You all know I grew up in southwest Louisiana, not far at all from the Gulf so we never had much cold. We would go entire winters without a freeze. We could grow citrus trees . . my dad still has citrus trees . . if the hurricanes didn’t kill them.
Vince and I got married and moved to Kentucky, right on the Indiana line, and lived there 9 years. It got cold there and we had snow pretty much every winter. Then we moved to MO, just a few miles from the Kansas line, and lived there 4-1/2 years. Except for Texas, I’ve always lived within 20 or so miles of the next state.
The “cold” we had in Kentucky and Missouri is probably not even considered cold to people in Minnesota and Michigan and Montana. Dang . . those “M” states all seem to get cold!
Anyway, after living through cold winters for 13-1/2 years, with snow and ice happening often, I became more cold tolerant. Vince and I moved to central Texas in August and by October, people were wearing coats and hats and gloves and big, fluffy scarves. Vince and I were still wearing short sleeves. I remember the first time we were at Walmart and the majority of people were wearing coats. I said to Vince “Is it cold outside and we didn’t notice?” He said “No, these people just aren’t used to cold.” It doesn’t matter. If you’re cold . . wear a coat, a hat, gloves, turn on those heated seats and steering wheel!
Now, we’ve lived in Texas for 9 years and we’re those people! I’m out in the yard with Rita and I have on a coat. The neighbor walks out to his mail box in short sleeves. The other day I posted on FB that I had turned the heat on. The guy we bought this house from said “We haven’t!” Well, you’re used to it and I’m not!
This morning I had to laugh as I was reading FB. The local TV station that serves Brownwood has this:
“Anyone ready for a taste of winter? Our forecast models are showing a STRONG Arctic cold front will move into our area by Monday (Oct. 26th). This front could knock our temperatures into the 40s and 50s, and it may even get colder than that.” KTXS TV
I’m not laughing. I understand completely but it struck me as funny. Most days it’s about a 30 degree difference in my temps in MO and Vince’s temps in TX but by Monday, our temps are going to be about the same . . according to Accuweather.