Octember, Anyone?

It has been freakin’ cold here lately. So cold, my words froze in midair this morning; I had to thaw them out in a frying pan before Tara could hear what I said. We ended up taking everything out of the freezer and huddling inside to keep warm. Three pints of ice cream are now serving as handy footstools in the living room, guys.

It’s so cold the local politicians have their hands in their own pockets for a change.

Think I’m kidding?


This weather isn’t unusual for Rapid City, but it is unusual for Rapid City in October. Our high on Tuesday was 10º colder than our normal low for the date. If this is a harbinger of what’s to come this winter, we’re in for a brutal one. And the local weather guys are saying it just may be

It’s supposed to warm up for Halloween. This means upper 40s, which is still cold for the date, but at least it’s above freezing!

And yes, Ron, we had more snow.

This storm rolled in Monday evening, just as we were finishing up carving pumpkins. We only got 2” out of it, so not a lot, but again…October. I think we’re going to have to rename the month Octember, because it definitely feels more like Christmas than Halloween.

Speaking of jack-o-lanterns, I hadn’t carved a pumpkin in…hmm…maybe 10 years? The last time was with the kids, before Tara and I even got together. She hadn’t carved one since 1995! So, it was a fun (and novel) experience for us both. I have no idea how many trick-or-treaters we will get, being new to the ‘hood. I spoke to a neighbor recently and she said it varies; some years there will be a lot, and last year there were…two or three? I’ll be happy to see even one! It’s been a long time since I’ve passed out candy.

Plus, I really want an excuse to fire up the fog machine. Although the fog might freeze and force us to break it off in chunks in order to dispose of it.

Life on the great plains, I tell you!

15 thoughts on “Octember, Anyone?

  1. Brutal!!! I hope you get a lot of trick or treaters. Always disappointing to sit there and not get to see all the creative costumes. Happy Halloween!


  2. “Three pints of ice cream are now serving as handy footstools in the living room, guys.”

    OMG Mark, that was hilarious!

    And of course you must know how ENVIOUS I am because just yesterday (Halloween) it was extremely hot and humid (over 80 degrees). It was truly disgusting! I saw people on the streets wearing shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops. On October 31!!!!

    Love your pics of the snow! They cooled me off this morning. 🙂

    And btw, please send some of the cold weather (and snow) my way.

    Thank you, my friend!


    1. Shorts and flip-flops on Halloween are just wrong, my friend. Unless you live in Florida or something. Even then…they still feel wrong!

      Happy November! Hoping you finally have some cold and snow coming your way.


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