are kind and one shoveled the walk of the poor Texans. Rob brought home a snow shovel last night.
I’m learning that scarves, hats and gloves hold a very essential purpose in the keeping of warmth. I kind of thought they were just cute winter accessories. Don’t laugh. I really did think that.
My brain doesn’t fathom the single digits on my kitchen window thermometer… especially in conjunction with the fact that I know it runs warm, being on the window. Can. Not. Fathom.
Along those lines, my phone tells me it’s negative four right now. NEGATIVE four. Uh. What??
Rob took my car on Monday as it was the first “on the roads” snow and we don’t know how his two-wheel drive truck will do. As a result, I didn’t leave the house all day, too scared to drive his truck. Get over it, McKay.
Rob will be getting some sandbags for the back of his truck as we’ve been told they help the back end from sliding around. I continue to be amazed by the things cold weather dwellers say as if it’s standard procedure “…if you wash your car make sure you dry the weather stripping because it can freeze together and seal you in or out…” what??
In defense of the cold, it is very pretty. It’s very dry and fluffy and kind of drapes everything in winter decorations. Like spray snow in the windows of Texas retailers. Only better.
I think there’s something to this “dry cold” too. If you’re just going from house to car to business, you don’t have to dress for the arctic – you can dress for a regular Texas winter and it actually doesn’t feel as cold as the Texas winter! Amazing to me that lower temps can feel less cold…
Apparently that style that people from Colorado wore in Texas – that whole “I just got in from hiking… wearing my North Face fleece and gore-tex hiking boots…” lame… is not just a style. And apparently, I need to wear that… because those people look warm.
I’ll keep updating you on the cold front… he he. Just in case any Texas decide to relocate to the “tropics of the north” – yea that’s Rapid City – because it’s a milder winter than most northern areas… milder…