So its been a lil over a week now. I think I’m getting settled in my new place. Not that its that much of a transition since we’ve lived here before, many many years ago. The lil one is adjusting well to her new surroundings. Which, of course, is plenty of family with a whole lot of cousins. Her new school is top notch, she excels in a classroom. We made this move during the wintertime although they say its been very mild. Being in the deep south for so long anything below 50 degrees is definitely a little brisk. It’s a nice change to us though. The perfect cozy temperatures that make you wanna eat a pot of chili and snuggle up with some blankets in front of the tv. Everything is convenient now, anything you could imagine is within 10 minutes. Just the other day I walked to my kids school to pick her up in 60 degree weather in January. Such a simple pleasure, but one I have long been without.
For over 7 years we spent in West Palm Beach, Florida. Which if you don’t know, is life in the fast lane!! From there we moved to a small town in nearby central Florida that, well, has just not been that easy for a Big City Girl like me to adjust to. I mean, it’s Florida, it’s beautiful, but it’s desolate and so so quiet. I’m sure a lot of people would like that, hell I thought I would too. But there’s nothing like the convenience factor. Or the fact that everyone knows my name around here. I’m content with my surroundings atleast for now, and contemplating the part time citizen advantages in all of this. I mean, who wouldn’t want to take their kid back home to Florida for vacations? Disney World anyone??
But it wasn’t just for family reasons honestly. Actually has more to do with this Recession our country and the world is facing. This particular area I’m in now has virtually no foreclosures or abandoned businesses. Places are thriving! If you haven’t traveled or pay much attention to the news you may not even suspect anything is going on. And God Bless You if you don’t. Because I know in small town America that’s simply not the case! It’s been an economic storm brewing in Central FL. In the midst of a Recession, the Kennedy Space Center, who is the area’s #1 employer, shut down. It’s directly affected us all. The area is left with the steepest employment decline in the entire state and a huge loss of tourism in general. We’ve seen people sell,what looks like all their belongings on the driveway, less than a week later,you’ll see them loading up a simple Uhaul truck, never to be seen again.It’s sad really. The area is full of newer homes, most of which are sitting there vacant. I just can’t figure what the banks are planning to do with this huge amount of vacant homes on the market? The prices can’t possibly get much cheaper? I guess only time will tell.
Less than a week here and my husbands already got a good paying job, close to home. We’re greatful for that in so many ways. Our sanity being at the top of the list. We’re in our early 30s, so nowhere near no retirement age! But we are here, we are home, yet far away from our home, taking it one day at a time. For every ending there’s always a beginning, and we’re still maintaining through this journey called Life. I will keep you readers updated with some of gripes and grumbles I have along the way…….so Stay tuned!!!