Cold and beautiful. Those two adjectives could apply to many things–a physically beautiful person, an Arctic glacier, or even a tall drink of ice water on a stifling summer day. In this instance, it applies to the shockingingly cold weather we are experiencing, and, the stunning blue skies that came along for the ride.
The first order of business this morning was to clear the newest 3 inches of snow from the driveway. Having already cleared an equal amount last evening, it would have been nice to have awakened to a view of the previous evening’s toil, but since the sun was shining on the puffy new accumulation, the best thing to do was to accept the inevitable, bundle up and get to work.
The actual work took only about 40-minutes. What made the task stretch to the near 70-minute mark was the effect the temperature had on my hands, feet and relatively thinly-clad legs. Fifteen minutes of plowing/shoveling had to be interspersed with 10-minutes of indoor time to thaw my extremities. I like winter, just not zero-degrees with a breeze.
While working, the words and melody for “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” kept running through my head, matching the rhythm of the work at hand:
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
I really can’t stay – Baby it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go away – Baby it’s cold outside
This evening has been – Been hoping that you’d drop in
So very nice – I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice
My mother will start to worry – Beautiful, what’s your hurry
My father will be pacing the floor – Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I’d better scurry – Beautiful, please don’t hurry
Well maybe just a half a drink more – Put some music on while I pour
The neighbors might think – Baby, it’s bad out there
Say, what’s in this drink – No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how – Your eyes are like starlight
To break the spell – I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell
I ought to say no, no, no, sir – Mind if I move closer
At least I’m gonna say that I tried – What’s the sense in hurting my pride?
I really can’t stay – Baby don’t hold out
Ahh, but it’s cold outside
I simply must go – Baby, it’s cold outside
The answer is no – Ooh darling, it’s cold outside
This welcome has been – I’m lucky that you dropped in
So nice and warm – Look out the window at that storm
My sister will be suspicious – Man, your lips look delicious
My brother will be there at the door – Waves upon a tropical shore
My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious – Gosh your lips are delicious
Well maybe just a half a drink more – Never such a blizzard before
I’ve got to go home – Oh, baby, you’ll freeze out there
Say, lend me your coat – It’s up to your knees out there
You’ve really been grand – I thrill when you touch my hand
But don’t you see – How can you do this thing to me?
There’s bound to be talk tomorrow – Think of my life long sorrow
At least there will be plenty implied – If you caught pneumonia and died
I really can’t stay – Get over that hold out
Ahh, but it’s cold outside
Baby it’s cold outside
Brr its cold?.
It’s cold out there
Cant you stay awhile longer baby
Well?..I really shouldn’t…alright
Make it worth your while baby
Ahh, do that again?.