holidays, life

Wintery Dreams

This time of year elicits dreams of palm trees and frozen tropical drinks with umbrellas in them, but not for me. I dream of quite the opposite.

From the upper peninsula of Michigan by Ms. Kathy

I stepped out of the heat and into the cool house after a walk with the dog. Moisture permeated the back of my neck. The clammy shirt stuck to my skin. Great! Now I need another shower. Even the pooch panted to relieve the heat. Phew! Bless the person who invented air conditioning. I tromped past the Christmas tree, multi-color lights aglow. Really? It’s Christmastime? Feels more like the 4th of July.

palm lights 3 wmYou’d think that living with icy winds and frigid below zero temperatures for the first twenty-five years of one’s life, would make a person happy to move south. It’s not that I’m unhappy by any means. It’s just, this place … I never quite adjusted. I know I’ve written about this before, on more than one occasion, but I tend to be analytical (as it says on my about page).

I realize I’ll probably get a lashing from you northerners freezing your behinds off. But, keep in mind that living in the tropics doesn’t mean I’m on vacation. I work, cook, clean, do laundry, grocery shop, groom my own dog, walk the dog, go to doctors appointments (just got back from dentist), etc. It’s not like I can sit under a palm tree all day long with an umbrella drink. Maybe if that were the case I could adjust. Then again, I’d need to do something to feel my life is worthwhile.

Cape Shore Wholesale ornament
Cape Shore Wholesale ornament

The drone of the a/c has only stopped for a total of about one week since April of this year. Even though I’ve lived here for the entire second half of my life, it still doesn’t seem like palm lights 2 wmChristmas without the cold. Yes, I know, I’m crazy. I wrote about being a crazy freak when I first started this blog.

I didn’t really mean for this to sound like a complaint post. Don’t get me wrong, I remember those frigid, dark mornings hiding under the cozy comfort of blankets not wanting to face the icy air. I dreaded having to warm up the car and scrape off the windows. No thank you, I don’t want that either.

I’ll just call myself Goldylocks. You know, the fairytale character who liked it just right. It would be nice if I could just open some windows.

Stay warm my favorite northerners, and have a cup of hot cocoa for me, or better yet, a hot-buttered rum.

palm lights 1 wm

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16 thoughts on “Wintery Dreams”

    1. It’s too warm for hot chocolate where you live Miss L. Hee, hee. I just got back from Starbucks and had a frozen caramel frappucino. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend.

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  1. I do not think I could decorate palm trees. I really dislike hot weather so I do understand about the heat…I do like cold weather, however not frigid..guess I am Goldilocks along with you. Are you wearing red for Christmas?

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    1. Hey, a Goldylocks twin. 🙂 Yes, I’m wearing heat-red, but I’m hoping it cools down a little for Christmas day. Just about everyone here has palm trees in their yards. Always good to see you, Linda. Have a great weekend.

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  2. You’re in good company, having a warm Christmas with those of us Down Under. I’d love to experience a chilly northern hemisphere Christmas but I doubt it would really feel like Christmas for me, which is chilled bubbles, seafood, salads and the beach 🙂

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    1. Oh yes, I didn’t realize that you’d be used to it being warm for winter, where in most of America, we’re used to cold holidays. This is really a fascinating world. Thanks for sharing that, EllaDee. Have a great weekend (although yours is probably half over already). 🙂

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  3. I can imagine what you mean. I’d probably feel the same way if we lived somewhere south the whole year. The grass so often seems greener (or whiter?) on the other side of the fence…

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  4. We’re just sour because you have such nice warm weather. I have to say though, it looks funny to me so see tropical plants dressed up in lights, but the ironic thing is that it wasn’t exactly northern weather in Bethlehem either.

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    1. So true, about Bethlehem’s weather. Yes, it looked strange to see palm trees in Christmas lights when I first moved here. I shared it for you northerners who aren’t used to seeing it. Thanks for stopping by, Anneli. Stay warm and have a great weekend.

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  5. What?! You don’t sit under a palm tree all day and drink fancy drinks? Sheesh, I’m never moving to Florida then. 😉

    I get what you’re saying. I’ve only lived in states with four definite seasons, and while I don’t enjoy winter, I enjoy the other three. I’m sure it’s strange to need air conditioner come Christmas. Guess you’ll just have to travel to Alaska for your next one!

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    1. Okay, so I lied, my house sits under a palm tree. 🙂 I haven’t seen winter since my bro’s wedding in 2002. I even took a picture of the snow as if I’d never seen it before. Stay warm and have a great weekend, Carrie.

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