Color Coded

The move to our new rental condo is completed.  We still have some boxes haphazardly sitting in parts of the living room, each of us no doubt waiting for the other to take charge of what's in them. In spite of that, closets are now mostly organized, clothes are settling into their final destinations, and thankfully the … Continue reading Color Coded

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Wandering Jews

Dig our living room's current state of feng shui.  Whoever said that clutter is inharmonious to a home's energy balance is nothing but a big killjoy.  I am sure of this because each time I haul out my treasures that have been tucked away drawers and closets, I feel as if I'm attending a big family reunion -- thankfully without the undercurrents of resentment. … Continue reading Wandering Jews

Forcin’ the Endorphins

It was nine months ago that we quit our previous gym membership in Oregon shortly before I retired and relocated to Florida.  When I last blogged on this topic in November, we were considering using the fitness center at our community's clubhouse.  "Fitness Center" is what those second-rate chain hotels call the small, cramped rooms that hold their exercise equipment.  Sadly, our little community here … Continue reading Forcin’ the Endorphins

Critter Conundrum

An issue lurking from even before our move to Florida is starting to bubble to the surface: we have a pet problem. Our problem lies with the fact that in fact we don't have a pet.  Twice now Gorgeous has given up pets for the sake of our relationship.  She is a huge cat lover and is used to living in a home where … Continue reading Critter Conundrum

Green Peeves

I worked at an apartment and golf course complex in the summers of my college years. I cleaned the clubhouse floors, bathrooms, and took care of light maintenance for the pool. Most of that work took place in the morning.  In the afternoons I mowed grass around apartment buildings. The rest of my co-workers all had very specific … Continue reading Green Peeves

Flatlined For The Holidays

The holidays can be very stressful time of year.  This is why I shouldn't be too surprised that Santa has become a bit of a victim.  I found him this morning outside his nearby condo (who knew?).  I hate to be catty, but quite frankly he's looked better. It is admittedly difficult to navigate the … Continue reading Flatlined For The Holidays

Middle Age Peep Show

When our landlord showed us our rental condo for the first time, she was very proud of all the window treatments.  She showed how they provided a great amount of privacy while also giving us an opportunity to look outside.   "Hey, cool," we thought.  One-way viewing at its finest. The living room has sheer … Continue reading Middle Age Peep Show

Tranquility? Or a Killing Field?

The community where we live is surrounded by a golf course.  The entire property is  beautifully landscaped with lush, tropical plantings and many water ponds.  On our morning and evening walks we will often stop to watch wildlife such as egrets, pelicans of all varieties, blue herons, pink flamingos, soft-shell turtles, and alligators.  Occasionally a couple … Continue reading Tranquility? Or a Killing Field?

“Underage” Shenanigans

Shhhhhhh! I have just a little over three weeks until I turn 55.  This is important because on that day my wife and I will be allowed to live in our condo community according to their official rules and by-laws.   At the moment, however, we are underage and living here only by the grace … Continue reading “Underage” Shenanigans