The Winter of Our Discontent


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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    Lester Gordon said,

    It was a beautifulwinter day today what do you mean it’s tee shirt weather you can enjoy!

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