Taking a slight diversion from my Good New Days series, today I am thankful for cooler weather. Fall has been terribly late in coming this year. In our early years in Florida we sometimes turned the furnace on at the end of September—those were the days when Climate Change meant the series of unusually cold winters that destroyed the citrus industry in Central Florida—but this year we needed the air conditioning right through the end of October.
But for the last few days I have been able to enjoy wearing jeans again. I have put a blanket on the bed and dug out my winter pajamas. Lows in the mid-40’s and highs in the mid-60’s, with bright sunshine and a pleasant reduction in the humidity: that’s my kind of weather. It makes me feel alive, and happy for no particular reason at all.
This morning when I woke up, the inside temperature was 60 degrees. Normally that's cause to turn on the furnace, but by Wednesday we’re supposed to be back up into the 80’s. So for now I’m thankful for the joy of wrapping cold fingers around a hot cup of tea. I may even break out the oatmeal for breakfast, and enjoy a steaming hot cup of cocoa!