Friday, August 04, 2006

Get the Jeans Out!

That's right, people ... get those jeans out! There's a "funnel system" coming through, and it's dropping our TRIPLE DIGIT temperatures down to a cool and frosty 97 degrees. Brrrrrr! Make sure you bundle up the kids before sending them out to play. You can never be too careful, so to avoid frost bite, make sure they have their warm mittens, hats, and boots on.



Seriously ... The heat is on!!! I don't ever remember summers being this hot, this humid, and this disgusting. Our air quality index has been code orange and red DAILY. What's up with that?!? If it's this hot now, how hot will it be when my son is in his teens? Twenties? Thirties? Will he have to wear special heat protective clothing? I mean ... how hot can it possibly get? We all need a break from the heat ... some fall temperatures would be nice right about now! I totally miss the feel of fall's frosty days, the smell of burning wood in the fireplaces, and the sound of leaves crunching under foot.

So, now I'm wondering what the winter will hold... The Old Farmer's Almanac says that temperatures will only be one degree below normal on average, with above average precipitation in most of the Mid-Atlantic Corridor, with snowfall being much greater just about everywhere. [I swear ... that's what it really says] The biggest snowfalls will be in early December and the second half of January with other snowy periods in late December and early February, with temperatures colder than normal in December and exceptionally cold in the second half of January.

Basically, I'll be snowed in and half-frozen from December through February. Sounds like there will be a rash of pregnancies popping this winter, with babies being born September through November 2007! All I know is ... I need to get a different heating system than Gas if I plan on making it through the winter with any money in my bank account, 'cause I sure can't handle an entire winter of $500/month gas bills -- just to heat the house! Insanity!

(Are you're interested in what your area's long range weather forecast is? Click here.)

So, here's a meme for you... did you notice that? I said ... "for you" -- as in -- I'm tagging ALL of you! You can answer the questions in my comments section!

1] What are your favorite seasons in order: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
2] What are your favorite smells for each season: Fall -- burning leaves and wood; Winter -- the smell in the air right before a heavy snow; Spring -- freshly cut grass; Summer -- the smell of salty ocean air
3] What are your favorite foods for each season: Fall -- home made apple pie and apple sauce, anything pumpkin pie-bread-or cookies, spice or molasses cookies; Winter -- pot roast with carrots and potatoes, peppermint sugar cookies; Spring --asparagus, roasted baby new potatoes; Summer -- homemade peach ice cream, fresh sweet corn, fresh fruits, mangos
4] What are your favorite colors for each season: Fall -- burnt orange; Winter -- red and periwinkle blue; Spring -- granny-smith-apple-green (I'd love to do a kitchen in this color and white and black); Summer -- raspberry pink and lime green
5] What are your favorite activities for each season: Fall -- taking long walks; Winter -- sitting in front of a fireplace watching the snow fall; Spring -- taking a walk after a rain storm; Summer -- laying out on a beach where there is NO humidity and NO crowds.

Okay -- now it's your turn -- in the comment section ... have at it!

"For as long as Earth lasts, planting and harvest,
cold and heat, Summer and winter,
day and night will never stop."
Genesis 8:22 (The Message)

10 comments:

Tess said...

yay! I'm first! I posted this in my meme blog

Chappyswife said...

Oh, I love the snow picture, but I do sympathize with you about the gas bill. Here are my answers:
1] What are your favorite seasons in order: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
2] What are your favorite smells for each season: Fall -- fresh cut hay and burning wood; Winter -- pine candles; Spring -- freshly cut grass; Summer -- hay
3] What are your favorite foods for each season: Fall -- chili dogs & nachos, popcorn, kettle corn= football & crafts carnival food; Winter -- thich, hearty soups; Spring --roast, ham, well, all the time; Summer -- homemade vanilla ice cream, fresh sweet corn, okra, tomatoes, all veggies
4] What are your favorite colors for each season: Fall -- browns; Winter --red, periwinkle blue; Spring -- vivid ice creams colors; Summer -- raspberry pink and lime green, red
5] What are your favorite activities for each season: Fall -- taking long walks, football season; Winter -- sitting in front of a fireplace watching the snow fall, reading; Spring --anticipating & enjoying thunderstorms; Summer --enjoying a/c

Mama D said...

