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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Winding Down

32418615_10217237500476333_1252402288736075776_nBy the middle of April, most of the snowbird portion of our park had headed north for the summer. Since we aren’t leaving until the end of May, we were the goodbye committee each time. The streets have gotten so quiet. I’ve been doing my morning runs pretty early because once the sun comes up it gets hot. Other than being too hot to run after 8:30 or 9 am, I really haven’t minded the weather too much. It’s so different since we aren’t in the rig. The a/c keeps it really comfortable, and it’s so quiet, we don’t even know it’s on most of the time.


On one of my runs recently, I saw the sandhill cranes taking advantage of the open yard to look for their breakfast.


32385431_10217237472675638_7822498926333788160_nOur friends Jim and Dee, (who used to be our neighbors but bought a place in Auburndale a couple years ago), met us at Brewpop Brewery in Auburndale a couple weeks ago. We used a groupon  we had purchased for a tasting. It was a fun time but I didn’t like their brews as much as I enjoyed a tasting we did earlier this winter at Keel and Curley Winery.



Right before the last of our friends left, we had one last get-together at our house. We played a rousing game of Pegs and Jokers – men vs women. We had a lot of laughs and enjoyed each other’s company for the afternoon.

32350146_10217237449475058_894714715085733888_nWe’ve been doing lots of odds and ends over the past couple of weeks. We were thinking about the rig sitting in storage all winter, and that we didn’t want to bring any hitchhikers north with us. So we met the guy who sprays our property, and he sprayed the inside of our rig and in the basement. Don’t want to see any of those palmetto bugs running around!

32372847_10217237451275103_3135129700045684736_nWhile we had it open, we checked around inside. It looks really good. No calling cards from any visitors that I could see, and it smelled really fresh inside. We are going to make some pretty big changes when we get it over here. The boys will be staying with us for a month while we are up north, so we are going to make some configuration changes and take out some furniture that we don’t use. I’m excited to see what it looks like.


We were walking last week at the end of one of our few cloudy days, and I noticed that it was clearing on the horizon. It cleared just enough that the sun going down just lit up the whole sky. It was so beautiful!

I am down to my last week and a half to work at Home Depot. I’m looking forward to a few months off, and heading off on our extended vacation. But I’m going to miss my co-workers also. I’ve been so lucky to have gotten a job that I am enjoying so much.

Fifteen days left until we hit the road!


  1. Okay...... people that live in the north and go to Florida in the winter are snowbirds. What about people like you who live in Florida in the winter and go north in the summer? What are you? Geese maybe? Just wondering.

    1. We both thought "Sunbirds" but weren't sure so I googled it. And yes we are "Sunbirds".

  2. I'm envious of your travel plans. We do have a nice routine here, both of us love the job. We're going on a cruise to Alaska with mom in August (right before the wedding!). Looking forward to that!