A polar vortex is a large pocket of very cold air which sits over the polar region during the winter season. The vortex is capable of delivering subzero temperatures and cold air needed for a major snowstorm.
Water houseplants that are hard to reach by tossing a small snowball or a few chunks of ice on top of the soil.
Valentine’s conversation hearts started out as lozenges used for sore throats and other illnesses. Boston pharmacist, Oliver Chase soon discovered that he could convert the pill-making machine into a candy-making machine and he started the Confectionery Company, or Necco Wafers. The idea to print messages on the candy happened in 1866 and the heart shape was developed in 1901. FYI: The shelf life for these Valentine’s candies is five years.
Snow is great for gardens so don’t remove it. Soil that’s insulated by a blanket of snow can stay close to 32 degrees even when the air temperature plunges below zero. In a brief winter warm spell snow can keep the soil from warming up so plants aren’t tricked into sprouting too soon.
Our bodies naturally cool a degree or two when we sleep. Putting on socks when going to bed improves all-over circulation by opening up the blood vessels in the feet releasing heat that redistributes throughout the body.
During the Victorian Era, those who didn’t want the attention of certain suitors would anonymously send “vinegar valentines.” These cards, also called penny dreadfuls, were comically insulting and designed to reject unwanted admirers. In the late 19th century they were used to target suffragettes.
Avoid walking on the lawn during winter thaw.
Wash and sterilize seed-starting containers with 1 part bleach to 9 parts water.
Apply fertilizer to houseplants as soon as they begin to show signs of growth.
The ancient Romans were the first to create distinct left and right shoes; previous to that all shoes could be worn on either foot.