Archive for January, 2009

How cold is it?

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

There’s been a lot of talk of the cold hitting the nation over the last day or two.  It was about 5 degrees outside this morning when I was feeding/watering the livestock and the wind chill put it well below zero.  It was also a common subject of discussion around work this morning.  In light of that, I thought I’d post a little perspective on the cold – it’s an oldie but a goodie.

So, how cold is it to you?

+70 F (+21 C) Alaskans declare record heatwave.

+60 F (+15 C) Californians rise from hibernation and put on sweaters (if they can find one in their wardrobe!).

+50 F (+10 C) Canadians sweat. Miami residents turn on the heat. A nice day for a Wisconsin summer picnic.

+40 F (+5 C) You can see your breath. Siberians melt. Californians shiver uncontrollably. Minnesotans go swimming.

+35 F (+2 C) Italian cars don’t start.

+32 F (0 C) Water freezes solid.

+30 F (-1 C) You plan your vacation to Houston. Minnesotans put on t-shirts. Politicians begin to worry about the homeless. English cars don’t start.

+25 F (-4 C) Boston water freezes. Californians weep pitiably. Minnesotans eat ice cream. Canadians go swimming.

+20 F (-7 C) You can hear your breath. Politicians begin to talk about the homeless. New York City water freezes. Miami residents plan vacations further south.

+15 F (-10 C) French cars don’t start. You plan a vacation in Mexico. Your cat insists on sleeping in bed with you.

+10 F (-12 C) Too cold to ski. You need jumper cables to get the car going.

+5 F (-15 C) You plan your vacation to Australia. American cars don’t start.

+0 F (-18 C) Alaskans put on t-shirts. Too cold to skate.

-10 F (-23 C). German cars don’t start. Eyes freeze shut when you blink.

-15 F (-26 C) You can cut your breath and use it to build an igloo. Arkansans stick tongue on metal objects. Miami residents cease to exist.

-20 F (-30 C) Cat insists on sleeping in your pajamas with you. Politicians actually do something about the homeless. Minnesotans shovel snow off roof. Japanese cars don’t start.

-25 F (-32 C) Too cold to think. You need jumper cables to get the driver going. Green Bay Packer fans start wearing shirts.

-30 F (-34 C) You plan a two-week hot bath. The mighty Monongahela freezes. Swedish cars don’t start.

-40 F (-40 C) Californians disappear. Minnesotans button top button. Canadians put on sweaters. Your car helps you plan your trip south.

-50 F (-46 C) Congressional hot air freezes. Alaskans close the bathroom window.

-80 F (-62 C) Hell freezes over. Polar bears move south.

-90 F (-68 C) Lawyers put their hands in their own pockets.

Now that I can login…

Friday, January 9th, 2009

…it’s time for an update.

Christmas and New Year’s has come and gone, and things are getting back to normal around the ranch.  Several of the goats have been off at the breeder, and they are now home, along with a new addition to the goat herd named Bridget.  She’s due to kid around the end of the month, so baby season will be starting early this year.

Speaking of babies, Julianna (who we have taken to calling “Ju-Ju”) is almost seven months, and can crawl really really fast now.  She’s been taking pillaging lessons from her big brother William.  She’s been a dillegent student, and is now into everything she can get her little hands on.

Elizabeth is learning to read, and I think Teresa is trying to keep up with her, so she may end up learning to read early :)

Dominic has grown taller than his mother (sigh…he’s growing up).  He’s still got a way to go before he gets taller than me, but the day will probably come.

I managed to sprain my back falling down some icy stairs.  I have my fifth trip to the chiropractor today.  The good news is that I haven’t had any back spasms in almost 48 hours now…and they’ve been a constant for over two weeks.

So that’s the short version of recent history.  I’ll try to post a little more often now that I can again!

At last! I’m IN!!!

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Ok, so I’ve been quiet for a long time.  I’d like to say that’s only partly my fault.  I had actually intended to post over a week ago, but when I tried to login to WordPress…nada.

I searched for a fix and found lots of suggestions, none of which worked.  Finally I tried renaming my plugins folder and voila!  I can login again!.

Turns out the real problem was a plugin I use(d) called fGallery.  Well, not using it anymore!  So, for the time being if you click on the Pictures link at the top, you’ll get a lovely little 404.  I’ll see about finding a replacement for fGallery in the near future.