Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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See ya at the beach, baby!

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 by Lisa Ricard Claro   32 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Hello from sunny Florida!

When last you heard from me, I was whining about sharing news of our downsizing efforts and subsequent sale of our Georgia home. That was back in April, and over the last two months the hubster and I have gone through all the stressful and frustrating stuff people deal with when they make a big move. Rather than bore you with those details, let’s just say we’re glad it’s behind us.

To get your first question right out of the way, yes, we love it here! It is hotter than Hades and the humidity is everything people warned us about, but . . . THE BEACH! The beach is only 10-15 minutes away and this lady is a happy camper. Few things feed my soul like the sea, and I’m delighted to be here. My old sign, “Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses Welcome Here,” which graced my office back in Georgia, is—at long last—truly relevant. The only downside is that I have to rewrite part of my author bio now.  🙂

Anyway, as I said, the move is behind us, thank goodness. Also behind us, and everywhere else you might care to look, is a plethora of boxes destined for unpacking. Finding room for everything we hauled with us will be akin to shoving ten pounds of sugar into a five pound sack.

Yes, we downsized. We also brought way too much stuff with us. Ergo, we will downsize again. It will be easier this time since we are in our new home and know the space we have to work with, something we didn’t know before we moved.

Speaking of the new abode, here’s a photo of Luna enjoying the view from the sun room:

And here’s a pic of sunrise a few days ago:


We haven’t been in Florida long, but already we’ve learned a few things. We’ve learned that gas prices in Venice are tons cheaper than in Sarasota. We’ve learned that it’s hard to be cranky while surrounded by palm trees. We’ve also learned that wearing jeans and sneakers is a bad idea in summertime. I have my beloved sundresses, so I’ve coped just fine, but the hubster had to break down and switch to shorts and flip-flops. He hasn’t worn shorts in probably thirty years, and flip-flops never. Our son saw him and said, “Wow. I didn’t even know Dad had legs.” Ha!

Also, the wildlife here is crazy, and due to the winding creek/canal/waterway/whatever-the-hell-it-really-is that flows behind us and separates us from the golf course, there is wildlife aplenty. No gators yet, but turtles and ibises galore, egrets, and cranes—in our area of Venice in particular, we have the Sandhill crane, a big bird (3-4+ feet tall), which is endangered and under federal protection. We came home last week and had the blinds drawn in the sun room. They are the bamboo type, so while closing them helps hold out the heat, you can still see through them, kind of like looking through a filter. Anyway, the hubster said, “Hey, look! A Sandhill crane, right out the window.”

Sure enough, there was this giant bird standing three feet from our back door.

“I’m going to peek at him through the curtain,” I said, and stepped to the (mostly pane glass) door. I didn’t want to frighten the old boy, so I got as close to the door as I could and drew the curtain back just enough to see—and squealed, jumping back. A second Sandhill crane, bigger than the first, was on the doorstep with his beady eye practically pressed against the glass. It was as if an alien had landed on the stoop. Birds don’t grow quite that big in Georgia.

Then there are the stories of the bunnies, the owls, and the seagull I’ve named Cap’n Quint, but those are for another blog post. For now, I’ll close by saying I’ve got internet again, and I’m back at the keyboard working hard on the first book in my new series, Cold Case Medium: Ice Cold Murder, nearing completion on the first draft. After that I’m writing a romance for Roxanne St. Claire’s next Barefoot Bay Kindle World launch, coming in December, a project of which I’m thrilled to be a part. I’ll keep you updated on both of these.

I’ve missed all my blog buddies and look forward to catching up with you!

Hope you all enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday weekend. See you next week, friends!

Romance is good for your heart! To purchase your copy of Love Built to Last, Love to Believe, or Love to Win in eBook or print just click the book cover on this blog’s sidebar. Autographed copies are available for purchase on my HOME page. 🙂  And audio versions are in the works!

32 Responses to "See ya at the beach, baby!"

  1. Comment by Casey
    July 5, 2017 at 9:57 am  

    Love it!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:48 am  

      As long as they can’t figure out how to get INTO the house . . . 🙂

  2. Comment by Tomi Rues
    July 5, 2017 at 10:05 am  

    Glad you’re getting settled in. A new chapter has started for you. How exciting!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:48 am  

      Thanks Tomi – It’s been fun so far!

