This will be a short blog tonight! I have been up since 2:45 AM, and am just sitting down now. I flew to Newark, the armpit of America, and then to Sarasota. It was 80 when I got here, which was wonderful but it was also 80 today at home! My son told me that Connecticut broke the record for the warmest day ever in March! Of course, when I’m going to Florida.
The first thing I did when I got to baggage claim at the airport was to take off my socks, lol. I wished I had flip flops to change into but they were all in my bag.
My sis and I stopped for lunch at Olive Garden. Then we drove around a few neighborhoods in Bradenton before we headed for her house near the beach, solely because the traffic to the beach doesn’t thin out til about 3. She lives on Longboat Key off the west coast, and the only way to get there is two causeways from Bradenton.
I saw a couple of really cute neighborhoods that I liked, one was the Village Arts Center, and another was just a cute neighborhood of older single family Florida homes. No high-rises, not full of tourist rentals, or time-shares.
We got to her house, and I was greeted by the peacocks which run wild here, and are in mating season, so the males are always showing off their beautiful plumage. And was also greeted by the myriad of small little lizards that run around in her gardens and on her deck. They’re so cute. And skittish. I’ll start getting pics tomorrow, but today my phone was almost deal when I got here so no pics. We took a breather in her pool for about a half hour, she and my brother-in-law and me. Then we got dressed, I in my new dress I just bought last week (the one that’s above the knee!) We went to an art show at her community art center, where she had a picture showing. It was a great show! But no pics, again, because my phone was too dead to take with me.
Then my brother-in-law surprised us and made reservations for dinner at a very swank restaurant in Sarasota, on St. Armand’s Circle, which is a lot like Rodeo Drive in LA. It was fabulous. I told him I felt like a princess. My sis and I have just been catching up all day. Having so much fun. She writes too, and I may show her how to start a blog tomorrow.
I put up that blog about my 2nd blog because I have gotten quite a few new followers who don’t know anything about it. I got a request from someone I didn’t know though, so I guess I should reiterate that the blog is for people who I know and know me. You have to be a follower here, to be one there. This person had a blog with no posts, and was not a follower, has never commented on my blog. So for more on that subject, I may write on the private blog. LOL. But not here.
This place is paradise. Like, really. Palm trees, a lagoon pool with a hot tub, hibiscus and amaryllis and bougainvilla in bloom. Tropical breezes and salt air all around. Laid back, no one is in a hurry. At home, we have a law in the stores, “no shoes, no shirt, no service.” No such law here. People in line at CVS with sand on the back of their calves, barefoot, in bikinis with a towel wrapped around their waist.
We’re going to the beach tomorrow……:). The best thing is, all the chaos of the last few days is behind me, up in CT in the minds of the idiots where it belongs. Doesn’t exist here, and it’s not coming back into my house. Not to be full of myself, but I was actually getting some attention in my dress tonight!
Life is so much better down here. Love and light all.