Mocktails In The Swamp
You & Me & UV
It's the heart of summer in Florida. Hot, humid and more humid. Swampy.
I live in a very social city where many wonderful restaurants, bars and craft breweries are within walking distance. I love it. I don't drink much, but I do love me a glass of good red wine. You know it's all about keeping those arteries clear.
Realities Of Fake Outdoor Plants
A recent visit home to New England inspired me to write about what has become an important factor in my life: the UV Index. It was a chilly 58 degrees in Boston, yet the peak UV index was 8. That's high/very high on the scale.
Let me preface the following by saying I was an art major, and therefore allergic to anything regarding science. Thus, I turn to Wikipedia:
I Can Help You Let It Go. Unless It's Red.
There's a forest of misconceptions about artificial plants in general, and outdoor rated plants in specific. With rare exception, indoor artificial plants should never be used outdoors, especially in intense UV areas such as Florida.
Even within the UV protected world, the quality can vary. It's easy to get snookered into craft store products that really aren't protected and quickly turn a crunchy shade of turquoise never found in nature. Case in point: cemetery plants and roadside memorials.
Lanai Living: Joy By The Numbers
We of a certain age realize we really just want to look the best we can, with minimal effort, while we're still vertical.
I have a killer red dress that's been hanging in my closet for several years now. I deeply, madly love this dress and remember every occasion that I wore it. But if you coated me in Crisco and dropped me off the roof of a building,
Implants, Imitations and Begonias.
To this transplanted New Englander Joy #1 of Florida living is outdoor dining. Thanks to the climate I'd say there's less than 10 days a year that I don't have my morning coffee on my lanai, and 7 of those days are because it's too cold! I know, it's all relative, but it really does get nippy.
Joy #2 is year-round greenery. Buh-bye Seasonal Affective Disorder! No 50 shades of dreary gray anymore. Green grass 365 days a year is like one giant shag comforter.
Let's be real: fake is everywhere. Its in our life whether we want it or not. For the sake of playing nice, let's stay with fake objects and not humans for this. Fake can make our lives easier, prettier, happier and but it can also make it unhealthier, deceitful, uglier. Let's focus on the positive.