It’s cold outside. I know this, not from a tremendous amount of personal experience because I am pretty sure no living creature in his/her right mind, and without fur, should test the limits of survival. However, as I have already established (Live from the Polar Vortex), my cat is the only one who truly knows how to stay warm during these pv conditions. So, I trust her as my gauge and watch her intently for clues. That being said, even with all her fur (and, if you must know, fat) she only attempts outside jaunts long enough to “do her business”. As I can “do my business” inside the warm house (although my boys don’t seem hampered by the same restrictions), I see no other purpose to leave it. And also, my trusty weather gauge, tells me to not make any sudden movements that would require leaving the house unless absolutely necessary, like to get food or engage in the annoying activity called work.
However, against my better judgment and self-preservation, I allowed my husband to talk me into a wilderness hike into our woods nearby. Something about his words “to see the beauty”, “virgin snow” and “you are going to want to bring your camera” had me putting on as many layers as I could still stand up in, grabbing my camera and hoping to make it back home with fingers and toes still intact.
But, he was right. It was beautiful and probably worth the risk of a little frost bite.
Unfortunately, our woodland adventure ended when my husband had a disagreement with a hill as to whether his SUV could make it up its icy, snow covered surface in 4 wheel drive or not. The answer was “not”, with the end result being a backward slide into a tree that was kind enough to stop our decent, abruptly…
(Truthfully, his vehicles have looked worse)
The hike back out of the woods to get a ride home until his car could be towed out was somehow not quite as quaint,
But, we lived to tell about it, and then some.
The cat was the only one who stayed home…