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Abundant Sunshine

The weather guessers don’t need to work too hard in Mesa Arizona.  The days are predominantly wall-to-wall sunshine or mostly sunny.  One day since our arrival October 18 we had light rain sprinkles, a couple of days we’ve had a cloudy sky.

Our weather forecast yesterday said, “Abundant sunshine, 80 degrees.”  And the forecast  agreed perfectly with the weather.  We’ve had two weeks of superlative weather, nearly 75 degrees every day.  Just right for a couple of full-timers.

I hit the tennis courts at 0700 yesterday morning in a pair of shorts and a thin tee shirt.  The morning temperature was over 50 and by the time I returned to hour house an hour later the outside temp was already 60.  I played again at 1430 hrs and it was 80 outside and no humidity.  Just right!

We’re heading to NC to share Christmas with our families.  It’ll be great to see everyone again, and we hope to see our four offspring and our granddaughter.  But the weather won’t be our favorite, and we’ll miss daily tennis workouts.

The weather guessers are calling for a low of 14 tonight and highs in the low thirties.  Yeah, that’s in Fahrenheit, although it doesn’t sound like it.  Take those numbers as Celsius and they represent closely our weather in Arizona, lows in the fifties, highs not quite to the nineties but really nice and warm.

We’re not flying to NC for the weather, right?  Our families have nice roomy houses to accommodate us indoors if needed.  Who knows, the weather might turn nice and we’ll hit some tennis balls too.  Regardless, we’re excited at the prospect of seeing everyone and don’t need the out-of-doors to do it.

Everything is packed, the fridge is empty, the tanks are clean, the windows secure.  Portable hard drives are farmed out for safe-keeping.  Vents arranged just-so.  Water is off, heat is on low.  What did we miss?  We’ll figure it out either when we board the plane or upon our return.

If only we could store and forward some of this abundant sunshine to North Carolina — we might not see much of it otherwise until our return to Mesa.

We’ll talk to you next, before Christmas, from NC — we’re taking the laptop this time.

See you down the road!

Jim and Debbie
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Why we’ll miss Florida

  • (1) Friends
  • We enjoyed meeting and spending time with so many wonderful people in Okeechobee, FL. Tennis partners, dancing friends, card game buddies, projects cohorts, and great neighbors all are blessings we’ll never forget.

  • (2) Sunshine
  • Florida sunshine wasn’t as warm as last year, but helped us overcome the chill winter. Last year and the previous one we enjoyed more warm weeks. The Florida sunshine this year helped us stay warm, as long as we were in the sunlight.

  • (3) Beaches
  • Well, we only had two beach days this year and one of these was extremely windy and too chilly. Less to miss this way than if we had great beach days throughout the winter.

  • (4) Citrus
  • Not only citrus but all kinds of fresh food are abundant. The outdoor fruit stand was only a couple miles up from our resort, had wide assortment of fruits and veggies.

  • (5) Warm
  • Okay, not so warm this year but surely warmer than almost everywhere else on the continent save Vancouver, BC, during the winter Olympics. One or two days the television reported 50 degrees in Vancouver, and those same days we, along with most of the rest of USA, were below 50 outside.

  • (6) Green
  • So green, grass everywhere, palm trees, and this very wet winter kept it maximally green. We’re conditioned to appreciating green lawns and pastures and golf courses, and enjoyed plenty in Florida.

  • (7) Tennis
  • Not as much as we hoped, but we played many weeks. This was a far cry from the previous two months spent in Arizona, where we played every day some weeks. Our spot in Florida was not close to tennis courts, and the weather wasn’t close to ideal for us. Too windy, sometimes rainy or cold, the weather encouraged us to find more compatible activities.

  • (8) Dancing
  • We danced with friends once weekly most weeks, and twice a couple or three weeks. We learned a few new steps, practiced some we had learned last year during our Florida stay. This is a nice group activity, fun with friends, and a lot of fun for the two of us.

    Not everything we expected, but Florida was nice this winter. We’ll miss our friends more than anything else, and look forward to meeting with them elsewhere throughout the year.

    Jim and Debbie
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