It’s So Cold That…

…public elementary schools in San Juan are delayed 1/2 hour every day this week…and EVERY week through February 26th! Wow…that’s cold! (The school director said that it’s bad enough that the children have to endure the cold but they risk serious illnesses from it. So the best prevention is to cut 30 minutes off the morning schedule for 2 months.) Brilliant.

…there was snow in the volcanic pass between Mexico City and Puebla over the weekend. Beth saw images on the news of a zillion people heading up there from the cities in order to play in the snow. Many car loads of entire families went up and in the cases where grandma couldn’t get out of the car because of the snow…the kids and parents hiked up from their parking spot and brought back large plastic bags filled with snow and made snowmen on the hoods of their cars so grandma could enjoy it while bundled up in the front seat. Wow!

…Beth also saw images from Oaxaca state which is hours south of here with thick ice on the ground and tree branches in that mountainous state.

…she also saw on the news that in the northern border state of Chihuahua which has been enduring the coldest temps on record in some towns there, the police went “door to door” in areas of cardboard shanties handing out blankets and hot coffee. I think that was the most surprising story!

…and in the most southern state of Chiapas, it’s raining (rare for this time of year apparently). The director of public schools there closed them for the next two days stating that kids could get sick if they came to school in the rain. It’s a different world here, isn’t it?

Our house remains a chilly 50-60 degrees all day long these cold weeks which is pretty much a bit cooler than the outside temperatures. I’m sure it’s much colder where most of you are located. We have a portable LP gas heater in the dining room which we have used more in the past week than we did in the 2 prior years combined! I was standing near it making coffee this morning and inadvertently melted a patch of fabric on my insulated sweats that I pulled out of storage last night. I haven’t checked yet to see if they’re melted to my skin. I don’t think so but that would not be good if they are!

We head up to camp today for tutoring. It’ll probably be in the 30s or 40s. We don’t really have winter coats so we’ll layer up the best we can! Co-op should resume on Thursday as planned.

Stay warm friends and no matter what…BE warm friends! We’ll try to be warm friends too!

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3 Responses to It’s So Cold That…

  1. Jim says:

    Apparently there was snow on the ground in parts of Mexico City over the weekend. We didn't see any here, but it was probably in the middle of the night. Sure did "smell like snow was coming" though. 🙂

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  2. Ellie says:

    That is the tough thing about being where you are not prepared for cold. Here, it is freezing and will be for several months still, but we are warm. I've even got my own personal heater by my feet at my computer, a fireplace, heaters, and my favorite – an electric blanket! Not looking forward to a trip in a few weeks out to where there is little to no heat… and snow on the ground.

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  3. I can personally attest to the cold in Chihuahua!!! My goodness, my heart goes out to those who do not have adequate shelter. 😦 Here in the city, it tends to 'warm' up a bit and perhaps not be so cold at night, but outside of town or up at higher elevations, it is a lot colder. Our MK school hasn't changed it's schedule, though, lol! 🙂

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