Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snowbirds

 

 

 

 

It's that time of year in Florida, where the visits from friends and family from the northern states begin. Also, what we call the snowbirds; those who escape the cold weather and snow and live in Florida during the winter months, are also back.

I was really happy to hear from a Michigan friend who was helping her Mother move into her seasonal condo, just an hour north (Indian Shores) of us. She invited me to come for a pool day and I jumped at the chance to see her (and her mother). We have been having a little bit of of cold spell, especially in the mornings, but the day warmed up nicely and it was lovely to sit by the pool and even better enjoy the view of the gulf at the same time. The condo is steps from the beach, so we ventured onto the sand too and put our feet in the (freezing cold) gulf. We were treated to an impromptu barbeque later in the day, and eating outside in the sun is always special.

It occurred to me that I enjoy these northerner's visits for two reasons. First, they are little pieces of home, right on my doorstep and that feels good. Second, I really enjoy experiencing their excitement and appreciation of all things Florida; the sunshine, the palm trees and the feeling of being on vacation. It helps to see life with new eyes and really makes me appreciate that I am fortunate to live this beach life every day.

Happy Wednesday!

 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Back Home

 

 

 

All went well on my trip to Michigan. My parents are moved into a wonderful assisted living facility, we were able to keep them together and they are safe. It was hard, but at times like these, you do the best you can when making tough decisions. My sister (and my brother from a far) made a good team in the whole moving in process. There is still a tough road ahead, but for now, we can catch our breath.

When I arrived home, the only thing I wanted to do was become acclimated to Florida once again. I asked my husband to take me to dinner, preferably someplace on the water and I was a happy girl to have a rum runner, a beach bar burger and a lovely Florida sunset in front of me. Also going from -4 to 78 degrees can make a lot of things feel better.

I am a homebody and mornings at home with no place to be, are my happy place. When I woke up yesterday, all I wanted was to make coffee in my favorite mug and putter around in my kitchen, thus the photo of banana nut muffins. Baking is a comfort thing for me and after a stressful week, it was exactly what I needed.

So, for now, it's back to normal and I may even go to the pool today and read in the sunshine. Thank you so much for all the kind words, thoughts and prayers. This blogging community is something special.

Happy Thursday!

 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Start of 2018

 

 

 

I saw this New Year's prayer on Pinterest and it really spoke to me. This blog is primarily a happy and positive place. I rarely write about the hard things, even though I hope you realize that we all have our stuff that makes life difficult at times. I prefer to keep things positive and look for the good things in day to day life.

But, as 2018 starts, you will find me on a plane tomorrow headed back to Michigan (and the cold!) to help manage a situation with my elderly parents. Things have come to a head with my mother's Alzheimer's and the fact that my father is her primary caregiver. It will not be a trip for pleasure, but rather, one of life's hard obligations. The only thing I can do at this point is stay positive, patient and hope and pray for the best care to be found. I'll be back to the blog when I can.

New Year's blessings to you all!

 

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