a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Sunday, December 8, 2013

almost 100 degrees difference

As many of you know, we used to live in Montana seven years ago for eight years (got it?) Now we live in overpriced, overcrowded, overtaxed sunny Southern California where most days we have picture perfect weather and just a mere few weeks ago we even had some days in the low to mid 80s. 

Today was not one of our picture perfect weather days down here.  Mid 50s and rain, a bit of wind.  I guess we have to have those days, especially the rain, especially if we want water to drink or wash our clothes and dishes in or to take a shower, amongst all the other ways we use water.

However, in Montana, not the city we used to live in, but another city, closer to the Canadian border, the weather was -50.  -50 just in case you didn't catch it the first time.

Almost 100 degrees difference from where we were today.  And today at 55 degrees, I was cold and bundling up and making warm cups of sugar free apple cider to keep warm.

I have to admire those that live in that type of temperature day after day after day through the months of winter, even sometimes have the winter come in the fall months or extend to the spring months. They are hardy people, the people of Montana.  They get out there, they never close the schools unless the buses can't run, they take their babies out all bundled up (seriously, I worked in the nursey at the church there and when changing diapers, the babies would have three onesies on them. 

I know I lived there for eight years and I was out there too, but I was cold (and miserable most of the time because I was cold) from October until June. 

But it is interesting how life works.  Hubby had the opportunity a few weeks ago to return to the city where we used to live for a job interview.  I doubt that he is going to take the job, if offered it, for a variety of reasons.  There are more negatives to it than positives.  But if we felt it was where God wanted us to be (and I don't get that sense yet) then if offered, we would probably go.  I did love Montana when we lived there.  I call it the best eight years of my life (and the hardest eight years). 

I just don't know though about the weather.  -50 degrees.  Now granted the city we lived in only got down to -1 for their high today.  But that is still too cold for me.  I just don't think our bodies are meant to be in that cold of weather.  And I just don't think I could do the severe cold again.

So how about you? How was your weather today?

30 comments:

jack69 said...

Ah, we were mid 80's sunshine and a little breeze. Yeah that is very goo for Florida this time of the year usually 70's but nice. The Sunshine State usually lives up to its name and the sun does warm the place up even if it reaches the 30's at night.
BUT I do hear you on the best and hardest 8 years. Yep I can understand that. I seem to be like a bear, I can live in most weather, but not my girl and that is the one that counts. Cold does not agree with her. We have lived in N. Missouri 13-20 below some days, but not always. She was glad to get away from there.
We all do what we must, or feel lead to do. That is the good life.
Great read as usual,Betty. Love ya.

River said...

55 degrees? I'd be rugging up too. We're currently around 70-75 this week and for us that's a cool week, with a few rain showers expected. Usually our summers here get up into the high 90s up to 110. Our winters aren't all that cold compared to the northern hemisphere, but because our summers are so hot, our mild winters feel like we're freezing our noses off.

Hollie said...

Brrrrrrrrrrrr....now that IS COLD!! Here it was rainy and in the low 40s!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

We get cold winters here, but not that cold...it was in the mid 20's here. We rarely go below 0. But we have. I don't like being cold, but I've lived here most all my life and I don't foresee any moves in my future. This is home.

Dana said...

I think it was probably in the upper twenties or low thirties here yesterday. Brr... I can't even imagine what -50 is like!

Intense Guy said...

I think the numbers loose meaning once you get below zero. :) The temperature is then in the "way too cold!" zone!

It was about 40F here yesterday - cold, damp, overcast with drizzle and nasty when the sun disappeared.

So lets see, there is "way too cold," "shockingly cold," "uncomfortably cold, "chilly," "cool," and then "almost warm". :)

I'd like to stay in the "cool" or warmer range!

Bijoux said...

It was 22 degrees most of the day here. When we have 55 degrees in December, we are wearing tshirts and playing outdoors and jumping for joy. Not kidding!

I don't like the cold, but I hate the snow. It always stresses me out because you never know how bad the roads are and it can ruin plans and cause concern about your children who are driving.

Joanne Noragon said...

Cold is just cold. We're in a cold weather pattern just now. My 14 year old graddaughter is out in it every weekend, working on the farm. She loves it; they love her; she has a job as long as she wants it. And, she does. It did not get above 17 one day. It's been 25ish all this weekends. What a kid, I say from under my five layers.
I'll be interested in hearing your outcome.

Jeanie said...

We have had record breaking cold this last week and it has been no fun....I think the lowest temp was -15 one night with highs in the day in the single digits. It is supposed to "warm up" to the teens today. The good news is that it will be near 60 later this week. I am grateful that we got a new furnace this fall.

Linda said...

Let's just say here you'd probably like being a snowbird, going south for winters. In a blast of that arctic air now.

Carol Noren Johnson said...

60s to 80s this week in Plant City, Florida. The two years I lived in Minneapolis it was even so cold my dog wouldn't go outside to do his business.

Pat Hatt said...

Pfft 50 and rain, I'll take that over the cold at or mat lol yes, stay where it is warm and never a snow storm

Mevely317 said...

