Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How "Bout This Weather?

Many conversations begin with, or at least eventually get around to, the topic of the weather. You have probably heard or said statements such as the following:

"How 'bout that weather?
Hot enough for ya?
Will this winter never end?
I'm so tired of rain.
It's so dry - our grass is just burning up."

Humans are fickle.  Perhaps because we cannot control the weather, we feel a need to complain about it. We compare our weather to that of other places.  We wish for weather we have experienced at different times.  We plan important events outside, and then worry and get frustrated if conditions are less than ideal.  We even sometimes talk about the weather as an icebreaker during an interaction, or just to have something to say.

I am attending a swim meet this week in Portland, OR.  Yesterday morning was chilly enough to feel cold - but by afternoon temperatures were soaring into the high 90's, and the sun beat down from a cloudless sky. Today, instead of complaining about the heat, I am going to study the pictures on my phone, which I took this winter.

View out our window in winter

Our deck in winter
Yes - it is sweltering now... but these photos reminds me that I wasn't happy-knee deep in snow with sub-zero temperatures!  If you are somewhere suffering a heat wave, I hope these pictures make you feel a little better.  When I consider the alternative of those frigid days, sweating under sunny skies doesn't seem so bad. If you love winter, perhaps you can use these photos as a visual aid to try and imagine yourself in the climate in the picture.

Happy Summer!  How ’bout this weather?!

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  1. Just yesterday my family was complaining about how hot it was, and I told them "It's Summer"! In Seattle, it's almost a hobby to complain about the weather - no one is ever happy here! Hope you're enjoying Portland.

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    1. I think complaining about the weather is sort of a universal hobby! I am enjoying being in Portland - but I don't have an internet connection at the pool where the swim meet is being held, so keeping up with blogging this week has been challenging!

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  2. The saying in Montana is, ”If you don't like the weather, just waif 5 minutes” - because it is always changing!

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  3. its hot but you are looking at winter pictures, interesting

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  4. There is no point complaining about the weather...it is what it is.

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  5. Your photos are gorgeous Susan! I am ridiculously cold-natured (it was 77 degrees in our kitchen this morning and I had chill bumps on my arms!) but I LOVE to see beautiful winter scenes. I don't know how I'd survive in Montana, but it looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Karen - I almost didn't post these photos, because our scenery is so much more beautiful than just this view of our deck - but glad you enjoyed them. Snow is always pretty - until it begins to melt and turn grey with dirt.

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  6. We are in winter here - and I am LOVING these photos of yours. And will hold them in my head, heart and memories for refreshment in summer (my least favourite season).

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    1. It always takes me a moment to get my head wrapped around the different seasons of the hemispheres! Do you get much snow where you live??

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    2. Virtually none - though we can see it on the nearby hilltops.

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    3. Sometimes that is best - a view of snow without the hazards of driving in it!

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