Jagged ice fields of Lake Superior

A field of jagged ice on Lake Superior

A field of jagged ice on Lake Superior

If you’re shivering and cold here on this winter day, you might choose to visit another blog.

I am aiming to show you some photos of jagged ice on Lake Superior here in Aura, Michigan.  At the foot of Saari Road, just in case some of you locals might care to bring your camera and visit the ice field.

Jumbled slabs of ice

Jumbled slabs of ice

There are places where one can leisurely stroll out to one’s fishing tent on Keweenaw or Huron Bays without much fuss and bother.  Not off Saari Road.  I dare anyone to haul their sled and tent across this ice!

It’s a force of wind which blew the ice chunks against each other, tossing ice boulders up in the air with wild abandon.

Another crazy winter here in the north woods.

Lake Superior art

Lake Superior art

Yesterday morning we shivered with -18 F (-28 C).  That is nothing, scoffed one of the locals twelve miles away.  His thermometer boasted -32 F (-36 C).  We felt glad that we live in the tropics of Aura.

Ice lying one atop another

Ice lying one atop another

How’s your cabin fever doing this winter?

Mine hasn’t been too bad, at least until last weekend.  Then it rocketed.  You know what it’s like to be stuck in a small cabin in the woods with winds blowing sideways and no hope of driving to town for a cup of java, don’t you?

Aqua tones

Aqua tones

As some of you know, I’m a tax collector and sinner.  (Sorry, that biblical verse amuses me.) Anyway, yesterday, a taxpayer called from somewhere beneath the 45th Parallel.  She announced that she reads this blog!  My jaw dropped in amazement.  I apologized for not writing lately.  She reassured she would be reading when inspiration struck.

Guess what!  Inspiration struck today. An added bonus–school is delayed two hours while the wind chill dissipates.  It’s only -4 F (-20 C) this morning.  In the “old days” of the 1980’s and 90’s everyone would be going to school without cancellations and delays.  Not anymore.  We protect our little ones from the cold much more in this century.

Caverns of blue light

Caverns of blue light

I bought a latte yesterday in town.  Decaf, hazelnut, skim milk.  I asked the young server if she was keeping warm.  Yes, she replied, I’m going to Florida next week.

Florida!  You lucky duck.  What is your name?

Elizabeth, she replied.

And where are you going in Florida? I inquired.

Fort Myers Beach, she smiled.

Seriously!  I can’t believe it!  My parent’s have a condo there.  Where are you staying?

Wyndam Gardens, she announced.

Seriously?  That’s less than a mile from where my parents live!

Might be hard to walk here this year

Might be hard to walk here this year

It’s a small world, my friends.

Ice boulders

Ice boulders

I, too, am leaving the ice fields of the north and traveling to Florida.  But not until next month.

Lots of more days to enjoy the winter!  *grin*

As far as the eye can see

As far as the eye can see

What else can I share?

We almost froze to death filling the wood room the other night.  When you breathe in the cold sharp below-zero air it hurts.  Your nose hairs freeze.  (Is that too much information?)

Shimmer

Shimmer

Looks like snow dunes

Looks like snow dunes

Wishing you the best in winter days!

P.S. This post is especially for two friends. 1) Fountainpen, who celebrates a birthday today–Happy Birthday!! and 2) Ruth, who lives on Saari Road and is missing this ice on Lake Superior while she bakes in Arizona. Enjoy…

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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108 Responses to Jagged ice fields of Lake Superior

  1. Brenda says:

    Good Morning Kathy,

    Thank you so much for sharing these breathtaking pictures today! I love seeing the seasonal changes on my favorite lake ❤ I hope you are warm and cozy today and know that my love and gratitude is coming your way. Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, I am so glad you enjoyed these pictures of your favorite lake. 🙂 We are so warm & cozy today, but tomorrow it’s supposed to be a high of -4 again. Probably won’t venture outside much then! You have a great weekend, too.

  2. susanblake says:

    Hey there Kathy!
    We never did connect when I lived in Wisconsin. Now I’m in Florida – permanently – reading about the cold up north and soooo glad to be here instead. DO email me about the details of your trip and I’m not far from Ft. Meyers – who knows? – maybe we can actually connect HERE!!!
    Hugs,
    SuZen

    • Kathy says:

      SuZen, I sent you an email yesterday–hope you received it. Am so delighted that you are so happy in your new life down there in sunny Florida. I can feel your enthusiasm and joy!

