Sunday, December 30, 2012

Back home again

 We're back home again. It's nice to have a few more days to adjust our body clocks before going back to work.

One of the more unexpected adjustments we're dealing with is the climate. We bundled up for our trip to London, with boots and coats and warm mufflers; sweaters and wooly socks. But as it turns out, we feel colder in our Los Angeles home than we did in London.

In fact, the temperature is about the same - in LA it's been in the 40's, dipping into the 30s at night. London temperatures are actually a little warmer than Topanga is right now.

The English tend to overheat their homes and buildings - we were always shedding coats and scarves and layers to keep from sweating indoors. By contrast, our California houses are not built to keep out the cold, with our big windows, our uninsulated walls, our flat and beamed roofs. We're keeping warm as best we can with a wood fire.

Jack is back with us, and settling in happily. The kennel - more like a combination doggy spa and play camp - sent him home with a holiday bandana round his neck.

He seems happy to be back with the hairless pink monkeys that control his food supply.

At least it looks that way to me.


Kizz said...

JACK! He seems pretty proud of his fancy holiday decoration.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I suspect that despite the spa treatment, Jack is more than happy to be back at home with you.♥
Our nighttime temps are dipping into the low teens this week and daytime highs aren't even supposed to reach 30F, so we'll be feeding wood into the stove, too.

Welcome back!

smalltownme said...

Between Jack and the fire, you're sitting pretty.

We had SNOW last night on the local mountains.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

It snowed in my current undisclosed location (Washington D.C.).

Welcome back, says Jack!

cactus petunia said...

Jack looks very happy to be home as well, and not bothered by the cold at all!

Happy New Year to you and yours.

Gilly said...

Jack looks delighted to see you and home again! I'm really surprised you found English (or at least, London)indoor places too warm! We are known for our cold houses - or were! Now I think people expect to wear just T-shirts indoors. Up north, where the winds blow really chill, we just put another sweater on!!

Glad you enjoyed London - next time you must come further north and see some of our real country ! ;)

Janet said...

Jack is so beautiful!

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

Hooray for sweet Jack! I feel the same way about being cold in Florida. Our house always seems damp and cold even when it says 65 on the thermostat. This week I broke down and turned on the heat for a few minutes to warm the joint up. Welcome home and happy we year!