My father-in-law always told me that the best things in Florida are free. And for us northerners who vacation in this tropical paradise, the pleasure of the warm sun on your face, the light blue of the sun filled skies, and the gentle lapping of the warm gulf waters on white sand are a hard combination to beat – especially if one has been held captive in your home due to ice, snow, and freezing outside temperatures.
Even the alligators can’t function here if the temperatures fall below 70 degrees and then they have to spend most of their time warming up their bodies in the sun. We did have some rain on Wednesday and a tornado briefly touched down about three miles north of us near Murdock Circle. Very little damage done but a few branches and limbs were knocked to the ground. I couldn’t help but note that one of the neighbors used the opportunity to have his palm tree shaped like a pineapple. I really liked the outcome of the tree’s haircut.
Where we are staying, the plumeria tree has one flower at the top. The flower closes at night and then opens again when the sun comes out. The boating activity on the canal in back of the house has been very slow with only a couple of pleasure crafts passing by on the weekend. Most boat owners seem content just to have their boats tied up in back of their homes so they can work on them and get them ready for their next big trip.