September 23, 2012

Boston You're My Home!

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I feel passionate about moving back to my roots but with the advice of a financial planner tells me I can’t afford to make the move. Yet, I really want to pursue it, no matter what anyone else thinks.

I want to cancel out his advice when I’m told I can’t fulfill my dreams. The only place where your goals and dreams are possible is inside your head. I want to go ahead and follow through. Then the fears set in and I know that he is right that financially, it is impossible to make the move.

What scares me is that we all know time flies and years slip away. The time is passing me by and keeping me away from my children, family and friends. I want to make the necessary changes to make me happy. I want to make beautiful memories again, so I can look back with no regrets.

I attempted once to make the move in 2007 and I actually put my condo up for sale but not one bite, the economy was against me. The economy has not changed all that much now to try again unless I want to accept half of what my condo is worth.

Yes, it does cost more to live in Massachusetts than to live in Florida but I’m alone here. Don’t get me wrong, I have friends here in Florida but the hurricane season leaves my heart in palpitations all the time. I hate the humidity and constant heat. The winters are usually glorious but last winter was not……….just hot and then hotter!

I have been living in Florida for 22 years now but since my husband has passed away. All the sunshine, palm trees and blooming flowers are not enough for me to want to stay here by myself.

Someone said to me, “Stay in Florida because eventually everyone will retire in Florida anyway and then you will be stuck up North all by yourself again.” Ughhhhhhhhh! True, that could very well happen. It certainly would be a dilemma for me then for sure!

I actually miss the snow. Of course, I would select a senior place to live where I would not have to shovel snow. I’m retired so I won’t have to freeze and wait for the bus and trains to travel to a workplace. But Mass transportation would be handy if necessary. Seniors in Florida can’t get around like they can up north. Once your driver’s license is taken away from you, you are stuck indoors due to the damn heat.

I’m a city girl and always will be!  Boston, you’re my home!

September 5, 2012

Message from me regarding Spams lately!

I beefed up the security again on both of my blogs. Everyone will have to use the "word verification" which is a pain and also I have to approve all comments before they are posted due to all this spam that came across both my blogs recently. I spent over an hour deleting and reporting spam on many posts this morning. All were about "viagra". Everything should be fine now.

You will not be able to see your comment right after you typed it because they have to email me first to be approved so it will be posted after that.

What a pain in the neck. This all happened because people were complaining about having to deal with the word verification feature and also they thought their comments were not being posted because they did not see it immediately so I removed all of those features and guess what happened???? Tons of spam! So security is back on again.

Hugs, Rose

September 3, 2012

Labor Day Weekend!

This long Labor Day weekend was a blank canvas on my calendar and all my friends were busy, so I decided to go solo and create my own masterpiece. I had three days to do something for myself instead of just cleaning the house or sitting in front of my computer creating more animations. I decided to get out and enjoy being outdoors after being stuck in the house due to the outer bands that thrashed Palm Beach County from Hurricane Isaac causing flooded streets all last week.

I decided to start day one at the Library. Gosh, I love the smell of the library, don’t you? Love the coffee shop in our new Library, so I headed there after selecting a few books to take home. It was getting costly to purchase books lately. “People watching” is also one of my favorite things to do. I will eventually want to own a Kindle Fire because they look so cool whenever I see someone using them.

Did you know that you can borrow a book from the library and download it to your Kindle all for free???? It is my understanding that there is a time limit to read the book before it is automatically removed from your Kindle. The good thing is that your Kindle only has your germs on it and not like the tons of germs from all the folks that have taken out that library book before you. Yah, I’ve become a bit germ-o-phobic! LOL

Day two, I decided to contact a lovely elderly woman that used to live in my complex but sadly she is blind and her son built an in-law apartment for this lovely lady so she would not be alone and they could care for her. It was getting difficult for him to stop by every day after work plus he has a family of his own.

I remembered how I enjoyed reading to her every Sunday when she lived here and would share my leftover food with her since she loved my Italian cooking and she also lived alone.
So, I spent a lovely afternoon on day two, reading to this sweetheart of a lady. She was delighted to see me and I realized how much I missed seeing her.

Day three, of this holiday weekend, I decided to take a long walk down the beach. Something I have not done in years! I chose to go to Deerfield Beach, as they have benches along the shoreline, so I can stop when my knee acted up and my back started to ache. It also gave me more people watching time.

I ended the day by going to the movies by myself and after the movies, stopped to have a cocktail at a local lounge.

No, this long weekend didn’t involve a spectacular getaway vacation somewhere or an expensive dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. It was simple yet a unique masterpiece filling my empty calendar designed by me only!

How many times have you wished that you had time to enjoy the simple things of life that didn’t involve anyone else but you? Stop wishing. It’s here. It’s called today. So go where you’ve been meaning to go. Do what you’ve been meaning to do. Go ahead and create your own unique masterpiece.

Most times, I would prefer to be with my circle of friends. I like to choose my audience wisely. I believe it is important to surround yourself with people who see you and appreciate who you really are. It is important to make it a practice to keep the company of those who only want the very best for you. Stop wasting your time trying to convince those who don't "get" you or understand your choices in life.

Everyone needs a cheerleader!