100 Word Challenge: Cold

frozen grass

At 8:18 this morning (CST) earth was at its closet point to the sun. Its perihelion. Earth is only 91,404,322 miles from the sun, a blistering 3.1 million miles closer than at its farthest distance in early July.

While in this position, Earth is also moving at its fastest, meaning winter in the Northern Hemisphere is the shortest season. For those people living in regions with notoriously fierce winters, this is a good thing. For those of us living in subtropical states like Florida, five extra days of stifling heat and humidity, we might take the extra winter days.

This bit of trivia is lost on me. The coldest day this winter was a brisk 30F (-1C). I had to cover my outdoor plants, and add an extra blanket to my bed. Two days later it was back into the 60s.

It’s the first week of January and I have yet to turn on my furnace. I even pondered turning my A/C back on a few days that reached up into the 70s. I’ve worn my coat once, and even then I had a short-sleeved shirt underneath.

Don’t get me wrong. Living in Florida these past 20 years has acclimated me to the warmer climate. I don’t do cold well, but the idea of a never-ending summer is also not ideal.

Give me four distinct seasons, each with their own merits and faults, so I can appreciate them all.

“Summer makes me drowsy. Autumn makes me sing. Winter’s pretty lousy, but I hate Spring.” ~ Dorothy Parker

This week’s word is:

Cold

What to do:

Using “Cold” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.

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I believe all good fiction includes an element of truth, and all good photography includes an element of fantasy. In this journal I hope to give voice to the stories swirling around in my head, and to capture the images I see through my camera’s lens.

15 thoughts on “100 Word Challenge: Cold

          1. Wow! I’ve only known it to get to 30C once here and that was this year. We usually have high humidity here too when it is hot. I live in Lancashire, which was once known for its cotton industry. The wet atmosphere was a perfect environment for cotton so many mills were built here.

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  1. Hello! I’m in the big minority who prefer the winter, even better when it snows. In the UK the weather has turned chillier but not nearly enough to warrant my hat, gloves, scarves and my much loved winter boots which are great, but it’s just not cold enough. I could go on and on about my many heat phobes, but I’ll be kind and spare you! Happy new year from me too 🙂

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