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Did the Vikings Just Win the Superbowl?!

‘Cause Hell is frozen over!

That’s a running joke around here in Minnesota – about the Vikings anyway.

But this weather is no joke.  It’s more like: “WTF did we ever do to you, Mother Nature?!”
It’s downright life-threatening at -60F windchill.  Exposed skin can freeze in less than five minutes.  Holy Crap.

It’s been a few years, but I remember what that’s like.  It was that cold when the power went out on January 17, 2005 and Alex was just over a month old.  Our house in Duluth had electric heat, so power outages were especially bad.  Our biggest concern was water pipes freezing and bursting.  Luckily the outage lasted only 6 hours and we had several large glass windows facing East/Southeast on a very sunny day.  Bundled up baby and tucked him under the covers of our bed and snuggled under the blankets with him.

scrapbook page - BUNDLE UP!

I did also take a photo of our back porch thermometer.  It read -40F objective temperature, windchill was -60F.  It’s times like these that make me seriously consider leaving Minnesota. 

temperature 01-17-2005

Local Weather Alert

Wind Chill Warning for Hennepin, MN

From 6:00 PM CST, Sat., Jan 04, 2014 until 12:00 PM CST, Tue., Jan 07, 2014

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A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM SATURDAY TO NOON CST TUESDAY.

* WIND CHILL VALUES: 35 TO 60 BELOW… WITH THE COLDEST READINGS SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS: EXPOSED FLESH WILL FREEZE IN 10 MINUTES WITH WIND CHILLS OF 35 BELOW… AND IN 5 MINUTES WITH WIND CHILLS OF 50 BELOW OR COLDER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND WINDS WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS… MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES.

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

More Information

… A VERY DANGEROUS AND HISTORIC COLD AIR OUTBREAK WITH NEAR RECORD TEMPERATURES EXPECTED LATE THIS WEEKEND AND EARLY NEXT WEEK…

… AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW THROUGH THE AFTERNOON ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA…

…STRONG GUSTY WINDS WILL CREATE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW… ESPECIALLY IN THE MINNESOTA RIVER VALLEY THROUGH MID AFTERNOON. GUSTY WINDS WILL LESSEN AFTER 3 PM… WITH SURFACE VISIBILITY IMPROVING.

A COUPLE POWERFUL ARCTIC COLD FRONTS WILL PUSH THROUGH LATE TONIGHT AND SATURDAY EVENING. NEAR RECORD COLD AIR WILL FOLLOW FROM SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH NEXT TUESDAY AS AIR TEMPERATURES PLUMMET INTO THE TEENS… 20S… AND 30S BELOW ZERO. IN FACT… A NUMBER OF ALL TIME COLD RECORD HIGHS MAY BE BROKEN ON MONDAY… INCLUDING IN THE TWIN CITIES METRO. GUSTY WEST OR NORTHWEST WINDS COMBINED WITH THESE EXTREMELY COLD AIR TEMPERATURES WILL PRODUCE WIND CHILLS OF 40 TO 60 BELOW… WITH THE COLDEST READINGS EXPECTED SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING. WIND CHILLS COLDER THAN 50 BELOW CAN CAUSE EXPOSED FLESH TO FREEZE IN ONLY 5 TO 10 MINUTES. A WIND CHILL WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN FROM 6 PM SATURDAY THROUGH NOON TUESDAY.

It’s so bad the Governor cancelled all school statewide on Monday.  

Parents/Guardians:All schools and programs in Eden Prairie Schools will be closed on Monday, January 6. Governor Dayton has ordered all Minnesota school districts to be closed due to the pending cold weather.
Today was (supposed to be) the last weekday of Winter Break, so Alex and I made the most of it and ventured out to the MN History Center to see the exhibits he missed on his school field trip.  With (normal) temps in the teens, everyone was at the store stocking up on whatever they need through the cold snap – as were we on our way home from St. Paul.
Hubby brought his laptop computer and work materials home for the weekend.
We all have the same thought: serious hibernation!!

Early Hibernation

It’s been a week of -20F windchills here in Minnesota and it’s gotten really old, really fast.
It’s just too early in the season for this nonsense!  Total shock to the system.

Frozen 2

Yeah, it’s like being caught by this guy.

We’ve had to venture out for school and shopping.  There was a class presentation.  The Birthday celebration(s) required food and decorations.  Visiting friends to save the sanity.

So, we bundled up in our LLBean parkas and boots (rated to -50F) and got reaquainted with winter skills, such as using keys and driving with thick gloves on and navigating parking lots while blinded by a fur-trimmed hood.  Lucky for the kiddo, the schools had indoor recess to spare them from certain frostbite.  [Exposed skin can freeze within 5 minutes in subzero temperatures – something you should know if you venture to the tundra!]

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Black ice added to the stress and danger of driving – in addition to 2″ ice sheets already on some roads.  The black ice is worse, since it’s invisible.  It forms when moisture (car exhaust) comes in contact with the frozen ground.  Salt doesn’t work when it gets this cold.

Frozen 1

#wishingIcouldhibernate

Well, today I decided to just stay put and work at home.  The day started with loads of laundry, then roasting bones and veggies for beef stock.  Once that was on the simmer and a fresh pot of tea on the burner, I set to writing.  So here I am, NOT leaving the house today except to get the mail.  Maybe.

Frozen 4

This is War!

My apologies for recent “radio silence”.  I have been ill with a bug I caught from my son.

This germ is a beast – dragging on and on.  It’s been following the same pattern as the kiddo’s, starting with a couple days of mild fever, then progressing to a persistent cough, lingering more than a week.  Very unfortunately for my son, he got a secondary infection of pneumonia.  I am desperately seeking to avoid that fate.  I do not want another round of antibiotics in less than a year!  Recovery from that medical emergency has been challenging.  Antibiotics are a double-edged sword.  They save us from the pathogens, but destroy the good gut flora we have been building for over two years.

I don’t know where this thing came from, but it took us both down in record time – despite our Paleo lifestyle with a nutrient-dense diet and sacred sleep.  What’s up with that?!  It’s not failed us before!  In the past two years we’ve rarely felt ill – and when the tough stuff was going around, we just got a touch of whatever it was – not nearly as bad as everyone else.

Fellow Bloggers to the rescue!  Cold and flu season is upon us and the Paleosphere contains plenty of advice on dealing with these bugs.  I’d seen a few posts about Oregano Oil as a natural antibiotic/immune therapy with less negative impact and no (known) drug-resistance issues and decided to give it a try.  The ladies at our local co-op swear by it, so I chose this:

oil-oregano

I didn’t know what to expect.  So I just took the recommended 4 drops in my mouth…

Whoa!  This stuff is so potent it’ll take your breath away!

Wow.  That sure opened up the sinuses!  I’ve been braving the burn for a few days now.
Has it worked?  I think so.  I haven’t been carted off to the clinic barking with pneumonia. *knock-knock* on wood… Although I did wake up last night drenched in sweat – but no fever.

Of course I have been consuming even more bone broth than usual, avoiding sugars except Manuka honey in hot tea and Wedderspoon lozenges, and taking my supplements daily.  Steamy showers, a vaporizer and performing saline sinus irrigation to flush out the yuck.
I’ll admit to using some OTC remedies out of desperation – the slime just doesn’t stop!  Oy.  

If anyone can give me some effective options that do not contain immunostimulants such as echinacea, licorice root or lemon balm, PLEASE share in comments!  Thank You!

(See The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Anne Angelone for details on why those make those of us with autoimmune disorders worse.)