41 – Cold *

Special thanks to Dale for providing the photos. Dale is in Canada and I encourage readers to visit her eclectic blog A Delectable Life. Please tell her I sent you and feel free to comment on her images here. Dale’s photos are copyrighted by Dale Rogerson.

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After a cold night, the walk across the sand toward the water is cold on my feet. I hurry toward the waterline because I know warmer water is washing ashore. Ahhhh … yes … much better.

The water may be cool, but it’s not cold like the sand because the cold night affects the sand more than the sea’s water. That’s physics.

Today I’m thinking about cold: the cool, chilly, nippy, frosty, biting, nipping, teeth-chattering, freezing, and icy. All of these are cold. All of these are a translation of a detected sense that makes us aware of our surroundings. – but not to the same degree. 

Cold is relative. No matter how cold it is here, it is still warmer than my northern home some 770 miles (1240 km) away – but not as warm as south Florida or the Caribbean islands. The same cold here may feel different to the full-time residents than to we snowbirds. Also, cold on a spring day does not seem to be the same as the cold on a winter day.

Cold. To northerners like me, ice and snow during winter months come to mind. However, those in the southern hemisphere are in the midst of summer during my winter.  We in the northern hemisphere can’t imagine winter in June, July, and August. Besides, their south is also my north. Again, cold is relative.

Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide – and that is very cold to us. But, if the dry ice is sitting in the open air of our room, it is very hot as we watch it sublime from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid stage. Think of it as a form of boiling – yet to us, it is very cold.

The cold in a refrigerator is a place with less heat – but the freezer requires more heat removal than the refrigerator. Yes, the refrigerator is cold to us – but warm compared to the freezer. Both places require a mechanism to remove the heat.

Cold is a comparison to something that has more heat. Water freezes into ice not because of cold – but because heat has left. Heat has been taken away – so cold has not been added.

To quickly thaw frozen meat, I place it in a water bath. The water becomes cold as heat transfers from the water into the meat. Heat leaving the water lowers its temperature – making the water cold. No, cold didn’t leave the meat because heat transfers – it moves from hot to cold.

Cold also has other meanings. Although cold food and drink is about temperature, it’s also about serving and consuming.

Cold is a common viral infection of the nose and throat that is annoying and difficult to cure.

People can have a cold personality – one that is unfriendly, unemotional, lacking warmth and affection. Others can be sexually cold – frigid, passionless, and unresponsive.

Cold is losing a trail of something hunted – an animal, a missing person, or a criminal.

Cold is a description in a game of how close one is to guessing or finding.

Cold is doing something without preparation – such as giving a speech, teaching a class, or exercise.

Cold is a basketball player’s or teams’ inability to make a basket.

We can catch a cold, take a cold shower, quit cold turkey, get cold feet, demand cold hard cash, give a cold shoulder, be left out in the cold, drink a cold one, get cold feet, break out in a cold sweat, be cold as ice, and become stone-cold crazy on a cold day in Hell after serving a dish of cold revenge because a someone killed a loved one in cold blood.

My morning walk is complete. The air temperature is not as cold as when I started. I can say the same for the dry sand – but it’s a good guess to think the water is about the same temperature as when I started. The day is still relatively cool; however, thinking about cold was good company as I walk because I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet. 

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262 thoughts on “41 – Cold *”

  1. Such beautiful images. I don’t know cold like these photos, and having watched news coverage of Texas I really can’t relate. But we in SoCal still have 40 degree swings between daytime and nighttime temperatures, and cold is cold. LOL!

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    1. Debra,
      Great that you enjoyed Dale’s photos. On her behalf, she thanks you. I know you are a SoCal lifer, so this type of cold is not your typical winter, but keep in mind these words from the walk – cold is relative! It’s is as compared to what. You have a cold for you, which will not be the same cold for me in Ohio, which would be the same for Dale in Quebec. 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Debra. So glad you enjoyed my pictures!
      It’s funny. This year has been a heavy snow winter which means, mostly, slightly warmer temps. It’s still very cold compared to you, though! I guess we get used to what we are used to 😉
      Have a great day!

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                1. On Sunday, I went walking with my friend and she said she could smell that spring was coming… She was right. There was something in the air that foretold that it is, eventually, going to be here.


  2. Frank, it’s so good to have you back. You covered all the bases on cold, some that I didn’t even think of. “Cold is a description in a game of how close one is to guessing or finding.” Memories of hide and seek and charades or the child’s birthday game of breaking the pinata. Thanks for joining us and taking us on this cold walk along the beach. I remember my first steps running to the Pacific Ocean, so excited to get my feet wet. I only had been in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Was I ever surprised when the Oregon coast felt nothing like I expected!

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  3. Fun to read your thoughts on cold, Frank. I do miss the beauty of snow but not having to deal with it. I was very happy when it got down to the high 40’s in SoCal this week. A pleasant change. Happy holidays to you and yours!

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    1. Jane,
      Thanks for going into the past to visit a beach walk. As each of us heads into winter, we know SoCal winter is different than mine. Snow definitely has a beauty – for me, especially as newly fallen. Best holiday wishes to you and yours! Don’t spoil the grandkids too much.

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