Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall in Florida

Two more days and fall will officially arrive!

Here in FL that means "Love-Bug Season"; which has already begun. What? You're not familiar with love-bug season? Oh let me enlighten you, please!

Tiny black bodies with red heads are attached to wings and to one another. They silently fly about crashing into everything in their path. Windows, doorways, faces of pedestrians - most notably, grills of cars! They create a truly horrific mess!

I know what it is to clean salt off your car after several weeks of snow. I know what it is to clean mud off your car after weeks of rain and living on a dirt road. But let me tell you, I don't think anything compares to cleaning love-bugs off a car during the three weeks of love-bug season.

Home remedies are abundant. Such as: "Spray the grill with PAM and the bugs will slide right off!" "WD-40! It keeps the grill squeaky clean!" "Dawn dish detergent. You can clean anything with a drop of Dawn!"

Some ingenious and disgusted FL resident even created - get ready for this - a CAR BRA! Yes, you read that correctly. It is indeed possible to purchase a bra for the front of your car.

The inventor of the car bra (whose name I couldn't readily locate; wonder why?) has made a lot of money on these contraptions. You see them all the time down here. A large piece of canvas-type fabric covering the front grill and bumper. The CAR BRA!

That's all I have to say about that!!

I've dashed outside to catch the fabulous pinks and purples of this morning's sunrise. It's humid and sticky. But that's FL in late September.

Sometimes I miss the cool air and fantastic colors of NC during this season. There's nothing quite like an evening walk in the brisk air of early fall. A light jacket, cold hands, the smell of leaves burning, rosy cheeks on kids playing tag, hot vegetable soup!

But Frank and I know we're right where we're supposed to be. Even with the humidity and love-bugs!

That may be a less enjoyable season change; but it's our season change. And we're stickin' with it!

I'd love to hear about your favorite fall traditions and stories............

(PS - just in case you don't already read Becky's blog ( please check it out today. It's Wedding Wednesday and she has promised more pictures of the most delightful bride and groom! Excuse my prejudice, please. Smile.)


  1. I lived in the Chicago suburbs for 55 years prior to moving to Arizona. While I love being surrounded by the majesty of God's mountains and the unforgettable sunrises and sunsets, I must say this 110+ degree weather is getting to me.

    I miss green. I miss the leaves turning their resplendent fall colors. I miss shade trees. I miss walking through the leaves that have fallen to the sidewalk and street and listening to them crunch as I move forward. I miss four seasons (although I used to joke that Chicago only has two seasons: winter and road construction!). In AZ we have four months of glorious winter and eight months of summer. Eight months!!!

    I miss the shopping and the food and the energy...but those things are not seasonal and don't fit into your query, so forgive my digression.

  2. We just got back from 5 days in Eustis Fl and I now know what a love bug is AND so do my children. haha They were everywhere, some got trapped inside the car so, I hope they do not reproduce in NC.