One Week from Today!!!

@DianneN (59370)
United States
November 27, 2017 9:33am CST
In exactly one week we will be flying to our winter home in South Florida for four months. I have my usual mixed emotions. I love our two bedroom, two bath condo on the water. I love the sunshine and warmth. I enjoy our condo friends, a sister-in-law, and my brother and his wife who come down for the season. There are friends from my home state and New York who also go to Florida for the winter. There are also friends who live in Florida year round. And the shopping, theaters, restaurants, and sights are perfect! Hopefully, Orville the osprey, will be there as usual. The only drawback for me is not seeing my sons, their wives, my grandchildren, and that precious Doodles, the cat. My husband feels the same. We will try to make the best of it, as we usually do.
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@LadyDuck (121703)
• Switzerland
27 Nov
I can understand how you feel, it would be the same for me. Have a safe trip and enjoy your Florida vacations.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Thanks, Anna. It's the same feeling every year. One would think we'd be used to it by now, but we're not.
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@LadyDuck (121703)
• Switzerland
27 Nov
@DianneN No, there are situations that cause the same stress and mixed sentiments every year.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@LadyDuck Always a bit of stress! That's a given. My older son said he'd try to come down again, but it's so hard with ice competitions and hockey with the kids. I'm grateful for FaceTime and phone calls.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
27 Nov
Where does Doodles go then when you are gone Dianne?
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Doodles goes back to my younger son. It's his cat to begin with. His wife's male cat is at her parents' house now. We play musical cats when we return from Florida. And that's all because Doodles is an alpha male and doesn't get along with Fredo, my DIL's male kitty.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
27 Nov
@DianneN Oh yes I forgot he is not really your cat haha
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@TiarasOceanView Lol! No, he isn't, but since he lives with me 8 months of the year, technically he is ALL mine! He does run to his daddy when he visits. Drat!
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@HazySue (17029)
• United States
27 Nov
I am sure you will have an enjoyable winter down here. You will be back with your loved ones before you know it.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
That's what happens. lol
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@amadeo (47911)
• United States
27 Nov
yes you always seems to make the best of it.Good luck there
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
I do try to make the best of it. Why worry? There is always something to look forward to when returning home, Fredo. Thanks.
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@amadeo (47911)
• United States
27 Nov
@DianneN that is for.They do come down to visit there do they?
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@amadeo They try. My grandkids are both busy with ice skating competitions and now ice hockey. They came for a weekend once and to the Orlando area for a world ice skating championship. We drove up and spent three days with them. My younger son won't leave his cats. lol
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
27 Nov
When you get there send some of the water up to me some of the weather up to me actually if the water's warm send it up to.
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
27 Nov
@DianneN I am I'm in North Florida I'm almost in Alabama actually
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@thislittlepennyearns I just looked it up. It could get cold up there, but never as cold as New England!
• Ponce De Leon, Florida
27 Nov
@DianneN no but it sure feels like it with the humidity right now
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@BelleStarr (32020)
• Portland, Connecticut
28 Nov
I know what you mean, we feel the same way, love Florida but miss the grands and the kids. Luckily we have our nieces and their babies to cuddle.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
I can cuddle my brother and his wife. lol
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@BelleStarr (32020)
• Portland, Connecticut
28 Nov
@DianneN lol One of our nieces just had a new little one in October so there will be a new baby to cuddle.I would cuddle my brother and his wife if they visited lol
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
@BelleStarr Congratulations and LOL!
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@allknowing (55746)
• India
28 Nov
East, West home is best is what we hear but home is where the heart is. Right?
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
Lol! You are right, Grace!
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@allknowing (55746)
• India
28 Nov
@DianneN Have you ever stayed back and not gone to Florida?
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
@allknowing Not since we bought our condo five years ago.
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@averygirl72 (13925)
• Philippines
28 Nov
Is there snow or winter in Florida? You will be away with your grandchildren this Christmas?
