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First Thoughts About Spring

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I’m trying something different in this blog post. I’m typing the thoughts that come right off the top of my head, and won’t go over it again before I click publish. I usually save first drafts for a while, then clean them up before publishing. Hopefully this won’t be too messy.

You northerners reading this are likely preparing for spring. Cleaning out and looking forward to unsealing doors and windows to air out the house. Down here in Florida, I’m sealing up doors and windows to keep out the heat, which has begun as of April 1st.

The constant drone of the air conditioning already reverberates in my eardrums, and there are still six more months to go. The icy machine blast of air will numb my skin and my heart will long for nature’s comfortable breeze.

One step outside and beads of moisture will form on my forehead, under my arms, in the small of my back. On days spent going in and out of doors, two to three showers a day are needed if I don’t want to reek.

Smothered … as I walk the dog, humidity blankets my face, my breathing.

Soon, we’ll collect gallons of water, canned food, flashlights and other preparations for hurricane season.

Yep, it’s that time of year again.

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26 thoughts on “First Thoughts About Spring”

  1. So strange to think that as many of us are coming out of “hibernation” and welcoming the next several months, there are others like you who are dreading them the way I dread winter. I hope that the coming season will be milder than you expect.

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  2. Our spring this year is dry, and dry southerly winds are blowing through. All of which means we’re supposed to be careful because of wildfire risks. Not something most people would associate with Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC! We could use just a bit of that humidity up here. 😉

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    1. I’m blowing the air your way, JM. Usually April is a high wildfire risk here, too. It’s just getting hot, and the horrid humidity will be here soon. 😦 Thanks for commenting and stay safe.

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  3. Quite different from our weather in Toronto, too. But I do love to visit friends in Cape Coral in January. The weather is usually perfect. But I have never been there in the summer time. I can’t begin to imagine the heat. I do like the “stream of consciousness” writing style. Pretty much the way I have always written, whether it was for pay or for passion. You did extremely well!

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    1. January is a lovely time to visit Florida. You must really have a great time with your friends. I always tell people that the only time I enjoy the life here is January through March. Thanks so much for your input and the nice comment. I’m struggling with confidence in my writing lately. So, glad you liked this.

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  4. It just tripped off your fingertips 🙂 I hate humid. Fortunately Sydney doesn’t experience it to the extent you do. But, being office bound 5 days a week I understand your dislike of constant aircon.

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    1. Ahh, thank you for understanding EllaDee. We are each so unique, some of us love the humidity and some of us … not so much. My husband always used to like it, but as he is growing older it’s starting to wear on him. Thanks so much for commenting and letting me know I’m not alone.

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    1. Heh. I sweat like a Florida resident as a resident, and before I hit publish too. No need for you to sweat, Robin. You’re published now. 🙂 You do a great job on the blog too.

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  5. Well of the heat we know you can write free form! 🙂 It’s freezing up here, where is spring? Well, not too bad but still below normal BLEH, bring on the heat!

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    1. Don’t worry, when it starts getting hot here like it is now, that usually means northern weather is soon to be great. Hang in there. Yes, free form about heat is my thing. Heh.

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  6. Washington state here, your eagle caught my eye. I write about Chuck, our eagle, on my blog.
    Spring is beautiful here these last few days…

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    1. Hey Pat! Guess what? The photo I took is of a buzzard. Heh. I feel like he’s circling me in the never-ending Florida heat. We have had an eagle or two around our man-made lake before though. In fact, I thought I put up another blog with an eagle but I can’t find it. Anyway, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I’m going over to yours to comment now, because we have something else in common. 🙂

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      1. Ha! Funny… but you know buzzards and eagles are related! I was just talking about this with someone in one of my online classes.

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  7. I’m originally from the first coast area, and I’m missing Florida right now. I miss the roses, and the palm tree, and even that man-eating century plant in my yard. I’m warm enough because I’m still in the South. I’m just homesick. To be honest, I love the muggy warmth that doesn’t leave when you step into the shade. But I don’t miss the mosquitoes. So I’ll just think about the mosquitoes until June, when I can come back.

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    1. Hi Rilla. I can completely understand being homesick. I grew up in the Chicago area. Haven’t lived there for 25 years and still pine with every change of season. It’s obvious I’m not a fan of muggy. Maybe it’s in the way we are raised. Sounds like you’ll be returning here soon, so hang in there. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    1. Hey There. Don’t worry, once the weather gets intolerable here, your weather will get nice there and visa versa. When it’s nice here, your weather gets intolerable. We had the best January through March weather in a long time. Now I’m ready to leave, but unfortunately I’m not a snowbird. Thanks for the comment.

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  8. I thought the hurricane season was in September … We had fantastic weather for 4 days now, but the wind and the air is very icy still, but I have seen some mini crocuses in the park .. so spring is on it’s way.

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    1. Hurricane season starts on June 1st (my wedding anniversary) and ends on December 1st. It goes for six months, but August and September are the peak of the season, which means more of them are likely to form during that time. Soon that icy chill will scurry away for you, Viveka. Enjoy your nice weather as I melt in the hot sun. Always nice to see you here. 🙂

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      1. I will do … thanks! Didn’t know that your hurricane season was that long. For my life I don’t understand how you do it .. year after year! And even a couple of times per year.
        I know spring is on it’s way.

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            1. The new job is turning out not to be such a great place to work. Lots of problems there. Maybe I’ll get him to look outside of the state of Florida yet! Thanks for asking.

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    1. I’ve been told I’m like Goldylocks … I like it ‘just right.’ If only there were such a place. 🙂 As always, good to see you, Anneli.

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