The real January

     After a long, warm fall and early winter, it’s hard to get used to below zero temperatures that feel a lot colder because there’s a biting wind blowing.

      I enjoyed not putting on 17 different layers when I went out to feed the horses in the early morning and not shivering for the first few miles of my drive to work while my car’s engine warmed up. And I can’t say I missed the crunch of snow under my boots or beating the chickens water pan on the ground to break up the ice.  Meanwhile, I liked not having to worry about frozen pipes in the house or frozen eggs in the chicken coop.

     Still, I realize this is North Dakota and it is January. I’m grateful that the weather didn’t turn “normal” until near the end of the month. As we approach February, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.