  3. Kathy – so nice to “see” you! The photos are absolutely stunning – I love the blue light. Stay warm and have a wonderful time in Florida next month! Thanks for sharing these!

  4. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos of a rugged world. I’m freezing here in suburbia, but it is in no way as pretty as where you are. Stay warm and keep your eye on the prize, that Florida trip.

    • Kathy says:

      Why Ms. Ally Bean, how lovely to see you again. I feel your freezing pain. You are right–there are some advantages to living up here. There can be some very pretty moments!

  5. Elisa says:

    Thank you for these, so AWE-some and horrible beauty!

    This morning at -7 degrees F, I am listening to an interview with Mary Oliver Listening to the World done by Krista Tippet that was posted on Brain Pickings this morning.

    “What does it mean that the earth is so beautiful? And what shall I do about it? What is the gift that I should bring to the world? What is the life that I should live?” –Mary Oliver, Long Life

    I am noticing that rather than gulping down the tea of habit, each flood across my tongue is like electricity zipping forth from the light switch. I have never had that with coffee, I wonder if it occurs like that for others.

    • Kathy says:

      Elisa, that Mary Oliver/Krista Tippet interview sounds like it would be exceptional. Wow. The magic in that interview would surely mitigate that -7 degrees. Fascinated to read about your tea drinking. Not sure I’ve ever had the electricity zipping feeling. Perhaps should brew a cup of tea right now and see. 🙂

      • Elisa says:

        It WAS exceptional to me! I just finished reading Babbit by Sinclair Lewis. I found a bunch of interesting authors and writings suggested within one of the articles that had piled up in my Pocket.
        Tea. sigh.

  6. Debi says:

    Beautiful!! Thx for sharing. -30 here this morning but sunshine!

    • Kathy says:

      Debi, seriously, -30? The inland places around here tend to drop that low, but the lake keeps us warmer. Does your car start at that cold temp? We were just reminiscing about the “old days” when it was so hard to start our cars. That doesn’t happen much anymore, thank goodness.

  7. Fountainpen says:

    Kathy,
    Thanks, thanks, thanks!!!!!!!
    You remembered!
    Fountainpen

  8. lom says:

    But it does look beautiful

  9. Cabin fever did hit hard this week — I took the dogs out for a short mid-day run at -4 because they couldn’t go 2 days in a row without some real stretch the legs time (and neither could I)! I never got back to posting my additional ice pics from my time on the ice this week after I posted my crystal globe one, but hope to in the next couple days — kindred spirits :-). Stay warm, blogging friend!

    • Kathy says:

      Kat, I am glad you understand about cabin fever here in the northland. (I suppose cabin fever can hit anywhere–even in the south, though.) But it does feel like we’re kindred spirits here in this northern tier of states. I went for a walk this morning at 11 degrees and it felt kinda warm. Well, not really, but almost. You know how it is. 😉

  10. Looks a lot like….Lake Ontario right now. Nature is awesome in every season.

    • Kathy says:

      Scott, how ARE you doing? Say, have you been getting much lake effect snow this year, compared to other years? Our snow hasn’t been all that much (although it probably is over 100 inches). Nature can be so beautiful, indeed.

      • Lake Ontario rarely freezes over so we are still getting Lake Effect events. Most of the real action has been north of Syracuse where they get close to 200 inches per year. Syracuse just passed the 100 inch mark and is on pace for the coldest month ever.

        I’m doing well. Still not blogging as often as I would like.

  11. The photos are so unusual. I like the snow dunes the best. The ice on the lake looks just too cold. It’s good to have you back on your blog. I always like the photos. I can not imagine how cold it is there but, I’m glad that I live in Texas. 🙂

  12. msmcword says:

    Kathy:
    It has not been much warmer down here in the lower part of Michigan. I am ready for Spring-but it looks as if we have some more of winter to get through first.
    Last week I published another post of my blog-msmcword.wordpress.com-that might put us a little closer to spring even if it is just in our minds.
    As always, I liked those awesome photos of Lake Superior.
    Nancy

    • Kathy says:

      Nancy, I have heard that Lower Michigan is having quite an intense winter this year. My family and friends in the Thumb (and in other parts of the state) say they’re getting Cabin Fever bad. Will try to get around to blog-reading very soon. So many blogs to catch up on!

