Short one today.  We drove from Kingman, AZ to Albuquerque, NM today.  The high temp that registered on the truck’s external temperature gauge was 28.  Most of the time, it stayed around 20 or below.  Saw snow on the ground, none in the air.

My fingers were far too cold today to take any kind of pictures (besides, it’s frowned on when one is doing the driving!), so I’m going to share with you a picture I took when we lived in Maine back in the winter of 2003.  I had gone outside at night with the dogs and turned around to look back at the house.  I thought it looked pretty, so after taking the dogs back in I went back out and took this snap of the front porch of the house.  Ah, it was so warm inside….and as you may be able to tell, cold outside…

Now I’m gonna go warm up my hands.

HouseAtNight1ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: British Prime Minister John Major announced the separation of Charles, and his wife, Princess Diana. Major explained that the royal couple were separating “amicably.” The report came after several years of speculation by the tabloid press that the marriage was in peril, citing evidence that Diana and Charles spent vacations apart and official visits in separate rooms.

In 1981, nearly one billion viewers tuned in to witness the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer, a young English schoolteacher. Married at St. Paul’s Cathedral in front of 2,650 guests, the couple’s romance was the envy of the world. Their first child, Prince William, was born in 1982, and their second, Prince Henry, in 1984.

Before long, the fairy tale couple grew apart, an experience that was particularly painful under the watchful eyes of the world’s tabloid media. Diana and Charles separated in 1992, though they continued to carry out their royal duties. In August 1996, two months after Queen Elizabeth II urged the couple to divorce, the prince and princess reached a final agreement. In exchange for a generous settlement, and the right to retain her apartments at Kensington Palace and her title of “Princess of Wales,” Diana agreed to relinquish the title of “Her Royal Highness” and any future claims to the British throne.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  The planet Pluto takes 248 Earth years to orbit the Sun. For 20 of those years, it is closer to the Sun than the planet Neptune. The nature of its orbit, however, always prevents it from colliding with Neptune.



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