Some Notes From Tallahassee

street While it is winter in Tallahassee, for me it has been a wonderful relief from the brutal cold in Lords Valley. As usual I am eating my way through Tallahassee with good friends and former university colleagues. Past visits have been short and rushed and relaxing a bit, spending time with my cousin, getting errands done where it’s easy to shop and get around — all these things make me thank my lucky stars! The Tallahassee Book Club has planned a dinner and changed the meeting date so I can participate; I will join Roxanne and Kim for our Virtual Book Club meeting next week. Wow! How will I ever readjust to my quiet, mostly solitary, life?!

So far, I have visited many restaurants — old favorites and new places — Kool Beanz of course (twice), Taco Republik (I don’t understand why it’s spelled with a “k”. Does that mean I undestand the “K” in Kool Beanz, not to mention the “z”?), Hopkins Eatery (both locations twice), Sage (awesome mussels and an amazing wine list),kimsage Siam Sushi, Bella Bella, Olive Garden, Gordo’s, Mikey’s Burgers, Seminole Grill, Black Dog Cafe, Chicken Salad Chic (really!), and fabulous meals at cousin Jill’s and at Robin’s! So much fun and still weeks to go!! I think I will be visiting the fitness center a lot when I get back.

Tallahasseans complain about the cold and rightfully so — they aren’t used to it — but, by my standards, the weather is glorious! There was that little bit of ice — people made snowmen — but take a look at the size!! snowman Every moment seems filled with positive energy that Sande Milton expanded on yesterday when we had coffee. What a gift it is to have a friend who seems to be able to get to the heart of the matter, identify issues, share common ideas and fears about retirement, and who knows your history so can make meaningful comments!! That seems obvious, doesn’t it? However, it is something I am learning to revalue as I reflect on being in a new place with a lot of time on my hands. In the meantime, I have to get ready for yet another lunch out (Hopking again — love their salads!) but need to get serious about actually being productive today (do I HAVE to?). To my friends and family in the northeast I hope you are staying warm and safe and I think of you every time I just go out the door without a jacket!! Oops — gloating again!