florida life

So I know for my next blog post, I promised an interview with the infamous Aubrey Gage…but if you’ve read Love Means Zero, Living in a Postcard, or Only May in Paris Will Tell…especially Only May in Paris Will Tell…you know Aubrey only gives an interview when she is good and ready, and she loves to play with people’s minds. So, while we wait…(I promise, it’s coming soon!)…I have another topic that really doesn’t relate to any of my books or characters, but to my new life as a Florida resident!

I’ve been coming to Fort Myers my whole life, but I’ve only lived here about 2 1/2 months. In that time, I’ve discovered several eccentricities about Florida life that I thought would be fun to document on my blog. This will be an ongoing post, because I’m sure I’m forgetting things even as I sit here typing.

I have always called Fort Myers Beach my favorite place in the world, and if you’ve read my books, you might know it’s my character Jill’s favorite place as well. 🙂 Moving here was hands down the best decision I could have made, and although the amount of time I’ve lived here (10ish weeks) doesn’t even come close yet to equaling the time I spent here before my move (40ish weeks), I have learned a lot I never knew about life on southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, where:

*we set our air conditioners at 78 degrees, because it’s a good 10-15 degrees cooler than the outdoor temp and feels amazingly refreshing…anything else would be too cold because our bodies would be so unaccustomed to it

*the word “lanai,” which I had probably never uttered before in my life, is part of my everyday vocabulary and a common conversational term, and in my house hunt, it’s my #1 must-have…good thing they are about as common as living rooms here

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the lanai!

 

*other important features in my house hunt include impact glass, hurricane shutters, and as many sliding doors as possible out to the lanai

*hiring a pest control company is not something we do in extreme circumstances, it’s just another monthly bill

*”Do not feed the alligators” signs are common fixtures at neighborhood entrances, where alligators call backyard ponds home…I saw my 1st one on my 3rd day here

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right outside my house =D

 

*it is important to know which evacuation zone I live in…it is Zone A, meaning the 1st ordered to leave in a mandatory hurricane evacuation

*people who work outdoors in 90+ degree weather wear long pants, layers, and long sleeves…because the skin stays cooler when the sun isn’t directly shining on it

*I can sit on the beach in the sun and watch a massive downpour inland or out over the water

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stormy at sea, sunny by me 🙂

 

*storms rarely move west to east, follow any kind of predictable pattern, or last more than 15 minutes

*yardwork consists of pulling branches off the palm trees when they turn brown and dragging them out to the street

*the most likely time for school to be cancelled is late summer through November…hurricane days

*tropical decor can be purchased ANYWHERE, including hardware stores

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found at Ace Hardware

 

*October arrives, and most of the country can start to feel bits and pieces of winter, while for us, the weather only gets better (the rainy season is ending).

Ok, that’s it for now…more as I think of it!

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