I'm Still Wearing My Winter Woolies In May!

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
May 13, 2012 3:56pm CST
I'm one of those people that doesn't really like red hot weather. All I require is some blue sky..that's enough for me..I don't care if it's a bit on the cool side. It's the sight of blue sky that really cheers me up. What have we had today (and most of last week)? Rain, rain and more rain and it's been more than cool..it's been COLD! Not my kind of weather at all. The plants don't know where they're at either. My shrub is being pummeled by the wind and plants that thought it was getting warmer..well, they probably wished they hadn't bothered er..coming out lol. How is it where you are? Is it unseasonably cold or too hot to bear? What's the rainfall situation like? Would you like some of ours?
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@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
14 May 12
it has been like that here where i live too. you don't know how to dress from one day to the next. it is starting to get nice during the day but it is still nice and cool at night for sleeping. what i hate is during July and August when it get really hot during the day and stays hot during the night! thankfully, our summer is shortish here in Canada.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
I'm not having to wear socks in bed now which is great because I have a better sleep now, funnily enough. I don't have as many tops now. I had to throw my favourite top out because I'd got paint stripper and paint on it and I've had to throw out another wooly one because it came out of the washing-machine (today) with a slash down the back, like someone had used a knife on it. No idea what happened there but I know it's happened with Mum's washing-machine in the past. I hope no other tops go the same way 'cos I haven't got the money to buy new ones.
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@inertia4 (27665)
• United States
14 May 12
It's been up and down here. We had lots of rain last week, then we had a real nice warm sunny weekend. But today it seems to be starting all over again with the rain. So far its not raining, but it is cloudy and damp and also warm, so it makes for a real lousy day. I have my air condition on to remove the moisture in the air. Other then that I guess I'm fine.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
Well at least it's warm..not even got to that stage here..not yet anyway.
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@inertia4 (27665)
• United States
15 May 12
It will, it seems the seasons are off this year. Like they are changing or something. I wonder if this will be the new normal pattern for weather now.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 May 12
Yes, I was thinking that myself. There are no distinct seasons. During the winter we used to know where we were (cold), then it would naturally warm up in the spring but now it can be milder in the winter and colder in the spring. I've never known it as cold as this in May and March was waaay warmer than it should've been...it's like they've swapped round. Very odd. I wouldn't like to be a farmer. They must scratch their heads every year wondering when to plant seeds or whether they should bother at all!
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@peavey (16587)
• United States
14 May 12
We've had some strange weather this year. It warmed up very early and things started growing about a month early (June roses bloomed on May 5). It was a dry winter and very dry spring. However... it's been rainy here for the last three days and cold, too. I, too, am wearing my winter woolies after thinking I was through with them for the year. I have turned the heater off and back on and off and back on... I hope it warms up now, but I don't want it to get hot. The tomatoes and peppers need some sunny weather, though.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
It's so topsy-turvy isn't it? We don't know where we're at with it (and neither do the plants) and I only had one daffodil this year. Last year about 6 came up so I was a bit disappointed. Mind you, I have double the amount of lilies to last year so I'm hoping they bud very soon as their colour (peach) always cheers me up.
@peavey (16587)
• United States
14 May 12
Everything bloomed early here. Daffodils, plum and apple tree blossoms are long gone. I was afraid the tomatoes were going to get frost bitten last night, but they survived. Topsy-turvey is the precise definition.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
My Dad grows tomatoes in his greenhouse during the summer. They're about as organic as you can get..lovely!
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
14 May 12
We'd love to have some, but we did get quite a bit of rain last week - actually most of the States were clear with a bit of rain right over TEXAS! And the temp was actually down into the 60's in the mornings - getting into the mid-80's in the afternoon - very nice compared to the 90's (that would be over 32 for you guys!)
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
I am full of admiration for people like your good self having to put up with high temperatures for much of the year, it seems. I bet you feel it if it goes cold though..you know, the extremes in temperature. Any temperature in the 70s would be warm enough for me..but mid 80s to 90s..er, no way..unless it's not humid. I could cope with it (just about) if it weren't so humid. How humid does it get?
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
14 May 12
It can be quite humid in the mornings, but getting down some in the afternoon - still can feel like a blast furnace when it gets really hot! I swear I couldn't survive without air conditioning!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
19 May 12
Great invention isn't it? I know whenever I've been abroad (usually to somewhere hotter than here) there is air-conditioning everywhere. Here not so much as we just don't get the hot weather...you soon know about it when we do though..and everyone moans, which is the British way!
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@derek_a (10902)
14 May 12
Same here Janey.. Although sun was shining on Saturday, there was a frosty feel to the breeze that felt more like January in the shade. Usually in may down here, we are walking around in T-shirts and shorts. But not this year, although there are still a few brave ones out there showing a lot of skin.. I prefer to dress as I feel, not to the calendar though. Raining again today and we still have our central heating come on every morning and evening.. It's going to cost us a bit more this year I think.. _Derek
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
Stuff the expense, you've gotta keep warm lol. You're right though. Usually the heating is off by now but we still have to put it on at various times of the day. Fortunately, John is in credit with his gas and electric as he pays monthly direct debit for it now..'bout time, I've been nagging him to do this for months! You're also right about people dressing for the month they're in rather than what it's actually like. When we were in Town the other weekend I was amazed at how many BLOKES were walking around in knee-length shorts and inadequate shoes..and t-shirts. They were trying very hard to look like they weren't bothered but I could tell they were FREEZING. We did have a northerly wind that day, after all. They probably won't wear anything once it warms up. Haha!
