Even after many years living in the south, I still didn’t forget what it was like to live in the great white north. Except, some little things did slip my mind. There have also been new developments that I’ve needed to learn.
Forgotten: The penetrating fragrance of skunk in the twilight hours. (No skunks where I lived in Florida).
New development: Coyotes! As my Nana used to say, this is a revolting development. These wild animals run loose in residential neighborhoods, especially in the cold months when they’re short on food. When did wild animals show up in cities? Many of my neighbors have claimed to see them in their yards! I haven’t seen one, but I worry about walking my dog, Max. At least he’s 53 pounds and they probably won’t see him as food, but Max might challenge them. He’s not a fan of other dogs, let alone coyotes!
Remembered: The snow and cold.
Forgotten: Completely blocked out the biting, icy winds.
Forgotten: Long sleeves get wet every time I wash my hands. Even when I push them up, they just slip back down and get wet anyway. In Florida, I didn’t wear long sleeves.
Forgotten: Long sleeves also hide bracelets, which I love to wear.
Note to self: Have to switch to necklaces.
New development: Seagulls. When I grew up here, I never saw seagulls. I only dreamed of seeing them floating high above beaches in tropical settings. Now, I see them frequently, even in cold weather. I think they followed me from Florida to Chicago.
Forgotten: Lots more laundry. As previously mentioned, I didn’t wear sleeves. It was mostly tanks & tees. On the occasion I switched from sandals to sneakers for exercise, I wore peds, and with my child’s size feet, they were barely noticeable in the wash. Now that we’re experiencing winter, I forgot about all the layers of clothing and heavy socks that would need to be washed.
New development: Unless my memory is going bad, which is a distinct possibility, the amount of revolving doors here have multiplied. They are in many more places, like restaurants, stores, banks, etc. I’m guessing it’s to seal out the cold weather in winters when customers are in and out of their properties.
Forgotten: My husband wanted me to put this one up for him. In Florida, the tap water never really got cold. Here, he gets brain freeze from the cold tap water when brushing his teeth and has to remember to add some warmth before rinsing.
Anyone else want to add any?
Do you live in a city where there are wild animals? Are you able to keep your sleeves dry when washing your hands, and if so, please tell me your secret?