Mid-Winter Break

I think the whole concept of talking about the weather started in the mid-west, maybe even in Kansas. That’s because, when it comes to weather, in Kansas, there is actually something to talk about. Sub-zero winters with wind chill factors, turbulent spring air with tornado activity, heat, humidity, drought, and heat index in the summer.

Ok, so I can do spring. Summer is my favorite. The only bad part about fall is that it’s hard for me to relax and enjoy it when I know winter is right around the corner. Winter has its moments but all in all it is something for me to ‘get through’.

At home in Kansas

At home in Kansas

So, three years ago, when my daughter moved to Florida, I announced, “I have dibs on January!” And each year since she moved there I have gone to Florida for a week-long visit mid-winter. 72 degree days. Sunset 30 minutes later than in Kansas. Sunshine. Blue skies. Refreshing rain showers. Ah. That’s what I’m talking about.

But wait! The 2014 iteration of my trip included a stop-over. In Philadelphia. Uh, yea, Philadelphia. Uh, yea, with winter. And Jan 2014 was no ordinary Philadelphia winter. Nothing like 12.5” of snowfall to get you in the mood for Florida!

So, I have stories from my mid-winter trip. Stories about opera during dinner, trudging through snow to the hotel, dinner at the Midtown Diner, when all downtown Philly restaurants closed in the one inch per hour snow storm.

City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Then it’s on to sunny Florida with an excursion to the South Florida Fair.

South Florida

South Florida

All the while, I’ve had my Star a Day challenge to work on, so look for an update on that project.

Ready? Let’s go!