my neighbors that I felt shouldn't be driving? Early Sunday afternoon the EMS arrived to transport him to the hospital. But I was afraid he was going to have get off the gurney, put his cowboy boots and hat on, and drive himself to the hospital. The EMTs couldn't get the first ambulance's back door to stay latched so they had to call a second ambulance to transport him. It ended up taking over an hour to finally get him on his way to the hospital. I'm assuming he wasn't on the verge of dying because they sure took their sweet time. I haven't had a chance to talk to his lady friend today to see how he's doing. I told Real Old Man if I ever need to get to the hospital in a hurry to forget calling an ambulance, just load me in the back of his pick up truck.
I just hope he doesn't have to load me up in the back of the pickup today- it's so frigging cold and windy. We reached our high of 52 earlier today and now the temp is on it's way down, down, down... We're under all kind of weather warnings for tonight- wind chill warnings, freeze warnings, and a high wind advisory for today. And that wind is whipping everything around. Right now we're having 35 mph winds blowing Xmas decorations over (my baby deer and the sleigh are on their sides), blasting the palms trees, and frustrating people who are out trying to cover their plants to protect them from the freezing temps coming tonight. I was watching a guy down the street trying to cover some plants and as fast as he'd get the cover over the plants the wind would rip it back off before he could anchor it with bungee cords.
Look at these wind chimes- that baby is singing an angry song today! And my poor plants are getting a hell of a whooping.
I know you northerners think we Floridians are big wuzzes when we bitch about the cold, but we aren't prepared for this kind of shit. We'll have to worry about pipes freezing, losing all our landscaping, and then there's the citrus and strawberry farmers... they'll be out all night spraying their crops hoping to save them from the freeze.
Now I need to go stir that big pot of chili I have simmering and later I'll make cornbread to go with it. After I finish carrying in some of my patio plants and cover the ones that are too big to bring in...