Category Archives: Retirement/Reinvention
If I can transform my life at an age when many are considering retirement, so can you! It doesn’t matter your age, your past, your educational level, or whatever impediment you believe you have to achieving a successful life. You don’t have to settle for mediocracy. You were meant for better. So are you ready to demand an excellent life? Are you ready to alter your path? At the end of the day financial freedom, good physical, emotional and spiritual health are ideal and should be available to everyone. Continue reading
It is funny how much more focused I am on my body as I grow older. It’s important to me now not only to live longer but to feel energetic and to avoid many of the chronic … Continue reading
Many people today find they are reinventing themselves. For any number of reasons they are stepping outside of their rut and trying a new life on for size. It can be due to the worldwide economic problems or it could be self imposed – either way it means a dramatic shift in business as usual. Continue reading
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
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.
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
Maine being a state of contrasts between the soaring conifers and the diminutive Lady Slipper orchid overwhelms visitors. People who are new to the state gravitate toward the largeness – the vast oceans, the daunting pink granite boulders, the never ending forests. Awe inspiring yes but natives know that the tastiest, most poignant treasures are actually the overlooked. 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
I love scones. When we lived in Westwood, NJ there was a scone shop in town and I was introduced to a variety of scones that could easily accompany a soup and salad type lunch. This is a delicious, fluffy, savory scone recipe that can be served for breakfast or any meal. They are deceptively easy to make and you are guaranteed rave reviews. If you prefer, you may substitute other herbs for chives. I’ve heard of people adding rosemary or basil. Others like to add some crumbled bacon to the mixture. I don’t think you can go wrong as long as you use high quality cheese.
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
Who can resist the sweet tropical taste of mango? We are all being encouraged to eat at least 3-4 cups of fruits and vegetables per day. This is a refreshing smoothie, perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack and a great way to include a fruit into your diet. Children and adults love smoothies and it’s chock filled with vitamins. I never add ice cream to a smoothie but do add yogurt. Mango and yogurt are the makings of the traditional Indian lassi.
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
The word “suizas” means Swiss style and this Mexican recipe combines the traditional flavors of the cuisine with a rich sauce. It’s the perfect way to use up leftover chicken. This is a crowd pleaser for 4-6 people. Serve it with a green salad, Spanish rice and refried beans, and beer. Bowls of chopped green onion, chopped cilantro, and sour cream should accompany the food so that each may add according to their personal tastes. This is a tangy and flavorful comfort food. The sour and whipped cream help to mellow the heat of the Jalapeno peppers. It’s delicious!