We see your pictures of colorful leaves, brilliant reds and yellows. We follow as you drive along country roads taking in the gorgeous fall scenery. We imagine the crisp air that startles your lungs causing you to begin wearing cute jackets and boots. We drool over your lovely scarves and perky hats. We long to enjoy the laughter and camaraderie that accompany warming your cold hands over a toasty fire. Sipping hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows with friends. Fall as it should be.
Back in Florida? It was 92 degrees here last week! 92!! Factor in the humidity and you'd think it was still summer, not fall. Please remember, I lived in North Carolina for over 25 years. I know what the change of seasons feels like. This ain't it!
So, how do we Floridians compensate for our lack of cool weather? We fake it. Yep, faking is totally allowed in certain situations and this is one of them. For instance, this picture . . .
This was taken Saturday at a local fall festival. Colorful leaves . . . Fake. Hay bales . . . bought them. Scarecrow . . . on a stick.
Frank and I are both in shirts that look just like ones we would be wearing in NC, only they aren't. Mine is fake flannel. It looks like flannel but it's really cotton, so is Frank's. You'll notice he's wearing shorts. You can't see my flip flops but I'm wearing them. And if you look closely, we're both sweating! Not just perspiring, Sweating.
We rendezvous'd with Kristin and Meagan to enjoy some festival time with the babies. (Unfortunately, the Schrecks were sick and couldn't attend.)
|Riding the Train with Smiths|
|Grayson needed a close up|
|Why yes, that IS a narrow train|
Many of the people we saw were making an effort to wear fall colors. However, stores don't typically sell shorts in the rich hues of autumn. I was wearing jeans but we've already established how HOT I was in them.
|Cody's department planned this fun event|
The festival was scheduled for 10-2 which is the best time for people to walk around without experiencing heat exhaustion. We rode the train. I dared the teacups. (Only because Madi and Noah really wanted to ride.) We watched the cloggers dancing. We snapped pictures and listened to music. We bought water - definitely not hot chocolate.
I especially loved this picture of Frank holding Grayson and Parker. It looks like the three of them are sharing a secret.
|Papa and his boys|
I can hear some of you now. "Whine! Whine! Whine! Sheri, you'll be thankful for those temperatures in January."
And you're right! I will be grateful. I have gotten spoiled with our ability to be outdoors during winter months. I am grateful for the lower humidity that keeps the air from enveloping my face like clear plastic wrap every time we step outside. I'm glad we can turn the air conditioning off for most of January and February.
Believe me, I do count my blessings. But every so often, I miss cold weather. And when I can't make a trip to NC or TN, I make the air conditioning colder, break out my fake flannel shirt and sip hot tea in front of my fake fireplace. It's the next best thing to being there.
Hope you're enjoying a fabulous fall in your neck of the woods!
How about you? Have you lived in multiple locations and had to adjust to different types of weather? What signals "fall" at your house? Are you enjoying snow already? We'd love to hear about your experience in the comment section.