When you fly to Florida…and it’s raining, raining, raining.

Mom looks out the window...wondering if it will rain all day...

Guess what it did most of the day?  

Of course, you’ve already guessed from the title. 

It rained.  It poured.  It splattered.  It drizzled.  It thundered.  It flooded the streets. 

Yep, it rained. 

Looking out the lanai window over the Back Bay

It started slowly this morning.  Black clouds formed.  Thunder roared!  We opened our bleary eyes and wondered.  Then the downpour began. 

Our first trip outside--we had to turn back and go home

We tried to go to lunch.  We really tried.  We backed the car out of the car port beneath the condominium.  We headed for the main drag on Fort Myers Beach.  

We lasted maybe a half-minute before turning around in the CVS pharmacy parking lot and returning to the condominium. 

It was raining–as they say–Cats and Dogs. 

Flooded indoors under the condominium

Floods everywhere!  Florida streets do not understand rain.  They do not know how to handle it gracefully.  The rain puddles up.  The cars hydroplane.  Accidents happen.  

We did not want to hydroplane.  We returned to the condominium to read our books, play on our computers and watch TV.  My mother is creating a recipe book for the condominium association.  She typed in recipes.  We napped.  We ate leftovers for lunch.  

The lanai. Can you see ANYTHING out the window?

My daughter arrives about 9:30 tonight, if the sky gods agree.  My dad and I are driving to the airport soon to collect her.  We can’t wait to see her! 

My brother and sister-in-law arrived last night after a day of treacherous rain-driving through the state of Florida. We haven’t seen them yet.  

We hope it’s more hospitable (weather-wise) tomorrow. 

Flooded side of road

In certain places around the Fort Myers area they received five to six inches of rain in 24 hours.  (I’m actually secretly glad that the dry earth is being soaked.  Yes.  The Earth is happy.  Don’t you think?) 

Art & reflections

Oh my goodness!  The phone just rang.  It was my brother and sister-in-law.  They’re stopping by before we leave for the airport.  Thank goodness the blog is almost done.  Otherwise I’d have to apologize and say, “Excuse me.  Must finish my blog.”  

So.  Do you think we’ll have warm weather tomorrow?  Sun?  

It is Florida, after all. 

(But, truly, just spending time with family is warmth in itself, don’t you agree?)

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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30 Responses to When you fly to Florida…and it’s raining, raining, raining.

  1. Barb says:

    My goodness. You’ve captured the rain beautifully, but I think you need some sunshine on this vacation…not flooding! Good Luck!

    • Kathy says:

      You are so right! Well, it’s 7 a.m. and the sun is now shining on a beautiful Saturday morning. My daughter already has pool plans this morning!

  2. Kathy – Your photographs do not indicate that it was raining cats and dogs. Rather, PITCH FORKS AND GREEN FROGS! Goodness, gracious sakes alive, girl!

    • Kathy says:

      Laurie, you are so right! Cats and dogs; what an obsolete cliche! It was raining PITCH FORKS AD GREEN FROGS. Love that metaphor! Maybe skinks and alligators??

  3. Dawn says:

    Wow! Love the view (even in the rain, and sort of because of it) from your Mom’s lanai! I knew it was raining down there, but geeze, that’s a LOT of rain! Hope it gets better soon. Like tomorrow!

  4. Gerry says:

    OK, I still have brain cramp from thinking about a woman who drives across the UP in the winter without giving it a second thought turning back for a nap because of treacherous driving conditions in Florida. The mind reels.

    • Kathy says:

      No, no, Gerry. shhhh…. It wasn’t ME. I was the parents. I’m just along for the ride. Shhh… (Hi Dad if you’re reading comments!)

  5. Ha ha, that is actually my kind of vacation….nap all day, watch TV/movies all day, and being with family all day… cause I don’t usually do that ALL DAY!! Hope your rest of the vacation is filled with sun and of course, warmth!!!

    • Kathy says:

      It was a cozy inside day. Dad and I were watching an old western movie for a while, and lots of the book got read. Plus we spent A LOT of time playing around on the computer. Thanks for your well-wishes. It looks like a nice day today.

