Magical winters versus sunny beaches

Here I am again buried in snow, waiting for a horrible wave of extreme cold. As I type, the thermometer shows outside 14 F (-9C) and it's barely 8.pm. They say tonight the temperatures will collapse to 1 F (-20 C). I am panicked and despaired for so many reasons: my pets, the chickens, the car (that doesn't start if it's too cold, and thus my boyfriend can't get to work), the snow that, I understand, will fall again tomorrow and will probably cover again the path that we tried so hard to clear.
Anyway, during my desperate search for the weather prognosis, I ran into an astonishing website http://seasidepropertiesgroup.com, that changed my entire perspective on life. I usually don't like answering the question "what if?", but this time I couldn't help of wonder..."what if we lived in a place with no winter". What if we lived in south Florida in one of those incredibly beautiful and exotic Sunny Isles condos or the luxury oceanfront condos at One Bal Harbour . I can almost imagine the smell of the ocean, the warm summer breeze caressing your skin, walking barefoot in the cool sand, oh, it sounds like another world to me. I would give away in a heartbeat my magical, but cruel winters, for a luxury oceanfront condominiums in Bal Harbour, Florida. He he, diving in the ocean instead of diving in the snow :). But enough with the day dreaming, I should get back to my snow shovel...

19 comments:

Alida said...

Oh dear I can imagine. When there is lots of snow and you cannot go anywhere it is not pleasant. It look so pretty though but only for a little while.
Keep warm. Ciao bella.

The Elephant's Child said...

I don't like the heat (at all) but I do hope that your pets, chickens and car get through this dreadfully cold patch. Warm thoughts flying your way.

Luanne Smith said...

Sorry to hear you are freezing and snowed in. We are having the opposite problem. Complete drought. Everything is brown and ugly this winter. blah.

Keep daydreaming of sunny skies. :)

YONKS said...

I'm not sure I would swap the beach front for the snow. I've tried both and the snow is better for me, I hate being hot!
Di
xxxx

Stephanie said...

Oh my dear... I hope you're oke right there. Also, I hope your pets and the chickens have a shelter to stay at. But honestly the picture number one is beautiful! The color is so pretty (:

C.J. Sullivan said...

If the sun were a little kinder to my pale skin, I might like the beach, but I prefer chilly over blazing!

Lost in Space said...

I would hate to live somewhere where there is no winter. I love when it gets cold. But I hope you (and your pets!) are coping ok with the extreme weather. The only time I get frustrated with the cold usually is when I can't walk in the snow, though I do think snow is beautiful to look at.

Sissym said...

Dear Friend, I can not stand the heat and I would love to live a winter like yours. It's so charming. You may know better than I the seasons.

kisses

Teresa Ashby said...

That does look beautiful - very nice if you can stay home in the warm and not have to venture out!

I think much as I dislike winter, I wouldn't like constant heat. Perhaps if winter could just be a little shorter :-) x

Judith said...

Your picture looks like a winter fantasy--beautiful. Winter hasn't really started here yet. Only a few snow flakes that melted when they hit the ground. My daughter lives in Florida, ten minutes from the beach, and it's wonderful to visit her in February, when we're tired of gray skies and cold. She keeps telling us that Florida's a great place to retire, but we're not ready to leave Indiana and our friends.

Linda R said...

WOW! Now that sounds cold. I have never lived where it has snowed. But I am willing to try it to escape the summer heat we have here in the desert. Stay warm my friend.

Hugs~

klahanie said...

You are not day dreaming. Yes, it's me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

Put your snow shovel off to one side. I'm on my way. If you notice on 'Farcebook', I use my nose as a snow shovel to clear my human's pathway...

Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses, Penny xx

Janet Gardner said...

Oh I feel for you, the winters can be tough here too, hang in there and a little daydreaming never hurts!
Hugs & Kisses,
Janet :)

Catherine said...

I am tired of the snow and cold weather already too. Let's throw our snow shovels away and I will meet you in Florida.
;)
Keep warm!
xo Catherine

Melody Lowes said...

Your pictures look just like my world! It has been down to -38C here with the windchill already this winter, so don't despair, my dear. No matter how cold it gets there, just think of me shivering in my woollies where I am! :)

Petula Wright said...

That snow and temperature are one of the reasons I moved from upstate NY to Georgia. I'd like to move further south but then it would be even further from my family in MD.

Kelly said...

The temperatures outside, you are experiencing, are horrendous. Eventually, I hope. I think... They'll raise to livable conditions. I empathize with all the snow you're getting, shoveling away and maybe even dragging it into your place. It's no fun. Like I've always said, perhaps cynically (or not), snow is enjoyed mostly by children and skiers.

Whenever someone would look out and see a lot of snow falling, admiring it's "beauty", I'd give them a reality check and say, "Yeah, but maybe somewhere and someone is having their car crash into something or someone is stuck out in the middle of this stuff." I wasn't attempting to dampen their awe of the falling snow, I was trying to tell them that snow is dangerous. It's not for your average adult. It mostly just creates problems.

Personally, like you, I'd love to live in a beach condo, preferably where they don't encounter flooding or hurricanes.

Anyways... hope things get better for you,

Launna said...

WOW Petronela... I don't like snow either, if I could move my city to a warmer area I would. The only way I would ever have left Halifax was to be with David... I would have lived anywhere he did.

Good luck with the shoveling, I am not looking forward to the first snowfall.

Dixie said...

As lovely as your photos are, I too would be concerned about pets, chickens, and the car! I pile on lots of blankets on the car's hood to keep out the wind factor. Wrap blankets over the pet house and the chicken coop too! For extra insulation, place a plastic tarp over the blanketed areas. That's All I know... best of luck!

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