Wednesday, January 17, 2018






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!



  1. I bet it is nice to visit with folks from back home. We are covered in "snow" again today!

  2. Looks and sounds wonderful . . .
    About now is when I get the “itch” for warmer.
    Many of my neighbors here are “snowbirds” . . .
    I am missing them too . . .
    We lost most of our December early January snow . . .
    Now we get 3, 4, 5 inches each day to keep our world very white . . .
    We benefit from, “Lake Affect” . . . as we live life along the Western Michigan Lakeshore!

  3. Glad you had a good time with your friend. I am soooo jealous that you are in Florida, Vicki!!!

  4. We're having a snow day today and I'm kind of enjoying it. I guess because there are so few of them here in the south and I know the snow won't linger. Glad you're enjoying your new home!

  5. Yes, it is fun and you expressed well this season of snowbirds here in Florida. There are many Canadians here in our community and they have all arrived for a few months. Nice folks! Family and friends are also beginning to "make reservations" for visits. We love it too!

  6. Good for you seeing your friends. Florida is a lovely place to get away to in the colder months!


  7. Just wait till you live here a while longer, you will only be in jeans and a sweater when your friends are in the pool on these cool days. So glad you enjoyed your visit.

  8. Sounds perfect to me:) I would love to escape to the Ocean too! Have a blessed and beautiful day dear friend, HUGS!


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