I'm fairly certain that they don't have these up north. Correct me if i'm wrong.
In the south, our weather forecasts can include the "Hard Freeze Warning." This is to let us know that it's going to be cold enough for long enough, that our unprotected southern pipes may freeze, and our outdoor plants are probably going to die.
Since my parents and much of my family lives in the land of the perpetual freezer, i sometimes look upon us here in the south, with northerners' eyes . . . and scoff.
We're having a weather emergency because we might get 8 solid hours of below freezing temperatures in a row. That's our emergency.
I don't think my mother has seen above freezing temperatures for a solid 8 hours in the last 8 weeks. Oh, and i checked.....there's no "Hard Freeze Warning" in Michigan. Just a prediction for an eternity of cold frigidness, with snow, followed by bone shattering unutterable winter.
But it doesn't matter. This is the south.
Last year, in a fitful winter, we had a solid 24 hours of below freezing temperatures.
They shut down the school. It didn't even snow that time. It was just cold.
We can't risk letting our southern children out of the house in the cold! Think about it. We don't even have winter coats. Everybody knows that winter only lasts a month down here. We just wear a sweat shirt and long pants that month.
If you're really prepared, you own a hoodie.
Please pray for us. We have thin southern blood, and it's going to be 18 degrees tonight. It's cold in here.
But the real cause for concern. The well. We have the water well sheltered and protected by a heat lamp tonight. The chickens will have to deal with the cold on their own; the well gets the heat lamp tonight.
Just kidding. Kind of.
Because if the cold causes the well to have some sort of unhappy accident . . . well, last year, we went 3 weeks without running water.
So this is me, a southern Texan, facing 8 whole hours of truly cold temperatures, asking you, the northerners, who are enduring your regular 8 months of unspeakable winter, to pray for us. We're not like you. We can't handle the cold. We live in Texas for a reason, you know.
Talk to you tomorrow.