Tuesday, October 16, 2018

5 Things I Love about October in the Sunshine State

Photo by Bart Everson via Flickr



Gotcha! After I posted the 10 Things I Hate about October in the Sunshine State, you didn't think I liked anything about it, did you? You didn't think I'd turn the tables. Well, here the tables are...turned!

It's true enough that I don't like hot weather and wish I could wear sweaters. But let's face it, I'm getting old...and pudgy. Scraping snow off a car windshield and waddling around looking dumpy covered in a lot of yarn is probably not a good deal for me.

So here are 5 things I love about October in Florida.


1. It's not too hot anymore. There's a slight...not hotness in the air. I don't break out in a sweat just by opening the door. Glory hallelujah, it's not so freakin' hot! (Check out the way hallelujah is spelled.)


Photo by Joe Crawford via Flickr


2. Reese's Pumpkins! The aisles of Walmart are filled with candy and the best candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins. The Reese's specialty shapes have a different ratio of chocolate to peanut butter, and that makes them BETTER! This year, I have pledged not to purchase any pumpkins until after the Florida Writer's Association conference, which, as it happens, is this weekend. (This is an arbitrary date...just trying to hold off with the gorging. But it will no doubt lead to peanut butter pumpkin hoarding.)



Photo by Sam Howzit via Flickr


3. The Epcot Food & Wine Festival! That's right, every year I get to go to Epcot and stuff my face with treats from around the world (well, supposedly) and blog about it!




4. Halloween! Okay, so no trick or treaters at our house, but Halloween means Hocus Pocus!


5.  As soon as October ends, the HOLIDAYS begin! The air will cool even more and I'll start thinking about turkeys and cookie schedules. There will be holiday music in the stores. We'll put up a tree and pretend it's cold outside.


I tried to think of 10 things I love about October in the Sunshine State...but I couldn't manage it. And number 5 is really about the end of October so it technically doesn't count. Nonetheless, I have done my duty in fair and balanced blogging...





Tuesday, October 2, 2018

10 things I hate about October in The Sunshine State

Photo by Andy Hay via Flickr



1. It's currently 85° and the high is expected to be 89° and yet I'm expected to rejoice in the "cool" weather.




2. Everything is either green or dead. There is no such thing as Autumn here.






3. The knowledge that winter is not coming


From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Florida#Winter



4. My drawer full of unused sweaters






5. If I carve a pumpkin, it can't sit outside for more than one night without rotting.



Photo by Andy Hay via Flickr


6. Walmart knows if I buy the Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins now, I'll just have to buy more, even though...




7. ...I don't get trick-or-treaters anymore.


My Longaberger pumpkin basket hasn't seen any action since 2012


8. Horrifying previews of horror films on tv every night


Photo by Irene2005

9. Scary tv ads for Halloween Horror Nights and the like





10. It's not December. Not that December will be much better.