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@derek_a (10902)
17 May 12
.. That will be a sight for you to see if it does warm up! The other thing I have noticed is that although we've got this icy feeling to the wind, people with open-topped cars often drive with the tops down!. It is cold enough just walking, I don't know what it would feel like in a car going along at even 30 MPH! They think that are getting a tan, but I think they look more blue than red! I am glad my car has a tin top. I am wondering if it is frustrating to have a convertable and have is cold, wind and rain all the time.. _Derek
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
19 May 12
Derek, don't get me started on those posers in the open-top cars! Don't they look ridiculous (and, usually) bald and ugly. Haha! It's set to warm up next week so I may ditch me scarf!
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
14 May 12
Just over two weeks out from winter here and we spent the day at the beach yesterday for Mothers Day. It was great, a little bit of a cool breeze, but rather pleasant and about 23 degrees or so Celsius. There were plenty of people out in the water, it was great to see at this time of year. Today has been nice and sunny, but cool out of the sun. Due to all the trees surrounding our house, it is at least 5 degrees cooler at home than it is in town, so I was rugged up with a big warm top and beanie for most of the day. It was about 16 degrees in the house, but a lot warmer out in the sun, once I got out that was!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
Nice! How come everywhere else has Mother's Day a different day to us in the UK? Mind you, I'm not a mother so I don't exactly feel left out in any way. Hope your Mrs had a lovely, easy day for once!
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
15 May 12
Don't feel too bad. We Aussies seem to have Fathers Day at a different time to the rest of the world. Makes no sense to me, these things should be uniform across the globe these days I reckon! Oh yeah, she did. But yesterday, it was back to normal and she had to slave away again!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
19 May 12
I've often said to John, "I should have a broom strapped to my a*se so I can clean the floor and cook all at the same time!" I bet that conjures up an interesting image for you!
@BarBaraPrz (19829)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 May 12
It's warmer earlier than usual here. I've already planted some stuff in the garden. The general rule around here is don't plant until the May 24th weekend (Victoria Day) but I've already planted some stuff in April! Some peas, beans, carrots, beets, and radishes are already coming up. Lots of blossoms on the strawberries, and the raspberries aren't too far behind. Spent the whole afternoon outside today (warmer outside than in). The rhubarb is coming in nicely too. (Just started it last year). The lettuce has been recalcitrant (only one little seedling) so I reseeded yesterday and put in more radish and carrot seeds for a succession crop... I have to lie down now (too much pear cider makes it difficult to type).
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 May 12
Hahaha! Do you make your own? You seem to be self-sufficient in everything else lol. Is that the idea? At the moment it's raining with bright sunshine. We've have everything today (including a bit of thunder and lightning) and last night we had rather large hailstones which, believe me is unusual here in England!
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@BarBaraPrz (19829)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 May 12
Nope -- store bought -- Sir Perry, from Britain no less.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
19 May 12
Nice!
@GreenMoo (11842)
14 May 12
Until a few days ago we were drowning in rain and the weather was windy, miserable, and cold. But we've had a change for the better and are now sunburnt and having to get up ridiculously early in the morning to get some work done before the midday sun.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
Is everything sprouting into life? I'm hoping that will happen with my summer plants once it gets a bit warmer. I do have some plants that actually love the rain. One shrub in particular grows like a triffid when it gets rained on..loves it!
@GreenMoo (11842)
14 May 12
I was checking the seeds yesterday and yes, there's some life at long last. It looks like I'll have more cucumber seedlings than I'll know what to do with, but the tomatoes aren't doing much yet.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
LOL!
• China
14 May 12
As it happens,we have had much rain lately.It is early summer here.Early in May,It was hot and suffocating.Many people wore short-sleeved shirts .However today we have to put on long-sleeved ones even sleeveless woollen sweater.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
Is that unusual or is it normal for the weather to be so changeable like that? If you ever came to the UK you would have to cater for all 4 seasons..so a few short-sleeved shirts and "winter woolies" are a must. Oh, and a waterproof jacket. You never know when the next downpour will come!
• China
15 May 12
It is similar at this time of the year.Over here we have an old saying,"April (lunar calendar)was a treacherous month for weather".
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
19 May 12
Indeed!
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
21 May 12
It rained a little bit today. But it was warm and sunny for the past week and a half. If I wasn't staying at work way past office hours, and if I wasn't rushing home all the time, I would have walked or biked to work. Even on the weekend (yesterday and last weekend), was like barbecue season. I like it sunny too. And like you, I don't mind it a bit cool (not hot).
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
21 May 12
It's sunny today but that has its downsides. Music everywhere doing my head in. I guess I'm getting old. My tolerance levels are zero.
