Baby it’s cold outside!

In Merida, we are in the troes of winter and last night my thermometer “plunged” to 7 degrees Celcius. I know you northerners are chortling but for us, this really is chilly weather.

But perspective is necessary I suppose. And to that end, my friend Lee sent me a great picture he found on Facebook. I am sorry to say I don’t know who first posted it… but whoever you are, you have a great sense of humor!


38 thoughts on “Baby it’s cold outside!”

    1. I remember Dec. 22nd, 1968 in Montreal. Mark’s came off shift at midnight at the weather office at the airport as I waited outside in the VW Bug with the gas heater on to pick him up. Mark wrote an article about the cold and snow that winter that was published in one of the journals.

      1. A VW bug will get you where you need to go in the scorching heat or freezing cold. Why did they decide to stop making them? Jorge and I still have an old cherry red bug and we treasure it. Sometimes we go for a spin (or should I say a chug-chug-chug) and we close our eyes and pretend we’re back in the 1970s… it’s fun!

      1. no…..don’t know them…..lots to do here. writing with one finger left hand, cast on right wrist, fractured bone, do they want to get in touch with new people?///

      2. You still have the cast! When I broke my right shoulder, I experiences the same frustrations. You never realize just how much your two arms, hands and fingers do together. I hope you’ll get back to normal soon

  1. My favorite weather, as you probably know, is 55 degrees, overcast sky with drizzle. I will never see it here. And my Mexican neighbors are glad of it. They break out the Eskimo gear whenever the mercury hits 70.

  2. What never fails to amaze me is the variety of clothing you’ll see at any temperature. Yesterday, it was 11 C mid-day, and I came across people wearing everything from cutoffs and zori to being fully bundled in overcoats and mufflers. And these were locals, not tourists!

  3. ah it is too funny what people consider “freezing”. ever since living through a winter (and summer) in Whitehorse i sure don’t find westcoast weather very hard to take.. it’s the moisture in the air that gets me! Bethy (who lives in Montreal) has gotten used to that weather now — she (?jokingly – lol) sent me an email saying it was ‘warming’ up there … expected to be 5 degrees! ah youth – they can take it better me thinks :-) only 2 months + until we’ll be in better weather — cruising Tahiti to Vancouver starting in April! it will still be raining here on the west coast i’m sure (even up here on the Sunshine Coast it won’t be that sunny :-)
    ALICE: can you take the rain with you? lolol…

    1. You will have a lovely time on that cruise and I’m sure the anticipation is getting you through the wet west coast weather. I think that the best time to visit Beth in Quebec will be in summer. Hopefully you’ll make it back here soon

  4. I got a good chuckle out of that post. But I think the creator of the image underestimated “cold” in places like New York, and Alaska. Here in Boston, it starts to get “cold” at -4° to -6° C, and a couple of weeks ago, we had temps colder than -15°C. And as a former Canadienne, I’m sure your old ideas of cold are pretty severe, LOL.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where our spell of warm weather is about the same temperature as your spell of cold weather. By Monday night, it’s supposed to get seriously cold again.

    1. I am still a Canadian and I remember the cold but I must admit the memories are kind of hazy. I know heat… and what we have experienced weather-wise these past few weeks is not it. But I’m not complaining; I like the change and I like digging my sweaters out of the closet and dressing up a bit

      1. It certainly does! I feel like a fashion diva walking around in my straight black wool pants, black ankle-length boots, and a red turtleneck sweater underneath my black leather jacket. Ah I almost for got to mention my red white and black scarf…

      2. Well thank you… I like to dress well but this climate is not very conducive to trendy fashion. I do NOT like the ultra casual look preferred by many Merida ladies, nor can I wear the super tight things that the young girls wear. But I sure do not want to look matronly. I keep at it…

      3. As someone over 50, but still slim and in-shape, I know what you mean. It’s a bit challenging dressing fashionably without going too young. And hot weather just makes it more difficult. But I like the image of you in black slacks with the red turtleneck, black leather jacket, and red, white and black scarf. I’m sure you’re setting a good example that should be followed. I rather doubt you look matronly at all. Saludos!

      4. Hang on to that image Kim! I am also well past fifty; in fact I have entered the next decade and sadly I am not anything near slim… but I do my best. I think it is important to look our best no matter what the age or figure type. It takes effort but getting the best results possible in any endeavor takes extra care and attention to detail.

  5. Brr! Here in Taipei, the weather bureau issues a “Cold Surge Advisory” anytime the temp dips below about 13 degrees. The climate is very damp, so the chill gets right into your bones. There’s no such thing as central heating here either – and I’m guessing not in Merida! Do you at least have a portable heater to stay warm indoors? Sending not-so-cold thoughts your way :)

    1. Britt! What a pleasure to hear from you… today is Maggie’s birthday and we’ll be celebrating. I wish you were here to join us… But back to the heat, it sounds as though Taipei’s climate is similar to Merida’s. We don’t have central heating or even space heaters to take the chill off when it gets cool. I have that terracotta brazier I got in Chiapas and I am just about ready to go buy some charcoal and get it burning in there. Warm, cozy wishes back to you Britt

  6. OK, so the Alaska guy can’t help but chime in. I could tell lots of stories about things like walking to school in -50F, and after a couple of months of that kind of weather playing at recess in shirtsleeves at -10F because is felt so warm by comparison…but the reality is that one does become accustomed to the climate here. I have worn sweaters and long sleeves over the past week, and even slipped on a jacket one evening, just like a local. I love this weather, especially sleeping at night with a blanket. January nights afford me the best sleep of the entire year in Mérida.

    1. I grew up in British Columbia and while it is never as cold as Alaska, there is always the dampness and usually rain. The cold gets into your bones. Here we have a lot of humidity but it is the heat that permeates the body and I find I never quite cool down. But in January, we do get some lower temps and like you, I get the best sleeps of the year.

  7. Last May in Merida was so ghastly hot that, believe it or not, I thought how nice it would be to have it cool enough to snuggle under a nice warm wool blanket. Now, all you readers, go ahead and tar and feather me for such a crazy statement but I guarantee you will change your tune come this May if you are in Merida or any other steamy hot location.

      1. That’s a grand analogy. I never thought of Merida’s May heat in that way but now that you brought it up it is definitely true.

  8. I am one of those rare breeds, I guess ,because I LOVE MAY onwards.. I hate the cold.I was down in the village tonight for the burning of the bull with my guests…. my nose was blue, my hands were like ice but I so welcomed lots of warm hugs from villagers that I know…Now off to bed, yes bed, no sleeping in the hammock tonight with a nice hot water bottle.

    1. I envy people who like the heat. I make the best of it but I can’t say I like it. Nonetheless, I don’t like it too cold either… I believe that living in the tropics accustoms us to always feeling a bit overheated, and when we don’t have a sheen of perspiration on our upper lips, we think we are cold. Conversely, people who live in nippy climates think that they are hot if their noses and toes don’t feel a bit cold. It is all a matter of perception

    2. Please tell me what is the significance of “the burning of the bull”. I’ve never heard of that custom so I read about it on google but still don’t know why it is done.

      1. There is a long explanation but it is basically a purification and fertility rite. Funny you should mention it today because this village ceremony was the first I saw here in Yucatan.

      2. Also Joanna tonight is the night of the dance of the pig(baile de cochino) Everyone in sweaters, touks etc A bit different to last year… But still after only 7 years it draws me to town to watch.All the guests came too ,which is great as they get to experience life in the village.

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