Our home away from home. Until COVID came along. And then we were forced to seek out alternative living arrangements for the winter. Depending on the course of this pandemic, we might be forced to seek out alternative living arrangements again next winter.
We have a beautiful waterfront house to enjoy until the spring. November ushered in summer-like conditions. Last week, we had temperatures in the 20s — in the 70s Fahrenheit for my American friends.
The view from our back deck:
Then winter decided to show up yesterday.
The temperatures plummeted to -5 Celsius or in the low 20s Fahrenheit.
Yet it was a beautiful morning when I took that photo. I decided to step outside and take it all in.
In just a few seconds I raced back into the warm house.
I miss Myakka. I miss the sun. The palm trees. The warm weather.
This year I missed the two hurricanes that hit our area in Florida, Eta and Iota. Literally missed them. I was up north enjoying the unseasonably warm weather in Ontario. I hope all of our friends at Myakka made it through those two storms safely.
Yesterday we received a package from one of our friends at Myakka. It included this note:
Richard and Lorraine,
We hope this finds you well. We know you’re unable to travel south this year but wanted to give you a little something that will remind you of Myakka and are able to take it with you wherever your travels may take you.
Take care. God bless. We miss you both and Tabby too.
Rick and Marsha. Izzie too!
Here is a picture of that little something on my desk just to the side of a Canadian coaster:
What a wonderful and thoughtful gift!
At the entrance to each site in Myakka, there is a light and a marker. Shaped just like the carving above.
Our home away from home.
I really do miss Myakka.
And I really do miss all of our amazing friends at Myakka.