  3. Comment by Jerri Ricard
    July 5, 2017 at 10:14 am  

    Love you Chickie…we can’t wait for the next book series.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:49 am  

      Love you too. 🙂 It may be awhile before the next book is ready for prime time, but I’m working on it!

  4. Comment by Kristin
    July 5, 2017 at 10:15 am  

    So glad you’re loving life in the new place, Mama Claro! <3

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:49 am  

      Thanks, Kristin! <3

  5. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    July 5, 2017 at 10:28 am  

    So good to see your post. You are busier than ever. Congrats on your new books! I’ll bet the former residents fed those cranes. too familiar with your back door.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:50 am  

      Hi Linda – I don’t know about that. These cranes are extremely bold, but we only see them occasionally. They wander all over the place. lol

  6. Comment by Pat Wahler
    July 5, 2017 at 10:31 am  

    I’ve been thinking about you Lisa. It’s good to know you’ve arrived safely and are settled in. Your new place looks fabulous!

    Looking forward to hearing more.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:51 am  

      Thanks, Pat. We’ll be surrounded by boxes for some time to come, but we’re working hard to settle in.

  7. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    July 5, 2017 at 10:56 am  

    Lisa–You’re living close to where my parents lived. They lived in Sarasota, in the “La Casa” senior community.

    It sounds like life is fine for you guys–Luna included.

    I can’t wait until your next book comes out.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:52 am  

      Thanks, Sioux. That means a lot from you since I know romance novels aren’t your thing. 🙂 We’re about 30 minutes from Sarasota—it’s a nice city. Venice is smaller and a lazier, so we’re loving it.

  8. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    July 5, 2017 at 11:37 am  

    So nice to have you blogging again. I can’t wait to see you. I love the sunrise picture. Since I’m a night owl I’ll probably never see it live – lol – but I have some really nice sunset ones. 🙂

    I’m looking forward to reading your new book. Buttons says hi!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:53 am  

      Hi to you AND to Buttons! Yes ma’am, we will definitely get together soon. 🙂

  9. Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
    July 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm  

    So glad you are settling in and back at the keyboard!!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:53 am  

      Thank you, Stephanie!

  10. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    July 5, 2017 at 3:21 pm  

    Ahhh, there you are, Lisa. All’s right with the (blogging) world again. ♥

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:54 am  

      🙂 Yeah, I couldn’t stay away. It’s a hard habit to break!

  11. Comment by Pat Hensley
    July 6, 2017 at 5:54 am  

    I’m so glad you are happy with your move. Seems like the bird was very curious about you too. LOL

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:55 am  

      He really was, Pat. They haven’t been back, except across the waterway, so maybe we bored him a little. lol

  12. Comment by Robert Robinson
    July 6, 2017 at 11:09 am  

    You could ride that bird to town.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:56 am  

      Haha…it really was the biggest bird I’ve ever seen that wasn’t behind a fence!

  13. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    July 7, 2017 at 10:48 am  

    Whoops. I meant North Port. But when we often went to Sarasota to shop…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:56 am  

      North Port is building up now, a lot of construction going on there, but you’d still have to go to Sarasota to shop.

  14. Comment by Bonnie Aldinger
    July 8, 2017 at 1:13 am  

    Oh my gosh, beautiful crane!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 8, 2017 at 9:57 am  

      Yes, but a bit startling to find them just outside the door. lol We’re getting used to the curious wildlife around here. There’s always something to see!

  15. Comment by Harriet
    July 8, 2017 at 10:31 pm  

    Do you pay these people to glorify you??? In all honesty ,you are the best writer I have really liked your plots. What more can I say. Keep up the good work.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 9, 2017 at 7:44 am  

      Haha…no payments, just blog buddies being supportive. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words, Harriet!

  16. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    July 11, 2017 at 9:24 am  

    So glad to see you back, Lisa. Have missed you! Sounds like you’re settling in just fine in FL. Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing them. And I can’t wait to read your next books!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      July 11, 2017 at 11:12 am  

      Thank you, Theresa! Yes, we love it here and life is slowly falling back into place. 🙂

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