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
There is no snow in South Florida, but northern Florida may get a little. I don't celebrate Christmas.
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@averygirl72 (13925)
• Philippines
28 Nov
@DianneN Really you don't celebrate Christmas. I feel sad to know it
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
@averygirl72 I'm not a Christian, so it is meaningless to me. Don't feel sad.
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@1hopefulman (20281)
• Canada
27 Nov
I see the situation. At least these days we have many more ways of keeping in contact. Enjoy your winter vacation and send some sunshine our way.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
Thanks so much, Felix. You are right about keeping in contact. FaceTime makes it more bearable.
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@1hopefulman (20281)
• Canada
28 Nov
@DianneN One day, we will have a quick way of travelling, maybe something similar to Star Trek, and that will make things easier.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
@1hopefulman That would be awesome! Our flight is only about 2 1/2 hours, but getting to the airport early makes it more tiring.
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@SIMPLYD (75326)
• Philippines
28 Nov
Oh wow, that will be a very nice vacation. I suppose you will also do a lot of shopping. That picture of your living room looks so cozy that Doodles ( is that him or the other one) looks so contented. The fireplace looks warm. Is there a glass or it's just open in that fireplace with burning wood? Excuse me for my ignorance but It's because I haven;t seen a fireplace yet in real life.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
That's our old family room. It is Doodles. The other one went home last week to her daddy. It was a wood burning fireplace that we had converted to gas last year. It's so much cleaner and quick to start. It does have a glass door for safety reasons. We all love it, in luring Doodles. Lol! Thank you!
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@SIMPLYD (75326)
• Philippines
29 Nov
@DianneN Oh, I see. So, a fireplace can be in gas. Just like a gas range, you open and it will have fire. Doodles is lucky to have you all. He is so pampered.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
30 Nov
@SIMPLYD I love that cat!!!!
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@katsmeow1213 (28925)
• United States
27 Nov
I want to come visit you!! We are going to try yet again to plan a trip to Florida in the spring. This time we're not planning on Orlando and all the fixings... we're thinking just go somewhere in Florida and stay a few days. Shouldn't be any more expensive than staying in Myrtle Beach.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
I hope you do get to Florida for some R&R. The rates should go down by the spring, depending on where you stay.
• United States
28 Nov
@DianneN We're looking at late April when the kids get their spring break, and we're hoping to go near St. Augustine.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
@katsmeow1213 St. Augustine is beautiful. My grandfather lived there. Ft. Lauderdale is lots of fun, too, for kids and adults.
@valmnz (13155)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
Maybe that's why I happily stay where I am and enjoy the year round seasonal weather winter isn't actually too bad here and I really do enjoy the changes in temperature and pace.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Nah, I'd rather be in sunny, warm South Florida. To me it's paradise. It's awful cold, snowy, and icy up here. Consider yourself lucky your winters aren't like mine! lol
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@valmnz (13155)
• New Zealand
27 Nov
@DianneN here our winters are a crisp mild coolness. Even then we sometimes moan:-)
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@valmnz They sound like our Autumn. That my bones can almost take! lol
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@Deepizzaguy (7612)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
28 Nov
I know what you mean since the good part of going to Florida is rest and relaxation but the down side is not being with your loved ones. Have fun in Florida.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
Yes, Florida is wonderful. I usually don't get much Rest once my friends come down, but it is a tropical paradise to me - green, flowers, the ocean, and glorious weather. You are right about the downside.
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• Lake Charles, Louisiana
28 Nov
@DianneN I have been there when my relatives and myself visited the U S on vacation before 1978 from the former Canal Zone to visit relatives and having to leave my dog back home with other relatives.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
@Deepizzaguy I'm glad you had the opportunity to visit Florida. We once had a dog and had to kennel him when we went on vacations. We hated doing that to him.
