March 10, 2005

Summer on the way?

In a recent comment I took comfort in the thought that time is on our side and the recent weather will soon be forgotten as we take to the outdoors in a celebration of spring.

But can we be so sure that summer is on the way? Now is a fun time to mention the year 1816, known to New Englanders as “Eighteen Hundred and Froze To Death”.

It was the year without a summer in New England.

Cold waves prevented crops from growing. There were extended periods of frost and near-freezing temperatures. It snowed in June.

Certainly an unusual situation. And those people had to face drops in their food supplies because of the uncooperative weather. So, I can take a little more snow, I suppose. Though I am an autumn person, I’m going to savor the summer this year. And the spring, if we have one.

Posted by James at March 10, 2005 8:51 AM
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Fortunately we haven't had any major volcanic activity recently so I don't think we have to worry about a year quite so bad. It is just early March people. It's just that this year has been unrelenting and nomally we'd have had a few breaks of nice weather by now.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at March 10, 2005 9:39 AM

Add the unrelenting bad weather to the fact that our house is upside down with reconstruction and my car being dead for ~6 weeks, and you get exhaustion--Bob and I are just pooped out.

Like James, I, too, will savor summer this year, even though it is my least favorite season. I hate to be hot, but this winter has been too cold for too long.

Bring on the sun and the miniskirts!

Posted by: Patti M. at March 10, 2005 10:09 AM

This winter seems longer than most because of the regularly timed snowstorms. If we received two feet of snow once a month rather than six inches every week it probably wouldn't seem so bad.

The snowstorms have been particularly cruel this month for those of us who use on-street parking for work. Just when enough snow melts to make parking and walking long distances easier we get another foot of snow and the parking spots disappear all over again.

Posted by: Mike at March 10, 2005 10:32 AM

Honey, I hear you. My commute involves lots of city walking, which means through slippery unplowed intersections.

All this with booths that were definitely not made for walking--my ass and my hamstrings hurt!

Posted by: Patti M. at March 10, 2005 12:20 PM

That's quite a story. Now I'd like to read about a winter when people were growing giant tomatoes in their backyards and having clambakes.

Posted by: Julie at March 10, 2005 3:09 PM

Better than having you ham and your ass-strings hurt. Not sure what that means, but it SOUNDS nasty.

Posted by: briwei at March 10, 2005 5:36 PM

Or, as someone in my office calls them, ham and cheese strings. Now that sounds nasty!

Posted by: Patti M. at March 11, 2005 8:14 AM

Smells nasty too if it's Limberger.

Posted by: Julie at March 11, 2005 3:01 PM

Actually, I think L'Explorateur smells like rotten dirty feet. This may explain why it's frequently wrapped and then encased in its own plastic container.

Posted by: Patti M. at March 11, 2005 3:10 PM

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