My life is very full and very busy right now, but I wanted to declare myself officially moved. I no longer live in MD but have move to FL and a community called The Villages. If you have never heard of The Villages I must tell you it is like nothing I have ever seen before. People are genuinely happy here and they are so friendly and welcoming. I went out for a walk this morning and not only did other people out walking say "Hi" but those in golf carts did also and even a few driving by in cars smiled and waved. I've met several neighbors and attended a very nice church on Sunday. In the word of a quilting and cruising friend "Life is good!" It's been so long since I have been able to say that and it feels real good to be able to do so and mean it. By no means is everything perfect or resolved but it is good. I think the daily dose of bright sunshine and delightfully warm weather has a great deal to do with this. So do you want to see where I live.......
This is how I will travel about The Villages when I get up the courage to get behind the wheel. Everyone tells me it is real easy, but for some reason it intimidates me. Maybe tomorrow I'll give it a try going around the neighborhood. For now I either walk or drive. Today I walked up to my mail box which is up at the neighborhood pool. I love walking here. It's nice and flat. And if you go out early enough in the morning it's not too hot. Even at 75 when it is so sunny out I've discovered you can work up quite a sweat. It was about 65 when I went out to mailbox. It took me about 30 minutes to get there and back. Also while up there I got a local newspaper.
At the end of a long day if I stay home this is where you will find me. It's also where I can start my day. When my friend Thelma was still here helping me unpack and get set up we took a CD player out and had our afternoon sangria and chips with salsa. It was delightful.
So this is where I am. Tomorrow I get to experience my first big celebration at the market squares. It is Oktoberfest. There will be a parade and strolling entertainment of all kinds as well as German foods and beer. I will try and get some pictures. I'm told there will be a lot of ethnic attire and loads of fun.
Oh if anyone wants to find out more about The Villages check this out.