Not so long ago, I dreamed of living in a cooler climate. I imagined beautiful Norman Rockwell-type winter scenes — snow covered fur trees, a cozy cabin with a roaring fireplace, and horse-drawn sleighs (except the horses would have had to wear warm, insulated, non-skid footwear and blankets). I must have been nuts!

Not so long ago, I dreamed of living in a cooler climate. I imagined beautiful Norman Rockwell-type winter scenes — snow covered fur trees, a cozy cabin with a roaring fireplace, and horse-drawn sleighs (except the horses would have had to wear warm, insulated, non-skid footwear and blankets). I must have been nuts!


Our winter is really just kicking in and there’s already been an ice storm and temperatures fit for polar bears. According to old wives’ tales, we’re sure to get more of the frozen, wet stuff since ice from the first spell stayed on the ground more than three days. I can hardly wait.


I’m so tired of being cold I may take up residence on top of my gas cook stove … with the burners on high! And we’re living in a balmy paradise compared to other areas of the country and the world.


Antarctica is considered to be about the coldest place on earth and people actually live there. On Aug. 10, 2010, the temperature was 136 degrees BELOW zero in one of its coldest areas! On the plus side, you’d never have to worry about keeping foods and drinks cold. Put ‘em outside the door for 10 seconds and they’ll be frozen solid for weeks, but so would you.


In Yakutsk, Russia the average high in January is reportedly 34 degrees BELOW zero, yet there are more than 200,000 residents in that area … and they go outside. I saw a picture of a smiling girl in her fur-lined parka, surrounded by ice and snow. They either paid her a fortune to pose or she froze like that, maybe both.


Hell really is frozen over, on average, about a third of the year – Hell, Norway, that is. Supposedly, it’s a growing tourist destination. That’s right. People are going to Hell on purpose and without being told to do so.


In the good, old U.S.A., Fraser, Colorado and International Falls, Minnesota have had court battles over the title of "Icebox of the Nation." In Fraser, even in June, the average low is 29 degrees. International Falls’ average temperature in January is around 2 degrees and temps drop to zero on more than 60 nights a year. The average snowfall is 65.6 inches.


I’m feeling warmer already.



Happy birthday Monday to Michael Crone and Sharon Custer Smith, both of Denison; Larry Sisemore of Sherman; Dayton Hughes of Gordonville; Joseph Henderson of Howe; Janet Ketchum Sirman of Nocona; Paul Shaun Gaffney of Dallas; Andrew Rumley of Sherwood Shores; Denny Allison of Westminster; Derrick Goins of McKinney; Dorothy Gerling and Rosalind Johnson.


Happy anniversary Monday to Logan and Kayleigh Tidwell of Colorado Springs, Colo., 7 years.