Maybe this is not the morning to say again how grateful I am to be making my recovery in a temperate climate. But it really would have a very different outcome if I had icy sidewalks and cold winds to contend with.
A lot of my therapy and exercise takes place in the outdoors and I've learned that if I settle in, try to get comfortable, and do less activity it just makes things worse.
This morning, as she was leaving for work, Lisa mentioned she had opened our kitchen window. I immediately wondered about the yeast I was culturing in there (beer stuff–– more on that later). Would it get too cold? Cold. I will point out it is now 56ºF and expected to reach 72º today.
I started reading the news and noticed a piece about the cold front in the northern Midwest. I wondered what this morning looks like for our friend Ellen in St. Paul. I looked it up. Here's what I saw:
I couldn't breathe. For a full minute I stared and gasped.
I'm not sure I've ever–– even growing up in New York, living in New England, traveling all over the country–– experienced anything like that.
Midwesterners? How are you doing? Do your cars start? Do you burn rocket fuel in your fireplace? Are the children and small pets allowed to go near the windows?
I just noticed though, there's good news for St.Paul. It only feels like -11 below. Hi, Ellen. Stay warm. Pip & Loki, stay inside!