Indian Summer ~~ Warm Weather Love


 

 

My Favorite Season is Summer. I can wear my skirts and dresses. I prefer light clothing and I can still show some skin within reason naturally. My hair grows faster in the summer and my skin is soft, smooth and supple. I’m enjoying this Indian Summer. Temps in the 60s & 70s. I feel great and I can still get outside and enjoy the weather on my days off. Last Saturday I was able to take a long walk through a local historic cemetery. (See the photos on my Photography Blog Roaming Urban Gypsy)

Spring, Summer and Autumn still provide the chance to enjoy nature especially flowers, trees, and greenery. New York City’s Parks and Botanic Gardens are an Oasis of green in the concrete jungle.

Summer and Autumn weather in New York is glorious. I love seeing people getting outside and enjoying everything New York has to offer.  This weather offers great opportunities to have fun and get in some exercise.

Winter is my nemesis. I’m allergic to wool. All my skin allergies act up in the winter. My skin actually peels off. Yes I can pull pieces of skin off my arms and legs. The itching is severe. The pain is awful. It feels like thousands of small needles are constantly sticking me 24/7.  Cold weather Torture.

Before I can leave the house I must slather on all type of oils, Shea Butter and lotions. Unless I apply Coconut Oil, Jojoba and Shea butter to my hair it will break off. Usually I cut my hair in the winter because otherwise it will in some cases either fall out or break off. Then their is my arthritis. Cold weather has caused my joints to lock up to the point where I can barely get out of bed and in worse case scenarios I miss work. And locked joints are extremely painful. Not a good experience.

Snow. Ice. Blizzards. Snowstorms. Neighbors, business & churches who refuse to shovel the snow or put down de-icer. Over the years several of my co-workers have fallen on the ice, been in horrible car accidents which force them to be out of work for months, broken bones to the point that one woman can no longer lift her arms above her head. So many have sustained injuries from falling on ice and snow that will never properly heal.

Below are photos from previous winters. Sometimes the snowstorms get so bad that the Mayor and Governor shut down all transportation.

 

 

Because of the nature of my job I along with everyone in Security and Custodial are expected to come to work no matter what type weather or natural disaster. Earlier this year I got docked one day because I could not get out of my house. My landlord did not shovel and my room-mate and I were trapped inside the house. You know I had to work overtime to make up that missing money.

So I don’t see why people get excited about winter or cold weather in general. Why would you want to fall on a patch of black ice and break your arms? Strange.

If I could drive I would retire to a warmer climate.  However once I do retire the good thing is that I will no longer have to navigate through snowstorms, ice storms and freezing temps.  Once I am able to retire I will just stay inside my house and hibernate.

No cold weather!

 

Let Indian Summer and Warm Weather continue!!

 

 

 

 

Share Your World – March 20, 2017


 

Share Your World – March 20, 2017

Share Your World – March 20, 2017

 


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How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 

People tell me I look like I’m in my 40s so I would maybe be around age 42.

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

I know where my umbrella is because I hang it up in my bedroom in the same spot all the time.

Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone?

Quiet time alone. By nature I am a Solitary.

Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend  to have in common.

My girlfriend La’Verne and I are both sensitive short, petite, pretty Black Women who are family oriented. We both enjoy dancing we can give the guys a run for their money on the dance floor.

La’Verne watches over her elderly mother and has a beautiful intelligent hardworking adult daughter and of course I have my brother Stephen whom I adore!!

Louis Jordan Reet, Petite, And Gone

 

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

As I’m running behind with this weekly challenge I’m grateful that the first week in March I was on vacation and I got to spend time with my brother Stephen even though it was freezing cold outside. Grateful that Snowstorm Stella which battered NYC is over. Me and snow don’t get along and I’m NOT friends with snow’s cousins ice and sleet either.

Looking forward to Spring, warmer weather and more opportunities to be outside either at NYC’s various Botanic Gardens, parks and just walking around taking in sunshine, warmth, outdoor activities and people watching.