  6. What in the world is a skink?

  7. Ohhhhhhhhh, good thing you didn’t see my face when I openend that link. It sort of puckered in … distaste. I’m sure they’re “sweeties” — I’m also absolutely confident that we have a different definition of what that word really means!

  8. Kathy says:

    Maybe they are “geckos”. Oh my goodness…just when I typed that word the Geiko “lizard” came on TV and said, “gecko.”

    Wa hoo! I love synchronicity.

  9. Annie says:

    I am so sorry that rain detered some of your plans!!! It is absolutely amazing how hard it is coming down!!! Rain is expected here as well but not as much as what you wrote about! Hopefully the weather cooperates for the rest of your trip!

    • Kathy says:

      Annie, it was a wild & crazy rain…like in many other places around the country. Fortunately, it looks like sunshine from now on. Hurray! Hope you have sunshine today, too.

  10. Reggie says:

    You poor dear. There you are, leaving the snow of the Upper Peninsula behind you in the hope of enjoying some sunshine on the beaches of Florida, because that’s what Florida is known for even here in South Africa, and what do you get?


    I so feel for you.

    Mind you, the pictures you took are very pretty. And you are right, the Earth did need rain. Maybe just not quite so much in such a concentrated area, but still. 😉

    May you experience warm (not scorching) sunshine, peaceful beaches and playful dolphins for the rest of your visit.

    • Kathy says:

      Reggie, it’s quite all right! Yesterday was the quintessential Florida day. A little windy, perhaps, and not hot. Just enjoyable. We’re going out on the beach soon. (And today my daughter’s even walking with us.)

  11. Cindy Lou says:

    Family is the warmth we all need – last summer @ AuTrain Lake, it rained most of the week but we entertained ourselves just like you guys…books, games, napping and watching Kenzie! Wonderful rainy pictures, but oh-so-glad it’s sunny this morn….Gerry cracks me up! 🙂

    Hugs to Miss Ki – life must’ve gotten sunnier just picking her up! Love ya!

    • Kathy says:

      You are so right, Cindy. And Gerry ALWAYS cracks me up! It’s lovely having Miss Ki here. So wonderful. We hung around at my brother’s place last night and my sister-in-law and I got the giggles. So fun.

  12. Denim says:

    Flying by to stay in touch!

    Be back and this is a wonderful space you have created here!

    Loads of love,


    • Kathy says:

      Denim, it’s so wonderful to see you here! Thank you for visiting and liking this space. Hope you come back again. Megwetch! Love, me

  13. p.j. grath says:

    “Torrential downpour” is how we described it, and it lasted nearly 40 hours, it seemed, here in Aripeka. Can you imagine 40 days and 40 nights? A person would go stir-crazy for sure!

    What amazes me is how quickly the ground soaks up the rain. The streets are still underwater here in places, but there is no standing water on the bare ground. That’s very different from Michigan.

    Well, it’s Saturday, and the sun is shining, so HAVE FUN!!!!

    • Kathy says:

      40 days and 40 nights of rain?? We would have been stir-crazy after TWO days. It’s different at home when you have all your own things to do. Yes, this ground does soak up water quickly. And the sun is shining!

  14. What amazing rain Kathy…. I like the naps, book and family parts of your day though. I am missing my family lots and need to wait until July when my daughter gets married before will get to see them… well maybe some of the kids before then. So in the meantime, I am going to enjoy reading about you and your family:) Terrill

    • Kathy says:

      Terrill, I’m sorry you have to wait until July to visit your family. It’s so precious when we can be with them, isn’t it? How cool that your daughter is getting married!! That will be a glorious celebration, I’m sure. Can’t wait to see blog photos of that at Creative Potager.

  15. lesdaprez says:

    The east coast was inundated with water. I hope you find some sunshine in the soggyness… Be Blessed…

    • Kathy says:

      Lesdaprez, Kiah is really happy to be down here instead of NYC! We heard some of the subways were flooded. And, yes, sunshine reigns here now! Thanks for the blessings.

  16. Barb says:

    I love the under the pier shot and the sunny beach daisy. Sounds as though your weather has cleared and you’re having some fun! Pussy willows? In FL??

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, those beach daisies are endangered, did you know? The weather has cleared and it was absolutely gorgeous today. Big smile! Hope it’s lovely where you are, too.

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