As I have said before, I never ever thought of moving to Florida. GG wanted to play golf every day and I was looking for a fresh start after the loss of both my husband and best friend in Virginia. But now that I have moved here, I love it! I live in paradise.
I thought as a little departure from my home escapades, I would share a little more about what I have learned about life here.
1. I have always been completely and totally neurotic about my hair being perfect at all times. I went to my hairdresser in Alexandria twice a week and NEVER washed or blow dried my own hair. Here it's "Beach Hair, Don't Care." I wash my hair once a week, let in dry naturally, and it looks great. Blond and beachy. Beach hair, don't care.
2. High heels that I wore every day because I am petite are a thing of the past. Jack Rogers sandals and Tory Burch flip-flops. Bye bye stilettos.
3. Bras are also adios. In this heat, they are so annoying. Seriously not comfortable.
4. Here is my Florida look above. A loose breezy dress, sunglasses, straw bag, jewelry, done.
5. My skin here looks fantastic. I always wear sunscreen and sunglasses, but my skin is dewy and radiant - must be the humidity.
6. I love the sunshine 365 days a year. It makes me happy.
7. The skies here are stunning, so blue and amazing clouds.
8. The food is so good and so cheap - Everything is local and fresh and delicious. Fish, crabs, produce, the quality and prices down here are fantastic. I love cooking,
9. Palm trees everywhere. Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
10. HomeGoods is the best.
11. No state income taxes.
12. Real estate is so much cheaper than DC.
13. Gardening here is delightful. You can garden 365 day a year. Everything grows like crazy with the heat and rain. And so easy to plant with the sandy soil after the clay soil of NOVA.
14. The style here is very casual both in fashion and interior design. The look here is not Palm Beach, although mine is very Palm Beach.
15. People tend to be from Canada and the Midwest, although this area has been discovered by New Yorkers, so that is changing.
16. People are very physically fit - lots of walking, jogging, biking, golfing, tennis, swimming, etc.
17. Everyone wants to come visit - a problem now of course with the pandemic, but hopefully that will change.
Well, I have a busy week planned. The painters will be finishing up and I have lots more to move before the movers come next week for the furniture. Furniture deliveries will be starting in a couple of weeks. I need to get a handyman in for some projects. The handyman I used here is quarantined because his wife is having hip surgery. I interviewed someone highly recommended on Friday and he gave me the creeps. He showed up with no mask and was a bit too familiar. He ended with "Call me anytime, day or night." Yuck. Any handyman recommendations in my hood would be greatly appreciated.