Really? September 12, 2014

This catalog came through our mail slot today and I barfed.

It is still (technically) summer. My kids are wearing shorts and flip flops and playing in the sprinkler in the afternoons.

And last winter was one of the snowiest, coldest winters in Philadelphia history. Also known as “the winter that crushed all the mothers.”

The cinnamon-scented pinecones and Halloween decor that showed up in stores back in August seemed overeager.

This magazine cover is just insensitive; how about giving mid-Atlantic families a couple more months to work through the Winter 2013-14 post-traumatic stress? : )


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  • Amy B

    I get those magazines and start jumping up and down with excitement. 🙂 We live in Arizona and have yet to be under 100 degrees consistently. We are probably still one month out from cooling down. (My husband keeps telling me six more weeks. I am a total Midwesterner at heart and love my four seasons.). I dream of breaking out the “winter” clothes every August, and usually do my shopping then for therapy reasons. Ha! So, the solution is that you should plan a trip to Arozona in February. We have lots of room and beautiful weather!:).

  • This summer never really got “hot” IMHO. My kids were chilly all summer at swim practice. From what I have read, there is a strange pattern with the jet stream and this winter is expected to be very snowy and cold again. Expectations are that it will not be quite as cold as last winter, but it will be very snowy, and much colder than average. Time to plan your southern trip now! February is an excellent time to depart 🙂

  • Katrina

    Amy B, I totally feel your pain – it’s been sticky and hot here in Texas, with temps in the upper 90’s! I feel so badly for all of the kids running cross country, going to soccer practice, etc. at 3 p.m. after school – it’s torture.
    Juris Mater, I also understand the trauma of overly long and snowy winters from our years in Boston and Chicago – it’s especially hard with young kids. At least with the extreme heat, we don’t have to bundle up in 10 layers of clothing every time we go outside. The inconvenience of living in cold climates is really tough for moms!
    On a related topic, our local outdoor shopping center has already put up their Christmas lights – they aren’t lit yet, but it’s only a matter of time!

  • Queen B

    Weather is so funny. JM, I totally feel your pain. I dumped the catalogue in the recycle bin the moment I saw it– I’m not ready! The last day I wore mittens was in June, my tomato plants have barely had time to grow one tomato, and frost is predicted for us tonight. Sheesh. At least I never put our winter coats away, because my kids needed them this morning. The thought of 90 degrees seems like a fantasy world right now — I can’t believe it is a fantasy world that friends like Amy and Katrina are living! 🙂 On the other hand, I totally understand where Kat and Amy are coming from…when we lived in NC and I went 18 months without needing a coat, I definitely wished more than once for a frosty morning. Such is life.

  • Juris Mater

    Thanks to your reminder, Kellie, we were just looking at February fares to Alabama this afternoon. It’s amazing what 10 days in the sunny south in mid-February can do!

  • Juris Mater

    I am just taking this catalog as a reminder to start the light treatment already. I usually forget until mid-November that now’s the time to start storing up vitamin D for the winter. 2 hours every day in the morning sunshine at the playground!

  • buildingcathedralstexasmommy

    Another scandalous cover from Land’s End…