It's going to be ice/rain mix this weekend. Well, yuck!
Adventures in Leo Land:
Mom bailed on her cataract surgery, leading to six phone calls to me about that... As if I knew she'd had it scheduled!
Hubby lost a shirt to our cat, b/c she tore a two-inch hole in it when he attemptecd to put her in the carrier for her vet visit. He kept repeating, "She tore my shirt?!" for about, oh, ten minutes, by which point I had the cat in th ecarrier. And, being no novice, I wore a denim shirt over a sweatshirt. Sweet Dahlia has some wicked-as-heck claws. (And is healthy! Damn. That means the peeing on the pillow is purely behavioral. Ugh. Much tougher to sort, but we're already doing all we can, and the vet agreed, so....)
Once at th evet, incidentally, Dahlia just sat on my lap and chilled out. Didn't seem terribly upset. Hubby was not amused!
So, what's freezing? Depends who you are.
In CElsius, it's zero degrees. In Fahrenheit, it's 32, and just a hair over 273 Kelvin. (What's a Kelvin? YOu'll probably never need to know, so I'll skip it.)
But that's at sea level under normal conditions.
Up in the clouds, you can find liquid water at temperatures of -40*F. No joke. Freaky, right?
So what is a freezing point? The point when a liquid becomes a solid. Thus, melting point is, duh, solid becomes liquid. Yes, they're generally the same. (Generally meaning 99% of the time. The other 1% are too much trouble for my brain this morning. Sorry.)
Boiling point = liquid/solid becomes gas. Water's is 100*C/212*F as a rule. (Rule being at one atmosphere of pressure, ie, sea level and all that fun.)
But what are some points for OTHER things? We all pretty much "know" water, right?
Acetic acid, which is the acid we find in vinegar, technically "freezes" at about 62*F... but it's in solution in water, so, no, vinevar won't freeze at 62*F. It freezes at about 28*F. Weird, right? Some claim vinegar doesn't freeze until umpteen below zero, but no. Household vinegar will freeze. Trust me. Grew upwhere it was cold enough. Don't leave it in the car in January. Yuck.
Pure alcohol, meanwhile, as in pure ethanol? Won't freeze until around 170* belwo zero, Fahrenheit. Thats -114*C. (Sorry, I learned these in Celsius, so I have to mentally convert, and I'm imperfect at it. I could use an online calculator, but... eh. Only if I get stuck. Memorized stuff, okay.) Anyway, this is why an old-time "distillation" method was to leave the booze out in winter, and sieve out the ice. That was usually the water. This works only with high-concentration ethanol products, however, such as moonshine. Otherwise, there's enough water in the fluid that it'll freeze, bust th econtainer, and you lose everything. Bummer, right?
And if you wonder why climate change/warming is a problem in the oceans --- seawater on average freezes at 28*F, not 32*F. That means even if it's still "water freezing" cold? Not seawater. Oopsie. Now imagine ocean water over even 32*F (O*C)... yeah, that ice pack is not forming.
Meanwhile, fresh milk (whole fat just this morning taken from a cow sort of thing) freezes at slightly less than 32*F, but basically, if your milk in your fridge freezes? You need maintenance on your fridge. Oddly, milk that's been frozen is still afe, if thawed at about 40*F (that is, a normal cold fridge), but the taste and texture are atrocious, IMHO. And, weirdly, the type of cow that gave the milk can affect the freezing point of the fresh milk. (Fresh as in unprocessed, not diluted, etc.) I thought this was just BullSpit (no pun intended) but learned in school that, yes, the type of cow matters. So does the time of day, what conditions are around at the time (is the cow thirsty/hungry/recently fed) but in honesty, it's not by much. Like, less than half a degree. Big whoop. Apparently, if you measure these things, it's much less than it *seems* when you're on th efarm. (No shock there.)
BTW, vodka won't freeze in your home freezer --- and if it does, it's a crap watered-down vodka. At 80 proof, vodka should not freeze. If it does? You been robbed. That one is proven by labs, but also by family experience. DItto that moonshine thing. Ahem.
Off to the physio doc we call Hammer THumb. My knee/ankle are too sore for me to do much of late, and hopefully he can tweak those while seeing if my spine is remotely better. I can dream!
Hey, all. No therapy today! And little sleep *again*. The weather went from "nromal" to "storm" to --- brace yourself --- 60*F by noon today. That's a lot in 72 hours for the old fibro barometer body!***The average age of a US citizen identifying as a "farmer" by occupation is 58 years old. The trend goes back to the 1980s, when farm foreclosures and other market force. Basically, farmers...
Hey. Still weak and shaky after the GI issue yesterday. Aided by fibro sleep. Yech!So back to sleep soon, considering my husband tells me I thrashed around all night. Explains the fatigue. I wrestled bears in my sleep and lost?Hugs to all, stay safe and whole and as healthy as you can:-)