(Auburndale, FL) Hi 91 Lo 63
We've been cleaning most of the week. Living beside a lake brings in new kind of dirt and little bitty bugs. The mosquitoes don't seem to bite, but there's times they're all over the windows. The windows were the first to be cleaned. Jim does a wonderful job. When I do it there's always a film and he has to re-clean them.
I cleaned the Florida room. I couldn't reach the ceiling so that will have to be done later. This winter we'll repaint it. The room still needs some work, but we'll get it done, no hurry.
We went to our first wine and cheese get together. It's not a tasting session like at the last park, you bring your own drink. It's basically a social time, but we learned more about the area and the park.
We've been in our new house for a month. We didn't have an exit plan, but we did know we wanted to live in Florida. Here's my take on the changes from full time RV'ing versus living in a stationary home.
I miss some things with the RV'ing like the change in scenery and the excitement of what is the next park going to be like. I miss exploring the areas we stay in each night. I miss talking to people about where they've been and where they're going. I miss the scenery we go by in our travels. I miss turning on the light by just reaching for it. I miss how close the bathroom is or sink and refrigerator, I miss catching up with friends that come to the same park.
What I DON'T miss is getting ready to go to the next destination and find a flat tire. I don't miss when something breaks down who to call and how long will it take to get it fixed. I don't miss the heavy traffic in pouring rain and missing your exit. I hate the tornadoes that get you up at 3 in the morning and you're not sure where to go. We had to escape tornadoes every year while on the road. I don't miss getting to a park and not feeling safe or the owner isn't pleasant so you want to move and your tired. I don't miss the parks that say we have WIFI, but it's at another location not in your site, or the WIFI is so poor it's hard to do anything.
Overall, I'm fine that we settled down. We'll be taking trips by car and staying in motels again, like we used to do. If we want to go to Colorado, our second favorite state, we'll fly out or drive in the car and stay at a military base. It's not like we're grounded, but it was nice to have our own bathroom and stop along the road whenever we wanted. It's just a different way to go somewhere. We weren't sure of the "exit" point of our travels, but we knew after being in 48 states that we'd live in Florida.
We watch the lake activities a lot and a bird suns himself several times a day. (Click on picture to enlarge).
In between activities at the clubhouse I've been crocheting. My latest is a bear made of embroidery floss, an ice cream cone kitty and another mouse book marker made with crochet thread.
See you next Friday.