The changing seasons

Yes, there actually are seasons down here. Fall has been beautiful. The temps are lower–in the low 80s–the humidity is lower, we can even have the windows open. It’s pretty weird, though. Here it is, November, and I bought some annuals today! I got a couple of pots with impatiens, New Guinea impatiens, dianthus and begonias. Yes, fall is the time to get the annuals out down here, and you get the color from them for the winter. Most of the familiar annuals we know up north can’t take the summer heat down here. It’s also time for people to put in vegetable gardens now.

Another weird thing down here is that people and/or stores seem to be somewhat deluded about the climate. Starting in August, I couldn’t find shorts for the girls in stores. They were putting out jeans, sweaters, long sleeved shirts, all the typical fall, back to school clothes. For Michigan, maybe! Here, the temps generally stay in the high 80s or low 90s until October. We went to a “fall festival” to get some pumpkins a week or so before Halloween. There were record high temps that day–it was 90 something degrees. Last week I saw hats and mittens at Wal-Mart. I don’t know where people think they’re going to wear them, unless they’re going to the ice skating rink or up north.

One thing I am greatly lamenting is the lack of resale shops. I used to frequent kids’ resale and consignment shops when we lived in Royal Oak. There were 3 or 4 that I liked to go to. Some were a bit of a drive, maybe 20 minutes. Down here, I have yet to find any that are remotely close (am I allowed to put those two words together?). I think there’s one in St. Cloud, which is about a 35 minute drive. There are a couple in Altamonte, which is at least 45 minutes. But what I’m really missing right now are the mom2mom sales. Those things are like Mecca for a thrifty mom! It seems that they simply do not exist down here, more’s the pity. I found one thing that’s sort of like a m2m–but it’s a privately-run, for-profit deal that they do just twice a year. It’s done like a consignment shop–you price and drop off your stuff, they sell it and give you a percentage of the selling price. But it’s in Deltona! That’s over an hour away!

But honestly, I really haven’t had many complaints about our new home. We do love Florida and are so thankful that God called us here.