New from the Creative Team – Why I love my Florida

I’m from New England (born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, then moved to Enfield, Connecticut when I was about 2 years of age). I lived in the area for 27 years until I met my husband (who is also from Connecticut), and we relocated to New Jersey for 15 years , where we worked across the river in Philadelphia. When I was young, I loved seeing the snow fall and playing in it. And it is pretty to look at as you can…


As I got older, not so much. I had to travel in sleet, ice and snow to a train station and then hoof it to my office in winter weather that could certainly be ugly at times. Who wants to clean cars or drive in the snow? And let’s not talk about the cold! I have never been a lover of the cold. Getting all bundled up to venture out in the winter weather was no fun for me! We were always saying we needed to move south to warmer weather. but time passed and it just never happened.



Fast forward to 2000 when my husband, Tim, retired from business and started to work from home. Now was the time to move! And we did…to sunny Florida. Of course I told Tim if we moved that I wanted to retire (I was 50 at the time and tired of the business world). So Tim said yes and we have been just loving it here in the Tampa area. We have beautiful warm weather and wildlife we have never seen before like egrets, spoonbills, alligators (yes, in all our ponds and this one actually walking in between our yards to get to a pond). I took this shot right outside our lanai.


We always have blue skies and the beaches are just beautiful…and we can enjoy year round! So for me, it’s been a wonderful 15 years living here…and many more to come I’m sure!






About Laura Burger

Digital Scrapbook Designer @ PIckleberry Pop Shop , Memory Mixer and Panstoria.
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8 Responses to New from the Creative Team – Why I love my Florida

  1. Lisa says:

    We got 4 new inches of snow last night on top of the over a foot we had already. I can’t complain so much, because it will help with the wildfire season this year by being not so dry! but yeah snow is not my favorite thing. 🙂 Sounds like the perfect move!

  2. Kim Fedolfi says:

    I love New England! My family is from Florida and we do visit but I’m happy to come home. 🙂

  3. Marilyn says:

    I’ve been a California girl all my life and can’t even imagine living in the colder climates. Happy that you are now in a warmer place!

  4. Tracy says:

    Beautiful blog post and I love your photos and enjoy all your beautiful pages that you scrapbook with them. So happy you are living your dream!

  5. Jan Fortier says:

    I’ve lived my whole life in Canada, where even the balmiest of locales gets at least some snow every year. For me it’s just a fact of life and so life goes on. I might grumble about it, but I truly wouldn’t trade all the benefits of living where I do for better weather. Having said that, I love to travel and have been to many warmer climes – it makes a nice change.

    Thanks for sharing a little insight into what makes you tick, Norma!

  6. Joyce says:

    Even though it can get cold here in Wisconsin in the winter, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I do love to vacation in Florida though!

  7. Norma says:

    Love all the replies! I like going home also but prefer it snows when I am at family’s home and just watching it from the window! I like walking in newly fallen snow and taking photos! Christmas sometimes doesn’t feel the same at the holiday…but wouldn’t trade living in Florida to going back North.

  8. Ravelle says:

    Living in Chicago, we live with snow half of the year, not to mention the wind, probably why they call us the Windy City. I never thought I would like Florida, but my Mom and Dad retired to Florida and we go down to Fort Lauderdale to visit and I actually look forward to the sunshine in February. Nice that you are able to retire early and enjoy your retirement to the fullest.

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