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Saturday, October 17, 2009

I've Been Here Before

This happens every year about this time; news reports early Winter-like weather in the Northern plains of the U.S, two inches to a foot of unexpected snow is likely to fall setting records, weathermen & women warn little witches and goblins and super heroes to wrap up while roaming the streets looking for treats because snowfall is expected early Halloween night.

I read each of these stories and wistfully wish our were something more like our Northern States, especially when I'm sitting in my bedroom with a room fan blowing and hearing the heartwarming and periodical sound of the a/c kick on to prevent my home's temperature from exceeding 80 degrees inside.

I've been here before. I've been doing this for a very long time and know to expect this but why then I still growl and grumble about the heat? I really think it's because of a couple of things:

-I really love winter clothes. Last year when we went to Boise for the Christmas vacation I went wild spending money on scarves, gloves, sweater sets, socks, shoes...things I know I won't be able to wear in Phoenix anytime, unless I'm planning on spending an entire evening outside-in blowing wind during a winter storm.

-the idea of snuggling around a blazing fireplace, drinking hot chocolate laced with mint, eating sticky popcorn balls and watching old movies while snow falls prettily is the tip of romance (to me). I must confess that I have occasionally organized a gathering at a late-open Starbucks where we sat outside people watching and enjoying our favourite hot drinks. And there is the relief of knowing the roads won't be icy on our way home, but still!

So this afternoon we sat outside in 103 heat drinking our iced drinks and watching the kids play with their friends. We groused about the heat and lamented about living in the desert while I sat there on my porch barefoot, watering the bougainvillea and mesquite plants, covertly wetting my niece in the process.

The weatherman says we can expect lower temperatures this week, we are expected to be a low as 92 by next weekend but our friends up North can expect more snow and near freezing temps. I should be jealous but I'm not. I'm going to download some Christmas music to my iPod and change my screen saver to a fireplace and make some hot chocolate. Maybe I'll wait on the hot chocolate, it's too hot for all that!


Blogger Jeni said...

Strange, isn't it the things we wish for sometimes. I'm sitting here reading your post and thinking about the snowfall we had Thursday and Friday along with some flurries, and a little cold rain today; temps around 30-32 in this area during those two days and projected temps around that too until next Wednesday when it is to jump to the low 60s! We got about 2 inches of the heavy wet snow here but about 35 miles to the southeast of us in State College, PA, they got 6-8 inches of the same type of snow. And it created a disaster there as the trees still were loaded with leaves which then caused branches to fall on electrical wires and in many cases, toppled entire trees too! Power outages all over that area with many -as many as 10,000 -without power almost 2 days! (Our power here was out Friday a.m. about 4-5 times with one outage lasting about 30-40 minutes which is more than long enough to suit me. As nippy as it was, even in the house today, that low of 92 in your area sounded pretty inviting to me. Trade ya but only for a day or two though cause much as I may grump and growl about wintry weather, I do prefer to have the four seasons. (Although some people have been known to say that our area only has two seasons after all with cold and yucky weather being the predominant one. I can't remember what they called the other season right now though.)

October 18, 2009 1:01 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Coincidence: I turned on the heat for the first time this morning when I got up - thermostat (and my skin) said cold.

October 18, 2009 6:12 AM  
Blogger Dr Jenn said...

It is hot cocoa and Rumplmintz. It heats you from the inside out and goes down like chocolate liquor... oh wait... Oh hey... that's right, that's what it is! LOL. ;-)

October 18, 2009 7:37 PM  
Blogger dr sardonicus said...

I've lived in Tennessee too long. I've gotten spoiled; don't think I could take Northern winters any more.

October 24, 2009 7:46 PM  
Blogger Dr Jenn said...

i feel the urge to crotchet a few scarves now!

October 27, 2009 5:45 PM  
Blogger fermicat said...

Winter is not my favorite, but I do enjoy living in a place that has all four seasons. In Atlanta, winters are short and mild. But sometime on a raw, cold, gray day in January I would love to trade places with you.

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Blogger Dave said...

I see you've got the robot comments too. Happy early Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2009 5:35 PM  
Blogger fermicat said...

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2009 4:29 PM  
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