I’ve been in Florida almost a week now. What do I think?
I LOVE IT. Yes, it’s hot. Yes, it’s humid, but I adapted to the different lifestyle immediately, though I sweated a lot the first few days. I came down from MN with winter-thick blood, and already, I’m changing to survive in my new environment. This happened to me the last time I came down here, so I knew what to expect.
The first few days, I stayed at R’s house. For those of you who don’t know, R is an old lover of mine, and a close friend. He’s been helping me every step of the way. He found my condo, he helped facilitate my rental of it, and he charmed the shit out of the owners. They love him, despite his very long hair and hippie air. 🙂 I owe him a lot, because he also opened his house to me when I arrived.
Let’s be honest here. We don’t click on every level. He watches TV way the fuck more than I do, which is almost never. But he likes movies, I like movies, and we get along in important ways. We both love plants and growing things and living as natural a lifestyle as we can. When I told him I had to write the last night I was there, he left me alone to do that. He gets a lot of brownie points for that.
He has a brother down here, and the brother’s wife. And nieces and nephews and various other assorted relatives. I lived here first, then they all moved down. Heh. I can’t blame them. So we all went out to dinner one night at this pretty terrific restaurant. The liquor was flowing, the grounds were incredibly beautiful, and the food was excellent. It was a wonderful dinner. I had the Chilean blackened salmon. OMG, so good.
This display was only a few feet from where we ate.
Before we sat at a table and his relatives joined us, we wandered the extensive grounds and saw the following.
Totally gorgeous, and a beautiful evening. There is a huge pond on the premises, with waterfalls. I spied the gecko peeking over the rock and snapped a few pics. The last photo was of a massive tree hung with Spanish moss.
A good time was had by all. 🙂