The WEATHER Made Them Do It!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL 481.010183

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....



("This beautiful pit bull terrier enjoying the heavy snowfall is owned by Briar Patch Plantation in MD")




Comments (19)

Tom Robinson
Keller Williams Realty Kingstowne/Alexandria, VA Office - Fairfax, VA
Experienced Real Estate, Professional Serving No. VA and DC

Its even a bit frosty in Florida and chilly in Cuba.

Dec 16, 2010 01:59 AM
Melissa Juarez
Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC - Quincy, MA

Thanks for the post. The weather is changing. Hope you have a great Holiday!

Dec 16, 2010 02:00 AM
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

Tom:  Seems EVERY state is affected!

Melissa - Thanks for the best wishes... we are expecting MORE snow, of course... Ti's the season!

Dec 16, 2010 02:08 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I'm a transplant from Los Angeles - I moved here in 1986 and have never gotten used to this crazy weather.  I think if you're born here, it's a lot easier.

Dec 16, 2010 02:11 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Well, well, well, look blew in with the last storm another northerner who lovescan deal with most of what Mother Nature sends our way. 

As kids we loved playing in the snow and cold weather meant ice skating.  Later as an adult to took up cross country skiing and hiking in the woods both good opportunities to enjoy Mother Nature.

It is good to be back in the Rain & see you here, too.

Merry Christmas to you & Husbo from your friend in Erie, PA/along the shores of Lake Erie

Dec 16, 2010 02:27 AM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

My hounds won't even chase the crows on their dog yard fence while the snow is coming down!!!

Dec 16, 2010 03:43 AM
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I'm in NC and freezing.  Don't want to think about living any where colder!

Dec 16, 2010 06:21 AM
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

I'm firmly convinces that mother nature just gives us the weather so we have something to complain about.

To hot, to cold, to wet, to dry. and every now and then one of those gorgeous perfect days.

Dec 16, 2010 08:08 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Diane, I did my Boot Camp in Great Lakes in 1970, and I still remember to this day how cold the month of December was.  I was sure glad to leave there just before Xmas for RI.  Not that RI can't get extremely cold as well, but the wind blowing off the lake cut to the bone :)

Dec 16, 2010 09:12 AM
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

Margaret, understand you perfectly!  My son moved to LA over 10 years ago. When he visits, he SHIPS his coats, boots, snow pants, etc. AHEAD of his arrival to prepare! 

HEY MARY!! - You've been away too, right?   Had to make my rounds for a bit until.....  Thank you for all the well wishes.  Snow is like a cleansing.... so pure.  Please give your husbo a big hug and kiss from this side of town.  Doing applesauce this season?

Wallace:  TOO Funny - It's so imaginable too! WHO blames them?

Allen:  Shoot!  You have NOT felt cold yet!

Erby:  Hmmm Ya think? And just listen to us!  We go through this EVERY year as if it were the FIRST time!

George:  If you had stayed longer - you may have gotten used to it and end up even LIKING it!  I know exactly how you felt though... BONE cold does not have quick relief!

Dec 16, 2010 12:37 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Hey, Hubby, sends a hug & kiss via the stage coach heading west on I-90.  I am heading for the woods & my cross country ski run.  Yes, the applesauce is in the freezer--about 20 quarts.

Dec 17, 2010 06:33 AM
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

Mary - Thanky mam! Have FUN in the snow!  Twenty quarts?  That's a LOT of applesauce!  Proud of ya!

Dec 17, 2010 03:57 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Diane, We've had rain for the past few days...not cold by any Illinois standard and I remember being in Chicago during Christmas, loved it! Learned real quick to avoid wearing make-up on those below 0 days when going outside! I remember living in Colorado and loving the snow when I am spoiled by living in the south...that dog looks C-O-L-D!

Dec 19, 2010 07:48 AM
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

Wanda, it's a rarity to hear someone from a warm climate say they LOVE the cold of Illinois! I used the picture (with permission) of the pit bull to emphasize the humor and it looks like... NOBODY got it!

Dec 19, 2010 08:32 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


What a cold looking pic! 

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

Dec 19, 2010 02:42 PM
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

Hey Judi!  Thanks - back atcha!

Dec 20, 2010 04:08 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Hello Diane, happy holidays to you!  You know that I'm very familiar with the Hawk and Mr. Lou Rawls said it best: "And they call it the windy city because of the Hawk.  All mighty Hawk..."

I didn't make it into Chicago over the holidays, but did spend time in Woodstock...enjoyed the cold and snow...the weird thing was the 3" of snow that welcomed me back to Alabama...first white Christmas here in over 21 years.

Dec 27, 2010 01:30 PM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

How could I have missed this?  I'll tell you, having lived in the artic winters of Detroit and the tropic winters of the south, I know of what you speak.  Speaking of the "hawk" when referring to Illinois (particularly Chicago) always reminds me of Lou Rawls (how old did you say you were)?

I'm with the pit, give me a poodle cause I'm cold in 70 degree weather if the wind is blowing.  I'll take a Bama winter any day.

Dec 28, 2010 12:37 PM
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

Nick:  THANK YOU!  Back atcha!  It's something hearing the weather stories from around the globe.  The COLD in Las Vegas and just today hearing about the frost in Florida.  What happened, is that you were having such an enjoyable time in the cold and snow in Illinois until the snow just up and followed you!

Charita:  HEY!  Listen, with YOUR fan list.... a post could easily elude you, and i would not feel slighted in the least bit!  Age? Older than you.  I too am with the pit! GOOD to see ya! 

Dec 28, 2010 01:04 PM