Life is what we make it...

Here I am...Happy, Happy, Happy!

So here I am in Florida Land...A place I longed to be...The house got sold, though I never really said goodbye to it, not officially... For "Closing Day" was one big Rush, Rush...That fact haunts me...For I have no closure, and silly as it might sound to someone else, I needed that. For that little house was like a "Womb"...we'd done so much in the five years that we spent in it...Fixing, painting, making it "us". I know the New Owners will Love it, they said they did over and over again, before, and after closing..."We LOVE it, We LOVE it"! So I guess that will have to work for me.

Florida is Wonderful, the people are Friendly and Nice, and for the most part, "Polite" and more Laid back, which took some getting used to after having lived on the Jersey Shore for over 20 years. Now I'm NOT putting Jersey down...NEVER! You know how I loved the Beach and the Sand, and the Boardwalk...But the people, the TRUE New Jersey ones...Ah, the "Attitude", that Jersey Attitude, they know what I'm talking about, and believe me, some of that Attitude did rub off on us. But slowly, ever so slowly, we are losing it.

The Condo with the view looks great...We've converted the "Guest" bathroom with the tub into a long walk- in Shower. The Company that did the work, which will remain Nameless...Because it was quite an Experience...lots of MISTAKES were made, but they CHEERFULLY, ever so CHEERFULLY corrected them, as they Damaged other areas in the process...But, in the end, we were ALL pleased with the Results...CHEERFULLY So. NOW Gluttons for punishment that we are, we are going to have them do the Shower in the Master Bedroom later on this month! So of course they are Happy, Happy...While we are quietly OPTIMISTIC...

Now New Year's has come and gone...We spent it in the company of one of our Neighbors at the "Country Club" across the way...An interesting evening indeed. Let me say, we Enjoyed the food, the music, and the people...THEY, did not...THEY thought the Food was AWFUL, wait, they liked the Soup...I, who usually LOVE soup...thought it was ok...But the Rolls, which I had 2 of, were Deliciously warm, and I confess, I even put BUTTER on them! Actually, I just read an article during the week written by a Famed Doctor, stating that Butter is better for you than margarine which has all those additives, etc. Anyway, we all had the "Filet Mignon" which I thought was Delicious, along with a twice baked Potato, and fresh vegetables. Now, I have to confess, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Potatoes, I could live on eating Potatoes along with some fresh vegetables, and Fish, Chicken, or Meat, and be VERY HAPPY...So simply put, I was in Heaven...THEY thought the Potato and the Filet Mignon were TASTELESS, SIMPLY TASTELESS! I've heard Taste buds can change, I'm just saying...

Ah, the Music, I LOVE to dance...and they played music from the 60's on up...Young and old and Lover Man and I were DANCING...Guess who was NOT? Ok, ok, in all fairness, they did do ONE Slow dance. It could have been a Happy time, it SHOULD have been a Happy Time, and you know what...It was a HAPPY TIME for Lover Man & I, after all, Happy is what WE make it!

So as we dance bodies and Minds into 2014, I'm back and Loving it...I missed you guys... I missed reading your Hubs and commenting... I'm BACK... and I'M LOVING IT!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Good to see you back b, I was beginning to think you had left us for good too. Enjoyed hearing about your adventures.

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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Let me be the first to welcome you back with open arms. I missed your adventures. I would love to be in Fla. right now. The weather is frigid, supposed to be 2 below tonight with snow, as much as 6-12 inches. Have a great new year...Cheers.

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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Its great that you are back! I did wonder where you had disappeared too! lol! sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Its a bit late, but HAPPY NEW YEAR! LOL!

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Oh I bet you are so tired of repairs! I am sure it will be worth it when it is over. I envy you now but won't this summer. I could have lived there but just could not take the humidity and the constant cold to hot (outside/inside) made my head hurt so bad. Spent a lot of summers there though (well springs and fall, lol) and have family there still!

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well I hope you are here for awhile. You were missed my friend and I know I speak for a great many Hubbers. Welcome back!

