The weather makes it all better

Beach

I should live on a tropical island where the weather is a steady warm and breezy. No need to switch out clothing. No need for much clothing! Easy living. I can do that!

When the weather is nice, time flies faster. There is more to do outside and the sun makes me joyful. Even errands are fun. It’s great to be alive! The visits to the garden centers help. That is therapy for me even if I’m only drooling over plants.

Election is over but some positions are too close to call. Talks of a recount and then a recount of the recount. I find myself wishing for the 50s when people won or lost and losers weren’t such sore losers.

One of my neighbors came home from Florida last weekend. (Lots of snowbirds here.) She is starting a major redo of two bathrooms and the main bedroom, requiring closet rip outs and new hardwood flooring throughout. The entire second floor is in upheaval. Her mattress is on the floor of a room without trim work or finished flooring. I felt the pain but she is still in the “excited” stage of a renovation. I lost that a few projects ago. She put the first retainer check down last September and the work starts in two weeks so perhaps my project isn’t so off course.

Have a glorious week!

59 thoughts on “The weather makes it all better

  1. I’m sure that plant therapy is what keeps me calm. Outdoor therapy is part of my health maintenance plan. I don’t have weather challenges unless I get burdened by the summer heat. I am glad you’re making progress on your own plans. They sound so lovely!

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    • Still no decision on one of the elections. One candidate is ahead by a thousand votes. There will be a required recount so probably no answer until June. It was 89 here yesterday. You would not have been happy!

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  2. People don’t know how to just concede and say “congratulations – good race” anymore as graciousness has flown out the window. And speaking of windows, we’re 10 degrees above the normal temp and blasting the A/C seems to be a better idea these days than hoping for a gentle breeze. We don’t get breezes, just heavy gusts. Mother Nature sure has a bee in her bonnet.

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  3. I’m afraid we’re still in the big storm cycle. I envy your clear skies and dulcet breezes. Sort of. I keep looking at the upcoming months and thinking of expensive air conditioning bills. When did I get to be such an old fuddy duddy?

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  4. Kate, weather is everything! I am not happy with the heat and humidity here in Florida but I have a husband who likes it just fine. We keep talking about going back to Missouri but I don’t think I could survive the move. I read up in comments that significant progress has been made on your porch/deck! Great news… he might be on a roll! Fingers crossed!

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    • He was on a roll but hit a bump today. The stairs has to be reworked so that will be a delay. Sigh. Do you think you would like the cold winters? I thought that was why you had moved. Moves are hard as I found out. Even when you want the move, it’s overwhelming. Not sure I could do again without a lot of help and for sure I wouldn’t go someplace that needed work.

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  5. We haven’t done any reno here although we probably should. Back deck should be replaced but we will let the next occupant do that! We’re in a three story house with four bedrooms and it’s two of us and a cat and we (the humans) are approaching the big 80. Downsizing to an “already just right” place is in our future. We hope! I have all seasons of clothing in our big walk-in closet so no switching out which I did most of my life. One exception – I put my sweatshirts/heavy sweaters away because I don’t even want to SEE them to remind me eventually cold weather will return!

    Hugs, Pam

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    • Good luck with your eventual move. It’s a weird time to buy a house but if you have one to sell, it makes it more painless. My husband will be the big 8-0 later this year. For us, healthy as we are, moving was hard. We couldn’t have done it without my step-daughter who flew in from Denver three times to help. It was exhausting. Downsizing was hard too. I had to get rid of furniture I really liked but at the end of the day, it was the right move.

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  6. The weather plays a massive part for me. I’ve been outside for the past few days, enjoying it all.
    Our neighbor here has their kitchen done. It was the same as your story. He said they were going to have a built-in pool put in, but “we can’t live through dealing with contractors just yet.”

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    • There is a PTSD you have to work through afterward. We have a really small project I’d like to get done this year. My husband could do it but his spackle work isn’t perfect. We may do that this summer but only if our kitchen guy can do it. It would take less than a week. The other thing is that it takes so long to get on a contractor’s queue, you have plan now for anything you want done next year.

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    • I always thought your area had good year round weather — not too hot or cold. We get a lot of cloudy days here but that works for my dry eyes. I would need sunglasses for the tropical island but that would work.

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    • We had a very cold April and May started cool. Then a switch turned. We’ve been in the 70s or 60s but the weekend is predicted for 90. Way too early for us to be that hot. Usually June isn’t all that hot here.

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  7. Perhaps if a person is retired that warm weather works every day without change. I lived in warm – no – HOT weather day in and day out for 27 years straight. Too hot and stuffy to be outside and too icy in the a/c to stay inside. When working, doing household chores, errands, etc, there’s no time for beaches unless on vacation. Might as well just go there on vacation from living in another state. But, many people love Florida after dealing with the difficult living of winter for so long. And it is definitely more difficult to shovel snow, bundle up, and being careful not to slip on ice. Despite the humidity and frigid a/c air, you don’t have to shovel rain.

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  8. You brought up politics so I need to comment about a news article I saw this morning. In PA, the big news is the run off with Dr. Oz and David McCormick – a television doctor versus a hedge fund CEO. Is this a great world or what? If there’s room in the car going back to the 50’s be sure and drop me a line. 🙂 Peace be with your neighbor and her second floor reno. Better her than you. 🙂

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  9. Well you know I’m right there with you about home improvement projects, lack of enthusiasm for said. I wish your neighbor well. Wonder how many months she’ll be sleeping on her mattress on the floor?

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  10. I don’t ever have to ‘switch out’ clothes. My small closet (hold 50 or so hangers) has clothes for every season inside it! While I love thrift store shopping, for each item of clothing I bring home, I give away one article of clothing I own. Although, actually, I have 12 empty hangers I could fill right now!

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  11. I should live on a tropical island where the weather is a steady warm and breezy. No need to switch out clothing. No need for much clothing! Easy living. I can do that! ~> ME TOO! 😀

    Sunshine rocks! Enjoy it!

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  12. You remind me of one of my sisters on the East Coast. Her mood is sunshine dependent. She recently told me that she’s counting the years until my kid goes to college and then she’s going to be on a plane to visit me in the SoCal sunshine every weekend fro January-April.

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