Retired: Venice Florida Snowbird

by Mary V
(Venice, FL)

We visit from Ohio. We stay in Venice, Florida.

We rent a house for a month from a pair of retirees who treat their Florida house like a time-share, staying in it themselves only one month a year and renting it out the rest of the time.

We go because my mother hates the Ohio winters. She's elderly and has arthritis.

I can't say I actually like much about Florida, let alone love it. The flowers are nice, the beach is nice.

Negatives? Even in the dead of winter, it's hot as hell: the town is overrun with more retirees every year, most of whom should not be allowed behind the wheel of a car, yet drive anyway: huge insects: everywhere you want to go is crowded.

I typically get up and clean the house and do the laundry, then we usually go out to lunch, then we either go to the beach or sit around the pool.

My old people swim, paint or read, while I write. Then we go out again for dinner, after which my old people either watch some TV or see a movie, while I web-surf or write some more.

Then we go to sleep, or they go to sleep - while I have hot-flashes and curse the ineffective air conditioning.

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Florida Snowbird
by: Pat from NY

Dear Florida Snowbird,

My husband and I went to Florida for two months last year for the first time.

I was very anxious about going but agreed to go.
We found a place that allowed us to take our two small pets.

The first month was the most difficult. The second month a little more bearable. The sunshine felt good but last year was a very cold year in Florida. It was always windy and very cool.

We plan to go again this year and hope that the weather will be warmer.

Florida is not my favorite place but my husband feels better out of the cold.

Good luck to you.
Pat

trade places
by: gina

MARY,

I AM NOT THAT IMPRESSED WITH FLORIDA THAT I WOULD WANT TO LIVE THERE ALL YEAR. HOWEVER AS WINTER DRAGS I CERTAINLY WOULD TRADE PLACES FOR THE WINTER MONTHS. SORRY YOU ARE NOT HAPPY..I'M SURE YOU HAVE SEEN THE WEATHER REPORTS ON BUFFALO AND SURROUNDINGS AREAS. I GUESS YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO TRADE WITH ME..... GINA

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