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Why we’ll miss Florida

  • (1) Friends
  • We enjoyed meeting and spending time with so many wonderful people in Okeechobee, FL. Tennis partners, dancing friends, card game buddies, projects cohorts, and great neighbors all are blessings we’ll never forget.

  • (2) Sunshine
  • Florida sunshine wasn’t as warm as last year, but helped us overcome the chill winter. Last year and the previous one we enjoyed more warm weeks. The Florida sunshine this year helped us stay warm, as long as we were in the sunlight.

  • (3) Beaches
  • Well, we only had two beach days this year and one of these was extremely windy and too chilly. Less to miss this way than if we had great beach days throughout the winter.

  • (4) Citrus
  • Not only citrus but all kinds of fresh food are abundant. The outdoor fruit stand was only a couple miles up from our resort, had wide assortment of fruits and veggies.

  • (5) Warm
  • Okay, not so warm this year but surely warmer than almost everywhere else on the continent save Vancouver, BC, during the winter Olympics. One or two days the television reported 50 degrees in Vancouver, and those same days we, along with most of the rest of USA, were below 50 outside.

  • (6) Green
  • So green, grass everywhere, palm trees, and this very wet winter kept it maximally green. We’re conditioned to appreciating green lawns and pastures and golf courses, and enjoyed plenty in Florida.

  • (7) Tennis
  • Not as much as we hoped, but we played many weeks. This was a far cry from the previous two months spent in Arizona, where we played every day some weeks. Our spot in Florida was not close to tennis courts, and the weather wasn’t close to ideal for us. Too windy, sometimes rainy or cold, the weather encouraged us to find more compatible activities.

  • (8) Dancing
  • We danced with friends once weekly most weeks, and twice a couple or three weeks. We learned a few new steps, practiced some we had learned last year during our Florida stay. This is a nice group activity, fun with friends, and a lot of fun for the two of us.

    Not everything we expected, but Florida was nice this winter. We’ll miss our friends more than anything else, and look forward to meeting with them elsewhere throughout the year.

    Jim and Debbie
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