Enough Now!  

Knot4Everyone 40F
734 posts
5/13/2006 1:18 pm

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5/17/2006 7:03 pm

Enough Now!

Okay, enough already! I get the point! I asked for rain, true - but I didn't ask for the freezing temps! The calender shows May, but it feels more like March! I hearby apologize to everyone effected by this crappy weather!!

I turn off my furnace a few weeks ago. Being the stubborn person that I am, I refuse to turn it back on until after summer. I keep thinking that it will warm up tomorrow but that hasn't happened yet. The result? It's 52 degrees in my house and I'm wearing about nine layers right now - and I'm still shivering! My fingers are ice, but I will not turn on the heat. That's just the way I am.

As cold as I am right now, it's not the coldest I've ever been.

Growing up I had a small group of friends - the other girls my age that lived on my street. Usually we would play outside or just gather at one of our parent's houses, but sometimes we would get to actually go out into the world and do stuff.

One such occasion was when we went sledding. There was a good sledding hill about a 20-minutes drive from our street, and we had successfully talked one of the fathers into driving us out there. We met at his van, dressed in all of our winter gear and dragging our sleds behind us. We loaded in and he began the drive. We all decided that sledding would be so much fun that we would want to stay out there all day. The father laughed at us, but agreed to drop us off then return to pick us up in about four hours. Cool!

We arrived at the hill and all jumped out of the van and ran to the hill. Climb to the top of the hill, hop on the sled and - WooHooo! - down the hill each of us went! We did this over and over several times, having a blast! Then it happened. It started to rain - freezing rain, actually. It wasn't a nice little sprinkle - it was a downpour!

We all ran to the only shelter we could see - the picnic pavilion. The pavilion had only one wall (on the north side), and several picnic tables were stacked up, leaning against that wall. The wind picked up and the rain was now coming down sideways, through the pavilion. We huddled under the picnic tables and used our sleds to help block the rain. It was a futile effort due to the strong wind gusts...

The rain finally let up a bit, but now everything was all wet and iced over. We were soaked and our clothing was turning to ice. There we sat, crowded under a stack of picnic tables, a group lil' girls turned into ice sculptures!

There were no phone in sight - no sign of life anywhere. Nobody had a cell phone back then, so we couldn't call the father and beg him to hurry back. We had no choice but to wait, and hopefully we'd still be alive when he returned! I was sooooooo cold! I was shivering so violently that I kept hitting against the picnic table. My teeth were chattering so fast and hard that I couldn't talk and was worried I'd break all my teeth!

We had only been sledding about 30 minutes before the rain began, so we figured we had about 3 hours left to sit out there. I seriously thought I was going to die out there!

Finally, after we had lost all hope, we saw a familiar van coming down the road. It was the father! He had noticed that it was raining and decided to come back and check on us. As excited as we were, we didn't move until the van was right next to the pavilion. We jumped in the van and grabbed for anything available to cover up with.

We were only out there for about an hour-and-a-half, but it felt like days! I have never been so cold in my life - I think I still carry the chill from that day in my bones today! Brrrrrrrr!

I'm gong to make a mug of hot chocolate now...

Have you ever been completely stranded and hopeless? What's the coldest you've ever been?


spacecadet561 59M

5/13/2006 3:42 pm

Mercifully, I've managed to not be that cold. I lived in Chicago four years and made sure I had plenty of warm clothes for the hike to school in the frigid winter months. I've muddled through multi-day power outages in frigid weather in Kansas and Alabama, with fireplace for some warmth in Bama and fireplace plus generator in Kansas.

We do swap back and forth between heating and cooling as needed in spring and fall. It's easy with heat pumps, just switch mode at the thermostat. It's the unseasonal days at work, where heating and cooling can't be alternated at the flip of a switch, that get nasty.

SpaceCadetù


Twister2bed 47M
617 posts
5/13/2006 3:48 pm

Not stranded but cold yes. hehe I was at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska.
You don't know cold till you been there in the middle of winter.
I hate Alaska. Coldest I was ever in err -50 maybe.

NOW go turn the damn heat on instead of freezing Knot4


Wordsmith2004 36M
7233 posts
5/13/2006 3:53 pm

Coldest I've ever been....

uhh in a room meeting with an ex-gf's Hyper-Pentecostal father maybe? lol

Actually on a dare once when I was still living in Northern Virginia, my buddies and I played tackle football on the recess yard on a rare January day when it was 20 below...

oh and it was shirts and skins....

care to inference as to what team I ended up on? Hmmm??

Conserve Water and Prevent Global Warming: Shower With A MILF!


spacecadet561 59M

5/13/2006 3:57 pm

    Quoting sexydisaster30:
    Oh this post just made me cold. I hate to be cold.....
Watch out, SexyD, you're probably going to be inundated with propositions to "warm you up", "light your fire", etc.



SpaceCadetù


Knot4Everyone 40F

5/13/2006 4:17 pm

    Quoting sexydisaster30:
    Oh this post just made me cold. I hate to be cold.....
Sorry about that, SexyD! I'll try to stick with warm thoughts from now on!


