With the wind chill factor being 2 below, and an actual temperature of 14 degrees, if one is not acclimated to the weather in the Midwest, they'd head for the nearest island in the South Pacific from just the THOUGHT of the frigid cold nearing it's way!
Here, in Illinois, we adjust, for we have accepted the seasonal changes. We don't get too alarmed listening to the news reports... it's expected! Now, listen, if the *hawk went to Alabama, tempered with just a 'lil bit of snow..... Hunnie, you'd get a vivid new meaning of some foods: Namely "BREAD ROLLS" & MILK SHAKES!" *("hawk" means the cold, blowing, stinging wind - in Chicago lingo)
Just ask Charita Cadenhead, a transplant from Detroit. She finally got accustomed to the ways of the Southern belles & beaus as if it were the regular fare of the day! She did however write her post though, to give others a peek into some of the widely practiced traditions put into use on days when snow makes it's visitation! I smiled widely reading it!
Scanning through a few Facebook notations, i ALSO read with much sober interest the other day, an incredible account of what someone else had observed. This fellow Chicagoan reported to the audience what he had witnessed while he himself was making haste to get to the warmth of a heat-filled enclosure.
In his direct warning to others about the danger of the arctic-like piercingly bitter cold, still shivering, he spoke in between sniffles, walking stiffly, making mummy-like movements. You see, he understood that a sudden misstep could mean a loss of his toes, for they were apparently frost-bitten!
Now, this particular scribbler has close to 5,000 fans, friends and admirers that habitually tune in for daily counsel. Naturally, those of us that click in, come braced to receive words of wisdom to apply to our lives, but this was one NONE of us saw coming when out of his lips (due to the fierceness of the cold) came:
"Mannnn, brrrr!!! It is SO COLD outside..... that i saw....
A PIT BULL...... WEARING A POODLE!
("This beautiful pit bull terrier enjoying the heavy snowfall is owned by Briar Patch Plantation in MD") www.briarpatchplantation.com
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL - STAY WARM! WISHING EVERYONE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!