Come March the temperatures moved upwards; at night in high 50s low 60s, and during the day up into the mid to high 70s and low 80s. Very up and down from day-to-day in early March, but still ... certainly better than -20C which is where Canada was sitting (and the snow and ice which doesn't happen here). We've had several weeks with slightly higher night temps, and really hot days (up into the low 80s, with a "real feel" more like 85) and some super hot (91-92 with a "reel feel" of 98).
|A small area of the Golf Course at Cypress Lakes with a wooden bridge.|
We finally had to turn the air conditioner on. I probably wouldn't have bothered for myself, but when it hits 81-85 in the house, it's hard on my husband so I shut all the windows and turn on the air until just after supper, when the air outside usually starts to cool slightly. Then I turn it off. There have been a couple of nights I left it on overnight set at 78F, but even when I turn it on during the day I keep it around 76-77 degrees. (Cause, you know, I didn't come here to freeze!)
|Adding another shelf.|
|That's my side of the golf cart ... I'm a little bit wild sometimes :)|
|My bike - a retro style touring bike WITHOUT speeds! I love it.|
|Another nice sunset at Cypress Lakes|
|Bocce ball tournament at Cypress Lakes 55+ resort.|
As for me, the entire bonus of being here in the winter is the warmer temperatures and not having to shovel snow. I tend to live here the way I do at home - do the housework, cook the meals, do the laundry ... housewife stuff. But I do get out more here than at home, and we're just beginning to explore more fully our surroundings outside of the resort. Oh, we found shopping areas right away because you need to buy groceries and stuff, but we're learning "back roads" into town, finding little stores that we didn't know existed, visiting the park areas in Lakeland (lots of small "lakes" in the city with park areas and walking trails around them). In coming posts I'll write about some of the ones we've visited, as well as our trip to the Boggy Creek Air Boat rides in Kissimee (boy that was fun!)
|The pond with overhanging trees and sparsely lit spanish moss.|
Probably my biggest joy is sitting out back of our place enjoying the pond. It's peaceful there, with the breeze blowing off the ponds, the birds and other water critters (ie: "the gator"), the little geckos running up and down the arm of my chair ... that's a place I could sit forever.