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Don’t mind me….I am just sitting here yawning like a big ol’ cat. Boy Blue woke up last night with a temperature of 102.2 degrees F. I know, I know. One of my kids are aways sick. Two weeks ago it was the girls and their Papa. Now, Boy Blue.

I have been up since 3:00 A.M. I am not even counting yesterday morning when he woke me up at 5:00 A.M. I think I have yawned all through the start of this day.

Speaking of the start to this day. What a gorgeous day. It is jacket weather! It is funny that after a hot summer when the temp falls to around 10-12, I want to put winter coats on the kids. But, after freezing my rear off all winter the same temp of 10-12 has the kids in a light coat or jacket with a warm sweater underneath.

If you think about it.  It makes sense. Our bodies have to readjust to colder or warmer tempertures. So, it would seem colder when you are used to warmer weather and warmer when you are used to colder weather.

I don’t know. Maybe, I am the only crazy weather mother.

At the start of colder weather, when Sweet Bear was wearing her winter coat (no hat, gloves or scarf) to school most of the other kids had jackets with hat, gloves and scarf. Today, she had on a shirt, sweater and jacket with no hat, gloves or scarf. Most of the other kids had on winter coats, hat, gloves and scarf.

I was dressed like Sweet Bear and felt just fine. Perfect. Funny thing was that most of the parents were dressed like me.

I had a nurse tell me when I had Angel Girl to dress her the same as me. If I was hot. She was hot. If I was cold. She was cold. The nurse said that people tend to dress their babies and children too warm.

I have a feeling that those kids are going to ditch all that heavy winter gear at recess.

I do think that maybe it is the climate I was used to back in Ohio (even after 2 years I dress for weather like a midwestern girl). Ohio winters are very dry. In Strasbourg, it is slightly humid all year round. Perhaps a scarf, gloves and hat make more sense when the temps are cooler. In my opinion, it is too warm outside for a winter coat now. While I can understand the accesories, I cannot understand the heavy coat.

Another thing I had to get used to was rain. I know rain is simple. You may think this unless you happen to have lived in tonado valley from hell. There are many states that get hit on a regular basis with tornados. I was lucky enough to have lived in just one of those such states.

When the sky darkens quickly in Ohio that means haul ass to the nearest shelter. Because, if you don’t the heavens are going to drop a flood of water on you in a matter of minutes. You will be soaked to the skin. It happened to me several times. Once while coming out of Krogers with Angel Girl, the sky darkened and rain just poured out of no where. I ran pushing the cart as fast as possible to the car. I put Angel Girl in the car and threw the groceries in the trunk. I jumped back in the backseat buckling Angel Girl in and then I got in the front. We were laughing so hard because we were soaked all the way through. It was fun. As I started the car the rain just stopped. That is Ohio rain.

In Alsace, if the sky darkens you have at least 2-3 hours to get everything done before it starts to rain. It rarely pours here. However, I still can’t fight the instinct to run like a bat out of hell when the sky gets dark. Only once in two years have I gotten stuck under the shelter of buildings during a rainstorm in Strasbourg. Angel Girl, Sweet Bear, Petite Clown and I had wet hair and damp clothes. Angel Girl and I laughed and remembered the day we got soaked, together, back in Ohio.

I really am homesick for Ohio rainstorms. When it thunders and lightenings you feel it in your bones. You feel so alive. And, afterwards the air is full of the smells of life and earth. Everything just got a nice hard shower and looks all shiny and clean. I miss it.

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  • Shannon March 27, 2006, 3:09 pm

    I love sitting on my front porch when there’s a thunderstorm. It happens to be my favorite kind of weather.

  • Wendy March 27, 2006, 3:12 pm

    I feel the same way about the weather – after months of freezing hell it seems like mid-summer at the moment! I’ve had all the windows open and am using my light raincoat now.

    Back home in Johannesburg we used to get summer afternon thundershowers that also fell heavily for maybe half an hour then the sun came out again. It was fabulous but yes we had to run for cover as well – the hail was terrible too.

  • cj March 27, 2006, 4:21 pm

    I live in Minnesota and the weather is similar… sometimes there isn’t a lot of time before a storm at all. :) we’ll be approaching the big storm season soon…. will be interesting to see what it brings.

  • Wendy March 27, 2006, 6:57 pm

    Off topic…

    I noticed your weather forecast and registered for it but it doesn’t offer an HTML code – just a download to desktop. How did you do it? Please can you help?


  • Pumpkin March 27, 2006, 7:11 pm

    It took me forever to figure it out, Wendy!!! I almost gave up but then it was so simple. Click on ‘click for forecast’ then look at the bar above the forecast for website click there. Select button that you like…takes you to next screen then from there…type will be canadian, USA or international cities….type the name of your city and hit search…your city may come up or you may have to register first and then you will get a java script to put in your template. I really like this one. It is clean.

    Shannon, I used to sit with my parents on our front porch and watch thunderstorms all the time.

    Cj-I am actually jealous

    We had a little shower today and my heart smiled.

  • Wendy March 27, 2006, 7:12 pm

    Thanks! Got it.

  • Pumpkin March 27, 2006, 9:33 pm

    Dad, the time and temp are for you!! ;)
    I know you like when you can see what time/temp it is here in Strasbourg. Sorry, that it is in Celsius!

  • M@ March 27, 2006, 9:56 pm

    I don’t mind the thunderstorms, but 2 inches of snow on the first day of spring is starting to get really annoying. :)

  • Julie March 27, 2006, 10:56 pm

    We get lots of thunderstorms in August. I love it.

  • Pumpkin March 28, 2006, 5:55 am

    M@-I hear you. Wow! Two inches? Not jealous ;)

    So, you are rubbing it in too? :)
    Alsace has some thunderstorms. However, I am accustomed to the kind of storm that you wonder if you will have a house afterwards or not.

  • D March 29, 2006, 6:09 am

    I come from hot and humid South Florida. The place where the terms “afternoon thunderstorms” and “hurricane season” were invented! lol

    Yesterday was lovely in Lille. Sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s. Spring has finally come! At least, I hope so!

  • Pumpkin March 29, 2006, 9:21 am

    It is starting to be beautiful here too!
    Alsace is like a flower garden in summer and I love it. Flowers are everywhere. I have never seen anything like it before and it is so very, very charming.
    I do love Alsace in that the summers make up for the winters.

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