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Cabin Fever Hits

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Nothing like summer cabin fever in Florida. The good news is, only three more months until I can open a window!

I know it’s been hot all around the country this year. Here in Florida though, we don’t get any breaks from the heat, and it can last through October. The temperature stays between 90 and 95, with a heat index of 105 for months. No breaks down to 80 for a few days. No breaks in humidity for a few days.

We do get rain showers in the summer. They used to come every afternoon like clockwork around 4pm. Lately, it’s been more hit or miss. Stepping outside feels like someone is smothering my entire body, including my face, with a blanket. The contrast from stepping inside out of the heat makes the indoors feel like an iceberg! Even if the a/c is set at 80 degrees. So, we’re cooped up inside with the drone of the air conditioning unit and an icy breeze blowing out of vents. Or, we can go outside and sweat buckets within seconds.

Okay, enough complaining.

When I first moved here from up north, I found the tropical environment fascinating. Not only did storms come like clockwork at the same time ever day, but it could be raining in my front yard and not in the back. The storms lasted anywhere from ten minutes to two hours. It was a culture shock in many ways, the biggest being such a huge shift in weather patterns. Weather usually traveled from west to east up north. In Florida it comes from any direction. Don’t even get me started on my fear of being hit by a hurricane.

On Wednesday, instead of the usual quote, I’m going to share a poem I wrote when I first moved here. I wrote my first impressions on the rainy season in Florida. Then, on Friday, I’ll share another poem with my impression of those storms after twenty years of living here.

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24 thoughts on “Cabin Fever Hits”

  1. Lol! I remember my trips to Florida and that it could be raining in the front yard and not in the back. We’ve had an unusually hot and humid summer here in Ontario, Canada. Fortunately, I have air conditioning in my apartment. I don’t have air in my car though. I try to stay indoors when it’s unbearable and only venture out in the early evening if I have to. I feel for people who live in the cities surrounded by concrete with no air conditioning. It’s amazing how much cooler it is near the forests. I can feel the temperature change when I drive from the city to where I live which is closer to the country. Wishing you a cool week, Lori. 🙂

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    1. I would definitely not live in FL if we didn’t have a/c. No cooling down here until late October or early November, so I’ll have to keep cool indoors for a while longer. I hope you’re feeling better soon, Marianne. Thanks for coming over to my blog and commenting.

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    1. Lovely time of year, huh, Carl? I prefer winters, although this past winter stayed pretty warm. Thanks for stopping by. Check out my poems about the rainy season.

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  2. Great post. At those temperatures I would wilt. I know they are high but I’m too scared to convert them to celcius to see how high in real terms for me. I cope with the worst of Summer by working in an aircondtiioned office, and that’s in Sydney which has moderate weather by comparison. Don’t talk about hair. Mine is a barometer. Dead straight for dry. Wild for humid 🙂

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  3. So happy over that I back in Sweden, even if it was very hot here for a couple days when I returned, but now is it more normal. Had a great rain yesterday. I wouldn”t be able to live where its so hot as in Florida during most of the year. My body and brain would be boiling in less then an month. Don’t understand how you do it.

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    1. Honestly, I don’t know how I handle the heat either. It’s about this time of year that it really starts to make me crazy! So glad you are home safe and sound, Viveka.

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      1. I really feel sorry for you … I would had lost it months ago. As young heat didn’t bother me at all … today I really suffer from it.

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  4. Beautiful Ireland… I love thee more each day. 🙂

    I lived in AR for nearly 3 years. Probably not as bad as Florida, still very hot and humid, though. Forget about putting on makeup 😉 My fear of tornadoes… don’t even want to think about it. The first thing I saw on TV after arriving in Fayetteville: Tornado warning! 😯

    Thanks for sharing your story, Lori! Looking forward to the poems on Wednesday and Friday 😛

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    1. Not a good thing to arrive in AR at have to contend with tornado warnings first thing. I don’t have as much a problem with make-up as I do my hair in the humidity. My hair is straight and it still frizzes! Oh, Ireland, I can only dream of it. Sigh. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mirjam.

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  5. We’re always wishing it would warm up here on Vancouver Island, and wondering where summer is this year, but I think I won’t complain about 75 degrees. It’s better than a steady dose of 90 – 95.

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    1. Ahh, Vancouver is such a beautiful place that I’d love to visit one day (if I ever get rid of my fear of flying). 75 degrees sounds lovely. I’m sure you’d like to see warm temps on occasion, just like I’d like to see cool ones on occasion. Thanks for reading and commenting. Stay warm.

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  6. Trippy, yeh. I grew up in Jersey moved to Bethlehem, PA and lived there for years, then to Los Angeles. Moving there was surreal no doubt. Then I moved to Virginia and had to learn this weather haha Not nearly as bad as yours, but different. Mountaineous. Every day now they’re saying 90 degrees and chance or rain cause they have no idea what can happen! Sorry you have to deal with that. Funny how when it’s THAT damn hot, having the thermostat on 80 or 85 DOES feel like a freezer!

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    1. Well, you’ve had a variety of homes in your life. Me, it’s just been suburban Chicago and west central Florida. I’ve lived half my life in Illinois, and half my life in FL. Perhaps it’s time for some place new? I’d be open if the opportunity came along. Thanks for reading and commenting, Pete.

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