not ready for this

20 09 2004

when pdxstraycat and i left for the weekend (and a wonderful weekend it was–i’ll get back to that) we left all our windows open, because it was nice out.  it had been nice out, really, except for the occasional chillyrainy day, for months.  not hot, mind you; sometimes not even really warm, but nice.  when we got home last night, the house was freezing.  filled up with freezing like an aquarium full of water.  we came in & immediately started closing windows & putting on more clothes.  then we went out in the dark w/flashlights to pull tomatoes off the vines in the backyard because i opened excite to find us under a frost advisory.

i spent the night (we slept with all the windows shut & hoped for warmth to magically appear, not being willing to commit to the heater already) in a t-shirt and a long-sleeved shirt and sweat pants and fleece socks.  under the down & the small quilt & two warm cats.  and i was warm enough.  but walking around after my shower in the morning was a trial.  even fully dressed & with socks on.  i could feel the cold of the varnish on our wooden floor right through them.

we had a lovely day.  sunny, breezy, & warm enough that i was able to forget the jacket i wore to school when it was time to come back home.  but just now as i was standing in the kitchen, about to start dinner, & noticed i was awfully full of tea, i also noticed i was cold.  “i should pee,” i thought, “and get a sweatshirt.  then i’ll make falafel.”  by the time i’d taken the eight or ten steps from the kitchen to the bottom of the stairs, the order of operations had changed priority.  i got a sweatshirt first so i’d be less cold for the peeing.

really.  it was summer just days ago.  i swear.  when we left town, we were still thinking about mosquitoes, the tomato crop, keeping the deck-plants watered.  now we’re worried about protecting them–and ourselves–from the frost.  i told myself i wasn’t going to make a habit about kvetching about the weather for a second winter in a row, but cold feet through my socks this morning really caught me off guard.  i’m not ready for this.

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20 09 2004
mb_1978

Now I’m a bit afraid…
I know about the cold feet thing. I got up this morning, ran into the bathroom and turned on the floor heater, which smelled like dust and burning wires but at least got the job done while I was showering. There has been such a build-up about the winters in NY that I’m now expecting snow squalls and abominable snow men. I’m skeered now. πŸ™‚

20 09 2004
tyra

Re: Now I’m a bit afraid…
no abominables, at least not that i met, although sometimes you get grumpy enough to pass as one yourself! πŸ™‚ & the squalling last year got pretty squally, although i’m hoping most of the right-fresh-from-the-lake nonsense we get will have burned itself out by the time it hits troy & will fall straight down more than sideways. we get more sideways than i’d really prefer. you’ll be fine, darlin’. it’ll be a learning experience, & you’ll NEVER love the south so much as you will this winter! call me whenever, & i’ll bitch w/you, i promise!

21 09 2004
mb_1978

Re: Now I’m a bit afraid…
I’m so glad to have a bitching (and a bitchin’) partner (at that) close by. πŸ™‚ It’s actually not so bad being the token southern girl. At least not yet. I’m holding on to my accent for dear life. Hope the Renaissance Fair was grand! Talk soon…

20 09 2004
jules_11

it’s happening here, too!
don’t worry too much, guys. it was 41 outside when i got up this morning and the tree in front of my house is now orange. sigh. it seems like it gets colder earlier every year. i swear, i’m moving to san diego. screw this cold weather shit in september–it’s officially still summer until tomorrow, but i think someone forgot to tell the weather people.

21 09 2004
mb_1978

Right on!
I’m with you, sistah! πŸ™‚ Even though I’ve never been to San Diego, I’m game to move with you.

20 09 2004
aaric

speaking from So Cal…
Well I’m in Los Angeles & the s.o. is in San Diego… and we both pulled out our quilt/comforters last night b/c it was cold here. The sudden turn to cold-weather from hot-weather was so notable that the first thing I did was call him… and he’d had the same experience…
So basically the whole world decided to turn on the air conditioning in the last 48 hours…

20 09 2004
tyra

Re: speaking from So Cal…
yeah, t said he smelled woodsmoke for a while today, although it didn’t last long. i told him to come east & we’d fix the lasting part! πŸ™‚

21 09 2004
susanmarie

Much as I love fall (as a NW girl, my wardrobe is really geared toward moderate weather), I found this last week’s sudden downshift from summer to fall a bit, well, alarming! I waited two nights before turning the heat back on. Guess this means it’s time to haul the light therapy unit out again, too…

21 09 2004
vtbiochemgoddes

heh, while you were writing that, i was in Myrtle Beach with fabulous sun and an amazing lack of hurricane πŸ˜›

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