Archive for the ‘WEATHER’ Category

THIS ‘N THAT SEPTEMBER 2022   Leave a comment

1) The much needed rains have come–7 inches in Miami and 4inches in Fort Lauderdale yesterday and the rains are coming today and where the rains are the Herons follow! It seems the only times we see them is right after a heavy rain as if they know there will be insects for them nibble on!
Talk about ‘nibbling’ I try to get to Big Louie’s a few times a month for their pizza (2)–it is the only restaurant that I have gone, and go, back to eat that I have worked in–am seriously thinking of having my 22nd Leap Year birthday party there in 2024! Hard to believe that I retired 20 years ago and I must admit I don’t miss working though I did enjoy being a waiter when I did. (Only mistake I made was NOT declaring all my tips–would be getting more Social Security now!)

On the subject of food someone sort of indicated that it seems I am always eating out but not true–I usually eat out twice a week, generally on Thursday & Friday, though restaurant prices seem to be going higher and higher and portion sizes smaller and smaller! In any case I usually cook/make 5 dinners and 5 salads (4–the dinner plates on the bottom shelf and the salads on the middle shelf) on Saturday for the week so all I have to do is heat the dinners. As a rule I do ‘behave’ myself Saturday through Wednesdays–won’t talk about the other 2 days or the other meals!!

Talking about eating out–last Thursday Allen felt like having something light so we went to IHOP where I usually will have a cheese omelet but this time I decided to have a cheeseburger (photos # 5) and, trust me, no way did it look like the one on the menu! For the burger and coffee it was $14—no, I won’t be an old man and say I remember ‘in the old days’ when a cheeseburger cost a dollar and change!! :O)

Before the rains came we had record breaking heat (3) for September with Miami reaching 93 degrees when the normal is 90 and Fort Lauderdale was 94 degrees when the normal is 89 with only Key West being lower than normal. Today, with the rain, the high was 82 when the normal is 9 degrees and in 2019—no rain it hit 95 degrees. When it gets above 90 degrees it usually means we have ‘feel like’ temps of over 100–now though cooler the humidity, because of the rain, will be over 75%

.Food and weather–guess I covered it all! LOL

Posted September 18, 2022 by greatmartin in birds, FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

Welcome to June in Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

For the whole story

Tropical Storm Watch Issued for South Florida as Potential Tropical Cyclone One FormsA Tropical Storm Watch was issued for South Florida as Potential Tropical Cyclone One formed Thursday evening, according to ..

Meanwhile life goes on in South Florida!

1)  The two wolves on the June calendar welcome you to summer, the rainy & hurricane seasons, in Fort Lauderdale!!!

2) The Gateway Theatre was recently taken over by new owners and started a GoFundMe page to spruce it up a bit. The first picture was a year ago and the second today’s lobby-a lot more to come. Here’s more of the history of The Classic Gateway:”The Gateway Theatre opened March 24, 1951 with the world premiere of “Up Front” starring David Wayne. It was operated by Wometco Theatres as a single screen venue with 1,500 seats, all on a single floor. The theatre had its own 500-car paved parking lot. Sunrise Cinemas later operated the the theatre and had converted it to a fourplex.The World premiere of “Where The Boys Are” took place here in 1960 which is where I saw it before I moved back to New York.
It runs the latest in fine art, foreign and independent films. It is noted as one of Fort Lauderdale’s landmark theatres.”

3) And then what’s life without food? That is why the Quarterdeck is here! I have been going there for over 20 years and just last week had the BEST jambalaya ever and I have been recommending it there for years but this was pure heaven.Well if the electricity and power doesn’t go off with the 8 inches of rain expected I’ll see you tomorrow!

Posted June 2, 2022 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

WELCOME TO MAY 2022   Leave a comment

April went out and May came in with   but I have a feeling it was cut back because a) I didn’t hear the continuous barrage of noise over our buildings and b) there was on and off rain though none really that heavy.

#2 pictures–I walked around Gateway along the canals and down to The Point and even though it was Spring since we had mainly temperatures in the 80s since February it was like a summer day–the grounds were wet but not a drop of rain all afternoon and the sunny was out and bright!

