Okay, that’s not actually a quote, but it was the gist of the conversation…
Our Christmas holiday was an all around success. All the kids were home, with their additions, and we partied and ate and laughed just like one would hope to do to celebrate. I knew it would be cold and wanted the house warm, especially for the southern contingent, so the boys helped me put up an extra trailer load of small wood for the inside stoves. Both the parlor stove and kitchen cook stove were glowing and it looked like Hawaiian night on the frozen tundra! The little girls got new Christmas jammies, flannel, and they were so warm that it turned in to topless night! You KNOW it’s a great party when..well, never mind.
Solstice bonfire was good but abbreviated by the the sub zero temps, which set in and have hung on ever since. I think living with frigid weather is a state of mind, and get just the least bit grabby when the rest of the country gets some of our annual experience and the media just goes on and on and on about it! Geez, just deal with it! Not saying it’s easy or a safe condition, just saying do what needs doing without all the pontificating. Like the the term polar vortex was just coined yesterday! Hardly.
Must, Must take this moment to point out the GLARING irony of the global warming research team getting trapped in the oh so disappearing Antarctic icepack! Anyone else catch that? Media has managed to downplay that angle to obscurity, but let’s be honest, Lou, they all planned to go take footage of drowning polar bears with no ice left in sight. Wait, wrong Pole, never mind! Anyway, it was not lost on me that at the end of the day, despite all our apologies and the labels we’ve been given, the whole world knows what nation to turn to for help when it’s fat is about to go in the fire. Gratifying to hear the US Coast Guard will get to write the final chapter in the silly farce. Such internet sensations, too.
On a genuinely historic sidenote, the Norwegian explorer Nansen deliberately put a ship, the Fram (meaning Forward), into the pack ice at the North Pole 120 years earlier. It was built of wood and designed to withstand the ice pressure and they stayed with it 3 YEARS as the ice rotated them nearly over the Pole and then spit them out! Now that’s a story. The ship can still be seen on display in Oslo. Further, Amundsen re used the same ship in some of his South Pole explorations.
A noteworthy gift I received was a new splitting maul, for firewood making. 8 pound variety with a poly handle and rubber grip as well as rubber protection at the handle base. Son was worried as to its composition, knowing my penchant for natural materials. But he also knew that Dad is pragmatic when it come to his tools, and if the better tool for a given job comes out of a yellow plastic mould, then bring on the yellow plastic!