Archive for March, 2010

Is It…Could It Be…Spring?

How many of you have noticed the trees along the road putting out those tiny little shoots of green? The red maples and the purple what-ever-they-ares have been showing off for the past three weeks but I haven’t seen the usual greening of the trees. Until today. Through my filtered sunglasses that make the world rosier than it really is.

It’s getting downright gorgeous out there folks. You can almost hear the trees grunting to shoot out those little fuzzy leaves in different hues of green, gold, reds, yellows… It has been a tough winter for us Floridians, no doubt.

Below is a picture of a tree next to the garage. Now this is a beautiful tree but it also makes me miserable. We’re going to watch this tree and you’ll know what I mean. For now, suffice it to say, it’s grunting.

No leaves yet

 

Check these out. Now at one time this was a trio of whatever the heck kind of palm this is. We’ve had it here for oh…about four years? This is what is left. Kind of makes your heart ache, doesn’t it? One trunk has already gone and I’ve pulled it off, another trunk is all spongy and I’m not even sure about the third trunk. I hate to keep poking it.

Please Be Alive

Please Be Alive

Now here’s something sad…last year in March we planted three Foxtail Palms trying to spruce up the back yard for Lester and Marti’s wedding. They grew right through summer and were getting taller and prettier all the time. Until January. Remember that two weeks of 20-30 degree weather every night? Lovely, wasn’t it? We covered them in blankets stem to stern but it was hopeless. They’re dead. See the little wiggly things coming out of the trunk of this one? They all have it. Wood borers, we suspect. Chewing on that nice dead soft wood.

Notable note – As of today, according to Mr. John Gaughn on our weather station, it has been 92 days since we last saw temperatures above 80. Something for the record books. Who shives a git, I ask you. Just give us some warmer weather.

What Are Those Things?

What Are Those Things?

Wow.  The grass is dead and the weeds are coming in.  Great.  Stay tuned. I will take more pictures of these pitiful plants in a couple of weeks to see if there’s been any change. Oh. Except for the Fox Tails. They are coming out this weekend.

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Litterbugs Need Squashing

I’m taking a vote.

We own a corner piece of property.  About a month ago Tim was planting a garden on the corner lot and cleaning up along the fence line.  Before he could even get started he had to pick up the trash and the beer cans.  A neighbor from across the street helped him and he said that he knew who the person was throwing out the jist of the beer cans.  Bud Lights.  Big cans.  Tim said between the two of them they probably picked up two large garbage bags of Bud Light cans only.  These cans are a bright blue.  They show up nicely along the road.  

However, now the Bud Light beer cans are showing up in front of our house.  Seriously.  I counted five of them between our house and our neighbors just this morning.  One was thrown right next to the mail box.  I’m getting a little miffed about it.  It’s like a slap in the face!   I guess whoever this person is saw that they’re getting picked up so he’s going to make it a little easier by throwing them in front of our house!

 I have raved inwardly about this all morning.  What I want to do is pick up all the Bud Light cans and put them in one bag and save them until I have a big bag full.  I’m going to ask my neighbor who the clown is that is doing this.  Then I’m going to sneak down there after dark and distribute them in his front yard.  There is a $500 fine for littering on our road.  I figure I won’t be littering if I throw them in his yard right?

 Vote Yes or No – Would I be considered un-neighborly if I do this?

Be honest.

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Can’t You Smell That Smell?

What is it with me and trash?  Last Tuesday morning I got in my vehicle and thought, “Whew!  It’s starting to stink in here, smells like wet carpet!”  I felt around on the floorboard at my feet and it felt dry.  I had this problem before.  Some something got plugged somewhere in the roof and it caused water to back up somewhere, I don’t remember how, when or why now, but it made my carpet wet and it stunk for several days.  I had it fixed while I still had a warranty but darned if I remember where they said those places were that I need to keep cleaned out so it doesn’t happen again. 