#3 pictures–Spring or not the plant on my kitchen ledge consisting of the yellow Cuban flowers and the pink Geraniums were blooming! All from little snips of older plants and just stuck in a pot of dirt and left alone to do their thing!

#4 pictures–talking of blooming and Spring my 5 pots of pepper plants started showing flowers towards the end of April and on the first of May I had a few peppers to use in my dinner tonight. I don’t know why out of 15-20 blooms I only get about 6-7 peppers and they are very small (but enough to flavor a recipe!) I suppose I should cut them back, have less branches and the results would be better and bigger but I love seeing the blossoms and since each plant seems to rotate in producing peppers I am not really complaining!

Do I really have to explain the two unnumbered pictures? I didn’t think so!Here’s to May 2022 on the way to summer.

A WEEK IN APRIL 2022   1 comment

#s 1 & 2)  Things you learn as you get old–an 86 year old man shouldn’t move a bed around even if to do some Spring cleaning! I had to get some ‘bed stoppers–for those that can’t lift heavy things’—don’t get me wrong as once you get them around the wheel they work great but don’t try to take an easy way out–don’t lift the bed and lose a wheel! Actually just don’t lift the bed!#s

3 & 4) We have been very lucky with weather since the beginning of March! In the mid to high 80s during the day and in the low to mid 70s overnight. Oh,some–a little–rain here and there and an occasional dip into the 60s overnight but Spring Breakers, tourists and the Easter & Passover visitors have had great weather!

#s 5 to 8) All my pepper plants are beginning to sprout–green, red and orange. They all started from seeds about 5 years ago and I get a ‘crop’ of peppers twice a year!

#s 9 & 10) My ‘Christmas Cactus’ bloomed again just in time for Passover & Easter.#s

11 & 12) We go to Big Louie’s about 3 times a month for a pizza with pepperoni, meatballs, onions, mushrooms and olives plus once in awhile—just for Terry–I will order garlic rolls and eat them in his honor! I’m such a good friend!

Posted April 22, 2022 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, GARDENS, WEATHER

End of March, Beginning of April 2022   1 comment

Except for one afternoon–while having lunch in a restaurant—when it poured from the time we got to the restaurant until we left–the weather has been beautiful–what we call “Tourist Weather”–warm and sunny during the day with low humidity and cool at night.

By the way that brief storm cause flooding, especially the entrance to Gateway! They have been working on 19th avenue for the 22 years I have been living here from putting in sewers, to leveling the avenue to whatever and we still get flooded at the entrance. It is right off the canal–a branch of Karen Bay–so unless they do something about the canal wall the prediction that Gateway Terrace apartments will not be here in 5 years due to weather change and flooding will happen. I don’t want to move!!!

With the way the weather is I can’t look out my window or go down to The Point of Karen Bay without seeing canoes being paddled or boats going by or, particularly at The Point, people sunbathing! We are supposed to have a dip into the 50s a morning this week but ‘they’ claim that will be the last winter day we will have! (Yes, it is called a ‘cold wave’ here when it goes below the 70s and winter below the 60s!! LOL)

I don’t know why I took the last picture and posted it but that door leads to my walkway to the elevator and runs parallel to the canal–a great walk on a sunny day!

Posted April 10, 2022 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, LIFE EVENTS, WEATHER

Weather and Food–I can talk about both all day every day!   Leave a comment

1)  The charts talk for themselves–except for one day with rain it has been great down here for the kids (and adults) on Spring break and today is another warm, beautiful and sunny day!

2) One win and one loss—Organic Apple Banana Crush can be either frozen or not but in both cases neither are good! The Mozzarella and Tomato salad is very good but a bit high on the calorie side. Both are from Trader Joe’s which I got at The Pantry—love the latter!!

3) Allen and I eat out lunch on Thursday after going to the Dollar Tree, CVS, Winn Dixie and, occasionally other places and we need to replenish our energy so it is off to lunch usually alternating between full service and ‘fast’ food. This is a favorite spot of ours, Big Louie’s, and generally we have a pizza but Allen had pasta with meatballs, a salad & garlic rolls (Yes, I stole one!) and I had Stromboli which is a pizza rolled up in disguise!!  And Sheila is still one of the best servers in town!

