Fidget's meds are starting to work. She can breathe without coughing now. However, the prednisone is making her nights very restless and scary. I was up for 3 hours with her last night. I'm tired.
See the pretty flowers? Nice. I took several shots like this at my uncle's pool while we were sitting on his lanai having lunch the other day. I'm going to feature Florida photos all week because they are prettier and sunnier and better than anything I will take here in the 10 degree winter-storm-warning-snow-is-on-the-way-again stuff we have here. I want to go back!
Well, I guess that's going to happen. Because after two extended-winter-rental vacations down there, my parents decided to move to the Tampa area and are closing on their new home in a few weeks. [It's very 'Del Boca Vista', a la Seinfield.] They've bought a nice 3 bedroom in a retirement golf community where every day is a party. I'm serious. They go for a walk in the afternoon and get invited in to a neighbor's house and the next thing you know, they're drinking margaritas poolside.
Last week they spent the day on their neighbors' sailboat, going out to a sand bar/island in the channel. For about 8 miles the water was crystal clear and 8-9 feet deep. They saw all sorts of sea life. Dolphins jumped in the distance. When they reached the island, they roasted hot dogs and drank beer on the beach. My friend Katie said, "man, that's like college for retired people." No kidding. This is the stuff they do. Every day.
So I'm glad they're having fun. Their new house has plenty of room for us to visit and the 2.5hr direct flight wasn't bad. It will be fun to plan Florida trips throughout the year to get away, and not worry about the cost of lodging or rental cars. We've got additional family down there, so we'll get to see them more often, too. They're all very close -- within 20 minutes -- and my aunts and uncles (all snowbirds from Massachusetts and New Hampshire) all showed up for a little early 2nd birthday party for Fidget on Saturday. We realized it had been 8 years since we've been able to do something like that.
I always wanted to be different than my parents who, until this winter, did a lot of tv watching and staying in, rarely socializing or doing much. My, how things have changed. Retirement kind of rocks, I think.