… Running your home’s AC and central heat within a week of each other.
… Sweating and shivering alternatively as you walk from the shade into the sun and back into the shade.
… A chance to wear your winter coat at least once, if for no other reason than to take a quick pic to post on Facebook.
… Ordering a chai latte to ‘warm up’ in the morning but thinking nothing of grabbing some ice cream later in the day.
… When outside seating for brunch is still very much an option.
… All the plants in the neighborhood are suddenly shrouded with sheets at the slightest mention of near-freezing temps.
… Complaining about the mild weather one day and moaning about ‘how cold it is’ the next.
… A time when smoke can be seen coming from every home with a chimney at the first dip in temperatures- which means it’s now in the high 60s.
… An excuse to bust out those $400 knee-high boots you just had to have.
… Laughing at the one snow shovel hanging in the hardware store before trying on their selection of sun hats.
… Knowing that the white flurries floating down from the sky is not snow but ash from the wildfires burning across the state.
The Not So Fantastic Reality:
The above story was inspired by the following tidbits I encountered today:
ONE: Florida is a weird state. Not only are we the wang of the country, we also don’t know how to do winter down here. Take this week, for instance. It was a high of 80 degrees on Thursday and got up to 75 on Friday. My AC was running pretty steadily until, WHOOPS! the temperature plummeted more than 30 degrees in 24 hours, actually dipping into the high 30s last night, and now it’s on with the heat! Busting out my winter coat for the first time this year (if only to wear it for a few hours this morning) I thought about all the ‘hallmarks’ of a typical Florida February and these are a few of the ‘truths’ I came up with based on my own experiences and observations (with a few embellishments, of course). Feel free to add your own in a comment, I’d love to compare notes.
Love & Squirrels.