I'm anything but frigid

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By Carolyn Risner

It’s Tuesday night as I write this and meteorologists have threatened that this will be a night that sees temperatures plummeting below freezing.

I am not concerned.

Growing up in abject poverty in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, I know what cold weather is.

It is not Levy County, Florida at its coldest.

My childhood home was a sprawling old house that had one coal heater in the middle of the living room to heat the entire house.

It failed miserably.

I remember that almost all events in the home took place around that heater in the winter as we strove to stay warm.

Early on, there was a coal cookstove in the kitchen that had a reservoir where my mother heated water that would be dipped into a wash pan so we could bathe.

Teeth chattering, my brother and I disrobed one article of clothing at a time, washed and then hurriedly put our clothes back on.

When I was 14, we got electric baseboard heat, but because the house was old and poorly insulated, nothing short of a raging fire could warm the entire house.

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