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Let The Sun Shine In

Let The Sun Shine In

Today we woke up with the sun shining through the windows. What a glorious sight that was! I was beginning to doubt the fact I was really living in Florida – aka, “The Sunshine State”.

At one point I was fearful I had gotten a vitamin deficiency from the result of too much gloomy damp weather and lack of sunshine, the temps feeling ten degrees cooler than what was registering.

With weather like we’ve had since early November, I’m reminded of the book, Flowers In The Attic by V.C.Andrews, when the children were kept captive in the attic, for years, with no exposure to the sun. My mood was also beginning to reflect that. Lack of sun is not good for your health as it states in this article > Here’s an article on 9 ways a Lack of Sun is Killing You.

Even with the sun shining, the temperature is still cool for this time of year. I feel sorry for all the spring breakers traveling to our area of Florida, expecting sun and surf. The surf is there, but it’s a bit too cold for my taste. That doesn’t stop the tourists from dressing the part, from short shorts and tank tops, to swim suits and beach coverups, they are out and about in droves with flip-flops and bare feet. After all, they have to get their moneys worth.

While the tourists are dressing in the bare minimum and dipping their toes in the gulf, I’m still pulling on a pair of socks every morning and the longer the pants and sleeves, the better. Our coats haven’t gone back into storage and my heat is still on at night.

At least the sun is cooperating this week. Next month we will probably be complaining of it being too hot, too soon.

This has been a crazy year weather-wise. What’s it been like for the last few months in your part of the world?


About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. Our winter was up and down. Warm, then bitter. Dry, then lots of precipitation. I can’t complain until spring dallies around like it did last year. Today we are having a spring rain and that’s ok. We are expecting to see 60s on Sunday. Seasonally we should be in the 50s.

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  2. This just makes me smile. We live in Wisconsin. We would be the people on the beach in shorts and flip flops because very likely, it is tons warmer than it has been here!!! Yesterday we had 50 degree weather, cloudy, but warm. Last week it was in the 20’s. And, I understand what you mean about lack of Vit D. We take a supplement because even if we get a lot of sunny days, our vit D levels are still low.


    • It’s supposed to get to 69 today and there is sun in the forecast for the next seven days. That could change at any moment. We just take it one day at a time. It’s not only the tourists who dress as though they are on a tropical island. I think some people think that they have to jump the gun and wear shorts and flip-flops because they live here! One good sunshiny day and out come the beach wear. Most don’t even pack it away for winter. I shouldn’t complain, Vicki. I’d never survive your winters. Don’t know how I ever lived in Alaska. Of course I was a kid then and they don’t notice weather conditions! 😂


  3. Rain, glorious days, rain, glorious days, rain. Today, we had afternoon rain and now we have blue skies. I’d love it if our SoCal winters were always like this.

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