  13. Heather says:

    That is some ankle-breaking territory. It’s beautiful, and I sure love seeing it (Elk Rapids looks very similar right now), but no fun to trek on. You were balmy this morning? We were at -30F. I waited until 10:30 when it was a warm -2F to take Petey for his morning business. He’s grateful for the fire. Truth be told, I am too. I am not enjoying this deep, deep freeze very much. On our way home from TC last night, it was -19F. We saw a car pulled onto the shoulder, hazards on. It looked like the driver was making a phone call, but we turned around as soon as it was safe to check on him. So, so glad we did. Poor guy (maybe 20 years old?) was not wearing a coat or gloves, and was already very cold in his car. We gave him a ride back home where his roommates were waiting with help.
    Hope Florida treats you well when you go! Fly with care, and may your wings not get too tired 😉

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Ms. Heather! I am smiling in a very gentle way about you not enjoying this deep freeze very much. You are becoming a seasoned northerner. That -30 doesn’t sound fun at all. Brrrr….. This morning I went walking at 11 degrees (with little wind) and felt soooo good. Glad you were able to rescue that coatless gloveless guy. We did that last winter, too. What are people thinking? Stay warm, my friend!

  14. Wow, Kathy! I think I can stop complaining about the snow and ice and frigid temperatures here now. Your pictures of the jagged ice on Lake Superior are amazing – so nice to see your post today!

    I know what you mean about the “old days” – we had to walk half a mile to our bus stop and bundle up accordingly. My parents gave us stern warnings about keeping a scarf across our mouths and noses so as not to breathe in the below-zero air. It did hurt, we didn’t have to be told twice!

    • Kathy says:

      Barbara, I am so glad you enjoyed the jagged ice photos. And it’s so nice to see you, as well! I must journey over to your blog and see what’s new. Isn’t it interesting how standards have changed since the “old days”? Gosh, we’d better quit talking like this. Next thing, we’ll be convincing ourselves that WE are old!!!

  15. rehill56 says:

    It is so incredible in all it’s rugged, powerful beauty!

  16. Shirley Khodja says:

    Good morning Kathy!
    I’m so happy to see your blog today! The pictures are breathtaking (literally). Wow, only a two-hour school delay – down here the schools close when it gets that cold (such pansies indeed.) I too remember walking to school in -30 weather, a wool scarf wrapped around my face that would be encrusted in ice by the time I got there. Stay warm and Thanks for your post!

    • Kathy says:

      Shirley, I think your phone call must have kicked me back into blogging gear. (That, and Barry insisting we go out to Saari Road to take pics.) Actually, we’re a bunch of pansies up here, too, these days. School has been cancelled at least six times, plus two or three delays. This morning it was 11 degrees and I went for a walk on our road and it actually felt warm. Not looking forward to a high of -4 tomorrow. Again, nice talking with you the other day.

  17. Thanks Kathy! Wow……such amazing beauty and how brave to get out and capture it to share with all of us! Thinking of you guys UP there from western NC, we’ve had a small taste of it here as well….. cold, cold temps and a little snow and ice. I lived there (Munising) for two winters in a cabin off the grid…..oh how I miss it!

    • Kathy says:

      I am glad, Ms. Green Bean, to show you some pictures of the land (lake) that you loved so much. I salute you for living off the grid! We were much more adventuresome in our younger years. Now we even have backup propane. 🙂

  18. Oh, dearest, we can toss Bible verses back and forth for ever and a day….from here to eternity.
    These photos are simply stunning. Stay warm. Do you need a new book? Read Anthony Doerr’s “All the light we cannot see”. xo S

    • Kathy says:

      Ha Suzi, I remember memorizing Bible verses when a kid! Most of them have flown out…but some of them still remain…although the context may be all different. By the way, I DID read that book. Glad you liked the photos and you stay warm, too.

  19. Oh my blessed word Kathy! From here in the moderate climate of Boise (42 degrees as I type this) I can’t even begin to imagine the non-stop cold of it all. Brrrrrrrrr……

    • Kathy says:

      42 degrees sounds simply tropical, Laurie! Our daughter is now living in Portland and she said it’s been about 50-60 since she got there from chilly NYC. Our son said it was a heat spell in San Diego last week with a high of 80. However, in Florida, my parents are shivering a bit in their “cold” spell. It’s what we get used to, isn’t it?

