|Ok!!! So??? Where do I start????
Let’s start in Florida.
I believe most of you know our intentions for going to Florida was to bear near Miami’s Brasilian Consulate to fly out of Orlando or Miami to go to Brasil in July or August of 2012. We also despise cold weather. Never again will I ever live in an area in temps below 50 degrees F. My first winter in CA was in 2003. The last was 2011. 2012 was in Florida at a Wildlife Management Area. We left the Management area in March for Orlando to start downsizing our possessions. This was the sixth time for me since1997. We planned on about six months to do this in a leisurely fashion. Certainly in 6 months it should be no problem to sell our RV, truck, camping membership, winter clothing, tools , kitchen small appliances, traveling companion , Hyacintha, camping equipment, dishware, bake ware, and yeah there’s more but I’m stopping here, cuz, dear reader you should know realize our ‘pack-rat’ ways. We spent the first three weeks in Orland. Resting after our 6 month work experience at the WMA.
We spent the next three weeks in Wildwood, Ca. , a new spot for us. We sold many items there during weekend yard sales. We spent more time finding new eateries. We had a visit from a dear friend from western Florida. We contacted a person about selling the RV and Truck.. No hurry Please It’s only April-- We have until August. Our 3 week rotation sent us back to Orlando. On the way we stopped at an RV dealer. He had a buyer for RV and truck. OK we have until August . Right???? That’s up to the buyer.
Orlando third day here. Need to call buyer !! Buyer --when can you bring the RV and truck To Titusville.
Me-- August… Buyer-- May!!! Me--In 2 weeks???? Lina--- YES, YES, YES.
Me 2 Lina Here is what needs to be done in 2 Weeks: apply for Visa-- get airline tickets-- find a home for Hyacintha. Clean out everything in RV and truck. Pack what we were taking to Brasil-- 7 - 70 pound suitcases filled to full 70 pounds-- extra baggage fee $225.00
2 weeks later APRIL16 in Hotel in TITUSVILLE UNTIL we get my visa and Airline tickets. Guaranteed visa by last of April.. Book Hotel until May 10th. Only thing in our possession --7 suitcases my laptop-- 2 carry on bags --6-3x2x4 plastics storage boxes of last minute decisions as what to do.--give take or dump.
April 20+- Favorite Pa cousins arrived for short visit and goodbyes… visit space center take five hour airboat ride up the St. John’s river-- see Thousands-+++ gators.
April 25th Kinda liking easy hotel life-- eat --sleep-- compute--eat--swim-- compute--eat---nap---eat---sleep.
April 28 Visa Arrives
May 2 Tickets arrive
May 4 Orlando Airport
May 7 Sleeping in our very own New sleep number bed in Teresina, Piaui, Brasil
So What’s happened in Brasil 3 Weddings-- a huge Graduation(law school) and party.2 bday parties. 10 invites to family dinners OH!! Did I mention I have lost 8 pounds since arriving. My obtaining my permanent residency. My warmest winter in 77 years coldest nigh 57 degrees. Succulent cashew fruit from our very own tree planted on2010 visit. Our own coconuts soon our own bananas in May.
Life is good… have not driven since April 15th.