Some words on the weather

If there is one thing I will not miss about leaving MN it is the weather. No, and I don’t mean the obvious, either. I don’t really mind the snowy cold winters – I don’t! I like snow, in general. It can be fun, and pretty. And yes, it has been very very cold on occasion since I moved here, but not really that often.

Here is the thing I dislike – when weather changes radically from one temp to the other. A running joke around here is that there are only 2 seasons, winter and construction. This is kind of funny, except that it’s true. I miss a nice gentle summer to autumn glide, moving from shorts to shorts and a hoodie, from hoodie to coat…I like having four seasons!

I was excited for Bodhi today because it was about 78 and I thought he could spend a little time outside. I haven’t let him hang out in the yard much since the incident because it has been way too hot for that. And obviously he isn’t getting his regular runs/walks, also because of the heat stroke. So I was pleased to see how nice it was outside and I picked up a book and headed out to the yard with the long leash.

I got myself a chair and planted it with my back to the road and my feet propped on the fire pit ledge. Perfect.

Except then I noticed the wind was blowing pretty hard – Bodhi’s ears were literally flapping. I felt a little chilly, so I moved the chair to the other side of the pit, getting into a little patch of sun. Yeah, so now the wind is blowing my pages all around and instead of just my arms being cold (my back was to the wind at first, so I was sort of protected by the chair), now my legs are cold, too.

I moved again – Bodhi, meanwhile, has mostly just been standing, unmoving, face to the wind. Now I am in direct sunlight and I need another chair – my camp chairs are not really comfortable unless you can get your legs up. While I was getting the second chair, my book blew off the ground (luckily it wasn’t a library book) and into the woodpile. I am totally serious.

I finally got situated in the direct sunlight. At which point the sun went behind a large cloud and the temp dropped about 10 degrees. I had goose-bumps.

Yeah, I gave up after that.


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