I know I won’t get sympathy from those of you in northern climes, but here in southern Florida, we’re not used to dealing with cold temperatures. Add into the fact my arthritis and fibromyalgia, and it makes it worse. Tonight we’re slated to get down to at least 37, if not colder.

And then we’re supposed to climb back into the 80’s later this week.

Isn't this what all writers wear when they're freezing their asses off?
Isn’t this what all writers wear when they’re freezing their asses off? Stylish, no?

The wild temperature swings hammer at my pain. I have a plug-in handwarmer, it’s like a little heating pad with a pouch in the cover to stick my hands into. I’ve also got a couple of hoodie shirts that have long arms with built-in thumbholes, so they cover most of my hands. And I have crocheted fingerless gloves I can use.

See that temp swing? (Although here it never got quite up to 60 today, it was more like 55 if that.)

Colder than yesterday? No shit, Sherlock.

But that’s a pretty wide temperature swing for here. One of the blessedly few problems of Florida weather is when we get weather fronts like this. It might be mid-70’s one day, and down in the 40’s the next. And then back. Which, while warm is GREAT, people like me, it means our bodies can’t adjust and we end up in pain.

Cue the fibro flare.

I can already feel one trying to set in, triggered by the weather. Unfortunately, there’s not much I can do about them except hang on and try to keep warm. Weather-triggered flares aren’t preventable. :/

I feel badly for my northern neighbors. I know many of you are buried under ice and snow and I can’t imagine how you even cope with that. UGH. This is a very old house without adequate insulation. It’s wood-framed and raised, and the floor isn’t insulated. And we have a propane furnace (which is in use). Even poor Gidget is running around in a T-shirt, and our space heaters have been getting a workout. Yes, we’ve got the plants covered, because we’ll likely get frost tonight. Areas just to the north of us are under freeze warnings.

Is it summer yet? I’ll take 90+ temps and 70%+ humidity over this ANY day of the week.

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5 thoughts on “Brrr.

  • November 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Ugh I’m so sorry! I know I’m still in mine, zebra flannel bottoms, three tops, the robe AND my winter coat. And thinking of gloves! It’s 23 up here near Detroit, supposed to get snow over night.. and a whopping 32 tomorrow! I hope you manage to stay warm!

  • November 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Freakin 28 here with a hard frost predicted for tonight. I’m in fleece pants, thermal long sleeve tees and fuzzy socks. And I’m still dealing with body aches. It sucks. Sigh. 60 by next Monday.

  • November 18, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    It is currently a nice “warm” 47 degrees right now with a slated overnight low of *shiver* 28 degrees. But wait, I am not in Michigan anymore. I am in North Texas. I have my wrists and ankles wrapped under all the layers. They are the most affected by the cold. It’s going to be a long winter – and technically, winter is still a month away. According to the calender, it is still fall. Did someone forget to send the memo? Doesn’t the weather look at the calendar?

  • November 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Sorry you are suffering but from a recent transplant from Connecticut I
    Am so GRATEFUL to be here. Feel better soon.

  • November 19, 2014 at 5:39 am

    I feel you pain! Though here where I live we are heading into summer so it was 100F today. I am visualising y’all trying to keep warm and remembering a few years ago where we lived, briefly in our ‘High Country’ and during the winter I would get up and have several layers of long pants and 3-4 layers on the top with socks and high lambskin boots AND then put on my long polar fleece dressing gown for the rest of the day. A local person finally asked my friend if I ever got dressed as she had only ever seen me in my PJ’s. My friend looked at her, couldn’t think what she meant and after a few seconds she laughed long and hard and said ” she is dressed but she really feels the cold – she has a few layers on but is still cold so she wears her dressing gown as a coat inside”. So I know cold but even the cold I know is nothing like the cold in the upper North American regions. So stay warm all – as best you can.

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