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
15 May 12
although we had a lot milder winter than usual beginning of spring was more of cold and wet even some frost may is way better, no more frost, less rain and more sun perfect for gardening so no thanks I don't want your rain LOL my seeds need a whole lotta sun now
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
15 May 12
I love it when plants start to grow so I'm hoping for some sun too!
@nonersays (2753)
• United States
14 May 12
We had a mild (or HOT) winter, and even though its not even full on summer yet its sweltering here. We're supposed to have a ton of rain this week, but its been dry for a while. I prefer cold to hot any day, but thats too much to ask living where I do.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
Is Georgia a place that has distinct seasons? I'm not very good at remembering which state has what kind of weather, it's so varied over there.
• India
14 May 12
For the past two days I am having a good rain. This rain helps us people to have a good relief from the warm we have .
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
Yes, I can imagine that feels really good, rain after a hot spell.
• United States
14 May 12
It was cold here today too.. normally it is warm.. but today it was raining and cold. I didn't wear a coat, but my daughter was cold and wanted to wear her winter pajamas. I think due to our winter being so warm that our spring is hiccuping up some winter days.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
I hate it when the seasons are all mixed up like that. We had a lovely March (last year it was April) and it's not been nice since. As soon as the powers that be declared a drought (down south mainly) it started raining and didn't stop for a month. That was April. It wasn't too bad here, thankfully but when it rains in Cumbria IT RAINS! No drought up here! However, it's been good for the plants even though they're being blown all over the place 'cos of the wind. I'm hoping for an explosion of colour once it decides to warm up.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
13 May 12
We have had a really nice really to day weather wise. Well actually a really nice day to day period for me but the weather was great. It was around 70 degrees, nice and sunny and beautiful clear blue skies. I wish it had been more like this yesterday as we had our daughter's Sweet 16 party yesterday. It was a bit chilly and it sort of threatened to rain all day long, we lucked out though other than a brief light drizzle the rain stayed away for us. I have to thank God for that.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
It was fortunate that the rain stayed away for your daughter's 16th yesterday. I love the sunny weather you describe (not too hot), it sounds like an ideal day to me.
@sulsisels (1685)
• United States
13 May 12
Hi Janey First of all, what is a winter woolie? Have to say that I have never heard that before. Common sense says, wool blankets, wool clothes which make me want to scratch just thinking about them. Of course, I am in southern Florida, "a way down south" and as happens most of the time, we went from a couple of weeks of beautiful, energizing, happy spring has sprung weather to typical miserably hot and humid, bad hair day for the next 6 months,and here come the 300.00 a month electric bill..You'd think that after 36 years I'd get used to it, but I dont. Not everyone can withstand the Florida lifestyle. The winters are heaven but when the season changes to summer it's like "Can I do this again"? The bottom line is that we have to do it again and so you just do it. Every summer I hear myself say the same thing over and over, "Next year, I am going to be in the Northeast for the summer. Maybe Boston, maybe Cape Cod just anywhere where you dont sweat 24/7...But like every year, I'm still here and I will probably be here for the rest of my life simply because this is home. So. to answer your question "Would you like some of ours?" Thanks for the offer but No, we have plenty of rain too...It's life in the tropics...love it or get out!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
I never knew Florida was like that (humid) so thanks for enlightening me. To be honest, I'm not keen on that kind of weather either so I do sympathise. Sunny but not too hot is my ideal day..oh, and lots and lots of blue sky. A winter wooly is indeed a wooly cardigan (in my case..I look like a Yak in it) or jumper. Dad calls his zip-up cardy his ganzee. I reckon he will have his ganzee on throughout the summer, such is the coolness at the moment. My long wooly cardigan has a wool mix in it (mohair to be precise) and it's been a godsend over the winter. Acrylic is man-made of course and it's not as warm as wool although a wool mix prevents the itching..in my case at least. If I were brave enough I'd post a pic of me in it but - like I said, I look like a Yak. Haha!
@GardenGerty (99228)
• United States
13 May 12
We have had some of just about everything this last week. I like it fine. I know there are places west of me that could use a whole parcel of your rain. We went to a movie outdoors at the park last night, and were chilled enough to drink cocoa when we came home.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
Oh dear. I think I'd be drinking mugs and mugs of cocoa if we went to an outdoor cinema. They don't exist here, of course and I've no idea if there ARE any here in the UK. Nice idea, though. Is it a throwback from the 50s where I guess it was a common thing to do, watch a film outdoors?
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
13 May 12
Hi janey, that would be a "NO THANK YOU",,thanks for offering,,lol. But its beautiful here in New York today...no rain in sight for a couple of days. It been pretty nice here lately to me anyway... its seasonably right around 70-73 degrees...I would like for it to hurry and reach the 80's...lol....Love that warm/hot weather....
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
Oooo, the 80s would be too hot for me so I'll have your 73 degrees thanks!
@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 May 12
Summer weather during the day, cooler at night. You send me a little cold, and I"ll send you some warm.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 12
Hi Dawn! Sounds like a good deal to me!