Friend (F): Did you not go out tobogganing?
Me (M): LOL! I went ice skating instead. 😉 Snow is for young people, I was out for 30 mins today and an hour on 29th Dec.
(F): You won’t break any records with that!
(M): I don’t want to break anything.
(F): I Don’t blame you.
(M): I stood at the front door several times in the last week and my chest felt it was in a vice, it was not good I can tell you.
(F): Did you go out in the car today?
(M): A friend drove me. It is still very icy here.
(F): A toyboy????
(M): Not this time.
(M): My little neighbour has a bad chest infection and her water pipes are frozen. I took her down a large jug of water.
(F): Did you hear we’re facing water shortages here in Dublin?
(M): Nothing surprises me any more.
(F): Due to silly people running taps to stop pipes freezing plus breaks in water pipes!
(M): My sister has frozen water pipes – it is outside the house somewhere.
(F): Water pressure has been reduced around Dublin to conserve supply.
(M): Our water pressure is always reduced automatically in the winter months.
(F): We’ve lost internet connection here tonight.
(M): Remember how life was when we were young?
(F): I grew up in old house with no central heating only open fires.
(M): We have become so attached to the internet and central heating, how did we manage years ago? RTE 1 Television [only one station] – from 6pm to midnight or a radio the size of a wardrobe. No mobile phones or computers, sitting round an open fire with our fronts scorched and our backs frozen! Shins covered in abc’s. If you went out to get more coal, someone stole your warm seat!
(F): I remember it well. We had stone hot jars too for bedtime, jaysus, it makes me feel ancient! We had to put them in beds to stop them (beds) getting damp.
(M): Yeah, those days were awful. Frost on the inside of the windows, you got dressed to get into bed and then undressed and dressed again under the bedclothes in the morning! Oh! I remember not wanting to sit on the loo seat because it was so cold!
(M): Stop laughing, it was no joke.
(F): You are telling me! I still perch on one cheek sometimes ‘cos of the cold!
(M): I became a dab hand at sitting on my knickers.
(F): I dare you put that in a blog post.
(M): I will too! In the morning.