  20. P.j. grath says:

    Kathy, I especially love that “Simmer” photo, and I am not shivering, because what you’re seeing in tumbled ice, I’m seeing here in the desert in the form of tumbled rocks. Winter is beautiful! I’ve had a lot of them in northern Michigan. Still, I can’t say I am missing it this winter in Arizona. Love the place you are, I always say. Hugs!

    • Kathy says:

      Pamela, how happy I am to see you! And fascinated, thinking about tumbled rocks and the patterns which form in different parts of nature. I always did love that western desert, and haven’t seen it for far too long. Isn’t it great we can fall in love with many parts of this world?

  21. Susan D says:

    Spectacular photos, and heartfelt words, Kathy! It’s lovely to be “warmed” today by your post. Hope you are cozy at home by now, or close to it. Have a lovely weekend!

    • Kathy says:

      Susan Dee, thank you kindly. This post was all Barry’s “fault”. He insisted we go take pictures…and then what can a person do with extra pics but blog? Ha ha. Hope you are warm today. Brrrr…. Yesterday wasn’t too bad, but today feels arctic again. Love you!

  22. Dana says:

    Nice to see you, Kathy! I loved these photos of the ice, but perhaps I can appreciate them more from Arizona, where it is currently warm and sunny. (It is raining up in Victoria now, so we are happy to be on extended holidays…)
    And, no: I don’t believe nose hairs freezing is too much information. Surely, this is simply common knowledge for everyone who has ever lived in a winter climate before. 😉

    • Kathy says:

      Dana, thank goodness you responded re the freezing nose hairs. (Perhaps everyone else thought it was too much.) How lovely that you are in Arizona! My friend, Ruth, is there too–in Sun City. Enjoy that warmth & sun. Did you hear my daughter has moved to Portland, OR? Can’t wait to visit that West Coast city one of these months.

  23. john k says:

    I left last weekend to be with my Valentine, Wishing I was there now. Is the wood chores what keep you and Barry looking so fit and young? Too bad Nikki doesn’t deliver 😉 The pictures are beautiful as are hearing your words once again.

    • Kathy says:

      John, that is so sweet. Your Valentine! Jenny should be beaming ear-to-ear. P.S. Barry thought he liked your comment about looking so young and fit. Ha ha!

  24. Wayne Abba says:

    I had a couple aerial views printed in the L’Anse Sentinel, one last year showing Lake Superior “making ice” in Keweenaw Bay, the other last week showing Pt. Abbaye a few weeks ago. Taken from United flights into/from Hancock. Will be there again next week, hope to see your views from above! Great pix, thanks.

    • Kathy says:

      Wayne, I have seen your photos in the Sentinel. They are really nice views. We are boycotting Hancock airport in the winter for the foreseeable future. We had one HECK of a time getting out and in earlier this month. Marquette isn’t always much better, but it does seem preferable at times during lake effect events. Although not always… Glad you enjoyed. P.S. got your envelope!

  25. Carol says:

    I love to see the blues in the ice – from my warmth here. We are a little cooler today than we were this past week. Only 51F today. 😉

    • Kathy says:

      Carol, those blues in ice are so appealing, aren’t they? So remind me for the fifth time–where exactly do you live? Washington? Oregon? I will try to keep this in my brain if you tell me for the sixth time. Thank you…and enjoy your 51F. A high of -4 here today.

  26. Janet says:

    Amazing photos! I especially love the Shimmer.

  27. Sherry Cheek says:

    I love the aqua! Your pictures make me want to run on over there and try to walk on that ice! In fact, maybe I will try it tomorrow 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Sherry, did you try to walk on it? Inquiring minds want to know! P.S. Thank you for visiting my blog, and commenting. We should meet for lunch again one of these fine days.

  28. sybil says:

    Yeah, yeah, Frikkin’ lovely. Take me with you to Florida ! lol

    Welcome back to the blog-o-sphere. I missed you my friend.

    I passed cabin fevered weeks ago. I don’t know what the word is for how I’m feeling but I believe it’s spelled with an upwardly raised middle finger. !

    • Kathy says:

      Sybil, am I going to have to check my suitcase for you again? *grin* I am back. I THINK I am back. Truly, I don’t know anything. Except I missed you, too. Especially laughing at the thought of your middle finger in the air. May have to try that one of these days!

  29. Mean of me, but I’m kind of glad you got a little bit of cabin fever, because maybe that’s what gave you the itch to write a post and share your brilliant beautiful photos and thoughts. Brilliant! Beautiful!

