Breakfasting outdoors with freshly squeezed tangerine juice and hibiscus flowers from my own hedge is all done now. We flew home from Florida yesterday arriving in Niagara Falls to a steady drizzle rain and cold temperatures. After 17 days of perfect sunshine, my knee knew it was back and started acting up almost immediately. We have made such great friends in Florida, we hated to leave. We've been enjoying backyard fires with them, dinners out, drinks around the pool and had lots of visitors to show St. Petersburg off to. I will say I have gotten used to nativity scenes beside palm trees (historically more accurate) and a Santa Claus parade in shorts and t shirts is much more bearable than minus 5 and sleet. And for those that needed snow, the city hauled in 56 tons of the white stuff so the locals could toboggan and celebrate Snowfest in 80F.
It's always good to be home though. Girl Child had come home for the weekend and the Feline was happy to see us. Frenchie however had the best live in dog sitter ever and barely acknowledged our return.