Knot4Everyone 40F

5/13/2006 4:19 pm

    Quoting spacecadet561:
    Mercifully, I've managed to not be that cold. I lived in Chicago four years and made sure I had plenty of warm clothes for the hike to school in the frigid winter months. I've muddled through multi-day power outages in frigid weather in Kansas and Alabama, with fireplace for some warmth in Bama and fireplace plus generator in Kansas.

    We do swap back and forth between heating and cooling as needed in spring and fall. It's easy with heat pumps, just switch mode at the thermostat. It's the unseasonal days at work, where heating and cooling can't be alternated at the flip of a switch, that get nasty.
I could walk over to the thermostat and flip a switch, but I'm afraid if I do that then I'll be scaring Summer away! Kinda like the groundhog and his shadow...


Knot4Everyone 40F

5/13/2006 4:25 pm

    Quoting Twister2bed:
    Not stranded but cold yes. hehe I was at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska.
    You don't know cold till you been there in the middle of winter.
    I hate Alaska. Coldest I was ever in err -50 maybe.

    NOW go turn the damn heat on instead of freezing Knot4
WOW! -50?!? THAT'S COLD! During the winter of my senior year in high school I was invited to the college I planned to attend in order to take a test (good results meant scholarships, and I needed all the help I could get!). It just so happened that there was a large winter storm that weekend, and I ended up walking across campus. The news reported that the temps that day reached -35, including wind chill. Fortunately I had better winter gear this time, and it wasn't raining!

I say NO to the furnace!


alphuctup 40M

5/14/2006 3:36 am

Skiing in Switzerland, -38 Brrrrrrrr had icicles on my eye lashes.


toothysmile 50M
16515 posts
5/14/2006 4:53 am

One night when I was in college, the temperature was -60 [and, yes, that was without the wind chill factor]. I decided to walk from my school's building to my dorm, a 10-minute walk. By the time I got to my room, I thought my nose and ears would drop off.

And yes, this was in Michigan.
Oddly enough, I do miss that weather sometimes, but overall I 'm happy with the 300 sunny days a year I 'm enjoying right now.


Knot4Everyone 40F

5/14/2006 8:09 pm

    Quoting rm_mzhunyhole:
    Ain't never been stranded..thank goodness..it don't get real cold here..maybe 10 below.
10 below is still cold! I hope you never find yourself stranded! If ya do, give me a shout and I'll be there in a jiffy...


Knot4Everyone 40F

5/14/2006 8:09 pm

    Quoting alphuctup:
    Skiing in Switzerland, -38 Brrrrrrrr had icicles on my eye lashes.
Yikes!


Knot4Everyone 40F

5/14/2006 8:12 pm

    Quoting toothysmile:
    One night when I was in college, the temperature was -60 [and, yes, that was without the wind chill factor]. I decided to walk from my school's building to my dorm, a 10-minute walk. By the time I got to my room, I thought my nose and ears would drop off.

    And yes, this was in Michigan.
    Oddly enough, I do miss that weather sometimes, but overall I 'm happy with the 300 sunny days a year I 'm enjoying right now.
You must have gone to school in the U.P.! My goodness this state has some varied weather! I had no idea Greece was such a sunny place - I need to put that on my list of places to visit!


toothysmile 50M
16515 posts
5/15/2006 12:57 am

LOL...
Actually, Ann Arbor.
And believe it or not the northernmost I 've been is Glen Haven.
After 11 years I am ashamed to say I never made it to the UP.


...and let me know if you plan to visit.
~smiles~


Knot4Everyone 40F

5/17/2006 7:01 pm

    Quoting toothysmile:
    LOL...
    Actually, Ann Arbor.
    And believe it or not the northernmost I 've been is Glen Haven.
    After 11 years I am ashamed to say I never made it to the UP.

    ...and let me know if you plan to visit.
    ~smiles~
Ann Arbor? Ohhhh - you were one of "them". LOL Don't feel bad about not seeing the UP. I haven't spent much time up there at all! Heck, I grew up in Michigan and didn't see The Bridge until I was 19!

And of course I'd let you know if I planned on visiting your neck of the woods!


Knot4Everyone 40F

5/17/2006 7:03 pm

    Quoting HandsumDarktall:
    lol great story! wish I could warm you up!

    Hmm coldest I have ever been? Jezzuz woman! I live in Canada! LMAO cold! lets talk about warm! I want heat! mmm baskin gin the sun naked on the beach kinda heat!

    coldest I have ever been? you and i agree wet cold is the worst! On exercises with my regiment geting soaked with rain and having to carry on for another 24 hours, thats cold, but the coldest I ever remember was when I was a kid my father took us all ice fisshing up north. Freaking disaster of a trip! was sooo cold! LOL the entire area was under snow, I was freezing so much I went backto the truck and stuck my aching feet in the heater vent haha I would leave the truck! My sister came and joined me, then my mom, then the other dads kids haha we rebelled! mindyou I do remember going back out to learn how to shoot a 22 at tin cans! that was cool! what 8 year old will pass that up!


Well, it's warmer out now but I still have a chill! Hurry up and get down here!!!

LOL - Kids and guns - gotta love it!


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