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Signs of May 2022   Leave a comment

First sign of May at Gateway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are the Queen Myrtle Trees start to bloom! We used to have dozens of them but many were taken out not to mention other signs of May that I miss like the blooming hibiscus that were all around the property.

Of course another sign are the weather predictions when temperatures in the 90s start appearing but considering we have been in the high 80s since February it isn’t a surprise.

What would May be without Cinco De Mayo which is celebrated more in the USA than in Mexico where it is acknowledged as the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the battle of Puebla in 1862. I believe it is also celebrated more in the South then in the North but then we have so many Mexican restaurants in this area not to mention any excuse to drink Margaritas!!

We went to the Tequila Sunrise restaurant where they were preparing for a big party outside and it was busy, as always inside! We had a Chicken Chimichanga which is a tortilla filled with meat and then fried. It is always served with refried beans and brown rice and is delicious, not to forget filling!

Also—I think it got mixed up–my Christmas cactus bloomed  to help Mexico celebrate!!
And who are the building C cat, and me, to not enjoy the sun, warm weather, he looking out the window and me strolling along the walkway to my apartment?!

Welcome to May, 2022!

Posted May 7, 2022 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, GATEWAY, SEASONS


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Adding insult to injury not only do we lose evening light on Saturday because of Daylight Savings Time and we have to turn the clocks back but today we had 2-3 inches of rain causing a lot of flooding along with stalled cars all over the city BUT look at the second picture!!! 59 DEGREES!! This is SOUTH Florida! This is FORT LAUDERDALE! We had 4 inches of rain!

Add that we are having ‘King Tides’    (Anticipated 2021 King Tides  November 3-9)  that lead to flooded driveways, entrances, water above ankles, very wet clothes and people.  

The only saving factor is that the rain brings the beautiful birds and more beautiful birds and, oh yes, more beautiful birds.There is also a positive to the cold weather as it brings us many laughs seeing people from Michigan, Wisconsin and Buffalo, New York, all bundled up in sweaters, gloves, complaining how their blood has thinned and they are freezing–NO FOLKS! YOU ARE OLD AND YOUR SKIN HAS THINNED AND YOU ARE COLD WHEN THE WEATHER GOES BELOW 85 DEGREES!

No, I am not comforted to hear it is snowing, freezing, hail dropping, sleet all around, ice on windshields—this is SOUTH Florida! this is FORT LAUDERDALE! We don’t need/want 58 degrees!!

Posted November 5, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, SEASONS, WEATHER

4 Seasons in Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

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The old joke goes that we have 4 seasons in South Florida: 1) early bird season (they go cheap, cheap) 2) snow bird season (the Yankees and French Canadians invade us)  3)hurricane/rainy season and 4) hot, humid summer!  The last one is true and lasts 6 months while we have 1-2 weeks of winter usually in January and/or February when temperatures can drop into the 60s and even, a night or two, into the 50s and Spring, with high temperatures in the upper 70s, generally from late March to early May and, last but not least, is Autumn, as you can see in the pictures above, when all the Queen Crepe Myrtle trees lose their leaves, lasting through October and early November!
No, I don’t miss the snow, ice, freezing temperatures of November to March nor the summers in New York city where the temps are usually higher than down here or the times I have to tell Chuck and Terry to come down here when we are cooler (lower 80s) than they are in Memphis (in the 90s)!
By the way I will take the ‘wet’ heat of the southeast versus the ‘dry’ heat of the southwest where you will burn your hand faster and deeper reaching the car door handle to open it!
Excuse me as I have to go out and help them rake the leaves—in the rain!

Posted October 12, 2019 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, MOTHER NATURE, SEASONS

On the street where I live   1 comment

Inline imageOn the street where I live November 3 2018

Yes, we do have a Fall season in Fort Lauderdale! Look at picture #4 with the sun and clouds–that is NOT a summer sky. Then take a walk down to The Point–pictures 6, 7 and 8–look at the water, not as still or smooth as it was just a month away. The Point, aka Karen Bay, which borders the east of our property harbingers our seasons almost as much as the weather does.

Among other things the docks around the Gateway Terrace apartments fill up with new boats, photo 5, coming from all over the world to spend the next 6-7 months in Fort Lauderdale. Oh, yes, the crows also come our way for the warmth too.

Talking about the warmth, that is the biggest sign that we have left summer and came into autumn as the temperatures have been out of the 90s for two weeks and we even got below 75 one evening!

The new owners are constantly making improvements such as putting an LED light at the top of our building, photos 1 & 2, lighting the whole area up in the front and also lighting up the staircase inside-outside my kitchen door.

Last, but certainly not least, depending upon how you look at it, with cooler weather coming they are blocking up the entries, photo 3, that the many lizards use to hide, make as their homes, and we do have thousands of all kinds of lizards. They do no harm and keep the insect population down but many people are afraid of them for some reason but no one has ever been bitten by a lizard.

Last winter, because of some cold weather, many Iguanas ‘froze’ only to come back to life when it warmed up. Without a place to hide, to keep warm, I hate to see what will happen this winter to the many lizards. Humans can be cruel.

