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Can’t do serious when it’s this cold #mnwinter #polarvortex


So, it sounds like the whole country is enjoying the Arctic blast this weekend (hey, we’ve been “enjoying” this since last weekend, so no sympathy from this direction). Our daily highs the past couple days and for the next few days will be single digits BELOW 0 degrees F. And don’t get me started on the lows (-20 degrees F). Then again, we live way farther south than International Falls, so I guess I can’t complain too much, because they are ten to twenty degrees colder than we are.

BTW, that’s not wind chill. The weather wonks are saying -20 to -35 wind chills this weekend. Yep, stayin’ in for sure. Just another day in paradise–if you’re a polar bear. And yes, it’s tradition in MN to complain about the weather …

So, to lighten things up, I collected a few reflections on, you guessed it, cold weather.

On the bright side, we are kitten-sitting this weekend! And Zoey is tolerating the kittens more this time. She’ll even stay in the same room with them now.

Cold outside is just one more excuse to stay in and write.

Stay warm, everyone! Keep writing!

Wake me when it warms up!

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, six chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

19 thoughts on “Can’t do serious when it’s this cold #mnwinter #polarvortex

  1. We had some terribly cold winters where I grew up, Julie, although perhaps not quite as cold as you’re dealing with right now. It’s good writing weather, even if it’s terrible outside, so I’m sure your Muse is happy that you’re motivated to stay indoors. Stay safe, stay warm, and enjoy those adorable kittens!


    • It is good writing weather! This type of cold isn’t unusual here, but it is when it’s a stretch of a week+ of below-zero highs. On the bright side, it’s supposed to get up to freezing next week–woo-hoo! Heat wave! 🙂

      Have a great rest of your week, Margot!

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  2. Generally speaking, winter sucks.

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  3. Even we have snow, Julie. First time in two years. It’s so pretty. Enjoy your indoor weather and Happy Writing!

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  4. That’s horribly cold, Julie. Enjoy the kitty visitors.

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  5. I’m so sick of cold weather, but you have it far worse than we do. Stay warm and pray for an early spring,
    Loved the memes!

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  6. Glad the cats are finding peace with each other. Stay warm (and stay inside)!

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    • It was great to see all three of them in the same room by the time my son came to pick them up. And Zoey didn’t even growl (much) by then.

      You stay warm, too! You guys have been getting the snow. Feel free to keep it out there 🙂 We’re supposed to have a heat wave all the way up to freezing next week–yippee!

      Enjoy the rest of your week, Staci!

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  7. Funny funnies! I don’t envy you that cold at all. But having an excuse to stay in (besides covid) sounds lovely.
    And hello you darling kitty kitties! They’re getting so big now! Glad Zoey is tolerating them. 🙂

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    • Yep, staying inside and admiring the brilliant sunshine, because we know bright sun usually means cold this time of year. Melting will commence next week when we get above freezing!

      It was neat to see the cats finally able to be in the same room with each other. My son left one of the cat toys–like a fishing rod with a bell and feathers at the end of a line–to play with the kittens. Zoey joined in, too, so they were sort of getting along.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, Betsy!

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      • Wow, even old Zoey was feeling like a kitten again!

        So strange that bright sun means cold. The kids (okay, fine, and I) get confused when that happens around here. It looks so warm and pleasant outside, but brr! (You know, brr for us. We’ve got nothing on you.)

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      • I hope everyone has plenty of fire wood. Hearing about rolling black outs or brown outs makes me so nervous for anyone who may not have a fireplace. And if they do, that they may not have wood. :/

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      • Yes, the people down South aren’t used to this type of cold, and for the electricity to be out, when I’ll bet a lot of them have electric heat. I saw on the news that some garbage companies or whoever clears out trees and brush was giving wood away. We complain about the cold here in MN, but we’re equipped for it (furnaces, something besides electric heat, because that could get really expensive). My niece moved to Dallas a few years ago to get away from the cold weather. I have to chuckle a bit now, just because.

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      • That’s nice to hear about the wood given away. Your poor niece. Heh. 🙂

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