Hello from Sunny Warm Florida!

@DianneN (82092)
United States
December 7, 2017 7:29pm CST
We arrived Tuesday afternoon with an easy, quick flight. However, we had so much to do. We had to open the storm shutters, make the bed, vacuum and dust. We were too pooped to grocery shop, so ate dinner out and breakfast out. We went grocery shopping. Today, we had two blown out from the hurricane screens replaced. My hubby did errands and went to the farm market. I managed a long, long walk and visited with friends and neighbors. But the best news is that Orville the Osprey is here, alive, singing, and flying around. He already showed off his fish by flying right up to my window. Today, he spent almost all day on his palm tree right outside our window. I've included a short video of him flying with his sons. I hope you notice when he flew by our window and listen to him chirping. I love him and am so happy he is alive and well! Btw, Doodles the cat is doing just fine. I've spoken to him several times. He told me he is cold and wants to visit us in Florida.
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@andriaperry (56265)
• United States
8 Dec
Enjoy your Winter.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
I certainly will try!!! Thank you!
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@Happy2BeMe (74976)
• Canada
8 Dec
So nice to hear from you. I was thinking of you today.Glad Orville was there to greet you. Awesome video. Thanks for shaaring with us.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
Thank you! I've been too emotionally and physically exhausted since we arrived. I popped on to try to play catchup, but that is impossible for me. lol. I was sooooo relieved to see Orville, you have no idea!
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@kobesbuddy (52601)
• East Tawas, Michigan
8 Dec
Wonderful to watch Orville in flight! I wondered if he had survived the terrible hurricane, and he did
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
No one here had seen him. I feared he would be gone forever.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
9 Dec
@lnillerman He is amazing!!!
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@kobesbuddy (52601)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Dec
@DianneN Thank God, he was kept safe!:)
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@rebelann (42409)
• El Paso, Texas
8 Dec
That was awesome. Ally perked up when you (or hubby) whistled, I guess it sounded like me. I have to ask, how did you come up with the name Orville? The reason I ask is because I've been following the life events of Harriet the bald eagle, she's just laid 2 eggs so far, I wonder if she'll lay more.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
Thank you! My husband whistled. I can't. My husband gave Orville that name five years ago. It sounded Southern to him. I hope Harriet lays many more eggs. We need more wonderful birds of all types!
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@rebelann (42409)
• El Paso, Texas
8 Dec
I don't think she and M15 can support that many @DianneN it's not easy being a predator, their prey is always much more whiley then they would like.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
@rebelann I looked her up today and discovered she lives in Florida. Saw the eggs, too.
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@LadyDuck (170588)
• Switzerland
8 Dec
I am so glad to know that you arrived safely at your Florida condo and more than happy to know that Orville and Sons are well alive and happy. What to ask more to live? You have the sun, a beautiful place where to walk and all your friends near you... I know you miss Doodles and your family.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
Aww, thanks so much, Anna! We are very busy settling in and so much to do. We may have to go home to rest. lol
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@LadyDuck (170588)
• Switzerland
8 Dec
@DianneN Take it easy, there are still several days before Christmas.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
@LadyDuck And we don't even celebrate Christmas!
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@LeaPea2417 (21554)
• Toccoa, Georgia
8 Dec
Glad you got there safe. I am in shock at the moment. We are getting snow as I type this!
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
Thanks and oh, no!!!!
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@LeaPea2417 (21554)
• Toccoa, Georgia
8 Dec
@DianneN It is the earliest snow fall ever for my town.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
9 Dec
@LeaPea2417 Did you get much snow and ice?
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@BelleStarr (39591)
• United States
8 Dec
I'm cold too so get that spare bedroom ready, I'm heading down lol So glad that Orville is well and still around. I am dreading leaving our new little boy, I hope he forgives me. Next year we are going to bring the dogs with us I think.
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@Elizaby (3806)
• Pensacola, Florida
8 Dec
You might want to wait as the first cold front is making its way through the state
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@BelleStarr (39591)
• United States
8 Dec
@Elizaby lol I will actually be in Florida on January 5th so I have a while yet.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
The spare bedroom is ready! Having Orville back is the greatest gift of all, although I miss that Doodles tremendously. I hope your new baby doesn't miss you too much. Perhaps you will bring him down next year. My son wouldn't let us fly Doodles down. It's his cat afterall. Lol!!!
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@Courtlynn (55603)
• United States
8 Dec
Glad you got there safe. Hope you enjoy your time there!
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
Many, many thanks! Still settling in.
