Sun Mar 9th, 2014
|12:12 pm - Seasonal natter|
Ah, the bright bright sun of March! shining in low and revealing the layers of dust under furniture. But no matter-- I have vacuumed it up and now have my clean bright *cozy* house, because this March, unlike even last year, is a cold one. Even when warm it's cold. As in, last year memory says I went the whole winter, bar a few -13 days, in the neck warmer incandescens made for me; while this year, even in yesterday's well above freezing, I was too cold and had to go back to the thick woolly muffler she also made for me. We shall see what happens in the next two days' 5/6 C. I bet I still want the muffler because above freezing means lakes in the street and the chill dank rising therefrom.
Though seriously: in a winter without serious snowstorms, where did all the icebergs in the street come from? I've been chopping *ice* since January, but when did we get the snow? Maybe it's those 2-3cm increments that disappear from sidewalks (by and large) but freeze in the gutters. Any highs of 3 or 5 or even 7 are somehow followed by nights of -10 or -15, so the melt returns as even more ice. I'm beginning to feel the longing for *shoes*, but the combination of daytime wet-over-slippery and lagoons at each corner, and nighttime skating-rink-smooth, means not yet by a fair chalk.
Am amazed by the number of people who don't register DLS. At 9:45 I went by the coffee shop that opens at 9:30 on Sundays. Is closed, with chairs stacked on the tables and no sign of life. Walked about the neighbourhood, came back at 10:20, Sunday guy has opened up- doubtless in a panic of OMG I forgot!!!- and there's a couple drinking coffee already. In his haste he hasn't adjusted the clock yet. 'Shall I change the clock for you?' 'Uh yeah sure.' Do. Go to get my latte. 'Uh, was it fast?' (Owner likes to keep the clock ten minutes ahead of time, for his own obscure reasons.) 'No, it's daylight saving.' Couple look up. 'The clocks go forward today?!' 'Last night at 2.' 'I had no *idea*!' Nice for some people, free of the recurrent urami of 'I lost an hour today!'
Mh- like the replacement person several years back who kindly waited till 7:15 to call and ask me to do her 8:30 shift, unaware that DLS had given me 15 minutes to get up, dressed, and to work.
Hm. A shawl next time, perhaps...
On checking clocks-forward-in-the-UK, apparently it's not till the end of March. Phew. I was starting to worry.
Really, if I continue this sensitive to the nasty cold wind blowing in my ears, a great Mother Machree shawl will be the next line of defence. But so far the muffler is just fine with its multiple windings and cocooning soft warmth.
I'd settle for even the end of March myself...
Daylight saving in the UK always has me confused. Even now ... especially when we have to calculate when it's a good time to call for the children to talk to their grandparents.
*hugs* - I hope it's nicer for more comfy shoes soon for you. I hated the ice thing too! There are many things I miss about life in England but the cold, chill and the ice are not them.
Ah, the complication of time difference. How well I recall that, and is Toronto 13 hours behind Tokyo or 14? At least it's not the west coast, where it's always the wrong time to call.
DLS gives you light in the evening. That's what I missed in Tokyo with its perpetual 7 pm twilight. Oh, and the sun up at 5 am, shudder.
Ice is fine in rinks, for those who like that sort of thing. (Head scratcher of the year: The City closed all the skating rinks at the end of February, when the highs were -8C, because 'skating season is over'. People must skate in the parks, where there's plenty of ice.