  30. lucindalines says:

    Oh those pictures are so beautiful. Enjoy your trip. We want to hear about it, pictures, poetry, anything you write is worth the read.

  31. Karma says:

    Brrrr, so cold looking. Once the temperature sinks below zero does it matter that much any more? I think we can all agree it is flipping cold! LOL Kathy, I have been looking at internet travel sites trying to figure out if I could afford a little jaunt to Fort Myers next month. I’d love to sit on the beach and maybe catch a Red Sox spring training game. Maybe I will see you in Florida! Wouldn’t that be funny?

    • Kathy says:

      Karma, I so agree with you. Once it gets below zero we might at well hang it up. It was soooo cold this morning. In fact need to find my elk mocs right now and put them on because these feet are freezing! Oh, yes, it would be a hoot to see you in Fort Myers. The beach gets crazy-busy this time of year. We could go out for lunch! (No, I probably won’t join you for the Red Sox game. lol.)

  32. Beautiful!
    You Northerners are made of strong stuff! We had 4 days of school closings last weeks for a puny little snow fall.

  33. Reggie says:

    Sheesh, Kathy… as spectacularly beautiful as this looks, I would NOT want to be walking across such an ice field. I genuinely have no idea how you survive in such sub-zero temperatures… you and Barry are clearly made of sterner stuff than I am! And you brave soul ventured out in such weather to take photos for us. Wow. Hugs from a positively balmy Cape Town.

    • Kathy says:

      You know, Reggie, I am not sure we’re made of sterner stuff. It’s weird. It’s as if the environment helps pull it out of a person. But you also find yourself simply doing what needs to be doing. As for being out by the ice fields, that was no big deal. The car was two seconds away and we only took about five minutes taking pictures! (Wishing we were in a balmy Cape Town…)

  34. Fantastic photos! They really capture the power of nature. Thank you for sharing something I’ve never seen before.

  35. Holly Llama says:

    How wonderful to see you on here again, Kathy! Thanks for the beautiful pictures of Superior at its finest. Oddly enough, even though this winter has been another brutal one, I’ve gotten so used to it that I no longer pine away for warmer climates. (*excuse the deafening sounds of a thousand raspberries being blown somewhere…*) Maybe it’s because hubby and I hope to end up in da U.P. someday. Stay warm and inspired! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Holly, good for you–not pining away for warmer climes. That’s great! I still pine…but the pining doesn’t usually start until February or March. 🙂 May you make it to your future hope in da UP!

  36. Debbie M. says:

    Stunning pictures of winter beauty. I believe that the simplicity of the colors, shapes and textures is the reason for the richness of its appeal. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Kathy says:

    Sooo happy Deb linked to this. I love Mother Nature but have never seen her pose like this in her winter fashion… Brrrrrrrrr but the most beautiful words and pix I have ever seen of how a lake looks when frozen. I had a picture in my mind of just the ice skating and fishing lakes. This is a dance. Your writing blows me away. Good to follow here once more.

    • Kathy says:

      Kathy, it’s a delight to see you after such a long time. Am so glad that Deb linked this and that you followed the link! Yes, winter here in the north woods has so many faces. As you intuited, it’s a dance. Blessings to you, my friend from long ago. 🙂

  39. That’s amazing! I’ve never seen anything quite like that. One winter in Aberdeen the River Dee froze and there were some similarly jagged blocks of ice, but not covering anything like that vast distance. Your post has made me feel positively tropical here in Glasgow, where the hailstones are pouring down at the moment!

    • Kathy says:

      Christine, you make me happy that I posted these pictures. They become so ordinary around here that one can assume that everyone sees this kind of jagged ice. Hoping you are enjoying the tropics in Glasgow! LOL!

  40. I Wilkerson says:

    I hear the blowing ice has been preventing the ice caves from forming this winter. If that changes I may be heading north…

    • Kathy says:

      Inger, we were wondering if there are any ice caves around us. (There apparently were last winter, but you needed a snowmobile to reach them.) Say, if you ever get to L’Anse, give me a call! We could at least meet for coffee or tea in town, if nothing else. 🙂

  41. glad you are back even if your topic is chilly–no warm getaway for me–cabin fever though is not a problem for me although my daily walks have been much curtailed of late–have fun in Florida

    • Kathy says:

      LouAnn, I am thrilled to see you! Am now extremely curious as to why cabin fever is not a problem for you? Although, if I could get out for a daily walk it would not be a problem here either. Today, once again, it felt just toooo cold. Alas.