It isn't as hot here so I won't complain.

1. Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

2.Fall - Pumpkin and crisp air, Spring - the smell and feel of the air warming up spring flowers, Summer - BBQ, rain, the garden, Winter - Fireplace, hot chocolate, roast chicken in the oven.

3. Fall - Pumpkin Pie, Spring - fresh fruit, Summer - Garden veggies, Winter - Roast chicken.

4. Fall - Burgandy and Orange, Spring - Soft Green, Summer - Red, Yellow, Winter - Black, Brown, Burgandy.

5. Fall - walks and bike rides, Spring - walks and bike rides, Summer - walks, bike rides, swimming, Winter - Walks, skating, sledding.

Susanne said...

Okey, dokey. (This is bringing back memories of doing my meme's in Shalee's comments) Here goes:

1. Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer

2. Spring(rain), Winter(fireplaces), Fall(crisp fallen leaves heated by the Indian Summer sun),Summer(bar-b-ques cooking)

3. Spring (asparagus, new potatoes with parsley or dill, strawberries) Winter (turkey with dressing, spaghetti squash, Christmas baking, Fall (cheeseburger soup, apple pie, apple sauce), Summer (watermelon, any summer fruits, corn on the cob, anything grilled on the barbque: steaks, sausage, hamburgers, chicken, veggies, anything!!)

4. Spring (new spring green, sky blue) Winter (red, crisp white, deep green or teal), Fall(plum, orange, browns), Summer (beiges/khaki's, pinks, limey greens/chartreuse

5. Spring (walks, biking) Winter (shovelling snow, tobaganning, walks), Fall(biking, raking leaves, walking in crunchy leaves), Summer (mountain trips, roasting hot dogs & marshmallow on open fires, swimming)

Peach said...

I took this to my blog because I didn't have anything else to say today. Thanks for an impetus to blog! Come see.

PEZmama said...

1. Fall, spring, summer, winter
2. F - burning wood; W - spice candles; Sp- fresh air; Su - ???
3. F - cranberry walnut bread; W - split pea soup with ham; Sp - ??; Su - peach pie, corn on the cob.
4. no preferences
5. F/W - quilting, baking. Sp/Su - gardening

momrn2 said...

It has cooled down into the 80's here from 3 digit temps... and we feel comforable. Before the 3 digits hit 80 would have been hot.

It's all perspective I guess. :-)

flipflop said...

1] Fall, Winter, Summer, Spring

2] Fall -- cinnamon
Winter -- wood stove
Spring -- vinegar
Summer -- camping

3] Fall -- soup
Winter -- peanut butter cookies Spring -- grilled burgers
Summer -- any garden veggies, and grilled food

4] Fall -- orange;
Winter -- white
Spring -- lime green
Summer -- lime green & aqua

5] Fall -- football, camping, beach
Winter -- sitting in front of a fireplace watching the snow fall (me too)
Spring -- plant garden
Summer -- swimming pools

Heather Smith said...

1]What are your favorite seasons in order: Spring,Fall, Summer, Winter (winter and summer are actually pretty even I don't like to be REALLY HOT or REALLY COLD, but I can ride roller coasters in the summer, so that puts it a tiny bit ahead!)
2] What are your favorite smells for each season: Fall -- pumpkin pies, Winter -- hot chocolate, Spring -- the air after it rains, Summer -- roses and the smell of food cooking on the grill
3] What are your favorite foods for each season: Fall -- my grandma's stuffing; Winter -- my grandma's peanunt butter balls (she only makes them at Christmas); Spring -- jelly beans (I usually only eat them around Easter time!); Summer -- homemade butter pecan ice cream
4] What are your favorite colors for each season: Fall -- deep browns; Winter -- burgundy and silver; Spring -- hot pink, aqua blue; Summer -- lime green, hot pink, aqua
5] What are your favorite activities for each season: Fall -- the fall festival at my parent's farm; Winter -- family get togethers for the holidays; Spring -- going to amusement parks; Summer -- going to the mountains or the beach, swimming

Shalee said...

I know what you mean about the gas bill. I forecast many layers of clothes and lots of blankets in our neck of the woods come winter...