I don’t know about the rest of the country, but this summer we’ve had a lot of rain in Florida. In fact, as I write this, it’s still raining.
The summer weather pattern in Florida is daily rain, usually coming late afternoon. This year? Late afternoon. Early morning. During the night. And while the normal showers last a short while, we’ve had longer lasting soakings. In years past, we were begging for a little rain because of drought-like conditions. It got so bad we had water restrictions and limited days to water the yard, usually twice a week. Right now, I have a pond forming in my driveway. Several counties have set up pumps in low lying areas to keep the water from rising and causing flood conditions. And there are sandbags if we need them. If my pond gets any bigger, I may grab a couple bags.
My husband has been building a deck off the back of the house for a few weeks now (that’s another story) and the daily rain has slowed him down. For Floridians, being housebound because of inclement weather is strange. We’re used to sunny skies. Clear sailing. Beach weather.
Being a author, I can take any circumstance and turn it around to talk about writing. I look at rainy days as great production days. I’m stuck in the house so I spend my time writing. And for some reason, when it rains, my brain works overtime, so I’m not complaining about the weather!
I look out the window and I see how much the foliage has grown this summer because of all the rain. Again, writing analogy- the rain, or my story ideas, grow and become full blown stories as I nurture the idea to maturity. Kind of the like the rain making my plants lush and green. It’s pretty cool to see it all come together, both on paper and in nature.
Even though we officially moved into autumn last Sunday, it still feels like summer here. Rain, humidity and heat. But I love living in Florida. What is the weather like where you live?