Yes, that is certainly how it feels here…Now, my cell phone is reading 4 degrees Fahrenheit and *my* thermometer is reading about -4 Fahrenheit. The discrepancy arises from the fact that the reading on the phone is taken about 8 miles south of here. We are the “higher elevations”, so we are always cooler. (or colder!) Either way, that is chilly. For my UK readers, that 4 degree reading is -15 Celsius. The missing element in that reading is the wind chill, as the winds are currently about 17 miles per hour.

Mark was antsy late this morning, wanting to get out of the house. Michelle was feeling poorly, so I told Mark if Ben would go with him, I would stay home.  I couldn’t believe he really went out into this weather. It was bitterly, bitterly cold! (coming from the one who delights in winter!)

The two guys went shopping for a few groceries and then drove to the mall to return a pair of pants Ben just bought the other day. The zipper broke on them after he only wore them for a few hours. I hate it when things like that happen, but Mark said he would take Ben to the store.

The Sabres had a game this evening at 6, so I anxiously awaited Mark and Ben’s arrival home. They also had some subs for dinner,  and I was really hungry! As I looked out the front window, Angus came over to look, too. When I asked him if Mark was home, he began to wag his little tail, but stopped when the truck wasn’t in the driveway.  He then went into “vigil” mode, his head propped on the windowsill, face peering into the darkness.

When Mark and Ben came back, we swiftly unloaded the bags and put everything away. The wind and cold was like someone slapping one on the back, knocking their wind out!

We ate, then settled in to watch the Sabres game. Buffalo was doing well, but then the Florida Panthers caught us with a 3-3 tie.  In the third period the most horrible accident happened. One of the Panthers was checked by a Sabre, and he fell to the ice. As he fell, his skate went into the air and pierced into the neck of one of his teammates. I have no idea how, but the injured player made his way to the bench, leaving a terrible trail of blood behind.  The arena became so quiet as everyone awaited word if the player was okay.  After about 15 minutes, the crowd was told that the Sabres doctor had hurried and placed pressure on the man’s neck. He was in stable condition and was being taken to the hospital. I could not feature how the rest of the game could go on, but it did. Buffalo took the win with a final score of 5-3.  It seemed that even in the win, it was hard to celebrate. I only pray that Richard Zednik will be okay.

I suppose morning will come very early tomorrow, as the stove will be needing a load! For those nearby, keep warm!

Oh, and one footnote! Late this afternoon as I was looking out the window at the birds, I spotted *two* Red-Bellied Woodpeckers!  The bird that I thought was becoming less intimidated by me was probably the *other* bird!  How exciting! Perhaps this spring, we will have more woodpeckers added to the population!