Today’s Favorite Things Thursday is brought to you by the Missouri weather. I am a California girl. I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley, where the climate is mostly hot, with a couple of months of fog in the winter. When we lived there, I didn’t buy winter coats for my kids because hoodie sweatshirts kept them plenty warm. It snowed ONCE and our whole town was paralyzed. I was told by a midwest transplant that there were more snowmen per capita that day than she had ever seen in her entire midwest life.

Seven years ago we moved to Missouri. I had always heard about seasons, and was thrilled to learn that we were moving to a place that had them. It turns out that not only do we get seasons here, we get different seasons in the same week!

This past weekend, the temps were in the 60s. I worked in the back yard raking leaves. Wearing shorts!

leaves

It was no problem to lay on the ground under our picnic table to take a photo of the words I knew were still there:

underside of picnic table

This morning it’s snowing and it’s supposed to get down to 12 degrees. Missouri has the kind of weather where you can go from driving around with the sunroof open to needing the four wheel drive in a matter of days. Sometimes it’s only hours. Even after seven years, this still thrills me. As I type this right now, I am looking out my window at the biggest snowflakes I’ve ever seen. I am going to have to put this post on hold while I get my snow boots on and go for a walk.

Okay, I’m back. It is cold and windy out there, but oh so beautiful!

snowy trees

snowy picnic table

Oops, I left the rake out. Looks like the rest of the leaves are going to be there for a while.

snowy rake

Do you like wacky weather? Until we moved here, I thought that the Weather Channel was the strangest phenomenon ever. How in the world could a channel about weather be successful? My weather was the same every day. There was no need to check it. Now that we live in Missouri, we check the weather daily because it changes so quickly. I used to think that talking about the weather was code for nothing else to talk about. But not here. It really is something to talk about; something that’s interesting, entertaining and important for safety reasons all at the same time. Who knew?

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2 Responses to Favorite Things Thursday

  1. Tee says:

    Welcome to MO, lol. I was transplanted here about 22 years ago. Being a Texan I was used to weather changing by the hour but I didn’t own a coat. I have a few now, lol.

    Glad your sorta’ enjoying it. It really is pretty.

    Warning: When the tornado alarms go off, take them serious. Texas had many of them and I only took them 1/2 serious. Same attitude when I moved here. BUTT, I’m in the Joplin area that just had that horrific one. I’ll never be flippid again!

    • Betsy says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Tee! I do love the weather here. It’s so nice to have variety, and since it changes so quickly, it seems I never have time to get sick of it! And yes, we do take the sirens seriously. Especially after seeing Joplin. Scary stuff.

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