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@Courtlynn (55603)
• United States
8 Dec
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@TRBRocks420 (81049)
• Banks, Oregon
8 Dec
Glad to hear Orville is alive and well. Love the Osprey.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
Thank you! I am so relieved he was here!!!!
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@AmbiePam (49877)
• United States
8 Dec
That is so cool! The whole scene looks like paradise.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
Thanks, Ambie! It is wonderful down here. Still too busy with one zillion errands to really enjoy it, yet.
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@maezee (32963)
• United States
8 Dec
Wow! What a glorious view. Enjoy it.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
It is awesome down here. Thank you!!!
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@Blondie2222 (22365)
• United States
8 Dec
I'm glad everything is still at stand still from the hurricane. Lovely video love nature itself. Enjoy your time in Florida, I am jealous as it's cold and snowing here.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
Thanks so much. We had to screens on our lanai blown out by the hurricane, but had them replaced today. We are supposed to go down to 50 at night this weekend. That's cold for here, but I call it good sleeping weather. Stay safe in that nasty snow!!!
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@Blondie2222 (22365)
• United States
8 Dec
@DianneN Were not getting much snow where i live but people in surrounding areas are getting it worse. I like cold evening's for better sleeping weather also.
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@Blondie2222 (22365)
• United States
9 Dec
@lnillerman that's good, we hardly have anything here either.
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@yugocean (8774)
• India
8 Dec
As you say it is sunny and warm, not hot summer; so this is a nice time for you. Here wether is also lovely, it is winter time and sunny days.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
Thank you! You enjoy your beautiful winter, too!!!
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@yugocean (8774)
• India
8 Dec
@DianneN It is night now, going to sleep, met you in Morning.
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@yugocean (8774)
• India
9 Dec
@lnillerman Now you can enjoy winter as it is winter time; have a nice whether enjoy.
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@dodo19 (33307)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
8 Dec
I'm glad to hear from you and that you guys are there enjoying Florida. Glad to hear everything went well.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
Thanks so much. We still have things to do and buy. I want to redecorate the lanai with new furniture.
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@dodo19 (33307)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
8 Dec
@DianneN I'm sure that you'll get everything done.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
9 Dec
@dodo19 I have four months to do it. We still need meat, but that can wait. lol
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@shaggin (37310)
• United States
8 Dec
I was thinking you drove down but the flight would be so much faster. Yay I’m so glad to hear the good news about Orville.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
We drove three times out of five, but bought a car to leave down here. It's so much quicker. LOL! I am so thankful and relieved that Orville is still here. No one saw him, so I thought the hurricane got him. He is so adorable!
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
9 Dec
@lnillerman That is awesome!!! I would love an owl, too!!!!!!!!
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@shaggin (37310)
• United States
9 Dec
@lnillerman I love owls we have them in the area but I’ve never gotten to see one
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@bluesa (14113)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
8 Dec
Oh! That's lovely, Dianne, and I am so happy Orville was there to greet you :) . Hiya there Orville! Lol, Doodles is rightly grumbling, hugs to him when he chats to you again. Enjoy the beautiful weather.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
Many thanks, as usual! We are thrilled that Orville is here. I just love that boy! Don't tell Doodles, although I love him just as much. lol
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@bluesa (14113)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
9 Dec
@DianneN, lol, you have space for both!
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
11 Dec
@bluesa I do, but our son nixed us having Doodles full time. Drat!
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Dec
So pleased that Orville is doing fine. He probably waits impatiently each year for you to arrive.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
That, I doubt, but it is so good to have him here. Sigh of relief.
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@JudyEv (130205)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec
@DianneN So much can happen in the time you're away.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
9 Dec
@JudyEv After the big hurricane, I was so worried. No one had seen him.
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@Hannihar (40060)
8 Dec
Sounds cool Dianne. Glad you arrived safely and eventually will be able to relax.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
Thank you. Eventually. Perhaps Sunday? lol
@Hannihar (40060)
10 Dec
@DianneN Whenever enjoy your time away and the warm weather there.
@moffittjc (44489)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Dec
Sure is a pretty day down there! I'm so happy we rolled out the welcome mat for you by giving you some beautiful weather!
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
And don't think I don't appreciate your Southern hospitality! Thank you!
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@moffittjc (44489)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Dec
@DianneN Did you ever wonder why we say "southern hospitality," instead of just regular hospitality? Does that mean northerners don't practice hospitality? haha
@ilocosboy (35682)
• Philippines
8 Dec
Sounds a great vacation for you and your husband.
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@DianneN (82092)
• United States
8 Dec
We are on permanent vacation, since we both took early retirement! Lol! Thanks!
@ilocosboy (35682)
• Philippines
9 Dec
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