Friday, October 30, 2015

Upcoming Hibernation

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
Winter View Outside My Door

The days are getting shorter (a LOT shorter) and the temps are plunging.  Winter is coming.  Isn't that depressing?  Of course, if you live in Australia, you're just coming into summer.  (Lucky bums.)

I think I may be suffering from SAD -- Seasonal Affective Disorder. The idea of winter is really depressing the hell out of me.

Mr. L and I have talked about heading South for a month or two in the winter. To sunny skies and warm temps.  I never understood why people became snowbirds ... until I stepped off a cruise ship at the end of January onto dry land in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Then it hit me.  Wow--this is nice.  I'm not wearing a parka. I don't even need a sweater.  It felt like a balmy day in June.

That was five years ago.  The next year, we took another cruise.  Then for various reasons (like my mother dying of cancer) we haven't gone on vacation in the winter--or any other season. We aren't going anywhere this winter, either. We've tried to rent condos in various cities but get the same answer:  They'll rent to people with dogs, but NOT cats.

Our cats are pretty old.  Betsy is 19; Chester is 17, Fred is 12. We had to take a business trip last month and since Chester needs to be pilled 5 out of 7 days a week, decided it would be best to board him. He got so depressed, he gave up eating and we almost lost him. So boarding is OUT of the question. Mind you, traveling for 3 days in a car with 3 cats would not be paradise, but 4-6 weeks in the sun would be. But not if you can't find a rental. We could stay in a hotel that allows pets, but our guys don't get along all that well.  When they're not sleeping in heavenly peace, they need to spread out. Being cooped up in one room for a month would drive us all crazy.

So, I'm not going anywhere.  I mean it. Unless we're starving, I don't intend to leave the house for too much until April.  (Maybe to get my roots touched up, but that's about all.)  The idea of snow, and ice, and wind just turns me off.

So, if you'll be a snowbird this winter, tell me where you're going so I can live vicariously through you.


Unknown said...

I know exactly how you feel in the Winter months. By January I will have the Winter Blues because I am unable to safely get out of our apartment. So it is lucky I have my books for company.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

I can totally relate Lorraine! Not only to your desire to escape the cold but to your concern for your cats. Taking vacations when you have pets is always a challenge. One of our cats needs meds twice a day and that complicated things, too. I'm heading to Ft. Lauderdale for a couple of weeks this winter, and I wish you could, too.. These northeast winters are brutal!

Anonymous said...

I empathize! My favorite place to go from northern New England was Sarasota, Florida. Specifically, Siesta Key on the Gulf side, to a one-bedroom condo, one story, on the beach. Warm Gulf water and a pool too. Fortunately a friend would stay at my home and care for my cats. Now it is staying inside in long Vermont winters with carefully planned trips to the library, grocery shopping, and the laundromat. Knowing of your situation and others, at least it is comforting to be in great company. Smiling anyway, Zena

Diane said...

Good Morning Lorraine, I don't know why but I don't get your Friday posts anymore. I have to read them on Saturday unless I click onto Cosy Chicks Blog on Friday.

I too dread the thought of Winter this year. I don't like the cold but can live with it. It's the snow I am dreading. I have to leave my car out here and then scrape the snow off and move it back to my side of the parking lot right after they plow it.. That can be anytime after 7am. I had a garage for 48 years and I really hate this.. I do love my apartment so will stay her but hate the snow. I'm not a Fla lover as I don't like Humidity..Reading this I sound like a grouch.. Hate this, hate that. I must get over this and just be glad to be alive. LOL Lets hope we don't have a winter like last year.
Have a nice day.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Thanks, Mary. Send me a postcard so I can live vicariously through you.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Exactly. Sometimes I wait for DAYS to go out and do stuff because it's icy, or bitter cold. It's an ordeal to bundle up, drive a cold car to the store or doctor--and the worst is standing in the cold filling the car with gas. Brrrrrrr!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

The two times I've Been in Florida in January, there was no humidity. It was perfect. It's the bugs and lizards that freak me out. It seems like everywhere you go, a gecko is running around hysterically and then I am hysterical. But it's warm there.

Diane said...

I do have two standing invitations to go visit Fla in the Winter, perhaps I should take them up on it. I don't like bugs and lizards either.