Mid-50's over here in Phoenix! ... I'm embarrassed to admit, the last few days I'm been downright COLD. This, from the gal who proclaims Winter is her favorite season. Growing soft in my old age; sheesh.

Love your feeling about relocating -- if you feel God's "tug" at your heart. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone could pause and wait for that tug once in a while?

Funny in My Mind said...

It was 4 degrees here in Mo this morning and we have snow on the ground which has ice under it. I am cold. Anything less than 75 and I am cold. 50 below? I would die.

Robyn :) said...

Today it is in the 20s and snowing, which I can handle, but the past week it has been in the teens and single digits with windchills below zero and that is too cold for this California girl!!

Melanie said...

It has been a messy day here in the east!! Church service was cancelled today due to the sleet, snow, freezing rain, etc. However, I will take winter over summer any day...can't stand the heat! :-)

TARYTERRE said...

It's snowing here and in the low 20's. As I get older I want to live in a warmer climate.

Stew Adams said...

While most of the country is recovering from a wicked storm that closed schools and businesses, I sit in my secret corner of Michigan where it is certainly cold, but as usual, no snow or rain. Oh, it happens to the North, it happens to the South, but in my secret corner it is simply cold.
It's annoying to have to get bundled up just for a five minute walk, but at least I'm not shoveling!

Secret Agent Woman said...

Chilly and rainy here. We're looking at highs in the 40's all week. Bleh.

Juli said...

Funny, 13 years ago I lived in southern FLA for 7 years (got that?) and since I've moved back I don't think I've had any winters like what I had when I was a kid.

Lowest it gets around here is 0, and honestly, it's the - wind chills that get ya. It stinks... it does, but what I always remember is that that extreme cold only lasts for about 3 weeks... small price to pay to be home.

Big Mark 243 said...

... I woke up to several inches of snow today... it has been cold, very low single digits but little wind...

... in places like Montana, I have always thought the most honest and thougful people live in the coldest places... not the warmest or hottest places... there is something about cold weather that test the character and thoughfulness of a person...

mare ball said...

I can't IMAGINE -50 degrees! I'm in FL, where it's warm year round. I live up north for many years, and the snow is lovely to look at, but I don't want to deal with it anymore. I love wearing flip-flops all year!

SweetMarie said...

I'm in Florida as well and we've been in the 80's lately, too warm. But, I do enjoy my flip flops all year. :) We're moving to NC and I'm looking forward to having 4 seasons. :)

The Brown Recluse said...

It's been c-c-cold and wet all weekend, and it wrecked havoc with my sinuses! I'd love to visit Montana...but not when it's -50! I've seen pics of it, and I know I'd love to see it in person.

So...it would be something if you went back to Montana! No telling what God has in store...and if Montana is it, maybe He'll let you grow some fur for the winter. Or not. lolz

Sharon said...

I'm still visiting family - they live by the ocean. It's been cold down here - but when I talk to my husband, he tells me it's actually kinda *balmy* compared to the mountains. The other day it was 40 degrees in the house when he woke up.

But, nowhere near -50!! I'm a warm-weather girl, but I am finding that I actually do like the snow!

XO

JosephAlsarraf said...

BRRRRR...... that's cold! I only once felt temperatures that cold (I think -20 degrees) and I couldn't breathe and was glad to get out of there. I don't think people should live in those kind of temperatures either.

LOL, the weather here was in the low 80's a couple of weeks ago and has been in the 30's and 50's, more of the 40's and 30's, actually. Waaay too cold for Houston! I had to put a jacket inside the house! I don't think I could live in those temperatures either.

Which place would you rather live? California, or Montana? I like the snow, but I don't like the cold, so I wouldn't be sure. I would like to live where it snows, but I live in Houston and I accept the fact that I live in Houston and that it doesn't snow. I would like to live in Virginia, but I live in Houston for now, unless fate, or God wants me to live somewhere else! Somewhere with snow preferably, but not too cold, please, thanks! : )

Manzanita said...

When people are mostly cold, their thyroid gland is off. It's how healthy a body is, if one can become friends with the cold. I live in Montana and the weather has been so cold that my house pipes didn't like it. They burst. Wimps. Haha I don't like the bitter, bitter cold, but I much prefer cold to hot.
California is a great state. It offers a lot more than Montana. I'm happy you found your niche.

Verna Lantz said...

And that's why I live in Texas. Although this week was a bit of a challenge. In the 20's all week. Ugh! Better next week, though. :)

Kat said...

I often ask myself why I still live in Wisconsin (family). It is so freaking cold here for so long. From October until the end of May it is cool to VERY cold. This whole week the wind chill has been -10. The temps topped out at 12 degrees yesterday but it felt much colder than that. Blech.
And then last summer it didn't even get as warm as it usually does so we didn't even have our hot summer. We only got to go swimming a few times. Don't like when that happens.
Ah well. No hurricanes, no earthquakes, no big bugs, right? ;)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

-50....that is crazy! I know from spending 38 years in Illinois we don't want to go back to the cold again but it looks like Adam and Tristen may be going to Pittsburgh!