qrr – The fearmongers are at work here.
Yeah. Notice how they always come from Canada, too, these bad air masses? They’re just like terrorists, infiltrating across our borders.

Rebecca – Well, there goes my image of the rugged Mountaineers! Interesting about the calendar situation. I wonder if it’s the same her in PA? I should ask a teacher.

Sorry to hear about your frozen pipes. I had a bit of a scare this morning when nothing came out of the tap in the bathroom, but I propped the door of the vanity open and it thawed within five minutes. I think the fact that they’re PVC rather than copper pipes might help them thaw out quicker – but it’s a good thing I don’t have to take a blowtorch to them!

marja-leena – I’ve started noticing increased sensitivity to cold myself, at the youthful age of 40. But the other thing is, the cold snaps don’t last as long as they used to. If it stays down cold for more than four days, one gets used to it, but anymore the temperature fluctuates so much that one doesn’t get a chance.

beth – The truth though is probably that people who grow up in equatorial regions are the toughest – that’s where the most diseases are. You either develop a strong immune system or you die as a kid.

That doesn’t mean that the cold might not have salubrious effects as well, though. Who am I to argue with the Icelanders? (I wouldn’t. They’d kick my ass.)