Winter in Florida

6:20 am and the temperature is 35 degrees in my back yard.  Coldest morning all winter.  It has been a very warm winter but this week the cold front has really cooled things off.    We had a wonderful week end.  Saturday I cooked a small roast beef and a small corned beef and Norman sliced those for me on the big electric slicer that Patty’s friend had given us.  That does such a great job!! Then I took out the last two packages of ham I had in the freezer from the canned ham we had gotten several weeks ago.  I put that with the three kinds of cheese and the sauerkraut, added a plate of sliced vegetables, took half of it and was ready for company.  Patty and Becca came for dinner and a wonderful visit.  We both enjoyed Saturday even if it was cold.  The cold front came through Friday night, it went down into the low 50s that night and never got out of the 50’s all day Saturday and it was cloudy with rain drizzle all day.  Sunday wasn’t much better but we had a great day anyways.  Tom and Roxanne came for lunch at noon, then they took us to see a play at the Pineapple Theater at 2.  It stayed in the 50’s all day with rain off and on but the visit with out grandson and his wife brought the Florida warmth to our house anyways.  Roxanne looks fantastic, she is a policewoman here in Fort Pierce and has always been heavy like me but now has lost 50 pounds and looks like I want to.   She is on a special diet and right now needs protein so that was the reason for the three meats and cheeses.  Everyone else had sandwiches but not her, she has NO breads or sweets or chips.  I always cheat so I don’t lose the weight that she does, also I don’t eat the meat as much either, at my age I don’t need the meat as much as I need the vegetables.  Any ways we had a wonderful visit and enjoyed a very good play.   That ended a great weekend.  Norman and I were ready to do nothing on Monday but read and knit.  I have a baby set to get done for Patty, she has a shower to go to this month for a co-worker and I have the sweater done and yesterday finished the hat and started the booties and blanket.  I should have it all done before the shower but I don’t know when the shower will be so can’t be sure.  Then I will go back to making the clothes for Dyhana and Gina”s dolls.   Sunday night it got down into the low 40’s and Monday night the had frost warnings so we covered our blueberries.  I didn’t want to lose my blueberry buds that haven’t opened yet.  That happened to me once in TN and would not take a chance on these.  I know the bushes we had in TN could have taken a light frost but these bushes are specially bred to grow here in Florida so they can take the no winter rest, they stay green all year and can take the hot, hot summers as long as you water often but how cold they can take it once they have started to fruit I don’t know and would not take the chance.  When I got up at 6 the temperature was 36 degrees and it is a while before the sun rises so I have left the sheets I put on the bushes and will watch the temperature  to see if it gets colder just before dawn as it always did in TN, GA and NH.  As the temperature starts to rise I will go out and remove the sheet.  Yesterday it got up into the low 70’s and the sun was out in full Florida force so on our patio in the sun it was more like the mid 80’s.  This was the last night of really cold weather.  Hopefully this weekend will be the end of our Florida winter.  We are all  ready and rested to face a full week of doing nothing.  I love old age – Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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