I believe it rained hard last Tuesday?  So by Wednesday it stunk even worse.  On Thursday, I was rolling down the windows so I wouldn’t smell like the damned car when I got out of it!  I once more felt around in the floorboards and couldn’t find wet carpet.  Actually, it had gone beyond wet carpet smell, it was starting to smell DEAD.  WTF?????  I couldn’t find anything on my front or back seat floors and I seriously searched.  Looked into the trunk area behind the seats and nothing looked unusual there either.

Weekend comes.  I didn’t go anywhere on Saturday so my car stayed closed up right until Sunday afternoon when I think to myself, I need to open the windows and air it out.  Maybe that will help.

I opened the car door and the stink about knocked me over.  (Picture fumes wafting about  like heat waves on the highway).  I actually staggered.    OKAY THERE IS SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG HERE.  I pop the hood.  I peer all over the engine, the radiator and I’m sniffing it and smell nothing.  Well, it isn’t in the engine anyway.  I open all the windows and lift the back gate and now there is no denying it is somewhere back there. 

I keep a insulated bag in my car that will hold cold foods and keep them cold until you get them home.  Nice one, I got it from Sam’s some time back.  I will haul that baby right into Winn Dixie and save bags using it.  A couple of the older fellows at WD will tease me if I forget it when they go to bag my groceries.  One of them knows how to pack that sucker until I can hardly lift it.  And that is what he did last Monday when I went shopping during my lunch hour.  He packed it with all my cold items and I carried them home Monday evening and put them all away.  Then I took my paper bags and put them inside the cold bag and put them all back in the trunk of my car for future use.

Guess what didn’t make it out of the bag?  Grouper.  A ‘BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE” pack of Grouper fillets.  I finally opened that darn cold bag, saw that package of grouper, pulled it out and almost puked it was so nasty smelling.  The cat came running just a-meowing.  She loves fish in any shape or form.  I had to smack her away from me to get it to the garbage.  Thank goodness the trash goes out on Sunday, I hurried that entire container to the road with a quickness.

At least now my car smells better.  I finished airing it out and put some nice smelling crystals in it.  What a relief. 

Mom always said “Fish and company stink in three days.”  She wasn’t kidding about the fish.

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The Winter of Our Discontent

ME

If there is one thing most Floridians agree upon at this very moment is we are ready for the cold weather to cease and desist.  This has been the coldest winter in most folks’ memories.  

I get up this morning and walk outside and truthfully, it was cold, but it wasn’t THAT cold.  Kind of getting used to the high 40’s, low 50’s, you could say.  Well, I just went out to go to the Post Office – it is 10:30 a.m. and the temperature is 44.  That’s Fahrenheit, my dears.  44.  Wind blowing a gale, it was all I could do to get to my car and dive in.  Banged my head on the car door rail, felt my bad knee give, dumped half my purse when I slung it into the next seat.  Cussing and griping the whole time.  This kind of stuff just makes me grouchy. 

When the first hint of cold weather comes through Florida every year, I think most people are exhilarated by it.  Ah, at last!  A break from the heat!  We are still tanned from our summer days, perhaps just a bit burned out from the heat and we’re ready for some cooler weather!  We don’t mind because hey, in just a few days it will be warm again!   We pull out our “cold weather” clothes and revel in having something different to wear for a brief spell.  Everyone smiles when you see them – “Whew, bit brisk today, huh?” and we rub our hands together and do a little shiver but we’re still SMILING.  We’re still okay with it.  This will pass! 

When was our last 80 degree day here in north Florida?  Sometime back in December.  I don’t know the date, it doesn’t matter.  It feels like YEARS ago.  Heck, 80’s is a cool day for us! We love the 80’s especially if there is a nice tropical breeze to go along with it!  Even the 70’s are okay!  We love 70’s!  You can still wear your shorts and tank tops, you can still swim in the pool in the 70’s.  

It’s only March.  We have one more month folks.  One more.  April may be a bit of a bear this year but it’ll be April and April gives us hope.  At least, that’s what I’m looking forward to.  Sure, come June, July and August, I can guarantee you we’ll all be cussing the heat again and sweating but at least we can do it poolside or at the beach, right?    

I’m going back to my cave.  The one next to my friend Cheryl.  I know she’ll be out when the first hint of spring comes through.  Wake us up if it comes early. 

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