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Category Archives: Florida
I’m pleased to announce that I received my Short Sale Resolution Specialist certification today!
One of the fun things about moving to a different part of the country or even the world is that one has the challenge of trying new things. While Bob can no longer ski since we’ve moved to Florida (something he would have plenty of opportunities to do this year up north!), he has found a new hobby that can be done anywhere – geocaching! Continue reading
Holidays are for spending with family and friends however when one has moved far away there are only two choices – travel to be with the ones you love or stay home and make the best of it. Continue reading
Sarasota County has a population of about 390,000 people but a friendly small town feel. This is a happy ending tale of a puppy and a small woman with a big heart. Continue reading
It’s amazing how fast our family business and my career as a real estate agent is growing! We went from peaks and valleys to constant peaks. Trevor has been working 7 days/week and the company will soon be at the break even point. Simultaneously I have taken every course offered and am working with buyers and sellers as a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker in Siesta Key.
Delicious, authenic Italian food in Sarasota, Florida. Come enjoy the food and help this hard working couple achieve their piece of the American Dream! Continue reading
I no longer know what day of the week it is and it hardly matters. For most people who work for someone else the weekends are sacrosanct. Fridays are special as they mark the end of the work week and people look forward to two days of catching up on household chores, spending time with family and friends, and just relaxing. This all changes when you own your own business.
It is easy to be optimistic in a place that has beautiful sunny weather every day. Summer in Florida is hot but our proximity to the ocean mitigates the temperatures with an ocean breeze. While we are busy with our new business and a growing clientale list, we still have plenty of time for adventures and for enjoying life. Lately this has meant attending some community events and gardening.
I keep being asked how I like retirement in Florida. I wouldn’t know. We are busier than ever Want something done? Give it to a busy person! I have taken on the entertaining and challenging task of spearheading a 40th year reunion of my high school class. At the same time we are busy exploring this unique area. Continue reading
Today Trevor, Bob, and I drove almost 90 miles to Tampa, Florida. We packed quite a bit into one day – a visit to the Big Cat Rescue Center, to the University of South Florida, and to the historic Cuban area of Ybor. Continue reading
Since early April Bob and I have been in Sarasota County, exploring job and investment opportunities and looking for a place to live. It hasn’t been total drudgery by any means. We are the kind of people who follow Mary Poppins’ advice and have “a spoonful of honey to make the medicine go down” and in this case it has consisted of mornings and evenings at the beach, walks through parks, attending the Unitarian Universalist Church, and in general visiting various areas of Sarasota. We’ve probably eaten out more than is good for our physique and our cholesterol numbers but we have offset this with daily laps in the pool, walks along the shore, and swimming in the ocean. We finally visited the John and Mable Ringling Museum Estate located on 66 acres of Sarasota bayfront property which is actually home to four attractions and several gardens. Continue reading
On Mother’s Day we walked through the Oscar Scherer State Park near Osprey and later went out for a bite to eat at Pelican Alley on the Intracoastal Waterway in Venice. Continue reading
Historical sites provide the opportunity to slip into the lives of those who have come before us. Spanish Point Museum and Preserve overlooks Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey, just south of Sarasota. Touted as a 30 acre archaeological, historical, and environmental museum, it was the first place in Sarasota to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a delightful place to spend a few hours. Continue reading
Downtown Sarasota was one of the reasons we chose to move to this area. It’s an approachable, walkable downtown where tourists and residents can safely stroll enjoying the multitude of opportunities to shop in the small stores, to dine in an ethnic restaurant, or to listen to music in a nightclub. There are special events, festivals, and parades all year round and each Saturday morning there is a Farmers’ Market. It’s a vital hub for this city of approximately 50,000 residents. Continue reading
I read that at its heart Sarasota is a circus town. This is evident everywhere in the town. The Ringling Brothers Circus would winter here and the fortunes of John Ringling have contributed to the surprising amount of culture one finds in such a relatively small city. I’ve always been attracted to artist colonies and it is one of the draws of this city. Yesterday was May Day and we decided to celebrate by visiting a creative arts community nestled in downtown Sarasota – Towles Court.
This week we visited the Myakka River State Park in Sarasota County. The largest park in Florida, it boasts of containing 37,000 acres of wetlands, prairies, and woodlands. The park is also the oldest park in Florida and offers hiking, biking, camping, wildlife viewing, and boating. There are opportunities to view the area from a canopy walkway high above the trees, from a birdwalk that stretches out over the marshland, or even from the water by renting a canoe.
We have driven and explored the area in and around Sarasota for the past week and remain enthused. I can’t help but be struck by the differences. Whereas Maine is rugged with its spruce and fir forests leading to granite boulders and frigid ocean waters, this is a land of pines and palms and flat swampy areas leading to pristine beaches and warm almost waveless turquoise seas. Continue reading
Ten days ago Bob and I packed up our dogs and a small suitcase each and started driving down the eastern coast of the United States. Our home on Deer Isle is very close to the northern border of this magnificent country and it is a special trip to see the countryside change. We felt that Spring seemed to evolve as we traveled south. Each state brought us closer to heat and flowers in bloom until we reached the balmy weather in Florida. Along the way we stopped in several cities to reconnect with some friends and family and to rejoice in those reunions. Continue reading