Well, the new year has dawned in Central Illinois with the temperature a balmy fifteen degrees below zero. For those in Celsius lands, that is about negative 26 Celsius. The temperature here is thirteen degrees colder than the South Pole and only seven degrees warmer than the North Pole.
It reminds me of a story about Abraham Lincoln, before he could afford a horse, trudging down a frozen country road toward a county seat in Central Illinois. A man with a wagon passed by, and Lincoln asked him if he could take his coat to the county seat. Sure, the man replied, but how will you get it back? Easily, Lincoln responded, since I will be in it!
Keep warm my friends, and have a Happy New Year!