And then gardening. . . in Russia, when we got to weather like this, I would be itching to start planting something. Here, I felt like there was hardly any winter, and even through the weather feels like spring should be coming, I hadn't been feeling like it was time to plant yet. But now I do! There's a fun site that gives lists of what should be planted each week. I don't know what our official frost dates are, but I've heard that the weather here is about like Ohio, so I randomly chose a zip code in Ohio (45211), with frost dates of April 29 and October 13, and I've checked with those a few times. Today I got my first list of what to start this week: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, head lettuce, onion seed, parsley. Now I'm excited. I definitely want to grow some of those! According to this nice chart, it's still a little early to plant, but I think we'll try anyway.
About the climate: in Kovrov, our weather was almost exactly the same as what my aunt in Vermont observed. Who has the same weather as us now? Has anyone been comparing? I've been thinking that I could go back through the Wunderground.com temps and figure out my own last frost dates, but I haven't had time yet. (If I had a child old enough, I'd assign him the job. )