I'm the kind of person who washes all the windows the day before a major rainstorm. Speaking of rain, I never seem to be carrying an umbrella when it is raining but always have one when it isn't (which is why I lose so many of them!). So, it was no surprise when we spent our winter vacation in Florida last week during one of the coldest (and longest) cold spells in that state's history. It was so cold the iguanas were falling out of the trees. No, this isn't a quaint Florida saying as in "How cold was it? It was so cold that yada yada yada. No, the poor things were "stunned" by the cold and couldn't grasp the tree limbs like they usually do!
Leaving NYC in January, we wore hats and gloves and scarves and many layers of clothing to the airport. We just didn't expect to be wearing them for the whole trip in Boca Raton amid the palm trees. To look on the bright side, we spent time with good friends, ate great meals, the beaches were empty and residents got to test their home heating systems. We also visited two lovely man-made wetland reserves called Green Key and Wakodahatchee (photos above) where the birds, turtles and alligators seemed impervious to the cold even if the iguanas were a bit more "grounded" than usual.