I have not kept up with this blog space of mine - I have written in the past that I am not too sure people like to read blogs anymore. Social media sights seem to have taken precedence - it's more "on the spot, get to the point" than a blog post. But, I know for a fact that with what I have to say today, NO ONE would read that long of a Facebook post (my go-to-source for social media lately). So, if you have landed on this page, Thank You for visiting and taking the time to read my thoughts!
I lived in Virginia for not all, but the majority of my adult life. Most of my immediate family is there. We built what we thought was our "Dream and Forever Home" about 6 years ago. Last year, for various reasons, we decided to make a change and move to Florida. My folks lived in the Tampa area for over 25 years, and I was quite familiar with this part of the State. So, after several trips to Florida and narrowing down our number one priority (water front), we purchased a just-built home in October 2018. Mostly for this reason:
|My backyard - Tampa Bay, Florida|
I believe the term "Island Time" applies to most subcontractors in Florida (at least Hillsborough County). The builder we have was/is awesome - but the subcontractors...not so much. Truly - never had someone make an appointment with me and simply ... Not. Show. Up. Not everything was completed by the time we moved in, but we moved in anyway. We still had projects to complete, so we attempted to contract with various plumbers (they are the worst) and electricians to get the jobs done. It was probably the hardest and most frustrating 6 months I have ever encountered in my life...and I have moved many times over the years. To this day, subcontractors and vendors make appointments...and simply do not show up.
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This is just one example of the lack of adequate health care in the south Hillsborough County area of Florida. I won't bore you with the rest. I feel for the elderly, however, who chose Florida for their final retirement. Especially the "single" senior citizens, who have no one to serve as the advocate and go-between. Several nurses with the various doctors we have seen simply state that the area has too many people and not enough doctors.
Well...three people will be leaving - that should free up some space!
In August, we drove back to Virginia for a few days to spend time with immediate family, and found a lot of land. New house is designed, and we break ground around February 2020. Estimated completion is December 2020. Let's face it - the view in Florida is beautiful, but there is so much more to life than looking out a window!
The original completion date for the new home was going to be September 2020, but as with all new construction, that date has been pushed. So, as of yesterday, we are tentatively scheduled to bug out of Florida by 1 March 2020, as trying to go through the selection process REMOTELY for all the nitty gritty details on a home is just too daunting. We found a rental home close by the new lot and we could not be happier, Sarge included!
|The Boss... Sarge|
|Turquoise and Bali Silver Bracelet|
With an original move date of August/September, I have been diligently stocking my shop - and it is chock full of goodies that I truly do not want to sit in storage for a year!
|Faceted Labradorite Cuff with 14K Gold Accent|
So....I am have a true - Store Closing Sale in my shop!
|Hammered Copper and Turquoise Earrings|
|Azurite and Artisan Glass Sterling Silver Necklace|
|Garnet and Pierced Sterling Silver Earrings|
|Emeralds and Sterling Silver Earrings|
|Etched Copper and Blue Chalcedony Earrings|
I am starting off this Store Closing Sale with 35% off - no minimum. Everything must go!
Just use the coupon code: CLOSE35
And EVERY SINGLE PENNY from the proceeds of my sales will be donated to Miracle Horse Rescue and Sanctuary - as always!
If you have made it to the end of this blog post - Thank You for taking the time to commiserate with me! :) It's only Happy Thoughts from here on out!