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

So great to see you back! I know how you feel because before we could sell our house in the city, I updated everything and the new owner just raved about it and said it was the best looking one that he had seen. We did not think we would be able to sell it but we did and moved to the peaceful small town/country life going on five years now. Moving is such a pain at times! Too many people are watching HGTV and getting all these ideas of how the house needs to look before it will sell. I did all of that and it worked LOL.

Happy New Year and I hope you continue to love your new home,

Faith Reaper

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toknowinfo 3 years ago

Welcome back and congratulations on a successful move! I am sorry you didn't get to closure on your previous house, I know it was a place of many memories for you and a part of your past. But I learned when I moved from my first home to my second, that home is truly where your heart is. Florida is the future you are embracing wholeheartedly. It is wonderful to be able to read your wonderful writing again and read about your new experiences. Happy New Year to you and Lover Man, and your whole family, and may good things keep happening.

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kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

Good to see you back! Sorry that you were not able to have the right closure with your house in New Jersey.... but I am sure, you are not missing the cold weather and the snow ;-) I am so glad you love Florida and that you enjoy it... that's the most important thing!

I find you courageous to hire the same company for more work after the mistakes... but who knows, they learned something with you and everything will go just fine with the new project!

Enjoy the nice weather! Happy New Year to you and Lover Man!

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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

What a hoot you are and with the neighbors complaining about everything, you still remain positive. That's why I've missed you so much, B, you find humor in so many everyday situations. Nice to have you back. Happy New Year!

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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

Welcome back.. I feel your energy so I hope you're coming back stronger than ever bless you and happy new year...:)

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

So glad to see that you're back. You've been missed. Sorry to hear that your first bath reno didn't go as well as you'd hoped. Maybe the second one with go off without any mishaps at all.

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breakfastpop 3 years ago

Welcome home! I'm back too and enjoying it. You most certainly are in the right place. Tomorrow is going to be 13!

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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

It's great to have you back, b. Malin! I'm glad that you've settled into your new home. I'm looking forward to reading more hubs about your life in Florida. I hope 2014 is a good year for you.

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The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX

Welcome back Barbara. A little bird told me you have a birthday coming so Happy Birthday in advance too!

The Frog

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Welcome back Barbara. I know you know it's impossible to be positive in the company of negative people. Ònly one negative person disturbs harmony in a group. You can only regain your positivity when you're no longer in their zone.

An attitude of ungratefulness turns sweet into bitter....

Fortunately you are a sparkling, positive, and enthusiastic lady - all of this is contagious..... So just be the difference YOU would like to see in the world and let the rest bake their own potatoes... :)

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cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

welcome back... my sweet writer ..

missed your posts ..

and glad you are in good spirits


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Welcome back Barbara. Jersey shore to Florida -- that is quite a change. But you sound altogether upbeat and positive about it. As Michael said, you are in good spirits. :) Theresa

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Becky, Good to see you here...I missed YOU and reading your Hubs too!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Aw, Ruby...You know I missed you too...as for Florida Land, it's been cool, tonight going into the 40's...BUT, I'm NOT complaining. Ditto on 2014...May it be a Good Year for ALL of us.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hey Nell, Thanks...Missed my Hub Buddies...Moving is NOT FUN...but now we're settled so let the Hubbing begin... Happy 2014 to YOU!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

You got it girlfriend...thank goodness we are almost done. We are in N. Palm Beach and so far, being near the water, I can't complain yet about the weather...I'll be hubbing about it!

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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

So Very Happy to read a hub of yours. You haven't lost your touch.

Happy 2014

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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Welcome back, dear friend and glad you are getting settled and happy in FL... you have been missed.

Hoping you have a happy birthday tomorrow and a fabulous 2014!