      • when it is cold I do not mind being inside–I can find lots to keep me entertained as long as I have food, books, my laptop, tv, and my family around–I know that soon it will warm up and I will be expected to get back on track

  42. June says:

    I so love visiting your blog when I am overheated, just to cool me down. Not that it is hot today, far from it. I will be thinking about a wind that creates such artful placement of snow and ice all day today.

  43. Janet says:

    Wow, I have never seen anything like this, let alone been in weather any colder than 16 degrees. I am missing out! Maybe you’ll warm up if you think of us here in sunny (and dry) California. As you know, we’re in a serious drought. Good to hear from you and see what it’s like on your side of the country.

    • Kathy says:

      Janet, I am trying not to dream of sunny (and warm) skies. Actually, it’s sunny here right now and the temp has spiked up to about 20 degrees and everyone seems in much better spirits. Sorry to hear about your drought. We’ve got both of our kids on your West Coast now (one in San Diego and the other in Portland) so that brings your drought much closer to home.

  44. Barb says:

    Hi Kathy! Nature’s ice sculptures on Lake Superior are awe-inspiring. I bet there will be lots of creaking and groaning when they start to melt. That pale blue-green in the ice is magical – like a talented watercolor artist was at work. Keep warm and drink a latte for me (I am a rare coffee shop visitor). Snow and more snow here in Breckenridge, but thankfully, not much ice!

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, I just read your comment a bit ago and then talked with my mom down in Florida. She said my brother, quite unexpectedly, hopped a plane out your way for an extended weekend. She thought it might be south of where he usually skis. Crest-something? Anyway, I smiled thinking of your picture of the top of one of those ski hills. Keep on enjoying your winter!

  45. Colleen Lloyd says:

    Hi Kathy, there is such a sense of wild and of wonder in your photos. I would love to see your lake like this, with ice the color of glaciers and the far north.
    Hoping Kiah is enjoying the west coast and Portland. It really is a beautiful part of the world! Your family is spreading their wings 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Colleen, I grinned from ear-to-ear seeing that you stopped by. Yes, there is that sense of wildness here in the U.P. I can’t wait to visit Portland. She just said she was going to Vancouver on Monday…but then realized it was Vancouver, Washington! Sometimes I just want to see the entire world, don’t you?

  46. ~~~S Wave~~~ says:

    Those are amazing photos! I lived in Ann Arbor for a number of years and always heard tales of the UP. 🙂 Now I live in L.A. and am quite spoiled!

  47. sonali says:

    I totally missed this! I’m always late to the party. You did get a chance to see this frozen icy land, didn’t you, lucky woman? I was wondering if these were heaven! As if the clouds made out of snow. Cabin fever? not sure what it feels like.. I hope I’m not that late where the ice has melted and all that’s left is splash!
    Love you Kathy! ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Sonali, I am glad you stopped by to enjoy the icebergs. Quite often the ice is smooth instead of jagged, so it was quite a sight for many of us to see. We still have ice on the bay now (the fishermen are still ice fishing) but it should be melting soon. Cabin Fever feels like you are stuck in a box and can’t get out without freezing, and you’ve been in the box for too long, and there’s nothing you want to do anymore. It feels like you’re cloistered or chained up or boxed in and haven’t seen the sun or felt the warmth for so long that you are going stir-crazy. Some winters are worse than others. I guess the cold snowy beauty sometimes come with a price for some people… I can be fine for weeks at end, but Cabin Fever (which is not really a fever–just a state of mind) can feel really uncomfortable. Nice to see you!

      • sonali says:

        Oh my my my! It sounds like totally disconnected from the world because for me life is full of people, bright sunlight, lots of colors, comfortable mini clothes and absolutely not indoors for long! But to me I can dream of sitting by the window for hours and staring at the white beauty without thinking about anything at all! Meditational…

        • Kathy says:

          Sonali, you have just described the joy of living in a warm world, the incredible swirling, bright, hot, colorful beauty of it. I love visiting Florida because it’s like that there. Living in this cold pristine world can be meditational and brings the energy deep to the core. “Cabin fever” is when one gets tired of the meditation part of it and longs for color and people and warmth. So what would the word be for the experience of too-much heat and people? Would there be a corresponding word?

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