The calendar reads October, and although the autumnal equinox happened nearly a month ago, it hasn’t felt much like it here. Save for a few drier days with highs in the low and mid 80s F following Hurricane Irma, the heat that has defined the Florida summer has stuck around all the way into our Tenth Month. Some of the leaves are only now starting to get the signal, and the weather has started to dry up. Autumn doesn’t come in an instant in Florida…it’s a transition. And the biggest sign of that transition will be coming shortly.
Later this week, we will have our first cold front approaching the area. Albeit, this will be a weak cold front, but it will pack the first punch that will finally knock the summer heat out of the atmosphere over Florida. We may be seeing some of our last 90s F for the year. (I use the Fahrenheit abbreviation because I do have some followers that live in metric countries that use the Celsius scale, so the Fahrenheit abbreviation is there to avoid confusion.) After rain associated with the front clears out, the daytime temperatures should go down to the low 80s F, and nighttime temperatures will remain comfortably in the low 70s F. There could possibly be another cold front approaching next week and knocking our overnight lows into the upper 60s F, which is close to sweater weather here. Even though I was born and raised here, I’ve never been a fan of the heat and humidity that comes with the Florida summers…but the autumns and winters here make it worth staying here.
Now, you know by now I am never not knitting, and the sign of a true knitter is that one almost always has something on the needles! This one is no different. I started working on the Wonder Woman Wrap about a week or so ago. I initially cast on in Red Heart’s With Love in Peacock, but I knew there wouldn’t be enough there to finish the project. So when I went to the store, I was hoping to find another skein of it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to. So, I decided to start again, this time in a different color, and I decided to pick out Red Heart’s Super Saver in Burgundy, which I figured would pair well with the Soft White I already had in the stash (which I decided to use because I am not a huge fan of yellow). I should let you know that the resemblance to Santa’s outfit 🎅🏻 is not intentional.
Up to this writing, I am almost finished with the Lower W portion of the Wrap, with about 4 rows left to go before I begin the first of the two Side Stripes. I don’t have any circular needles longer than 29 inches, so the stitches are completely bunched up, but you can get an idea of the size of the wrap.
And now the Remembering: I realize I’m a bit slow to this, but two weeks ago, we had one of the darkest days in recent history. That Monday morning, I awoke to the news that the deadliest mass shooting in American history had taken place, surpassing even the death toll at Pulse just a year ago. Nearly 60 people were killed and about another 500 were wounded. My heart breaks for those victims and their families, even two weeks later. And then later that day came the news that one of Florida’s most legendary musicians, and a man whose song I had just featured on this very blog two days before, had died. I am, of course, referring to Tom Petty. Petty was a musician who I think just about all of Florida would be proud to claim as their own, despite the fact that he spent most of his career in California. Despite that, Petty always kept some sort of connection to his Southern roots in his music, be it in twangy guitar riffs, maintaining a drawl in his singing voice, or his band incorporating thumping drums or swampy, melodic harmonicas into their songs. His partnership with The Heartbreakers was one that seemed poised to stand the test of time, and his collaborations with his fellow Traveling Wilburys were the things of legends. Tom was taken from us suddenly and way too early, and two weeks later my heart 💔 still breaks for him and for his Heartbreakers who have lost their dear leader.
I leave you with one of my favorite songs of his, “You Don’t Know How It Feels”.
I hope to be able to share with you all about my brother’s wedding soon, as it will be taking place this weekend. Next time I write, I shall have legally gained my first-ever set of in-laws.