this winter has been the winter i've dreamed of all my life. the temperatures stayed in the high 70's to mid 80's, it rarely rained, & i spent most days at the beach enjoying the high winter swells, soaking up the glorious sun rays, & sinking my teeth into some scrumptious bbq. now, i'm not saying this to brag. most people like snow & rain. they like the cold & they enjoy layering up. i even know people that favor cloudy gloomy days. i'm just not one of those people. i hate wearing layers of thick clothes. i despise dreary rain & snow. and i absolutely loath being cold. up until now i spent every fall dreading the upcoming chill. and when winter would hit i would more or less hibernate, only venturing out of my home when it was absolutely necessary (which didn't combine well with my very active nature. stir-crazy doesn't even begin to touch on how i felt). now i welcome the mild dip in temperature (& tourists). i hope i can enjoy many more years enjoying this endless summer on this piece of paradise i call home.