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Welcome to Florida

Saturday, October 26, 2013

I arrived on Wednesday late evening. In spite of some craziness at the gate in Atlanta for my connecting flight, the trip was fine. It was a little chilly that first day, Thursday, but it's back to 80+ and sunny today. Just perfect.

My message from the Bible this morning was "pursue peace" so that's what I've been keeping in mind today. I certainly needed that advice: I finally made contact with the man-with-the-financials, and made arrangements to meet with him yesterday at noon - noon came, no call, no response, back to the old stonewalling. So I decided to go to his house and waited till 10 AM this morning before heading over there, did try to call first, but again no answer. He finally called ME when I was about two minutes from his home. He was on his way back from Tampa and would be back today around one. His "phone didn't work" yesterday, so he wasn't able to call me to cancel our meeting. I said, OK, I'll be at your house at 2. And I was. We worked together for about an hour. I think I now have all the info and can put it together to give the realtor on Monday. This was NOT how I planned on spending my first few days of vacation, although I knew it would be a working vacation.

Now we pray that the rest of the process of selling my parents' condo goes smoothly!

On Monday, I'll continue with my other main vacation project of organizing the show of my Dad's work. I need to have some giclee prints made and already have a handful of small pieces at the framers to be ready in time to hang on November 4. I won't be alone in organizing the show - the young man at the local museum is great to work with (did I say that already?) and many other friends have offered to help get things set up. We do need to work on some publicity.

It's a little strange being here knowing that I don't have the same roots here that I did when Mom and Dad were alive. I haven't been over to see the condo and don't really plan on spending any time over there waxing nostalgic. However, my former next-door neighbor is a good friend so I'll definitely visit her.

Since getting here, I've been able to see a lot of my friends already, and am invited to a party tomorrow evening where I'll see even more. I also met some artist friends of my father's who I had corresponded with after he died. They are a lovely couple from France who live in Italy and spend the winter in Florida and New Mexico. I've been invited to come visit them near Ticino in Italy next summer. That sounds wonderful!

The cough is still holding but I'm feeling much more rested. Thankful for that, and for the hospitality of my friend whose guestroom is my current home.

AND thankful for my first pair of Orthaheel sandals! The brand was recommended by someone on the Spark Plantar Fasciitis team but they're not available in Germany. Having given up about 20 pairs of shoes in recent weeks, knowing that my feet are not going to get smaller, I've been gradually replacing them with shoes with arch support, and/or shoes that can accommodate my custom-made insoles. Plantar fasciitis is no fun folks, even if it does give me an excuse to buy new shoes!

Here are the ones I got today. So far, they feel pretty good!

More good news will certainly follow...I haven't been to the beach yet!

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    emoticon Cute shoes! Dress is next....

    emoticon I hope the process of winding up is going well for you. So hard to know what to say. It's huge losing parents and it just takes time.

    emoticon It's been dark, cold, rainy and windy in Seattle. Florida sounds pretty sweet right about now.
    1647 days ago
  • TEKRU1
    Progress is good and new shoes even better! I've heard of Orthaheel, but haven't tried them on yet. I'm all about shoes with arch support - especially if they're cute! I'll be looking for some of those here.

    Enjoy your trip!
    1665 days ago
    It feels good to get business done, and it sounds like you are really sorting things out on your FL visit. I hope that the show goes well-- will you be selling anything online, too? I would love to see some of your dad's work!

    Those shoes are so cute! They look perfect for FL weather!
    1666 days ago
    So glad things are getting sorted out now. Also, now I know why your blogs weren't showing up in my feed... so I'm a little late to this one.

    I may have to look into getting a pair of orthoheels sandals myself!
    1666 days ago
    Hope you are enjoying a south Florida sunrise (or did) today Michelle. Actually the sunsets are my favorite.

    So glad to hear that things are falling into place for you and you can focus on putting together your Dad's art show without the stress of the condo weighing heavy.

    I have foot issues and generally buy from The Walking Company. I got some great sandals there and my Dansko Professional clogs have inserts and they are my winter staples.

    This link shows what they have for our particular foot issue. I have the Abeo sandals in a couple styles.

    So wish I could zip on down and attend the art show and give you an in person hug.

    1666 days ago
    those shoes are CUTE! bonus if they're comfy over the long haul. Have fun at the beach - can't wait to hear about it.
    1666 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    WOOHOO! Love the new sandals. Hope you find some more comfortable, good shoes at reasonable prices. I'm glad you were finally able to get in touch with the financials man and get what you needed BEFORE it was too late.

    It sounds like the rest of your time in Florida should go much better and more fun!
    1666 days ago
    Hi Michelle, so glad you are able to get the financials worked out and can spend time enjoying yourself and planning your dad's art show. Love the sandals!
    1667 days ago
    May all your business in Florida go smoothly. Welcome! I'm getting ready to head north for a few week to spend some quality time with my family and university friends.
    1667 days ago
    Michele, I am so happy you had a safe trip and can now get things started with the paper work. Even tho this is a working vacation it is nice to know you will have some fun things to do as well. Cool invite for that Italy visit.
    I've been thinking about those shoes. I am not sure what I have but it is heel pain and I think they might be nice to try. Very stylish too!
    Enjoy that beautiful weather too!

    Praying for more good things ahead!
    1668 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    I'm glad you were finally able to talk with the financial man.
    I too have plantar fasciitis that flairs up from time to time. This is one of those times so I need to look in my drawer for my insert. I've not been walking enough lately to need them but I guess I'm doing better at walking, thus the flareup. It looks like you're having a busy vacation!

    1668 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Happy that you made it safely to Florida. I live here and have enjoyed the lower temps since they will be going up again next week.

    Glad that you found some shoes that are a good fit * pardon the pun!
    1668 days ago
    Michelle, so glad that the paperwork got sorted out! It seems like this trip, although it will have plenty enough work to it, will be a bit more peaceful for you. You are not dealing with a loved one in pain or fighting illness/aging, and you are not making funeral arrangements. There is a simpler peace to just dealing with stuff. I hope that you get many moments of joy during the coming days. Have fun at the party, enjoy the beach, and know that they are looking on with love at the beautiful soul you are! emoticon
    1668 days ago
    Welcome back to the US!

    I think the market has been picking up over the last year. Hopefully, your dad's condo will sell quickly.

    Those look like very nice shoes! I've been getting rid of shoes lately too that are no longer comfortable. No point in keeping things I will never wear.
    1668 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    Good thing you took the initiative and showed up at his place. Now you can get down to the serious business of relaxing
    1668 days ago
    have a great vacation and I hope you get everything accomplished
    1668 days ago
    Sounds like things are slowly falling into place.

    Glad this vacation won't be all work! Have a great time with your friends:) Thank you for posting this pic about the sandals. I have two aunts who have trouble with shoes and I didn't realize they had sandals with special arch in them. This might be something they might like. Thank you for sharing!

    Enjoy the warm Florida weather emoticon
    1668 days ago
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