Friday, January 22, 2021

Keeping warm?! It's thirty-something degrees outside!

When I was twelve, there was a brief patch of time where I was obsessed with finding out whether people preferred to be warm in winter or cool in summer. I had just moved to temperate Perth from an equatorial hometown and all my seasons were topsy turvy.

While Perth certainly gets muggy weather, it pales in comparison to the climate I grew up in. We had humid summers and humid winters, though up there in the tropics of the Northern Hemisphere, we just call it "the weather" and "hot".

So, arriving in Australia, I was immediately enamoured with this thing called winter, where you could stand outdoors and feel like someone left the air-conditioner on. I was absolutely a "warm in winter" kind of person.

Reverse-cycle AC was my usual way of keeping warm until I moved out of home at twenty-one. Since then, I've preferred this creature comfort in a less push-button way — not that there's anything wrong with mod-cons.

Image by Lorri Lang from Pixabay

I dress in thermals on a cold day, drink lots of tea and warm water, eat spicy foods, get strategic with doors and windows to trap heat, even cajoled my partner into helping me make giant slankets so we could stay bundled up no matter what we were doing.

But I think my most favoured way of keeping warm is a little psychological trick. It frustrates me when circumstances don't change, so when a Perth winter lingers beyond a joke, I get very, very angry 😡 My rage drives me to move constantly, sometimes vigorously with angst, raising my overall body temperature.

Then I pop my slanket on to trap the heat and remain warm for hours ☺️

Right now our Southern Hemisphere mid-January day is working its way up to a hot thirty-something degrees. At the ever-advancing age of thirty-something myself, I'm very much over the novelty of winter's chill. I'm a "cool in summer" person now and love this blasted season.

Except when it goes for too long.

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  1. I had to look up what a slanket is. That's awesome! Now I want one.

    1. They are SO comfortable, Kate! Can totally recommend 😄

  2. What's a slanket? It sounds like something we all need to survive the winters.

    1. It's a blanket with sleeves, Shari! They're amazing!!

  3. I like that you just called it "the weather and hot." LOL!

    We used to laugh at my parents, who would never come out to visit during the winter, because of the weather. They only lived about a half-hour's drive from here. I'd call them and say, "Mom, there's ALWAYS weather! Sometimes hot, sometimes cold, sometimes in-between. But always weather. The real question is how much do you want to see your grandchildren?" She'd hang up on me sometimes. Then I'd call back, apologize, and make plans to drive into the city (Chicago) to visit with them when the kids weren't in school.

    1. Aww, Fiona, that's funny 😆 I hear you guys get way more extremes in the weather than we do. Intense winter, then intense summer? I would struggle for sure.

  4. I taught in a town so small one of my students complained that it was too small to get weather! When we first moved to Florida I was shocked at the people who didn't have air conditioning. I think the body can adapt to most any kind of weather, and when I was young I didn't notice heat or cold so much. Now I like my air cooled in the summer and heated (though 68 or less is good) in the winter.

    1. We haven't had AC since the unit broke a few years ago, right after we'd had to buy a new furnace. You can die from the cold, but not from the level of heat we get around here. Yeah, it's uncomfortable, but if you limit movement, and drink lots of water, you'll be fine. Sleeping sometimes requires a fan, but otherwise, we've learned to deal with it. Of course all 4 of our kids have places with AC, which they use. They still make fun of us. So be it. To each their own, right?

  5. Ah, now I know what a slanket is too. It does sound comfortable. Living with four seasons all my life, I'm now tired of cold weather. It lingers too long here too.


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