Do you like my oxymoron title? I consider myself an oxymoron on a regular basis.
On to the topic at hand … do I like living Florida, or don’t I? Let me think out loud … or should I say … think onto this blog?
Remember when I was complaining about not getting rain? I know, I know, be careful what you wish for. The east side of Tropical Storm Debby has been lambasting the gulf coast for several days. She won’t move, and has parked her sorry ass over the water, dredging up more and more moisture.
I’m actually enjoying the rain, except that after a while, it gets a little scary. It hasn’t stopped raining since Friday, and there is no end in sight. This is supposed to last at least until Wednesday, but could be here through Friday! Soon, there will be no where left for the rain to go. It’s already flooding in some areas, but we’ve been lucky at our location, so far. Some of the squalls that come through are bringing tornadoes. I was awake for a couple of hours in the middle of the night, concerned a cyclone might spawn.
I’m wondering now if I should’ve been building an ark during those dry months.
Besides it being a little scary, I’m enjoying the break from the relentless heat of the sun. Letting the dog out can be a challenge though. He doesn’t mind … it’s us that have to deal with getting wet, and then getting his fur dried out every time he comes in. An umbrella doesn’t work so well for him because dogs are horizontal. Plus, it’s kind of hard to hang onto an umbrella in tropical storm winds.
Don’t adjust your computers for the following photos. This is the actual light in our house at noon on Sunday (and still today). If you click on them it shows a more accurate idea of the light during the middle of the day under a tropical storm.
I tend to gripe about living in Florida. The weather is beautiful in the winters, but they have little to no rain. In summer comes the rainy season, and it remains in the 90’s for 4 to 6 months. I’m not one of these women who is always cold and needs a sweater. In fact, I’m quite the opposite, so hot climates don’t work well for me. Not to mention the threat of hurricanes. Hurricane season is synonymous with the rainy season here.
The picture below is pretty much how our windows look from May through September, even without rain. The humidity is suffocating.
I’m grateful TS Debbie is not a stronger storm, but there has been some tornado damage. Keep a good thought that we don’t get anymore tornadoes.
In the meantime, as long as work/job here is good (and it is), this is where we will stay until retirement. I sound contradictory, but I like to be grateful in the midst of my griping. 🙂
Thank you, God, for this rain, and for the cozy shelter of our home.