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!