My Lord why do humans live here? This morning it was -26 degrees. That's 26 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. The real live temp, without windchill factored in. The local news channel was hammering nails with frozen bananas on their morning show.
But strangely I can still take this better than 95 degrees and 100% humidity, so maybe I'm in the right place. And Minnesotans certainly have a sense of humor and acceptance of the frigid landscape. The U.S. Pond Hockey tournaments are tomorrow in Minneapolis, where over 1,600 players will play outside, and like it! Later will come the St. Paul Winter Carnival complete with ice castle, ice sculpture, and a great custom wine from a winery just 20 miles from me. I sampled some last week and was immediately in love, but at $45 a tall beautiful slim cobalt blue bottle, I'll have to love it from afar.
Tomorrow, locals in my town will gather to sing away winter. From northfield.org: members of the Northfield Historical Society will be serving ice cream and hot beverages at the first Winter Scream. The NHS Exec. Dir has declared "enough is enough - we're going to throw off the tyranny of winter and celebrate with an ice cream social". A communal sing designed to force the weather gods to release Northfield from winter's grip will be held at noon.
Minnesotans - you gotta love 'em. You betcha!