January 16, 2013

I'm F-F-Freeeezing


Icicles outside an upstairs window.

Lone tree across the street from my house.

View out my front window as the snow falls.

Canada Geese in a field by my girls' school.

The top of the hills on Missoula's East side.

Looking East around 4 p.m.

Again with the deer.

Looking North from central Missoula as evening sets in.

Snow falling on deer.

Sunset on the North hills.


























































































































































































































































Dusk, tip-top of southern hill in Missoula (extreme zoom on camera)



























It's really, really cold. The kind of cold that causes involuntary wimpering when you go outside. Can you feel it in my photos? Everything is that same frostbitten blue color — the sky, the snow, the mountains, the air. They all blend and merge into a silent, frozen canvas. It's so quiet and so beautiful. But if you're outside and you stare too long your eyesballs crystallize so it's best to take in the views by looking through the window while you stand over the heating vents and sip a hot beverage.

Even indoors I can't seem to get warm. I'm in a constant search for heat sources. Aside from heating vents and hot drinks I'm trying fuzzy socks, soup, hair dryers (not just for drying hair - they make a great instant warming device), indoor-mitten-wearing, blankets, and space heaters. If it looks toasty I'm on it like a moth to a flame.

This coming weekend we're heading up to our cabin in Philipsburg, where it was -8 degrees (-22 celsius) at one point last weekend. My family plans to go skiing at Discovery Ski Area. What the—? Not me. I plan to plop myself in a chair by the gas stove, and do all the cozy indoor stuff I love so much.

16 comments:

  1. Wow. And I thought I was cold.

    By the way, it seems so fantastically unreal to me that you can see deer from your window! :P

    Keep yourself warm! :)

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    1. They're everywhere here. They love our neighborhood because there's a wooded are for hiding, then lots of flower beds for snacking during the warmer months.

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    2. Beautiful pics Jen! I'm imagining your Missoula winter while I sip my hot tea in my robe and warm slippers down here in Texas where cold means a little frost outside. It's gonna be 65 and sunny today. Maybe you could knit yourself a beanie like you did for Parker!

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  2. Now that is what's known as 'brass monkey' weather. It makes our current temperature of 0 Celsius a positive heatwave :)

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  3. I hear you. The car said -4ºc/-17ºF this morning. Not as cold as where you are, granted, but VERY cold for the UK. I don't know how you stand it! Your photos of the sunset on the frozen hills are really beautiful.

    While baking this morning, I did open the oven door for an unnecessarily long time, just to feel the warmth in my bones!

    Gillian x

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  4. Wow you live in such a fantastic location! Do you have neighbours, it looks so isolated. Very like where I live myself but we dont have too many deer! Please send just a little bit of that snow in our direction but keep the cold, thank you. That photo of the sunset in the hills is magical.......

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    1. We actually live in a neighborhood and there are houses on either side of us but no one across the street. Behind us is a large forested area with a big creek.

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  5. These scenes and images are absolutely magical. I love winter..and cold..and snow - so that this makes my heart sing!

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    1. So glad to make your heart sing Marcie! :)

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  6. Wow, these images are so stunning. We've been in a heat wave here in Australia, so for me, this seems so fairytale like. Even though I can understand that not being able to get warm is not fun, I get grumpy if I can't get warm! Yet, the heat in summer days can get too much and one of the things I love to do is look at photos/movies of the northern hemisphere winter to convince myself it's not that hot! Thank you for these beautiful scenes.

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  7. You live in such a beautiful place, it is just starting to snow here in the UK too as I look out of the window :)

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  8. Just find you from "Just a little less", and I'm so glad. Your photographs are the snow are so stunning, they do look blue and make me feel cold and are so beautiful at the same time.
    Sarah x

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  9. Oh my goodness, I know just how you feel right now. It's finally warming up a little down here in NM but I have been freezing for weeks. Winter took its time coming to us but it's definitely here now. What a beautiful area you live in! I love these photos.

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  10. Thanks for sharing views of the BEAUTIFUL area around you, Jenny!!! I remember bone chilling days especially when we lived in NY and I had bus duty. [ I did a lot of jumping in place to try to warm up]
    I hope you and yours have a great, safe time at the cabin...your activities especially appeal to me, too : )
    xx,
    Gracie

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  11. You have the most beautiful views from your home but keep warm.
    Snow forecast for Ireland but so far just sleet where we live unfortunately.

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  12. Oh...so beautiful! Just catching up here some and loving spending some time at your blog!

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