It wasn't Minnesota or North Dakota cold yesterday in central Illinois. But it was cold by our standards. Sunday had brought enough snow & Monday enough cold that the morning newspaper wasn't delivered, the mailed didn't come, and numerous business in Eureka closed all or part of the day; including the library, school, grocery store, etc. As a matter of fact, I didn't go to work either. So it was a good time to go shovel driveways for some friends & family.
The temperature when I started shoveling was about -12 with a nice breeze out of the north that produced a wind chill of about -35; so said the weatherman. I figured my t-shirt, flannel shirt, windbreaker & sock cap would be enough since my body produces a rather substantial amount of heat when I'm working.
Well I was wrong, it was more than enough. After a few minutes, sweat is running down my neck so I tossed the cap. Ahh. That was better. Let some of that heat escape. Except about 10 minutes later with the perspiration starting to dampen the t-shirt I figured it was time for the jacket to go. That worked pretty well. Somewhere about then Brenda looked outside. She opened the door far enough to ask me where my hat and coat were. You see, she finds 72 to be about the bottom limit of her comfort zone. She just doesn't understand! :)