Thursday, January 15, 2009

I live here

a vast [treeless] Arctic region with permanently frozen subsoil 

(minus the treeless) that pretty much sums things up

But in case you wanted more detail (which I'm always happy to oblige), here's a little glimpse of life in the tundra:

strange phenomenon, such as ice crusted snow.
the kids love to eat it.
I love the sound and feel of walking on it 
(crunching, cracking ice before plunging into powder)
other strange phenomenon (not pictured), the tingly, prickly feeling you immediately get inside your nostrils when you step outside and they start to freeze up.

Today is a "stay-at-home-day"
(Noah's words)
school cancelled
things closed
(and into the -40's and -50's with windchill)

so we did this
(yes, they're in there)

I even delivered their lunch
(which Alex is currently stuffing into her mouth)

It's after 1pm
we're in our pj's

I did clean my bathrooms today
and made Orange Rolls

Pretty productive if you ask me.

And from where I'm sitting

(inside my house, with the clean bathrooms, at the computer desk, in my sweats, wrapped in a blanket, next to the fort where my children are playing happily, and not far from the oven where the orange rolls are baking)

this place is beautiful

Another bonus to the coldest weather MN has seen in over 5 years:
Paul turned the thermostat up (ever so slightly).
so the pipes don't freeze.
: )


JoAnna said...

Yay!!! Hooray for Paul turning up the thermostat and you making orange rolls!!!
Miss you today!

Carrie Anne said...

hahahahaha!!!:) at least you got to turn up the thermostat!:) way to have a positive attitude when living on a tundra!:)

steve & kim said...

HAHA! Sounds miserable, but looks really fun!

Lori said...

Oh Summer! You have a great attitude :) I've just been feeling sorry for myself because we are having a cold spell of 4 degrees. I promise not to complain anymore.

Amy Schelin said...

You deserve an award for living in that. It is weird to take my kids to the beach today since it was 82 degrees in the O.C. and then the rest of the country is in a deep freeze. How does that happen? My seasons are completely thrown off here.

Michele and John said...

teach me to make orange rolls... is it the cold weather that makes you so domestic?

Dad said...

Im glad Paul has compassion for the freezing pipes while he strolls around his 70 degree hospital.

B-Hams said...

I totally hear ya! Its -9 today here in the Ohio with a -30 windchill and we are freezing our guts out! Way to be positive about the artic chill!

Paul said...

Summer, maybe you should tell everyone what our thermostat is set at.


Your abusive husband writing from the balmy airs of the medicine ward at St Mary's Hospital

P.S. I don't think I'll come home tonight; I'm just going to take my shirt off and tan under these fluorescent lights.

Randy and Tiffany said...

LOL, Paul's comment is funny :)
And you just made me crave orange rolls...crap, now I have to go to the store and make some

Sarah said...

Hahahaha, I just read Paul's comment. Love it. Also, I love reading your posts about the weather there, it totally brings me back to my childhood! :)