Of April Rain, Cold, Audits and Lemons

Jillian here. April thus far has been interesting here in the panhandle of Florida. It’s been abnormally cold. We always get a lot of rain in the merry month of April (yeah, I know the poem says May) but this year, it’s different as it’s not a warm rain. The days are not sunny and lovely (not many anyway); rather, they are cold and overcast. It’s been in the 40s Fahrenheit at night and we even had a fire in the fireplace yesterday as it never got much over 45 all day with the overcast skies. My son was shocked when he saw I’d made a fire. He said, “It’s April, Mom.” My response, “And I’m cold.”

We had torrential rain already on several days and Saturday, the 7th was especially heinous. Hobbes wouldn’t even get out of the bed. Poor thing.

I have a position I have to be audited in every four years. It’s never a bad thing but it is stressful to have someone going through your records and giving you a grade on how you’re doing. That was last week, so I am in the clear for four more years. I collapsed when it was over on Friday and didn’t do much all weekend. I watched my beloved Liverpool play on Saturday (Had to get up at 6:30 am for that) and read a book by Christopher Fowler. He’s such a great story teller. This was a book from the year 2000 called Calabash.

Today, I went to lunch at Sonny’s BBQ and ordered iced tea. The waitress asked if I wanted lemons. I said no.  She not only ignored that, she brought not one, but two glasses of tea with three lemon slices each. When I was ready to leave, she brought me another in a takeaway cup with three more slices of lemon.  I didn’t have the heart to tell her I didn’t want all that so I left them in the drink. I think that qualifies for my good deed of the day, doesn’t it?

Stay warm, my friends! IMG_4356 (2)

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8 responses to “Of April Rain, Cold, Audits and Lemons

  1. Same here in Texas. It’s been crazy. Friday it was 82 and I was in the local garden center looking for a blooming plant to take to my writer’s group for a prize.
    Less than 24 hours later, it was noon and I was standing in front of the library waiting for it to open. I was in my long wool winter jacket. It was 34 degrees. I stood holding a bright pink Gerbera Daisy watching snow flurries dance in the air.
    HUH? This is spring?

    • I think my dad said it best, “we’re living in opposite world.” How wild this so-called spring has been. I’d heard it was snowing in parts of Texas. Wow. Stay warm. And here’s hoping you get some more 82 days. We’ve had a couple but not like usual.

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  2. First of all, congratulations on getting through the audit. Hmmm. What’s the word for something that happens every four years? Quadrennial, right? Anyhow, well done! And I can just bet that rain is depressing. My sister in Philadelphia is still getting snow! It’s been a cold, cold start to the year. Hang on. It’ll end, and the humidity will return, along with the sunshine!

    • thanks. Audits are no fun even when you know you’re doing an adequate job. LOL And yep, right word. We are having a lovely day today. I actually enjoy the low humidity so I am not complaining about that part at all. 🙂

  3. Crazy weather every where. But when I look at the Northeast I stop whining about ours. At least it hasn’t been extreme just consistently yucky.

    Glad for that the audit is behind you for another 4 years. And, Laurie’s right the weather will change hopefully soon.

    • true. My son is glad he moved out of Rhode Island in late February. Much nicer down south than up there.

      And I thank you for your gladness that the audit is over. Me, too. I collapsed when it was done. Glad no one was rooting around in my files any longer. LOL

  4. Well done with the audit. Done and dusted for another four years. I hope the weather has improved, we actually had warm, sunny weather for almost a week but cold today. I love lemons but it looked like overload in your photo!

    • Agreed about the audit. So glad it’s done. It is warmer here in the days – still 40s and 50s at night but I’m okay with that. It’ll be scorching soon enough. And yes, lemon overload for sure. 😁

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