Posted November 3, 2018 by greatmartin in HOME, LIFE, SEASONS, Uncategorized, WEATHER

A Jew looks at Christmas Part 3   Leave a comment


To me the Nativity scene, Santa Claus, the Rockettes, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Carols, Jingle Bells, snow, cold weather, horse and carriage rides in Central Park, the skating rinks in Rockefeller Center and Central Park, decorated store windows, hot chestnuts, etc., just to name a few things–ALL make up Christmas.


It’s 79 degrees outside but I can walk into a South Florida mall and see a Christmas tree, a kid sitting on Santa’s lap, watch another kid throw a fake snowball, hear “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on the loudspeaker and it is Christmas for me!!!


Now my Christmas may not acknowledge Christ or any religious aspect that a Christian may but I feel as warm, as moved, surrounded by cheers of “Merry Christmas” or seeing pins on women’s clothes of lit up Santa Clauses as anyone can. I look around and I think of “Peace on earth, goodwill to men” whether it is looking at a Christmas wreath or a Hanukah bush.



I was 16 and saw myself as a sophisticated man of the world with my cashmere leather-trimmed, falling just below the knee, overcoat, leather gloves, brown fur earmuffs and a cashmere scarf thrown around my neck in cavalier fashion about to take my first horse and carriage ride through Central Park with someone I had just met in the Oak Room of the Plaza hotel. I can tell you every inch of that ride and the beauty of being in the park in the middle of Manhattan surrounded by towering buildings sparkling like many colored jewels on a dark, snowy night three days before Christmas but I couldn’t tell you a thing about the person I was with.




I started this series off by saying I probably will never experience another Christmas season in New York but my memories of such magical times in my life will be with me forever. Whether I hear a choir singing carols or “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” or “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” heard on the speakers in a mall or see and/or smell holly, mistletoe, a pine tree or a nativity scene or a menorah or Santa Claus or watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” an unforgettable time will come rushing to me.


It is never too early for

“Peace on earth and goodwill towards men”

I hope that each of you who have never experienced the magic, the wonder, the awe, the excitement, the meaning of the holiday, get at least one chance to have Christmas in New York City.



Posted December 22, 2017 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, HOLIDAYS, SEASONS, Uncategorized


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It’s summertime in Fort Lauderdale. Yes it is hot, humid and rainy, sometimes all at the same time! With all that we are surrounded by colors of every shade not to forget what creatures Mother Nature supplies us with!

1,2,3  Mother Duck taking her chicks for a stroll and for food.

4 & 5 Doves are all over and none afraid of humans.

6, 7, 8  Visiting my hand surgeon’s office it always surprises me on the different cactus arrangements they have around the office.

9, 10, 11 Trees of all colors not to forget the beautiful ground flowers

12, 13, 14  Flowers on my window sill

15  I had the car until last Sunday

16 And then there is me enjoying my life! :O)

Posted July 6, 2016 by greatmartin in SEASONS, Uncategorized

END OF SUMMER 2015 FORT LAUDERDALE   Leave a comment

Summer 2015 started on June 21 at 12:38 PM and here it is ending on September 23 at 04:21 AM and even though it has been a long time since I was in school it still feels as if the summer ‘vacation’ wasn’t long enough!! Autumn is here and our temperatures will fall down to only a high of 86 degrees!!

In any case I took a few pictures to keep the memories of what I saw and they are now in the slideshow.

1) That is the ever blooming geranium in my apartment and 2) the bromide plant outside one of my neighbor’s apartment.

3) We have hibiscus plants, trees and this hibiscus hedge.

4) As always a lizard along the paths–this is Timmy who ’lives’ by the C elevator.

5 & 6) Rainy ‘season’ finally came to South Florida. We get a slow drizzle and then about an hour of a heavy downpour. You learn to get things done before 2 PM when it will start.

7) Along with Timmy the lizard every year we get visited by a bird who spends the summer on top of our building–he will be flying off soon.

8) Almost didn’t see this one!

9) This is a pepper plant that I started to grow from seeds of a green pepper I bought at the Farmer’s Market!

10)  Plants right outside my door on the walkway–they may ‘disappear’ soon as we have new owners of the complex and they have rules for everything including rules! I’ll write about them some day!

11) A new Queen Crepe Myrtle branch growing at the bottom of its trunk.

12 & 13) Walking along the canal to Karen Bay–always changing.

14) A plant on the side street in full bloom.

15) Another sign that summer is over–every Saturday our Resident Association got bagels from Einstein Brothers and we would get them free–every kind of bagel you could think of and some you never heard of or tried!

16) And at the end of the Summer of 2015 this Gateway ‘critter’ is thriving!!


Posted September 23, 2015 by greatmartin in SEASONS


Is it Spring already? I know the calendar says January 20, 2015, but we are suppose to be in the 80s by Thursday! Everywhere I look outside I see flowers blooming from the cactus to the Cuban flower.

I walked into the Dollar Tree last week and aside from them having decorations for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter they also have their Spring planting products on sale from 4 packets of flowers or vegetables for a dollar to herb garden starter kits.

At the beginning of the month I planted a sweet potato and already the shoots for the vines are growing like crazy!

Best of all ‘MY’ bluebird family returned to the tree right outside my window and one of the family members posed on the top of the tree long enough for me to take a picture and then flew off.

Is it really only January?

Posted January 20, 2015 by greatmartin in SEASONS

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