See ya at the beach, baby!
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!
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