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@Ganma7 (2015)
28 Nov
I understand completely. We go to FL Jan. 10th. I am only staying a month. I am working 3 full days a week but they gave me Jan, off. My hubby will stay another month, safe travels and enjoy my friend xxoo
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
At least you will be down during one of the coldest months. What work do you do? My brother can work from his computer in Florida, but my sis in law is a psychiatric nurse. So they have to fly back and forth. This year they will be down for two three week stretches. My brother comes for a week inbetween without her. It's tough when you work.
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@Ganma7 (2015)
28 Nov
@DianneN I am a Nanny for two phycisians. I was going to retire when i finished with m last family. This couple got in touch with me and were looking for 3 days a week. It was too good to pass up. It still gave me 5, days off in a row. My hubby fully retired a year ago. He is 9 years older than me and I like getting out when in CT. You have a safe trip and enjoy every moment. I can't wait to see go too xxoo
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
@Ganma7 That's great and ideal! My sister in law who is the psychiatric nurse was a nanny in Greenwich when she was going to school.
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@shaggin (26814)
• United States
27 Nov
I can imagine how it can be a bit tough to leave one home for the next that way knowing you will see less of the grandkids etc. You will enjoy the warm weather though and that I know would be the push to get me there if I had a summer home. Your summer house sounds bigger then my home. We only have one bathroom.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Leaving the family is tough every year, but they understand my need for sun and fun. Our condo is a corner one and larger than the others. We have two full bathrooms. I love the space, yet it's so much smaller than our home in CT and a breeze to keep clean. I call it our dollhouse.
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@shaggin (26814)
• United States
28 Nov
@DianneN ha ha cute name for it. Funny I was reading this post and you were reading mine at the same time.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
@shaggin Like minds think alike! lol
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@sol_cee (13596)
• Japan
27 Nov
I remember Orville! :)
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Oh, thanks for remembering him. I hope he is still there. He was caught in an awful hurricane and no one has seen him since.
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@sol_cee (13596)
• Japan
27 Nov
@DianneN an update perhaps once you’re there?
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@sol_cee If he's there, I will scream an update from pure happiness!!!!!!
@much2say (35424)
• United States
27 Nov
So hard to believe it's that time again . . . this year went FAST! Oh how happy Orville will be to see you! I can understand how you will miss family . . . but it will be something to look forward to when you get back . . . and who knows, maybe they will come visit you! Well best of luck as you pack and get ready . . . Florida, here she comes !
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@much2say (35424)
• United States
27 Nov
@DianneN I know you will have a fabulous time in Florida - you always do! Oh, that's right . . . it's that winter sport season time . . . boy everyone is so busy (but a good busy!) . . . I'll keep my finger crossed that you can see each other at some point while you're out there!
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
@much2say Thank you! By the time my son wanted to visit us last year, we were leaving to return home in a few days.
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@FayeHazel (11668)
• United States
27 Nov
Enjoy! I can see where that would lead to some mixed emotions... family is further away but there's always the warmth , friends, entertainment, etc. Where will Doodles stay?
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
27 Nov
Doodles will go back to my son. We keep him, because he doesn't get along with his wife's male kitty. Her kitty is now at her mother's until our return. I love Doodles as if he were my own.
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@FayeHazel (11668)
• United States
28 Nov
@DianneN At least it works out. Doodles and Daughter in Law's kitties are so lucky to have 2 families that love them. :-)
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
@FayeHazel Aww, that's not only sweet, but true!
@ridingbet (37923)
• Philippines
28 Nov
Doodles will be left behind? i am sorry. but i do hope you will enjoy your winter getaway vacation.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
Yes, I'm devastated about him. I love him so much. However, I will make the best of it and FaceTime him. He knows our voices and gets excited. lol
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@ridingbet (37923)
• Philippines
29 Nov
@DianneN he is a good cat, so no worries leaving him behind.
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@tom_view (2670)
• Kolkata, India
28 Nov
good luck there.
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@DianneN (59370)
• United States
28 Nov
Thank you!
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@tom_view (2670)
• Kolkata, India
28 Nov
@DianneN welcome
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