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Kentucky 😔 (Zone 6a)
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Swayback
Dec 11, 2013 6:20 AM CST
Crying I woke up to single digits...

It's too cold when socks, boots AND a tobaggan are required to get out of bed!

Seriously...I gotta move...this is awful!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 11, 2013 7:51 AM CST
Sort of know what you mean, though we have central heat, keeping it a toasty 67 at night. I woke up to a white-wonderland - no snow, but a heavy layer of frost. It got down to 23 this morning and the next two mornings will be 25. That will make a total of 12 nights in the mid to lower 20's, and we haven't even gotten close to our "cold" months, January/February! Welcome to the Deep South.
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Kentucky 😔 (Zone 6a)
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Swayback
Dec 11, 2013 8:15 AM CST
I got central air too!
Matter of fact I just fixed it, to the tune of $300 and I still layed there listening to it run for almost 2 hours with no break!
I was told by a neighbor that the previous owner "over insulated"!

What a joke!
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Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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daylilydreams
Dec 11, 2013 10:42 AM CST
Bet you would like it here it is minus -7 this morning, tomorrow it will be a heat wave at 18 above.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 11, 2013 10:56 AM CST
No thanks. I often wish I lived in Miami or the Caribbean but never north of the Mason-Dixon Line!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 11, 2013 10:58 AM CST

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This is why we live in Texas. But it gets cold here, too, just not as bad and not for as long.
Name: Jan Matherly
Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a)
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meadowyck
Dec 11, 2013 11:44 AM CST
This is why we now live in FL, I told and yes told is the right word, my husband that when we left Cleveland were weren't going back home to KY we were going to my home state, FL where we don't have that kind of weather. We were in Bradenton but due to no job for me, we had to move were the rent was cheaper so Brooksville. It does get cooler here, but hopefully no ice or snow....LOL If that does happen then we are moving farther south, Ft Meyers maybe...LOL

Come on down FL still has plenty of room.... This week we have been in the 80's which is way warmer than normal, but I don't care, that is why there is A/C...
Blessings to you,
Jan
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 11, 2013 11:59 AM CST
Jan, my son lives in Sarasota and manages a huge mall in Tampa. One day, due to age perhaps, my wife and I would consider moving south. Ft. Myers at least! We now live in the town where Mississippi State University is located, and we moved here from the MS Gulf Coast in 1995, just to enjoy the sports and other related University functions. I am a graduate of MSU.
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Dec 11, 2013 1:55 PM CST
19 here , and worse of all had to work outside most of the day. Still trying to get my feet from feeling numb.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 11, 2013 2:35 PM CST
Its almost as cold here, Bob. We had 23 F at 7:00 AM and a predicted 25 tomorrow and Friday nights. I expect the NE to be cold, not the deep south, and certainly not in December.
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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 11, 2013 3:07 PM CST
It amazes me how much temperatures can vary. While its 73 here today and has been perfect, next week could surprise us with a freeze. Thats not good for the plants at all and fools them. I stop fertilizing in September knowing this. The plants know when they need to rest and what is going to jump them soon....

In other words, my gardens are looking like December! Ha!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Dec 11, 2013 6:05 PM CST
{{shiver}} Bob, be careful!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Kentucky 😔 (Zone 6a)
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Swayback
Dec 11, 2013 10:34 PM CST
DavidofDeLand said:
my gardens are looking like December! Ha!


An entirely different look than my December garden!
Please tree mail me for trades, I'm ALWAYS actively looking for more new plants, and love to trade!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Dec 12, 2013 9:43 AM CST
Or mine. Normally, I have roses, clematis, and a host of other plants still in bloom until after Christmas sometime. However, we had an unusually early ice event and several days of continuous below freezing temperatures. Starting cleanup on Saturday.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Dec 12, 2013 10:04 AM CST

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what some of you call cold, others here may consider 'cool' or 'chilly'. To me, working outside in 20 degree weather ain't half bad. I can remember one day 2 years ago when the temps had hit -13 without the wind-chill figured in...I was working all through that night. THAT was cold, though I'm sure my buddy in Alaska would laugh at me for that statement as well. (In my area, that kind of low temp is pretty rare). Here is the trick...dress for the weather, keep moving, work harder...before you know it, you'll be too hot.

It must come as quite a shock to those of you that live much further south when weather that is colder than you would ever expect moves in but do find it funny to watch videos of people talking about it like hell has frozen over or videos of people trying to drive in snow that are not used to it. (yes, like it or not, that stuff IS funny to those of us in the north).
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 12, 2013 10:29 AM CST
Y'all live in it and accept the cold. We in the deep south don't like it one bit. Grumbling That's why we live in the south. Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Dec 12, 2013 11:10 AM CST

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drdawg said:Y'all live in it and accept the cold. We in the deep south don't like it one bit. Grumbling That's why we live in the south. Rolling my eyes.




I get that, my point is simply that one persons 'cold' is another persons 'great outdoor working temp'. It's all relative.

To be perfectly honest, I wish I did live in an area that was warmer...I'm a landscaper, during the winter I got plow work and that's it...I'd rather make 'summer money' all year rather than the hit and miss of waiting for snow to make money.
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Dec 12, 2013 11:57 AM CST
You guys would really laugh at me. Growing up in SoCal, we would drive up to the foothills if a rare winter storm left a dusting of white up there. We'd pile as much as we could on top of the car and drive back down to the beach as quickly as we could to show it off before it melted. I'm actually afraid of snow, I don't want to drive at all in it whether I'm a passenger or the driver and I don't want to get on a plane that has to land in it either. I didn't see it come down out of the sky until I was 40yo. I have had fantasies about living one winter somewhere that it snowed just to experience it but I'm actually pretty sure I'd never leave the house.
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Dec 12, 2013 12:11 PM CST
Rob, I have lived in Texas since I was 14 (56, now), but came from Indiana, along with a few years in Denver. It IS funny to see folks here try to drive in snow, including myself. I don't know that anyone can easily drive in glaze ice, but, even in that case, there are sensible precautions which seem to missing from the collective intelligence base.
Whistling Hilarious! Hilarious!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Dec 12, 2013 12:18 PM CST
Falling snow is absolutely beautiful, and for me, always will be. We don't get much, but every decade or so we might get 6-10" in a single day. I stay inside and just look at it fall. I spent many winters snow-skiing in the western states, twice a year, a week at a time, and loved every minute of it. Back surgery ended that twenty years ago. I would not want to live in it though. Like some in-law's visits, after a few days it is time for a break. *Blush*
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