A lovely winter’s day, clouds slowly lowering and promising snow. Over the lake fog has formed, largely blocking the mountains on the far side.

I grew up in rural Illinois. During winter we had plenty of ice, snow, and cold but seldom was the cold intolerable. Indeed, we were outside in most weathers, the exception being the occasional ice storm. Tomorrow’s high in west-central Illinois is forecast to be -9F, with crushing wind chills. Wisely, many communities have already cancelled school. That kind of cold  was largely outside my experience as a child.  Continue reading