Intrepid. ...16 degrees, and 64 mph wind gusts today. It is brutal out... punishing. I am bundled beyond recognition. The wind is howling in the highest tree tops causing even the dog to look up. The house creaks. Mini twisters form on the road with swirling snow in spirals... Overhead, the trees knock and bump together like chattering teeth. I take refuge on the back side of the mountain today. Lakhi doesn't seem to mind.