Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Brrrrr! Is This REALLY Florida?

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When it’s THIS cold in Florida in December, that’s not a real  promising sign it will be a mild winter for us.  

January and February are generally our coldest months and even then we don’t usually see too many days where the thermometer seems to be stuck in the 40’s during the day (and much lower at night).  But that  is exactly the type of weather we have had  for the past few days.  The wind chill has made it seem even worse.

This is the second winter in a row we’ve experienced bitter cold.   The house in Hooterville  is in an area heavily populated with farms, especially strawberry farms,  and many of the crops were  damaged by a long stretch of unusually cold weather we had in January.  The strawberry fields were only re-planted about 6 weeks ago so I’m sure the poor farmers  are moaning, “Oh no, not again!” and worrying about their tender, young plants.

Being new to the Hooterville area last year, I was in awe at some of the wintery sights we saw.  Now…

Not so much.  The newness has worn off for me.  

Those of you who live in the colder climates and deal with  freezing temperatures year after  year…

I don’t know how you do it!

At noon today, there were still icicles  in the orange grove next to the house in Hooterville.

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Have a closer look…

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Yep, it sure looks like a repeat of last winter to me!   :(

Needless to say,  the fireplace at the house in Hooterville has gotten  a good workout during the  past few days.  When my hubby brought in some kindling wood in an old plastic 5 gallon paint bucket, I knew it was a good excuse  to run out and buy the cute, round seagrass basket (located with the Smith & Hawken items at Target) I’ve been drooling over for a couple months.

On the chalkboard label it comes with, I felt compelled  to write my commentary on the cold weather.

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As a lover of  warm weather, green grass, capris and flip flops…


I’m about ready to move farther south.

Or better yet…




Victoria said...

I love your flip flops, too cute! Wow, I can't believe all that frost! My dad lives in Port Charlotte and had to bring several of his plants in the other night due to the cold. Send some my way, I'm tired of sweating in December:(

Stay warm!!!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my.... I've heard Florida's been hit with a cold snap.... It's sooooooo darn cold here... AND our power was out for about 3 1/2 hours this morning. I had to cancel a dr. appointment.... Freezing and a wet head...??? Ain't gonna happen. I'm read for some balmy days!


PS... love your basket.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I'm with you girl. I do NOT like the cold weather, and yes it seems like we are getting another dose like last year. I am hoping it won't last so long this time. But then again, at least we do not have to shovel snow ;-D


Suzann said...

Hello from Fellow Floridian!!!

Being from Michigan I tell myself this is not cold!!! But I do like the colder weather I don't think native Floridians like this weather. I do not like the 95+ degrees but then I do not like the 6 months of winter in Michigan. Whats a girl to do?
Thanks for listening to me whine...did someone say wine :)

Happy Holidays!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

oh my goodness, Shari! I had seen last week that is was very cold there. Hope it warms up for you soon. The poor farmers!


Shellbelle said...

I had to pop over and commiserate with you on this darn weather we're having. This is so not fair! We put up with HOT and HUMID summers in anticipation of beach-weather winters and not to have one AGAIN this year is just too much for this old beach gal.

I'm in Tampa right now and have to say at least we didn't have icicles, but your seagrass basket purchase looks like it would be worth it. That is so cute!

Hopefully soon, we will once again get to say, "Welcome to Sunny Florida" and not be lying.

Merry Christmas and stay warm!