Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

 

“Hey, Lucy. It’s Friday. Let’s kick out”
“You must be the smallest horse on the planet Little Potato.”

Another Friday has rolled around. The winter vortex is in full force. I’ve been getting reports from the North on terrifying stories about getting stranded in the cold. Reminds us all to take warm outerwear whenever we venture out. It is way too easy to be caught in the elements and then be made to suffer the effects of the cold.

Here in South Texas, we don’t have the kind of cold that is capable of taking life. We start to complain at 70 degrees and whine at 40 but don’t have to worry about a life-threatening situation. I hope everyone stays safe and remembers to toss in some heavy outdoor wear even if you are only going to the store.

Today’s JohnKu discusses the cold. I hope you all have a beautiful weekend.

Cold by John W. Howell © 2109

You can be taken,

Without even noticing . . .

How bitter the Temp.

67 comments

  1. You don’t have to worry about the cold in winter but you must certainly do have to worry about the heat come summer. It’s crazy how bitterly cold some regions have it. It’s been no picnic here but I still feel luckier than those areas with the -45C… scary.
    Lovely Johnku. And may you and your gang have a most wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanmk you, Dale. Have a super weekend as well.

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      1. Thank you, kind sir!

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  2. Had -15 yesterday and it’s -1 today . . . Progress!

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    1. Coming at you again next week I hear.

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  3. After being in the teens the last few morning, we’ll be warming up close to 70 by next week. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Get out the sunscreen. Thanks, Jill

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  4. Agreed, John. I hope all come through this unscathed.

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    1. Good thought, GP.

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  5. John,

    A friend of mine had to deal with a furnace that decided to go out in the middle of the night. On the coldest night of year, of course. The things we take for granted until we don’t have them, I tell you what.

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    1. It does not take long for pipes to freeze when the heat shuts down. I know about taking things for granted. We do it all the time.

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      1. You ain’t kidding. It’s the little things that really are not such little things.

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      2. Like an ambient temperature of 70.

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      3. Stop teasing! LOL

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  6. My daughter and her husband in Chicago are just staying inside. A lot of venues are closed down. —- Suzanne

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    1. I think that is wise. Thanks, Suzanne.

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  7. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    It’s mighty cold in the Ozarks, and I long for California beach weather. It’s time for bundling and hiding indoors. Take care of you and yours. 🙂

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    1. Yeah, you as well, Gwen.

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  8. I worry about those in the freezing zone, but I’m glad it’s not here in Idaho this time.

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    1. Me too. (glad it’s not freezing here)

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  9. I’ve heard those stories, too. A farmer friend in Illinois came very close to real trouble with hypothermia and one in Michigan posted about a statewide plea to turn thermostats down to 65 because of a fire at a natural gas storage facility that supplies 65% of the state’s heating sources. Winter’s an annoyance, until it becomes a killer.

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    1. It gets real serious real fast. Thanks, Linda.

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  10. The cold and I have reached an understanding: I don’t venture outside and it won’t kill me. Today’s weather right now? -24C (11.2F)

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  11. Just saw this tidbit about two possible records for Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The other day, a record low of -13 …. Sunday is a possible record high of 55. That’s a crazy swing!

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    1. I would say. Glad I don’t live in Ft Wayne.

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      1. Just saw another one … a town in northern Minnesota … -56 to 30.

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      2. I can hear the foundations cracking now.

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      3. … and that’s not a good thing.

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      4. I would think not unless you are in the foundation repair business.

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  12. Yes, it has been nasty here. Peyton goes to Iowa State and has been out of school since Tuesday. and here in NW Burbs of Chicago, we have been freezing our tails off. No mail for the past two days, businesses closed – Wednesday could have been mistaken for Christmas morning – that eerie feeling where there are no cars on the road, quiet everywhere except the noises the house makes….all so surreal.

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    1. I used to live in Palatine and then Maringo. I understand those NW winters. Stay warm, Kimberly.

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  13. Weather has been extreme in the summers and winters these last few years. Praying for everyone’s safety.

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    1. Me too, Staci. Thank you.

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  14. 1degree in our garden. Snow last night for the first time, now it’s melting.

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    1. I would die at one degree. Thanks for the report, Janet.

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  15. I’ve been reading some of the other temps on here and feel kind of fortunate that our worst was -2. It’s 10 right now, but we’re expecting 50ish weather next week. I can’t wait! Keep sending that Gulf air up this way 🙂

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    1. We are hitting close to 70 today. Next week will nice but in the 60’s. No, not below zero.

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      1. Ahhhh, bliss! 🙂

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  16. Nice, John. Walked our crazy little redhead around the yard at -3°f this morning. She was looking for the bunny that has taken to resting inside the reasonably well-covered air conditioning compressor area. “No hunting – it’s too cold!”

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    1. Ha ha ha. I’ll bet. Minus three is damn cold.

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  17. We’ve warmed back up to the 40s, but even the local university called off classes on Wednesday due to the temps.

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    1. Doesn’t seem fair. My university never called off class even at below zero temps.

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  18. Port Aransas is SOO tempting right now.

    But at least we won’t get inundated by spring breakers in six weeks. That’s a positive. 🙂

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    1. Lucky you for sure. 🤢

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  19. When it gets this cold in Central Illinois, I hunker down, throw on more layers, and stay inside! Even the Sheltie doesn’t relish being out in that howling wind. However, today the sun is shining, and we’re hoping for a nice February thaw.

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    1. I feel your pain, Debbie.

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  20. D.L Finn, Author · · Reply

    I can’t imagine how cold it feels at those bitter temperatures. I don’t think I’ve been in anything under 0. Always good advice to dress warmly. If it’s under 50 here I’m bundled up:)

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    1. Me too. I start the layers at 60. Thanks, Denise.

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  21. The weather has been horrid for folks up north. And, that’s why I live in the south. 🙂 Love the JohnKu!

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  22. It’s been mighty frigid here in Niagara, John, but we shall endure, as always.
    Great work this week,

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    1. You are hardy souls for sure.

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  23. Hi John! Your Johnku is right on point the cold can be very insidious. You have a great weekend too! 😊

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    1. Have a good one, Vashti.

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  24. Wrote a gorgeous response and WP erased. Lil pup is AFFIRMING power and humor. A girl needs to kick her heels up on occasion, whether it is 4 or 2. Gorgeous!
    As for cold? note airline increase for folks who’d LOVE to go somewhere else. In CA, the whining begins at 72 degrees and continues as a chant whine until 72 returns. You in Texas have your own brand of weather drama: rain. I remember when. buckets, dramatic buckets on my head.

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    1. WP is like that. It does rain like that in Texas.

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  25. In Scotland, folks handle winter cold by wearing the same outfit all winter, and using water bottles.
    That does NOT cover this debacle, however, in the midwest. I truly have compassion for them.
    ANd IT’S DANGEROUS.

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    1. So true, Madam. Thanks for the visit

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  26. Well done JohnKu! Happy Weekend and stay warm.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  27. Great advice! Hope you have a great week-end John.

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    1. You as well, Deborah.

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