In general, living in Florida has some bad points for someone who was raised in a more northern clime. Excessive heat and humidity for 6 months of the year have me hiding indoors in the A/C. I spend my time obsessing over the weather channel’s tropical updates as one tropical system after another forms in the Atlantic and comes our way. Anyone living down here knows what the “cone of uncertainty” is, with uncertain being the operative word.
Every now and then, though, there is a certain moment that is pretty spectacular. The bald eagle swooping down and catching the fish in the lake behind our house was pretty cool. The alligator lurking in the same lake looking for a doggy snack, is not so cool. The bird life here is fantastic.
I had a really nice moment this week. I was laying in bed reading a novel (yes, I have time for a novel again now that my clinicals are done for the moment, woohoo!) and a wonderful perfume wafted in through the window. My nightblooming orchids were blooming, wow. These orchids have a small and delicate looking white flower and release a perfume at night only.
One of the really cool things about Florida is the ability to grow orchids in your backyard. They turn out to be quite tough plants and give you a lot of pleasure for minimal work. A friend described how to grow a type called Dendrobium: get a giant pot, fill 2/3 full with non-melting packing peanuts, then top with orchid bark, place in a slightly shaded spot, add the plants and water when you think about it. The result:
I love to sit out under our pergola (built by my husband and stepson) and enjoy the view. There are perks to living in the subtropics. As a matter of fact, I think I will go out there for a while with some ice tea and enjoy. I feel bad for those who are in blizzards right now. I’ll get started on the Thanksgiving stuff in a little while.
Happy Turkey day everyone.