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Friendly Friday weather

Today’s forecast: A compilation of weathers from here and there for Friendly Friday Sandy. Our most usual weather – clear sky with a rare cloud – is represented the least. So spoiled am I that I notice it only when it’s gone.

Two quotations come to mind immediately regarding the weather. Here is the first:

You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.

Pema Chödrön

The second saying is something that I used to say all the time (in Slovenian, I don’t know the author) and found it hilarious. Now not so much:

Everybody gets mad at bad weather, and yet nobody does a thing.

(ADD-IT: After ledrakenoir commenting at Sandy’s that Danish artist Robert Storm Petersen said “Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it”, I googled it and even though it is most often attributed to Mark Twain, it possibly stems from his friend Charles Dudley Warner.)

Something tells me that back then something about the weather, or better climate, could still be done in time if all of us chose to do it.

In her post Sandy explains her interesting experience: she left Jamaica to move to Canada and suddenly had to start thinking and talking about the weather.

My case is not as drastic and it’s in the opposite direction: Southern Tuscany is much sunnier, hotter and absolutely less snowy than my native Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. In all eight years since I’m in Tuscany, snow – or drama, as my amore from Rome calls it – fell exactly once, in the night. It all melted by 1 pm the next day.

A special true story goes with this post:

After three August days spent with my family in the Julian Alps in Slovenia last year – mostly rainy and cold enough for the winter jacket – early September this year we hosted a couple from Oregon who had exactly one day left in their schedule to do some hiking in Slovenia.

My father, who likes almost nothing more than following and forecasting weather, kept telling us for the whole month that it would not be possible to hike that day due to stormy weather. And then, a few days before due date, I got his message: “The promised storm disappeared without the trace.”

When I told Crystal about this, her face was telling. It displayed the serene “thought-so” blend of her Cherokee heritage and US Marine Army weather service expertise, and with an incoming mix like this the storm clearly thought twice. The morning of their hike was spotless. You can read about it on Crystal’s blog.

And now examples of weather from Tuscany and Slovenia through the years.

For Friendly Friday Photo Challenge hosted by The Sandy Chronicles: Weather

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

35 thoughts on “Friendly Friday weather

  1. I’m a weather junkie too. I plan my days around the weather but I’ve learned that it can be kind. If I need to get out, the weather will be nice for exactly that long. If I want to stay in and be cozy, a rain will come. We have had some interesting storms here in the Portland area at the most inopportune times though. Like picking my son up from the airport to have it take us 2 1/2 hours to make a 25 minute drive because of snow. We don’t do snow in Portland. I love your quotes about the weather. I love to watch it no matter what it’s doing. You have a lot of great photos of it.

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    1. Thank you, Marlene. This is sweet how you interpret the weather as kind sometimes. 🙂 What if it’s you who know exactly what to do at a particular time? 😉 I watch my dog. He knows when it will rain and insists in walking just before that so we return before it starts.

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  2. I love that spiritual center door. Everyone makes fun of Three Doors Down, but it’s just pop music. I like your interpretation of the name.

    The skies outside my windows are always changing and as to the weather predictions….I think that quote is a variation on something Mark Twain said, or should have.

    But these are lovely skies and the snow pictures gave me a chill in both memory and anticipation of winter. (K)

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    1. Thank you, K. Didn’t they play for Trump once? I have just amended my post to give more info on this quote. I googled it and it may have been Mark Twain or his friend Charles Dudley Warner who said it. Yes, the snow… I think I kind of miss it.

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  3. This post was so funny to me! I think the weather quote is funny, the one you used to say all the time. But my fave is the “you are the sky” quote. How nice. My favourite weather quote is from Tara’s dad, Dennis, who used to tease me when I was a weather forecaster and say, “I never know what the hell I’m talking about either; but I don’t get PAID for it!” For accuracy’s sake, I am not cool enough to be a Marine, and it was in the US Air Force where I learned to forecast the weather and support pilot safety. When I officially enrolled in the Cherokee tribe, they taught me the weather dance, but I can’t let you see it or the ancestors will be jealous.

    I really love the photo of snow on prickly pears in Capalbio. It might be appealing because the snow is so unusual. “Drama” he calls it – that is hilarious. So friggin funny. The rain streaks on the card tournament is cool, and I like your framing of the pine needles at Lake Jasna. My fave pic of this bunch is your family in the fog at the church. It’s beautiful. “He is not Cherokee!” ha ha ha.

    Oh P.S. adding to your weather theme: follow up on the weather bomb and river over here: I just saw a weather warning for flooding in the Seattle area this morning. You should hear me gripe every morning about the rain. I swear it has not stopped raining – not even for one hour – in the past week. I am so sick of rain! But finally I will receive my deliverance, because there is actual SUN forecast for tomorrow, and Pedro and I have planned a hike to waterfalls. So I can hardly wait.

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    1. Yesss!! Waterfalls in the sun! I wish this forecast holds. 😀 Funny how you got paid for no knowing what you’re talking about. 😀 😀 And I’m sorry for calling you a Marine, my mistake. This reminds me when you told my dad that you were in the US Army, and he asked: “Intelligence?” and you said: “Thank you!” That was sooooo sweet and funny! I’m pretty sure that you had enough privacy for your weather dance… Obviously you succeeded. 😉 Thank you, Crystal. I’m glad you got a kick out of this post.

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  4. Oh dear! I was all set to say how very beautiful Slovenia looks and that I might prefer the dramatic scenery there. Till we got to the rain and snow. Ah, well! Guess I’ll have to stay in Portugal.

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  5. What a good mix of weathers you have found for the theme 🙂 Lovely to see some rainbows among them! My mother was like your father a bit obsessed about the weather. Wherever we went in the world, however exotic and fascinating the place, all she wanted to know on our return was ‘How was the weather?’ 😆

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  6. Wow, gorgeous photos. As for the weather here in South Australia, we just had four seasons in one day. Morning, 30c, sunny, clear skies, humid. 10am – dark clouds, temperature dropping. 12pm – hail the size of golf balls, rain lashing the ground, thunder and lightening. 4pm – Clear skies, sunny, balmy 26c. 7pm – cold, 86km/h wind.

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