This week has been the coldest I can remember for sunny Laurel Hill. At times, the temperature has been as cold as 17 degrees Fahrenheit. Brrrr!


This week has been the coldest I can remember for sunny Laurel Hill. At times, the temperature has been as cold as 17 degrees Fahrenheit. Brrrr!



The chill has certainly taken its toll.



Many families and businesses have had problems with frozen water pipes. Laurel Hill Head Start was  forced to close Tuesday and Wednesday due to this problem.



My family unfolded and used every blanket possible and threw extra logs on the fire to help our ever hard-working furnace.



We also enjoyed hot chocolate by the fireplace, drank from hot water bottles and used heating pads to help stay warm.



Of course, my favorite feet warmers are my German shepherd Trajan and Lab-pit mix Kelby. The best part? The warmth they provide doesn't add to the heating bill!



Staying warm on the outside is important, but so is staying warm on the inside. You get the full effect!



The cold weather gives North Okaloosans a reason to whip out the slow cooker for a warm meal. Stews and soups are delicious, healthy options. (Editor's Note: See links to several slow cooker recipes here.)



And you know, Laurel Hill School still has spirit gear on sale; Iím thinking of purchasing a few hoodies and long-sleeve tees myself!



You can support the school and be comfortable throughout the winter chill. Win-win!



Amber Kelley lives in Laurel Hill. Send news or comments to Hobo.homefront@gmail.com or P.O. Box 163, Laurel Hill, FL, 32567.