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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hello Barb! It’s so good to see you…you have been missed. Moving is not a pleasant experience…so many things can and do go wrong. Thank goodness it’s over. I’m happy you are pleased with your new surroundings. As you know, you left “Brrrr” temps behind, and we are a tad bit envious of those relatively balmy breezes. Happy New Year! :-)

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Thanks so much Bill. You never realize how much time and ENERGY selling a home, moving, settling in a New State can be. etc., ETC...But now I'm hoping for a more normal time in my life. I truly missed Everyone!

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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

Welcome back!! It was great seeing this new hub and felt like old times reading it. Sounds like you and Lover Man are off to a great start in 2014.

Am so glad you sold your beach home to a couple who loves it.

Am also glad your condo with a view, and Florida lifestyle are living up to your expectations.

Hope to see more posts about your new adventures!

Hugs & Love,


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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Tonowinfo,

Thanks for all your Wonderful thoughts dear Friend, they are so true. I'm getting to realize what life is all about...it's really what we make it, on the way to living it...

A very Happy, Healthy 2014 to you and your Family too!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Kidscrafts, Thank YOU. You are so right about the weather in NJ...I guess Closure is what we make of it. We must be CRAZY going with this company again, but, hey, it's got to be better, after all who knows about another company...

A Very Happy Healthy New Year of 2014 to you and your Family too!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Peg,

So Glad I could make you SMILE...The Best stories are the ones we live from day to day. Thanks for you Wonderful Comments, they made me Smile too.

A very Happy & Healthy 2014 to you and your Family too!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Frank, Good to be back...I'm trying, I'm trying.

A very Happy & Healthy 2014 to you t00!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Susan, Thank YOU. As for that 2nd Bathroom, here's hoping...Seeing you here, makes me know I'm really BACK!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Breakfastpop,

It so GOOD to be back among the BEST and I do mean you...Missed the fun of reading everyone's Hubs. Hello 2014, may it be a GOOD one for all of us!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Alicia, Thank YOU dear friend...Ah, Florida...we're FREEZING HERE! Only kidding!! A Very Happy, Healthy 2014 to you as well!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Frog, missed YOU! I did have a Birthday, so THANK YOU...

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Martie, Good thoughts from a Great Mind, so Thank YOU! Hey, dear Friend, a very Happy, & Healthy New Year in 2014, to you and your Family!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Michael, Thank YOU. Writing always takes the edge away...A very Happy & Healthy 2014 to you.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Theresa, THANK YOU! It is quite a change...mixed emotions, but I'm glad we are in Florida, and starting to build Memories.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Why THANK YOU, Wetnose, It's been a long hall back...But I'm so glad to be here. Happy 2014!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Mar, Thank YOU so much. Ah Birthdays, I like them Mellow, and it was!

A FABULOUS 2014 to you as well dear Friend.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Genna, Thank YOU! Well as you know by now, Florida is going through a COLD SPELL, buy having also lived in New England...this is NOTHING...Happy New Year in this year of 2014 to you and your lovely Family.

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Gail, So Good to be back...It does feel like "old times"...Thanks for all your understanding thoughts. Hug, Good Health, and Love to you and your Family too.

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teaches12345 3 years ago

So good to see you again! I love your cheerful post here and you have me dancing!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Teacher,

Thank YOU. As LONG as you're Dancing...I'm Happy! I'll back and I'll be visiting.

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Theater girl 3 years ago from New Jersey

So glad your move went well. Your style of writing is open and fun. I will visit again to read more!

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b. Malin 3 years ago Author

Hi Theater girl, Thank YOU so much. I will look forward to your visits!

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Scribenet 19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Decided to visit you and see how everything is coming along. Nice to hear all is well in Florida.

I haven't been Hubbing for awhile but I haven't forgotten the fun and excitement of writing in those days and sharing with everyone! Take care!

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b. Malin 19 months ago Author

Hi Scribenet, good to hear from you. I've been working on editing my book, so I haven't been writing for Hub pages the way I used to. It was Fun and I'd like to get back to it too!

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Scribenet 19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I think a book definitely takes priority. Congratulations for writing one. The editing takes time as well... probably more than writing. Keep us posted when you are done and publishing! Best wishes! Go girl! :)

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