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where’s the heat?

“March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” is a phrase I remember from my childhood. Winter in our part of Northern California meant monsoon like rain rather than snow. Here March and spring means heat and the beginning of the warm months.

Last week the weather was just perfect, warm enough to swim during the day but cool enough to sleep under a blanket (or at least under a sheet). I almost envied those Merida natives who had flocked to the beach for semana santa. Monday, a new frente frio came in. I’m glad that I was slow in putting away my winter woolies or what passes for winter woolies for me. As I type this I am wearing a long sleeve button down shirt and have a (light weight) sweater draped around my neck, preppy style. I was wearing the sweater earlier but felt too warm after awhile. Using it as a scarf seems to be working better.

My only problem with the weather recently is it’s unreliability. I am feeling tempted to plant seeds. Normally, anything planted this time of year gets vaporized by May. My first year, I was totally dismayed to find that plants that had seemed healthy and thriving in the morning had died a horrible death during the day. The abutilon that I had planted looked like steamed spinach. I had never seen such overcooked vegetation outside of a 1960s British cooking show, and never while still in the ground. Last year, the humidity held off until August, I could have planted with impunity.

Having lived in Las Vegas, I am not much of a gambler. However, I think I am going to roll the dice, and plant some seeds. Wish me luck!

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Joanna,
    the heat is back. I like it, but soon I will be complaining “Hay mucho calor”. LOL..I am not easy to please.


  2. Haven’t we been lucky to have this lovely reprieve? We know the heat’s coming back but I’ll take small mercies when they are offered!

  3. Norm,
    My parents were telling me that this was the coldest driest winter that they have experienced.

    I guess I just need to try and see what happens.Our normal planting season starts in July with the rains.



  4. I normally plant my peas by March 15th here in Ohio, this year it has snowed every day since the 8th of March. It looks like a Winter wonderland outside my office window this morning-the peas will have to wait.

  5. Steve,
    You’re right but I hate it when plants die before their time. It feels cruel to plant them when they won’t flourish. But then again, maybe they will flourish this year!

  6. Good luck. Gamble away. After all, you can plant more later.

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