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You know you have acclimatized when…

Sitting at the table on Thanksgiving, Husband and I idly watched the butter slowly melting in the butter dish. It isn’t unusual for butter to melt here, but what we realized later was that neither of us felt warm. Wearing short sleeves and feeling comfortable, both of us thought the day pleasant, but certainly not warm.

It’s that time of year, when we put on sweaters or long sleeves, while our friends nob call us whimps. Recently, I was in Progreso visiting Barb. It was a nice day, warm in the sun but pleasant, almost cool, in the shade. Barb and Mr. B, her husband found the weather a bit warmer than me. While I have a hard time venturing into the pool they are swimming all the time.

Right now as I type this, I am aware that my feet are cold. I have on a ratty long sleeve robe but no socks and I can feel the chill. Once I get back up and around, I’m sure that I’ll warm up.

The down comforter still hasn’t made it’s way onto our bed, but I did change from cotton sheets to cotton flannel sheets. We have had the polar fleece blanket on the bed since blanket day, but just the regular sheets. We’ve also stopped leaving the windows open all night.

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. Marianne,you must have been commenting at the same time I was. Yeah, we laughed when we saw first the big puffy jackets at Chedraui. I’m still not going to buy one, I have a nice wool blazer, but I was looking at the display of thermals with more than a little interest.

  2. Jonna, I was okay last night. Since your bedroom is upstairs and has great air flow, I assume it’s always cooler than ours. Nice for 9 months of the year.I don’t want an electric blanket but I would like an electric mattress cover like we used to have NOB.

    Linda, now that you are working sitting down it must be especially cold. I think the socks help me the most.
    15` is cold! I don’t care where you live. Once it gets to freezing, it’s cold, after that it’s just colder. Like the heat once it reaches 100`, who cares if it’s 101` or 110` they are all blazing hot!

    Barb, I have on leggings and the sleeveless baby doll blouse that I made. My feet feel cold, but that might be my lack of circulation more than anything.
    I was shopping in Walmart today and really wished that I had a sweater with me, I think they had the a/c on! Made me do my shopping much faster though!

  3. Yes, I’m now the person I used to laugh at for being bundled up. A night like last night would be considered “balmy” in Chicago.

  4. The past couple of days have been chilly, even for us. Well, for me. I think Senor B is part polar bear. I wore longs pants and a sweater yesterday. Today is better. We might go for a swim this afternoon.

  5. Oh Oh it’s forecast to go down to 15° on Friday! Now that is cold by any standards, isn’t it?

  6. Theresa, I think that after we acclimatize to the extreme heat, these quick weather changes seem really cold to us. It is 11am and I am in sweat pants with a heavy t-shirt and sweatshirt on. I have socks on too.

    My two tenants are in shorts and tshirts, and think this is perfect weather. I try to explain to the one from SDiego that we now have to get used to the cooler weather. These cold fronts are only dipping to 18°C and if you remember, last Jan we had 9°days. I’m gonna need double sweats and two pair of socks.

  7. Last night was really cold. I was very grateful for the electric blanket and the cats were too.

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