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Hot spring

March 20, 2020
By H.I. JEAN SHIELDS - Garden Club of Cape Coral , Cape Coral Daily Breeze


Spring has arrived and we are able to put our morning go-to-work gloves back into a drawer. I was raised in snowy Michigan and we raised our family in cold, windy, southern New Jersey winters.

When we retired to sunny Florida; yea, no more cold work trips in the morning.

That expectation was short lived. We arrived in November, settled in the first of December and soon discovered a need for warm gloves. One early morning when the temperature was 40 degrees. Not all bad because the sun was shining brightly. The problem was that a cold steering wheel and car seat were not acceptable.

However thousands of newbies have settled into Florida, we have became accustomed to the few cold mornings and occasional evenings we have to endure in the Sunshine State.

However, this year, with spring arriving just one day ago, we had already jumped right into the 88s and had already broken a record or two. Treat this early heat wave as you would the summer sun. Wear sunscreen, appropriate hats and do I need to suggest sunglasses.

I still suggest your relax and enjoy your own gardens and yards, with shelter in place, it does not mean we should be sheltering in place at our favorite restaurant, bar or club swimming pool.

Stocking supplies, that is a puzzle we each need to figure out.

As an "older" citizen, I always have a stock of organic, when possible, canned goods and bread in freezer, fresh ground peanut butter and eggs. My garden has an occasional green pepper nowadays and lots and lots of black cherry tomatoes.

Toilet paper? That is a puzzle, if you figure out your family number and multiply how many rolls or sheets you will need, well maybe you do need two buy dozens of rolls, in case.

In the "old" days there was always the Sears catalogue?

Happening gardening and careful living till we meet again.

H.I. Jean is Past President of the Garden Club of Cape Coral.



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