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Cold weather

January 29th, 2014

The "cold snap" that recently affected Hawaii is an amusing concept for me. Of course, I'm cold. It's in the high 50's to low 60's at night. I'm not used to it.

It's funny that when the weather strays too many degrees from the usual, everyone talks about it. As I scroll the news feed on Facebook, there were dozens of comments about the temperatures.

I now sleep with a summer-weight down comforter topped with a regular comforter. We have, like, six inches of blankets on the bed. It's a little ridiculous to think this is Hawaii.

My Danish in laws are still here. I have asked them a few times if they are warm enough at night with just one blanket. Each time they look puzzled and politely decline. Finally, one day, they said, "This is warmer than summer in Denmark. If you want to know what cold is, go there now."

That is true. I recall being there one September when it was 40 degrees fahrenheit. Now it's the dead of winter. Even odder, they sleep with the window cracked open, "for fresh air," all year round.

Like all Danes, they have a winter-weight down comforter which is extremely thick, and it's pulled up all the way to their eyes when they sleep. I am absolutely not sure I could ever live in Northern Europe if this is how it's done. Brr.

I also feel like I should just stop whimpering about the cold here in the sunny tropics.

What do you think of the cold weather lately?

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5 Responses to “Cold weather”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    I bite the blanket to keep my teeth from chattering.

  2. Kage:

    I love this weather.If I could stay in bed all day I would.

  3. M:

    Hello Diane,
    I love this cold weather. It's cold but not really that cold. It's better than hot.

  4. Annoddah Dave:

    DA: yeah it's cold...I lived in Europe and my blood thickened so coming back home it seemed too warm. After a couple of years, the blood thins out and it is cold in the 60s here.

  5. Ynaku:

    Snuggle Weather

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