In 2002 we ran away from Illinois where we were born and raised, and started a new life in SW Florida. This blog is about me (an eccentric old artist), ROM (my Real Old Man), Isabella (our neurotic Standard Poodle) and Emmy (our crazy snake killing Jack Russell Terrier). Oh- and the neighborhood old people. Life is good in Florida!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Polar Vortex... or as we used to call it Snot Freezing Cold!

A week ago we were feeling quite smug with our sunny 80 degree days as people up north prepared for heavy snow and cold temps. Now my windows and door are shut and the furnace is running. I woke up today to fog and it was 72 degrees. The temps steadily went down all day as a "polar vortex" moved in. Remember when we just had "cold spells" or "cold fronts"? Anyway, we're now having 30 mph wind and it's colder than a well digger's ass.  It's supposed to get down close to freezing tonight so my Christmas cacti have taken over the kitchen island and the area around it. Other plants are scattered around the house where ever I could find room for them. The bigger plants on the lanai that are too big to easily move are just going to have take their chances outside. Yeah, I know- you people who got a foot of snow and now have subzero temps feel real sorry for me -LOL 

See the Christmas cacti sitting in front on the right? I took clippings from my gold, red, and white plants and rooted them in a cup of vermiculite, then planted them all together in this one pot. It's just now forming buds and getting ready to bloom for the first time. Can't wait to see all the different colored flowers opened.

Hope you all stay warm and cozy until this "polar vortex" (snot freezing cold as we used to call it) moves out. Feed your inner Bertha some warm comfort foods and yummy desserts- she needs it to get through this frigid weather gripping most of the country. 


  1. It's so nice to see you blogging again, RoH. I'm sure your Christmas cacti are happy to be inside where it's nice and warm. We got down to -7 last night and it's still bitter cold today. Keep warm, sweet lady, and hopefully your normal warm Florida weather will return soon.
    - Mary

    1. Yes, Mary, our normal weather has returned and all the cacti are happily back out on the lanai. I hope your area warms up soon and the rest of your winter is mild.


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