September 10, 2010

Endless summer

          It's hot here in Florida. Really, really hot. This, of course, is not news. Or shouldn't be. And after living here for eight years, you would think I'd be used to it. But every year when the calendar indicates Fall, I get a little nostalgic for sweaters, fires in the fireplace, trips to the wine country (of MO) to enjoy the fall foliage, long hikes through the woods and bundling up to watch football.
          I love Fall. I just don't like what comes next. I moved to Florida to get away from Winter. I hated that season my whole life. And after developing a health condition that was aggravated by cold, damp weather, I had the perfect excuse to escape. I quit my job, left the only home I'd ever known and moved to a place where I knew no one. And I have never looked back.
          There are many things I love about living in Florida. But I will admit that this time of year, when everyone else is talking about cool weather and we are still enduring temps in the 90s, I do get a little jealous. One reason I chose to live in Northeast Florida, however, is that there is a change of seasons here. It is subtle and short lived, but it is there.
          We do actually get some cold weather. In fact, last winter was the coldest in over 30 years. And it was cold by any one's standards, not just wimpy Floridians. The cooler weather, however, will not come until November or December. Until then, it's going to be hot.
         I'm trying to decide what to dress DD up for Halloween. I'd love to do Winnie the Pooh, one of her favorites. But the costumes I have seen would be way too hot for Florida. Which is so hard for me to wrap my head around. Growing up I had the opposite problem; my parents usually made me wear a coat over my costume.
          Do not get me wrong. When it gets to the point when everybody up north is freezing their a**es off, I will be very happy to be right here in the Sunshine State. I have been known once or twice to even gloat about it. But right now? All I'm doing is sweating! And hoping for the weather forecast to catch up to the calendar.


  1. We came to Florida by way of Alaska, so I am right there with you sister. After 16 years here, I still shiver remembering the cold. They can keep it. I like my two seasons. I don't miss the snow, although I did make the pilgrimage last year to see some when it snowed about sixty miles north of here. Yes, that was part of the that cold a@# winter we got!

  2. I'm on Long Island and while we can get very cold, for the most part the cold is tempered by the ocean. We have a very distinct winter, but its rarely bitter cold. I don't know how I would deal with a Midwest winter or, Lord, Alaska. I'd probably go south, too.

  3. @ Kelley - From Alaska to Florida? That has to be the biggest possible change there is! LOL Up here in NE Florida, we basically get all four seasons. December is fall. January is winter. February is spring. And the rest of the year is summer. ;)

    @ Jeannie - Proximity to the ocean really does insulate you, I think. But I'm sure you still get colder up there than I would like.

  4. Remember it is not quite Fall by the calendar. We enjoyed cool temperatures in the 50's to 60's today here in MD. I think we timed our trip just right -- we'll get home in time for FL fall after following it south from Maine.

  5. Mom always made my costumes out of a lightweight material. I do remember having a sweaty head from the kitty cat hood that was in my opinion, the best part of the costume. Anyone can pin a tail on, right? And in Orlando, it takes even longer to get cold. At least in J'ville it usually cools down a little by Halloween.


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