Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Florida weather

Okay, I really shouldn't complain. And I'm not! Let's get that straight.  I do live in a paradise of sorts. There are approximately 6 super cold days out of the year... 359 days of warmth, 6 days where I am looking for my gloves and scarf- 6! BUT (oh yeah, I am seriously going to talk about those whole 6 days because one of those is sort of coming- and yes I said sort of) those 6 days are grueling on my body. In some cases it takes a couple of weeks for my body to fully recover. That mac truck... yeah.  So back to my "sort of" statement- I know- crazy- but Monday it was 82 degrees, come Friday it will be a high of 62-  (with a low in the upper 40's- ah that's a 20 degree difference!) If anyone is counting in five days the temperature dropped 20 degrees!  That is a TON of pressure in the area... my head is a mess!
When people "see" me they don't "see" MS. They don't SEE a woman in a wheelchair (what people assume), or a woman with a cane, or walker. I don't have a dog hanging out with me to make sure I can get through my day (although either one of mine would love to). I don't have an oxygen tank or any other medical devices. What I do have is a water bottle, a cell phone, a cute purse, a cute bag that holds all my other stuff for the day (I sell both the purse and the bags- and their personable too!).
When I walk fast its not because I'm in a hurry, well I might be, but its more likely because I can, I mean because I can walk fast... I will walk quickly for as long as I can. The heat (yes that bothers me too) will slow me down when it gets super hot, but I will drink lots of water so I can continue to enjoy my life!
So as the wind blows, and the rain hits, I'll remind myself... the sun will come out tomorrow!

Island Grand, St. Petersburg Fl, Sunset

I mean seriously... how could I really complain when THIS is my life?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Rain, Rain Go away!- Sort of

Living in Florida I am blessed by temperature in a way. While "heat" will forever be a concern, air conditioning can be found anywhere and the beach is great as long as you remember to KEEP COOL!  The best part, is the lack of freezing cold (in the part of Florida I live in). For the most part we have 4-5 "super cold" freeze warning related days a year, meaning the temp drops into the 40's and 30's. Those are the days my body truly thanks me for my move from Ohio to Florida. Cold and my joints don't mix for long periods.
Rain... You would think living by the water we wouldn't need too much. OH SO WRONG! Unlike up North, we don't get snow, so from October to May (ish) it becomes our dry season. Once "hurricane" season is over we start a new season- FIRE season! So most people are relived when the drops start falling (we've had a wild fire burning totally our of control for several weeks now). But then there are people like me...
Gray skies don't help. They don't help my mood, my spirits, my life... They just don't help! Once more, I get cranky! Why? Because well... It's dark, its GRAY! Not the "Shades of Gray" naughty gray... GRAY... dark, yucky, gloomy, gray. They gray that makes people mean on the road gray (cause you know people need an excuse).  So YES I TOTALLY get that the ground needs the water, and to prevent drought (again) and watering restrictions we need as much rain as we can get... but this several days in a row thing... it's just not working for me! I need the sun to peek through the clouds and warm things up a little, after all this is Florida, the Sunshine state!

Love my beaches, and I love my Tradewinds!