Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Baby it is cold outside

Does the weather effect your mood? It does mine. We are on the tail end of winter and the whiff of Spring is sometimes in the air and I can feel my cortisone levels rising and my spirit lifting.

I wish that I could say that I sail through winter. But all the illnesses (usually the children's), the short days and cold air means that I trudge along. Not exactly willing it to end, but only half-heartedly participating in all that it offers.

Sometimes, when I get to put my feet up, with a blanket on my knees, sipping a hot chocolate and tucking into a good book, I can understand why some people love the cold. But generally, I find it hard to get my jogging mojo on and it is hard work. Even taking the garbage out on a bitterly cold night can be taxing!

So what is it like to like in a foreign country for a long time and 'swap' your seasons around? The Americans and Brits are just welcoming the Autumn (or Fall as they refer to it). What would it be like to always have a hot June/July? What would it be like to have Christmas in winter. I did it once, and it reminded me of the many books I had read as a child, but it wasn't 'normal' for me.

One of my good friend's just had her 40th. She is not from around here and for the past 11 years instead of a birthday by the seaside, she has swapped it for a cold, rainy day. I wonder if she bemoans the loss of her Summer birthday, or embraces this new wintery approach? I wonder if it is harder to get into the celebratory spirit when it is cold? I certainly think it would be.

This worries me a bit for the twins.

What do you think? Does the weather effect your mood or your willingness to party? If you could choose, which season would you celebrate your birthday in and why?


1000 Homes of Happiness said...

Our little home is inundated with illness at the moment. The sun shone today and instantly I could feel our spirits brighten. I adore the warmer weather. The ease of dressing, the outdoor play, bbq's and swimming. Bliss xoxox

Megan Blandford said...

The sunshine makes things seem better, doesn't it.

Having said that, I LOVE my winter birthday. (Not always - I used to be jealous of friends who could have 'pool parties' when I was a kid!) Every six months - birthday and Christmas - there are celebrations and presents!

Mum on the Run said...

I would vote for sun and Summer every single time.

Miss Pink said...

It's the end of winter that gets to me the most. I'm just ready for it to be over already! It tears me down. But those sunny days, they lift my mood, my motivation, my spirits so high.
It's funny how the weather can do that to us huh?

Maxabella said...

I do love the cold, but I would definitely swap a winter birthday for a summer one! I think we all come alive in the warmer months. I think that winter is for cocooning and summer is for entertaining. x

Alice Becomes said...

My birthday is in early January so you can normally count on a hot day. I spent a few years overseas, where I had cold, winter (once a snowy!) birthday and Christmas celebrations. I do like a winter Christmas. Not fussed about the weather on my birthday - I don't tend to do big birthdays.

I have to admit I am less productive in the winter months though. It's just so hard to get up and go!

Gill x

Jacki said...

We just celebrated my Mum's birthday and I was pretty reluctant to get all gussied up to go into the city in the cold but once we got there it turned out to be one of the best nights EVER! I guess it just goes to show that when you make the effort, it's well worth it!

Charis said...

The weather definitely affects my creativity. This is one of the worst summers we've had, barely any sun, as I write this its cold, grey & drizzly... I'm hoping autumn will brighten up!
Anyhow I definitely struggled to feel inspired at all this summer.

Diminishing Lucy said...

I have been snapping pics of blossom today - spring is in my air, and I am breathing it in!

I am an April birthday - always on Anzac weekend. In the UK it was sunny. In Australian its sunny.

I am happy.


Jaimee Hunter said...

Hubby dearest and I were just discussing this because it is 109 degrees in sunny Texas right now and has been for 50+ days. We both agreed that we would prefer winter and fall over summer in Texas because we can bundle and layer on to be warm in the winter but standing nakey in the shade right now and still be sweating our tails off. I have a November bday and like it because I can usually dress comfy. The only drawback is always celebrating with a turkey and yams for Thanksgiving. :-)

Photographer Mum said...

I am a winter birthday and have always loved it, but in saying that, the warmer weather brings with it new life and new energy. I always daydream about the fun and excitement summer brings.

Anonymous said...

I'm an autumn baby, and somehow I feel like that season is mine. I have similar colourings, an autumn 'nature' to potter and play in mild weather. I would happily swap the odd autumn birthday for spring, but I could never be happy with a summer birthday. I don't like the heat, sunburn easily, and find myself retreating from the weather even more than I do so in winter.
I'm hearing you on the spring melt: I feel like I'm becoming human again. Winter affects my mood, there's no denying it.

Rhonda said...

I love all the seasons really. For different reasons. But this summer is sucking the life out of me. I am anxiously awaiting Fall/Autumn. It has been 110 F every day here, with only about 3 days under triple degree heat. And with my auto-immune troubles the heat really leaches my energy.

Cherie @ 'a baby called Max' said...

Ohhh, I'm a summer baby through and through.

My birthday is in fen, and I love nothing more than finding a really great outdoor beer garden, and a bunch of friends to come together to celebrate!

I also LOVE our Australian Christmases in summer. But I guess that's because it's all I have ever known ...

I love that we can celebrate outside, BBQ if we like, seafood, great weather, and everyone in good spirits!

Not long now, winter is absolutely on its way out!


Lizeylou said...

I love a party - sun or rain - any party is good for me!

Kamarine said...

I'm a terrible person in the cold, I get sluggish and unmotivated. I also bulk up on layers because I hate that chilly feeling. It's awful.

Yet I've found that if its not a dud of a party, (sorry guys), I'm totally happy. I think it comes down to being mindful of the climate.

(I exercise better in winter, for the sheer effect of warming up!)

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