I Love Florida Now But Hated It Once
Snow Storms Stink
My Hub is about living in Fl. I moved here with my daughter and granddaughter in 1993.I needed a change and it was a big one. At my last day of work I found my car stuck in the parking lot, and here I am stuck in the snow and stuck in my life. I quit my job and sold my home and packed up for Fl. I would be lying if I told you I moved because of the beaches, boats, and fishing. I moved here to get a fresh start and make a new life. I hated the snow and the cold. I hated being stuck, shoveling out my driveway and my sidewalk, chopping ice off my windshield, dressing like an Eskimo and warming up my car before I left for work. Yes, I really hate winter. Even as a kid I did not like the snow for more than a day or two at a time. My jacket is from Canada but it is just not warm enough for me.
We did not get to leave for Florida until a day latter. This was one bad winter, I was glad to leave. It was cold 2 below zero, when we left. I grew up here and was married to my husband for 20 years before we got divorced. I was terribly sad over the divorce but looking forward to starting a new life. I put all my faith in God and everything just worked itself out. I am extremely grateful.
I found a new job in less than a week and got my first shock in my new environment. The pay was unbelievably low, but I knew I would still be able to make it on my own. I had already bought a home here 4 years earlier. We moved in the house 3 females and Barney our watch dog. This living at, " Little House On The Prairie" was one new adventure. We had 10 acres of woods for our back yard. I always wonder what people do in the country now I know. This is backwoods country. Now, I know what they do in the country. I am always busy.
This adventure has brought me and my daughter closer together. One night I heard this scream telling me there is something under the cement in the garage it looked like something from hell it turned out to be a harmless armadillo. I when to my new job and on the floor were the ugliest creatures, I cannot ever describe them. They are called mole crickets. Sick.
One night I heard something fighting under my house my dog killed a cat from hell. The cat was not a domesticated cat it was half Bobcat and part regular cat. That cat had the biggest head I had ever seen. My daughter and I buried it. Never had cats up north like these.
The next night I heard these sounds hitting the side of the house, it was about midnight and I was not going out to look. I saw our closest neighbor and asked him what is the noise.Its pitch black out there no street light no outside lights. I found out it was bats that made the noise.
It has been 20 years since I left the Great Lakes and my whole life. This has been a much better chapter.
Great Jacket To Keep Warm
My Son bought the jacket and it kept him very warm.This is a smart jacket for the winter.
You Don't Just Move To Florida You Learn To Adapt
What's To Learn? Plenty
I live in the country and have the best of both worlds. I worked in a small city and love coming back to my country home. The first big lesson I learned about an insect called red ants. Locals call them fire ants. Takes a week to get over them. Second lesson all Yankees need to look down at the ground, I shot a rattlesnake with a 32 pistol. I swear it looked like the bullets bounced off him. The snake was close to the house so I knew I had to kill him because I figured he would be back. I have great intuition. I left a machete setting next to the door, No time to think I cut his head off. I learned you can not afford to get bit, they are deadly. I came home from work and new daughter - in-law was over to spend a few days with me and my new husband, She had killed a rattlesnake and cooked it in my frying pan. I threw out the frying pan and made her go buy a new one. There will be no snake in my frying pan.
My car got 2 flat tires so I pulled over got out of my car and heard funny sounds.There was a mama and her little orange piglets. I found out that 1/2 hog 1/2 monster will chase you.Feral Pigs are the ugliest I have ever seen. They have big tusks.
I use to think the locals were loco. They did everything at the crack of dawn. If we have a flea market it will start at 6:00 am. I go to work at 3:30 AM, every day. Every thing is done early in the morning. Why? After living here 20 years I know the answer. It is too Hot, Hot, in the summer.
In conclusion, I have learned so many new things living in Florida. When I came here I was scared that I could not make it. I'm glad I took the chance I love it here and all the different things to see and do.
The snow boots help to keep the feet warm. This is a necessity in cold climates.
Then And Now - Happy Days
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Things To see in North Flordia - A Great Place To Live Or VacationClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Real Florida
This photo tells the story of the real Florida not the Disney one. The Santa Fa River, is less than a mile from my home and has some of the best bass fishing I have ever seen. I have enjoyed many rides on the river with my husband in his Jon boat. I have also taken many hikes looking for arrow heads and anything else interesting.
One of my favorite things to see in the springtime is to watch the Sturgeon jump in the river, and sometimes they are so big they can knock people out of their boats. Some of the Sturgeon get to be 300 lbs.Sit and watch they are amazing. Another favorite thing I like is to watch the Kites they are an invitation from God to look at his majestic beauties. This is something to see. Update 07- 15- 2015 No lie about the sturgeon, they are that big. Last week a 5 year old girl got killed the Sturgeon knocked her out of the boat. This was over at the Santa Fe river. This was very sad.