Weather…or Not

Winter.
I waited until the last minute to write this and I think I am just going to wing it. I had in mind some things I was going to say, but winter hit with a vengeance tonight,(Thursday).
Except for a few scattered cold nights with frosty mornings, we have had, as last year, incredibly warm weather. I just returned from delivering grandchildren to their mothers. It is very cold with blowing snow; blowing being the operative word, as the wind gusts are up to fifty MPH…and I had to stop to pump gas.(I usually anticipate the need and try not to get so low or get caught needing gas in bad weather. I blew it as strong as the wind tonight.)

I grew up in the Washington, DC suburbs and enjoyed the snow… when we were out of school. I had to walk to school and in the snow and snow-turned-to-ice, it was not fun, especially since I am a dinosaur and we girls had to wear skirts, no matter what the weather.
As an adult, I was shanghaied by my sister to SE Idaho, where the wind blew all year around and the snow made ‘white-outs’ more often than not. The snow did make the mountains pretty, and, at the right angle, I could see Wyoming’s Grand Tetons out of my bedroom window in the far, far distance. That is where I learned that cold did not have to mean ‘terribly uncomfortable’, as the lack of humidity somehow changes the feel of the cold, or keeps cold from being felt.
I escaped Idaho after almost a year and a half .I moved to the Denver area, and the cold continued to be less uncomfortable…dangerously so. If, as tonight, I would stop to pump gas, I might feel OK for a while until I realized that my face was becoming numb and my fingers already were. You simply don’t feel cold out in the West often until it is nearly too late; that is where inexperienced campers, mountain climbers and backpackers get into trouble. We were usually careful, except I remember one night, after venturing out to a Christmas party; we knew it was cold. When we got home, my husband told me to ‘call the weather’.(I am really showing my age here; before cable TV, The Weather Channel, the Internet and Smart phones, we would call our local phone companies for a recording of the local weather…or to get the correct time.) When I ‘called the weather’, I found that we had been out in -17F; I would have felt colder in Washington in +5F, believe me.

So after 13 collective years of Western living, I moved East again, here to North Central Kentucky. I was concerned about the humidity in the Summer, as my sons had lived in Colorado all their eight and ten-year-old lives and had never experienced it. I had forgotten to contemplate how bone-chilling the humidity makes the cold feel. And my body is not following the usually family trait of strength into advanced age; it is not happy in the cold and growing unhappier by the day. Some people suggest that I need a milder climate. It’s not likely to happen.
Right after we were married, I asked my husband, (who was teaching Social Studies), if there is a place with relatively low humidity, and the temperatures did not go below, oh say, 50 and would get no higher than oh, the 80’s? He said, “The Riviera” I said, “And the chances of us ever living on the Riviera are….?”

Still, I know that as comfortable as that might physically be, I would not be comfortable with out some Winter, especially for Christmas. And here is Winter, just in time.

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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18 Responses to Weather…or Not

  1. Stacy McKitrick says:

    Tonette – Santa Barbara comes darn close to those temperature guidelines. I sure miss it. Unfortunately, you pay for good weather, so that might explain why I live in Ohio! 🙂 Cold is apparently cheaper to live in!

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  2. Stacy, Santa Barbara! I drool over it every time I watch “Psych”!
    I think my husband was purposely trying to be funny; he knew I was talking about where I’d like to live.He knows some of California as he was born in LA and has relatives from there through San Diego and out to Palm Springs and “the Desert’…yet I have never gone out there and visited any of them….yet!
    Yeah…Santa Barbara, sigh! As they say, the 3 most important factors in real estate are: “location, location, location”! Ohio has its charms.Again, the Autumns are nice.I’d really like to find a place with a brisk , beautiful Autumn and no Winter!
    Thank you so much for coming by and commenting!

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  3. jeff7salter says:

    The Riviera sounds most excellent to me. I’d love to visit there some day, but prob. would not want to live there. Too many tourists. Ha.
    I definitely know what you mean about wet cold vs. dry cold. And I’ve been thru Colo and Idaho, though not in winter.
    Love the TV show, PSYCH.

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  4. It’s hard to get through Idaho and Colorado in the Winter; the passes in CO close on Labor Day, unless a biog snow hits earlier.
    And jeff,i am surprised; I never thought of you as a ‘Psych’ fan!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Well, I loved the premise. And it worked much better in the first season while Lassiter was still (truly) antagonistic and the Chief was uncertain what to make of this guy. Subsequent seasons have been a bit diluted, but it’s still fun to watch. I like Juliette a lot too.

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  5. I dare to guess that you love Juliette,Jeff; we’ve never questioned where your attractions lie, Big Guy! I’m still having fun with those outrageous nuts~ Poor , long-suffering Henry!

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  6. Jeff, my take on the dad is that he KNEW that kid was super-smart, and as Joe says about one of our grandkids,”Smart enough to really get into trouble”, I THINK he was trying to channel the boy’s focus for some good…which seems to have had mixed results!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I can see that interpretation, but some of those flashback scenes still made me cringe.
      I recall an interview with Davis Love III, a champion PGA golfer, who said his dad (also a pro golfer) would not let him come inside to eat supper until he’d “hole one” — chipping from the fringe of the green. I think that’s abuse.

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  7. Happy winter!! It’s 75 here and raining so if you could export me a eensy weensy bit of cold, I’d appreciate it.

    ENJOY! Merry Christmas.

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  8. Reading this made me very glad I’m here in SoCal with a bit of rain and a cold temp of 57 degrees. I’m freezing, but I’d be miserable in the snow! Well, unless i’m skiing, but I don’t think I’d do very well living in it again, i don’t miss detroit at all! I gotta hand it to you for being so brave in the elements! I hate to get gas at all, much less in terrible winds!

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