This old print of Washington and Lafayette visiting their suffering troops, who were camped in and around Valley Forge, Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia during the winter of 1777-78, seems appropriate on this frigid January morning.
It's currently -6 F./-21 C. here at Stollen Central this morning with a wind chill factor of -30 F./-34 C. Minnesota cold! Barring that, it's a beautiful, sunny winter's morning with sunshine and bright, powdery, squeaky snow on the ground. The Grand Duchess and I love it while the Young Master wants to play in it and go tobogganing, but the temperature needs to warm up just a wee bit first. Playing in the cold and enjoying it is one thing, but doing so to the point of being foolhardy is another kettle of fish entirely. No. I think it might be better today to enjoy the winter scene from the inside and sit down to the painting table for a couple of hours this afternoon. Don't you agree?