I almost missed it … again! Last Saturday, as some may have noticed, I completely forgot about “Saturday Surprise” and posted my normal snarky drivel. I realized the error of my ways far too late to rectify the situation, so I just hung my head and hoped that nobody would be too put out with me. All the holiday detritus has thrown my schedule off … way off, apparently! So, this evening I was working on a political post for Saturday a.m., when suddenly it hit me that this is the Saturday post … they expect a fun surprise, not more “Tales from the Dark Side”. And so, I switched gears and here I am with Saturday Surprise!
I don’t know about you guys, but I am already ready for spring. It has been sub-zero here all year … every bloomin’ day … this year so far! Now, I understand that my friends down south of the equator are experiencing summer as we up here are freezing our collective patooties off, and I wanted to share some of our joy with them. Plus, I found some of these pictures really cool … pun intended. Did you know that Erie, Pennsylvania received 53 inches of snow in a 48-hour period the week of Christmas, and 63 inches total for the four day period ending on Christmas day? That, folks, is a lot of snow! I was inspired by the pictures I saw of the mega-snowfall and thought you guys might enjoy them too! My friend Meeka from Australia, where it is now summer, tells me she has had her air-conditioning running non-stop, so perhaps these photos will help her feel cooler!
Photos of Erie, Pennsylvania
And up in Canada ….
And Elsewhere …
Okay, all those of us who live up here in the northern half of the U.S. and beyond (Canada) define “cold” as somewhere around or below freezing … 32° F, 0° C. Actually, those who live in the northern half of Canada may even scoff at that and tell us they are in their pools at those temps. Anyway, typically people in the south, especially places like Florida and Texas, define cold a bit differently. My late mother retired to South Padre Island, Texas, in her dotage, and I will always remember one winter when talking to her on the phone and commplaining about the frigid cold, she said to me, “well, its cold here too … it got down to sixty!” (60° F, 16° C). A few years later, I did forgive and speak to the woman again.
It doesn’t typically get below freezing, but when it does …
Iguanas are falling out of trees in Florida because it’s so cold. Please don’t pick them up.
“Green iguanas, like most reptiles, are coldblooded animals, so they become immobile when the temperature falls to a certain level,” said Kristen Sommers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “Under 50 degrees Fahrenheit, they become sluggish. Under 40 degrees, their blood stops moving as much. They like to sit in trees, and “it’s become cold enough that they fall out.”
This is not a new phenomenon — there were similar reports in 2008 and 2010 — though it is not typical.
“The reality is South Florida doesn’t get that cold very often or long enough that you see this frequently,” Sommers said.
So, had enough yet? I was thinking perhaps we could all have a good, old-fashined …
Okay, friends, that’s it for my Saturday Surprise this week! Keep warm, keep safe, and have a great weekend!!! Love ‘n Hugs to all!!!