This morning I couldn’t help but think that everything is relative.

I was tucked in under my down comforter, feeling all cuddly and warm, except for the top of my nose. That was chilly. But it was the good kind of chilly.

When I got up, my feet were cold, but I didn’t get socks. I really love a cool summer morning. The kind where you have a sweatshirt over your t shirt and shorts while you drink coffee and listen to the birds sing, when the day is still clean and quiet.

These kind of mornings make me feel nostalgic for the carefree summers when I was a kid, sitting on my grandmother’s porch steps. The day was full of promise, it would warm up and still be summer.

The weatherman on TV said it was 51. That sounded about right.

And I thought about how different 51 feels, depending on the season.

In the fall, 51 might mean shutting the doors and windows at night, or having a fire in the morning to take off the chill.

In the spring, it might mean throwing those same doors and windows open to air out the house a bit after a long closed up winter.

In the winter, if I woke up and my house was 51, I would be a little freaked out. That would mean something was wrong with heat, pipes needed to be protected. It would be a stressful start to the day.

But this morning, 51 felt wonderful. No heat and humidity. I slept like a rock, tucked into my warm bed. I woke up refreshed and ready to start the day. I relished my hot shower, instead of trying to get as cool a one as I could bear, which was what the past few weeks had been like. The floors felt cool as I packed my lunch, and the air was clean as could be as I went out the door.

No jacket. 51 in summer feels delicious.

18 thoughts on “51”

  1. had to convert to celcius lol. Hmmm that’s only around 10°C . . . would seem almost arctic after our current temps

    1. I forgot to convert it for you, sorry! We have not been quite as hot as you, nor for quite as long, but hot enough, and horribly humid enough that this was a dramatic change. A welcome one, too.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree on this – although 10°C would still be a little cold here for my taste. But 15°C? No problem! I know that I have been bitching about 27 or 28°C, but after that horrible week of 38 an 39°C? No problem with a healthy 27 … 😉 I’m glad you could sleep well and had a wonderful morning! 🙂

    1. As I just said to Claire, sorry I forgot to change it to C for you! We have had blistering heat for several days, accompanied by high humidity. The temps were closer to 90 f or 32c, and not for weeks, but long enough that this was a wonderful and welcome shock.

      1. Don’t worry about that!! We can always look it up and some folks don’t even take the trouble at all. 😉 32°C is definitely a lot (and too hot for me, too) – I would have been happy with 10°C as well in that case (also, because you can finally drink tea or coffee again)

  3. You brought back many childhood memories of chilly summer mornings that gave way to warm and pleasant summer days.

  4. This is a great post–you’re so right about how that temp can mean different things depending on time of year and circumstances. And didn’t it feel awesome last week??

  5. 51 is really different depending on the season. It is true. The thought of being all snuggled up in a comforter is great anytime of year. I tend to keep the air set a little low just so I can cuddle up under the blankets 😉

  6. I really like this post. It’s true – the relative circumstances surrounding how one experiences temperature is a not-oft explored topic. Here’s to unexpected and small pleasures!

    1. Thank you! I could write one about 78 today, too! Someone shit off the AC in our office. 78 was nearly unbearable there. But outside, 78 is perfect… hmmm

  7. I agree it’s interesting how the same temperature feels so different with the changing seasons. Sounds like you had a honey of a morning though. A great way to start the day!

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