Monday, January 11, 2010

Holy Moley....a new record

Yup, the old record cold temperature for this date was 32 degrees, set in 2002. This morning I awoke to 16 degrees, but the "official" low was only 15 degrees, breaking the old record by a whopping 7 degrees. This is really cold folks! We had snow in Citrus County two days ago, though what we got was "ice pellets". The "pellets concentrated on the roofs and on our screen enclosure and did not disappear during the day. They lasted through the day, into the night, and finally dissipated yesterday. This is TOO MUCH OF A BAD THING!!!!!

Yes, I admit that I'm complaining once again, but we didn't move to Florida for the cold. Once again I'll be prancing around the house in several sweaters, multiple hats, and a hooded sweatshirt. Channel 10's Dick Fletcher never let this happen. I thing the problem is with Tammi Souza who is getting her kicks with this ridiculous weather pattern. Stay tuned! More tomorrow!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Another wonderful day in paradise.

Oh, joy!! It's a gray, cold day in Inverness.........again. What a pleasant surprise to hear the sleet bouncing off the pan roof outside the kitchen. The weather channel refers to this as "ice pellets". As I write this I am chilled to the core and as soon as I'm done writing I'm going to add blankets to the bed and hibernate for the day.

I went out to get the papers and took an umbrella, but it was not necessary. It wasn't rain and the ice just bounced off the umbrella and me. The dogs were out for a short while (very short as they don't like this any more than I do). When they came in, their backs were cold but dry. As I said, it wasn't rain and the ice just bounced off. I'm sure that when I hibernate in a few minutes, Jodie and Coco will join me.

Tomorrow is supposed to get down to 16, and probably two degrees colder at our house. Veracruz, Mexico is 70 degrees today falling to 60 at night.

See you in the spring!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Nineteen Degrees.............How Nice!

19 degrees this morning was a bit of a shock to my system. Especially since the low for this morning back in Carver, Massachusetts was 21. Even Portland, Maine was only 21 this morning. This is a travesty of meteorological justice. It irks me that the CEO of Progress Energy is probably chuckling about the increased revenues coming in shortly.

Back in Carver, we had a wood-burning stove in the cellar and on a day like this I'd be sitting beside the stove reading. Eventually, the side nearest the stove would get so hot that it would become uncomfortable, so I'd simply move so the other side would feel the heat. I could stay down there for hours, putting another log in from time to time and changing position as required.

Here in Florida we decided that we didn't want a fireplace or a wood stove. How cold could it get in Florida? We had a friend who used to live in Orlando many years ago and he claimed that once or twice a year he actually had frost on his windshield, but it never got really cold. 19 degrees is cold. Not only is it below freezing, but it's 8 degrees colder than the previous record cold for this date. If that's not enough, there is a possible prediction for SNOW this weekend in northern Florida. Does that include us? I certainly hope not, though we did see snow flurries here quite a number of years ago.

I complain, but at least I don't have to work in this. As I recall, making the rounds outside the nuclear plant, at night, with the temperature in the 30, it was damn cold! Of course that's tight on the Gulf and the damp cold is terrible.

Today, I didn't even leave the house. There was a book to be picked up at the library, but I got Helen to do that for me. She has always accepted the cold much better tan I ever did. A little hot I don't mind, but give me a chill and I'm dead.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Can it be too quiet????

After almost two months with a bunch of puppies it now seems much too quiet around here. I know, I know, this is the quiet I was yearning for not too long ago. Now that it's here it's not too much fun. I forgot how sedate Jodie and Coco can be, unless there's someone at the door. Our week with Brooks was a killer. He was so much fun and so well behaved. With him the house was still quiet, but it was fun playing with him.

We heard from Molly's folks again and they are having the greatest time with her. They stayed overnight at a nieces house and took Molly. Even with two other dogs there she was well behaved. She's walking four miles each morning and playing fetch each afternoon. I should do as well.

That's enough rambling for today.