“Dear beautiful Spring weather, I miss you. Was it something I said? “

If I’d only looked out the window, I’d have thought sunny, warm day, and I’d be mostly wrong. The sunny part is right, it’s difficult to miss that one, but warm it isn’t. It is really cold, winter cold, hat and heavy coat cold. It was 23˚ this morning and will stay this way until Thursday when it will reach 50˚, but there’s a kicker. It will rain all day Thursday. It is like getting a beautifully wrapped gift which is empty when you open it.

As I get older, I get a bit grumpier and far less likely to abide extremes. Too cold-I’m complaining; too hot- I’m complaining; too much snow- massive complaining. We haven’t had much rain so I’m holding off on the complaining probably until Friday. Given I live alone, I complain but no one hears me except the dog, and I don’t get a lot of responses from her. She just wags her stub tail and hopes for a treat.

Being a kid was so much easier. I didn’t care if it was hot or cold or rainy. I’d wear the least amount of outside winter clothing I could and hope my mother wouldn’t catch me. Coming home from school in winter usually meant my hat was in my pocket, my coat was unbuttoned and my mittens were probably still in my sleeves. I just didn’t notice the cold. In summer, I didn’t notice the heat. Even the hottest days didn’t stop me from playing softball or horseshoes or walking to and from the pool on the other side of town. I didn’t have a fan or an air conditioner at night. I was exhausted from the day, and that was enough.

Even in Ghana I accepted the world as it was. Complaining seemed discourteous. I was a guest. The lack of rain for months in the dry season was just an opportunity to say, “Looks like rain,” to my friends or for them to make the same observation to me. It wasn’t going to rain, and we chuckled at the humor of it all. Day after day would be over 100˚, but we’d find ways to adapt. When it finally rained just about every day, we never had an umbrella or a raincoat. We just got wet. The cold nights in December were wonderful, and we burrowed under wool blankets, happy for the sensation of feeling cold.

I miss the days of snow angels, of catching snowflakes with my tongue and of building snowmen with twig arms, but I’ll just wax nostalgic and stay inside warm and cozy. I still love puddles and seldom pass one by without whacking it with my feet and watching the water spray. I guess there are some things you just don’t outgrow.

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14 Comments on ““Dear beautiful Spring weather, I miss you. Was it something I said? “”

  1. sprite Says:

    I still like making snow angels, and I also am a puddle splasher, although galoshes might make that less surprising. What’s the point of having them if you aren’t going to go wading into the deepest puddles?

    • katry Says:

      sprite,
      I don’t own galoshes. I daringly go with shoes into puddles. As for snow angels, I just can’t get into the chill afterwards. I don’t wear a winter coat, just a medium jacket or a sweatshirt so cold and wet are snow angels to me. The visual is lovely but getting there isn’t fun any more.

  2. flyboybob Says:

    How hot is too hot, or too cold, or too much snow? If you lived in Fairbanks or Whitehorse this winter weather in Boston would seem normal for those folks. December in the North East was warmer than usual according to Sunday Morning on CBS yesterday. California’s reservoirs may run completely dry by the end of this year since they have had a hot and very dry winter. Last year was the warmest year on record and Republicans were throwing snowballs in the Senate Chamber.

    This morning Senator Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for President. He’s a climate change denier and holds positions somewhere to the right of Adolf Hitler. Starting about now I stop watching TV or listening to the news because the political season is here again. Big money controls the message and big money is backing guys like Ted Cruz. BTW Ted was born in Canada. Now the Democrates can start their own ‘birther’ issue.:-) I don’t think the senator has a Muslim in his family tree.

    Today the weather here is clear skies and temperatures in the 70s.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It is definitely relative. As you said 3 inches of snow throws the south into chaos so that would be too much. Here we just move that much away with a broom.

      The winter was warm until January then all hell broke loose. In February cooler to much-cooler-than average conditions overtook the entire eastern half of the United States and the weather hasn’t changed since then except for more snow.

      I heard about his candidacy and his Christian conservatism, his denial of climate change, against gay marriage of course, belief that states can set their own strict abortion limits and an antipathy to what is important to women voters.

      Haha on the Muslim comment!

      • t gibons Says:

        I wish I could find these conservatives humorous. Don’t know how The Daily Show has done so all these years. My head and heart just hurt when they speak and act with such ignorance.

        Sorry Kat. Appreciate that you’ve made a place where we can ALL sip coffee and listen to music. Don’t mean to dump.

      • katry Says:

        t,
        I don’t find them humorous either but I like the tables being turned on Cruz. Do to him what the conservatives have done to the President.

        No apology necessary. You are always welcome to speak your mind.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Speaking of weather, it’s World Meteorological Day today.
    We celebrate that nearly all nations share meteorological data (not snowballs) and work together since 1950 to improve weather forecasts and understand global weather despite political differences.
    Recently I read that the government in Florida banned the terms ‘climate chance’ and ‘global warming’ but I hope it is just a bad joke. No thinking politician in a state which is partly just slightly above sea level… Wait, it is just a joke? Right??
    I can’t complain about the weather today, it was better than predicted. May be the local weather forecast agency celebrated a little bit too much.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      It’s true, not a bad joke about Florida’s ban. I guess they figure all the retirees who have flocked to Florida would drown when the ocean rises so no needless scaring of the masses.

      I think the meteorologists do the best they can. They are fallible because the weather is mercurial. I am glad nations have worked to deploy tsunami advance warning buoys so a Thailand like tsunami would have plenty of warning now.

      When did weathermen become meteorologists?

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I remember not being affected by temperature. I’d go through winter with just a thin corduroy coat, unbuttoned most of the time. Drove my mother nuts. Probably as kids we were moving around so much that our excess body heat kept us warm.
    I’m almost back to that thanks to this winter and Piki Dog. He requires walking or he won’t do his business. I have become accustomed to the very cold weather outside and can be out there in very few layers now.
    I like to be warm and cozy inside, though, so my thermostat might be a little on the warm side.

    I still catch snowflakes with my tongue but I’ll check that the neighbors aren’t watching first. 🙂

    Do you think I can put my snowblower back in the cellar yet? 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I’d stay out until I was so soaked that my clothes had snow clinging to them. Now I run in and out.

      I do think it is time to put the snowblower in the cellar. I doubt we’ll have a big enough storm again.

      Cozy and warm is one of my favorite things to be. I refuse to be cold in my own house so I’ll put up the heat if I’m cold.

      Have a great evening!

  5. lilydark Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Just wanted to say hello on this nice spring day. I’m trying not to be too grumpy for Cookie’s sake. We got about a sprinkling of rain this morning ( or so I heard), but I was asleep.
    Take Care,
    Lori and the Crew.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Lori,
      I’m glad someone is enjoying spring. It is 30˚ here so spring is still far, far away.

      Give Cookie our love!

      Kat and the Kids

  6. t gibons Says:

    Mud puddles were the best. Squishing and Splashing without galoshes–just bare feet. What a messy mushy sensation. And cold!

    • katry Says:

      t,
      I love mud puddles, and I also loved them when I was barefooted. The mud oozed through my toes. It was wonderful.

      Sometimes when it rained in the summer, we’d stay outside and get wet and we’d have a mud fight. It was always such fun and we always got filthy. My mother used to make us use the hose to wash off the mud. That water was always cold.


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