Bright sunny day, breezy, 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Perfect day for chopping wood. Gets down into the low 40s in the evenings, expecting a sharp freeze by Thursday. My lemon and orange trees are already showing the effects of the few cold nights we have had. That sucks, about lost them last year when we had several nights in a row of temps in the 20s.
Now why does a guy in FLORIDA have to chop wood. I’ve been burning wood since 1972 except for 5-6 years in there…but we have 7600 DD F in my locale and virtually no cooling days…the wood cutting/chopping/preparation is exercise as well as $1,500-$2,000 savings on heat!
Today: Mostly cloudy and windy. Snow flurries and a few snow showers. High 17F. Winds NW at 25 to 35 mph. Chance of snow 30%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph. I’m looking for the 17F its still only 12F I’m actually thinking of going tent camping next weekend.
Not all of Fl is tropical weather. I get amused often whenever I hear people say things about Florida year round sunshine, etc. I live in the far NW corner of the panhandle of the state. A thirty minute drive to the North or West and I am in Alabama. This area is often referred to as L.A. (lower Alabama). We experience winter although not like those even 100 miles to the North. It freezes here at night especially in late winter. We occasionally even get some snow that last a few days. Happens about every 7 years. I don’t “have” to chop wood, in fact you can usually buy it here from fellas selling it already chopped who will even deliver it and stack it for you. I have probably thrown away more firewood than I have ever burned. Once it gets punky I toss it. I get all mine free from my bro in law who has woods all around his place. He is a transplanted Connecticut yankee so he loves to putz around with firewood having lived up in the great frozen North most of his life. I have this nice fireplace in my house that I make payments on every month so I figure I need to use it once in a while, not out of necessity but out of primal urge to screw around with fire and burn stuff up, plus it makes my wife happy. If it were simply up to me, I would probably have gas logs and a refrigerator in the living room next to a pool table and the large screen television. Unfortunately, she is more civilized than I and has 51% of the vote.