Friday, February 1, 2019

We're All Ears Challenge:: February :: Frozen

They call the land where I live the "Frozen Tundra."

And this week, I totally believe this to be true!

Temperatures as I write this are dipping into the -20 to -30 range...and that is before the gusty winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, which means that it feels like -50 below and colder!

Schools are closed for most of this week. Businesses and restaurants have shut down. Even the local university (actually, every state college in Wisconsin!) has been called off. When windchill gets colder than -20 to -30 you can get frostbite in less than 10 minutes. Imagine how fast at -50 to -60 below. This polar vortex is brutally COLD and highly DANGEROUS!

This morning I woke up to about mid 50 degrees inside my house with -27 degrees outside and 11 mph winds. Brrrr! We called the technician right away and it was a relatively minor fix, thankfully. But it made me pause to be grateful that I do have a warm place to live and the means to have something like this fixed pretty quickly. When I look out my windows it really is both harsh and beautiful, in a Game of Thrones beyond-the-wall kind of way (can't wait for April...72 days, baby!). Doesn't mean I want to be out in it, but at least it is pretty to view.

So this month, what is on my mind is what I see from my cozy vantage point: snow, ice and frost. Yes, the sun is out and the sky is blue, but the cold is bitter even when it creates undulating landscapes of snow, crackled icicles dangling precariously and dancing frost on the windows.

I am so glad my husband bought me a heated bird bath to keep all my feathered friends hydrated during this weather! They have been flitting around the feeders the past few days so I feel like they know we love them. I especially adore how the cardinals pop out against the stark palette of winter. I do have an affinity for snowflakes and hoarfrost as well. And of course, there are the Let It Go sisters and their quirky snowman friend, Olaf, in case you are into that. I see lots of white and other frosty pastels, jagged crystal points and streamers of Swarovskis playing against a backdrop of stark steel wire. All are fair game for this month!

What winter image will you use as your inspiration?

Stay warm + be safe, and see you on Friday, February 15th to show off our FROZEN earrings!


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  2. And here I was whining about walking into Walmart yesterday at 3:30 PM with 60 degree temps and walking back out an hour later to windy winter temps of 50ish. All perspective I guess. I'm so blessed to live in the Chihuahua desert of far West Texas! However, I rarely have the images of winter that you have presented here, lol. So, hmmmm, not sure what my inspiration will be. Maybe bare trees surrounded by cacti???

  3. I am someone who shivers at a 10-12 degrees and I cannot even imagine how it would be at -20. I think snow looks beautiful when viewed from a distance but it not might be great to experience it

  4. Gosh - its positively mild over here compared to that