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chilly • lightweight • time-to-time
locked • smores
  1. always make me think of campfires in the fall.
  2. I'm going to make some hot tea because I'm a little .
  3. We are into our current apartment until the end of next month.
  4. The temperature is perfect right now. All you need at night is a blanket.
  5. It's nice to take a whole day to relax from .
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381 Cold Weather Life
Mary talks about living in cold weather.

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A lot of people from the South get really chilly when the temperature gets around 50.

When you are 'chilly' it means that you feel a little cold.

Notice the following:

  1. I am little chilly. I think I will put my jumper on.
  2. It gets chilly in the evening.


A Minnesotan will probably just be wearing a lightweight jacket when it is about 50 degrees.

When a piece of clothing is 'lightweight' it means that it is made out of thin material that will not keep you very warm.

Notice the following:

  1. When I go on holiday I always pack a couple of lightweight sweaters.
  2. When you go camping it is best to wear a few lightweight layers of clothing rather than one bulky jacket.

locked in

Just kind of, I guess, being locked in and not being able to enjoy the house or that kind of thing.

When you are 'locked into' something it means that you are stuck in that situation or place. You have committed to something and you can't escape from it.

Notice the following:

  1. I am locked into the loan for another 10 years.
  2. I am locked in and can't go outside.

from time-to-time

A lot of people enjoy cross-country skiing which I do from time-to-time.

When you do something 'from time-to-time' it means that you do it once in a while, but not very often.

Notice the following:

  1. I enjoy a Chinese take-out from time-to-time. 
  2. From time-to-time I have clear out of my attic.


There’s nothing like, you know, hot chocolate and maybe roasting something in the fireplace and making smores.

A 'smore' is a sweet treat that is traditionally eaten around the campfire. It is made with sweet cookies, chocolate and marshmallow that has been cooked over an open fire. The name means 'some + more' because they are so good that you will always want more.

Notice the following:

  1. I have never tried smores before. They are delicious.
  2. We had a great time and ate smores all night!