4) As most of you know I didn’t have a birthday this year being born on February 29 but the ‘freebies’ came in anyway! How could I refuse any sandwich of my choice, fries and shake at Arby’s? They have one of the best Reuben sandwiches, including those in delis! We had 2 shakes, 2 Reubens, 2 fish sandwiches, 2 fries and 2 sodas (and with other coupons) the whole bill came to $18+ change! $9 each for lunch? Unheard of these days!! More important, the meal was good and Darlene behind the counter with a long line waiting to order and the drive through lined up with cars did a great job!

Have you ever had a Canari Melon from Guatemala? That’s new to me and trying it tonight –well let you know in the future how it was. Another ‘gift’ from The pantry!

Posted March 19, 2022 by greatmartin in FOOD, FORT LAUDERDALE, RESTAURANTS, WEATHER

Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter!   Leave a comment

By now everyone knows I am in awe of Mother Nature as she accomplishes things no one else can!As an example if you look at the photos above you just get an idea of what she did in 24 hours. Miami had a high of 91 degrees on Friday then at night dropped into the 60s followed by a 46 degree temperature in the morning! Fort Lauderdale followed suit and now a couple of days later—Tuesday—it is Spring with high temperatures of 78 and an annoying rain that is more like a drizzle as you would expect in March!

(Click on the above for the complete article)

“Have you ever heard of the saying, “March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb”?While the saying most likely started as a reference to astronomy, referencing the position of the constellations Leo (a lion) and Aries (a ram, or lamb) in the night sky — it quickly evolved into a succinct summation of March’s changing weather as the seasons change from winter to spring in the Northern Hemisphere.”

Don’t know if that applies here and I am curious what awaits as we approach April!!

Posted March 15, 2022 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

Ah, Mother Nature!!   1 comment

Whether (no pun intended) I have no energy and/or feel bad and it is cold outside for a day or two or whatever happens in my world, your world or the outside world the weather always makes a come back and brightens up everything

In the last weekend of January we had temperatures in the 30s overnight and days with a high in the 60s but so far in February and March we have had highs in the 80s during the day and low in the high 60s or low 70s overnight and now it is predicted to hit 90 by next weekend.

This week we had one light rainy afternoon and one very windy day but otherwise it has been sunny, not humid, a pleasant breeze, cool, not cold evenings, in other words “Tourist Weather” which has a negative aspect!

With all the snow storms, frigid temperatures and tornadoes across most of the USA everyone wants to move HERE!This week has started Spring Break and it is already getting crowded on the beach and as each day goes by there is heavier traffic, lines in restaurants and crowds, crowds and more crowds! (Well, we do need their money and it will be over by May)

I don’t like wishing any part of my life away I still can’t wait til March 13 when we get extra fantastic hours of evening light!

Posted March 6, 2022 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

Winter? Summer? December 2021   1 comment

This coming Tuesday, December 21, 2021, my calendar states “First Day of Winter” but I think someone didn’t get the message! I just came back from sitting and reading on The Point while watching people swimming and water skiing in Karen Bay.This is what the temperature is now at 5 PM:  81 degrees with some light–very light–rains coming in on the ocean breeze! We know winter is coming Tuesday because the temperatures will be a high of 80 degrees with a low of 73 degrees at night or so our local weather people say on the maps above and they wouldn’t lie, would they??

PS Ignore my crying for mittens, earmuffs and heavy sweaters when we go below 70, maybe even below 60!– for a couple of nights in January and/or February because by the time they get here it will be warm again!

Posted December 18, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

LAST DAY OF NOVEMBER 2021   1 comment

Who says we don’t have winter in Fort Lauderdale-went all the way down to 54 degrees this morning (or so I heard) which means I might get a chance to wear my winter sweatshirt before the year is over!

Michael’s mother gave me the shirt 20 years ago and I do get a chance to wear it 4-5 times a year.Too late to wear it today as it is now in the high 70s–still shorts and short sleeved shirt weather. As soon as I hear (or see) about the frozen iguanas—no, they don’t die–which usually happens when the temperatures get below 50 degrees.Meanwhile there are the Birds of Paradise outside, the Cuban blooms inside and iguanas walking about while squirrels climb trees.

I LOVE Mother Nature!

Posted November 30, 2021 by greatmartin in FLORIDA, FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

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