Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Yes, I know it’s winter but I live in Phoenix. Cold to me is anything less than 80. Okay, I’ll be reasonable anything less than 60 is cold. So imagine my surprise when the news was going on and on about the impending cold front that would leave our highs in the 40s?  Uh, do thermometers in the valley even go that low? Apparently so, since the overnight temps would be in the low thirties and twenties.

That’s Celsius, right?


We were about to be hit with temps the Valley of the Sun hadn’t seen since 1989. I remember 1989. I remember snow in 1985 and ’86, but I do not remember warnings about burst pipes. That just did not happen.

Don’t believe me? The main water feed to my house shoots a foot and a half out of the ground before making a 90 degree turn and going inside my house.  I have 3 more hose bibs outside plumbed the same way and a pool that is nothing but a mass of exposed PVC piping.

I was told to keep the pool running in the prime freezing time from 10Pm-7am so that took care of that. But I’d never covered pipes before. I hadn’t even seen it done? So I asked my husband who was born and raised in Brooklyn. After a blank stare (apparently folks who live in places where freezing temperatures occur don’t have exposed pipes), I went and grabbed some towels, a pair of scissors and duct tape. With some twisting and turning I wrapped the darn things and taped them up tight.

The next morning, we got in the car and started the engine. It flashed an ice warning at us. Two hours later, when the sun was rising–the temperature had dropped another 2 degrees. What’s up with that?

We drove to my folks and sure enough there in the center of the road was a water fountain coming from one of the service connection. Guess the flowing water mantra didn’t work so well at 22 degrees.

Of course in my haste to protect my house, I forgot my poor plants. My lantanas suffered the most. And just when I thought the worst was over, I was out this morning walking the dog and slipped on a ice patch on the sidewalk.  No one saw but the dog, who promptly came home and shared with the cats who heckled me from their spot on the dog’s bed.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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4 Responses to Baby, It’s Cold Outside

  1. danrshaw says:

    It’s pretty bad when your dog is ashamed of you. We ‘might’ get a little of sleet and flurries tonight. It would be the first of the year. We have a betting pool in our home. I bet we would get no appreciable snow fall. Beth bet on 5 and her sister bet on 7.
    Our big problem is we sit in a big bowl in western NC. It loves to fill with warm air and when the cloud cover occurs it often traps in the warm air so any precipitation is rain or at worst, freezing rain. When there is no cloud cover, the heat rises at night and then it gets to feezing or below.
    We’ve seen it snow in the mountains in the west and north and in the lower portion of the state as well as towards the beach and never see any snow here. That happens alot.
    When I retired from the Navy I was looking forward to living where it snows again. I was tricked.
    I love the snow and cold. It means I don’t have to go outside and do chores. I can sit inside all day and read.

  2. I plan to do exactly that. Sit inside and read or write. No going outside. At least writing I can sit at a desk. My dog is always giving me that look. I think he’s trying to cozy up to the cats.

    • danrshaw says:

      I spoke two quickly. LIttle did I know the headline tonight would be…
      Winter Storm Watch issued, 1-3 inches of snow possible!
      Gotta get to the grocery store to get a loaf of bread and some milk. That’s a tradition in the south.

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