I know, this is an unusually frigid snap for most of the country, but what I don't get is the news media blitz about it. Do we really need to remind people that they should wear hats and gloves when they go outdoor in sub-freezing weather? How many stations have done the "Vaporizing water" trick? I'm still waiting for some news outlet to send some intern out in the streets with a flap of chicken skin and time how long before it's frozen. For some reason, that sticks out in my mind from a weather broadcast years & years ago.
Anyways, things back here at the homestead are, well, cold. Colder than usual.
The weather being the Freezing Vortex that it is (or whatever the heck the media is calling, you know, winter), the wood stove has been cranked for I don't know how many days straight. During the coldest part of the day, it was 42 degrees in the master bath, 51 in the bedroom and 61 on the couch closest to the stove. I know, I know, there are people who have it worse and I shouldn't complain. And it's not the end of the world if I can't walk around in shorts and a t-shirt indoors. I'm actually kind'a liking the long underwear / sweatpants / sweatshirt / socks / slippers layered look.
The outside critters have all survived the worst of the cold snap; 1 degree at night with a windchill of "OMG that's cold". But we're expecting a high of 30 today and only 18 at night so we're over the worst of it. Although we didn't have any animal casualties, we did have two egg casualties:
I've never had eggs crack from freezing so quickly before. I've occasionally left eggs out overnight in the winter and they had cracked, but these were gathered during the day. I just let them defrost on the kitchen counter, fried them up really well, then make myself an egg & cheese sandwich for supper.