Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Time to Head South?

Wesley Chapel, Florida  (high 67, low 49)

I hope all our blogger friends fared well during Hurricane Sandy.

We were sure glad it didn’t hit Florida, but of course we feel bad for the people and animals in the path of the storm.

Unfortunately, many people are going to now learn they have no insurance coverage for their homes, since they don’t have flood insurance.  So many people think flood insurance is expensive and in most cases, it’s really not.   We have a rental house in Tampa (in a hurricane area) and we pay only $300 annually for our flood insurance.  Money well spent!   Remember, rising water is NOT covered under your homeowners policy.  You do not have to live in a flood zone to need flood insurance!

Our weather here has turned quite cool.  Yeah, I know we were wanting it to cool down and we’ve been complaining about the heat.   It’s nice to be able to turn off the air conditioning  for a change.

It was 50 degrees when we woke up this morning.  For some reason, 50 degrees in Tampa feels much colder than it does other places.  When we were in North Carolina, 40  didn’t feel this cold.  The heat pump is on and the kitties were looking for their electric blanket!

Al survived his sinus surgery just fine.  He was pretty wiped out the day of the surgery, but he felt good the next day.  We had tickets for a political rally, and he decided he felt good enough to go.

The start of the rally ended up being delayed due to an accident involving the child of one of the speakers.  That resulted in us standing for 2-3 hours in a high school football field with 15,000 of our closest friends.   He was pretty wiped out by the time we got home. 

Sunday morning he wasn’t feeling well, but we couldn’t pass up a chance to have breakfast with our friends Carol and John.  They were staying at Lazy Days for a few days.  We got together with them yesterday again for lunch, and we plan to meet up with them in the Keys this winter.

We made reservations for the Keys for two weeks starting November 25th.   We had planned on spending Thanksgiving there, but I neglected to make reservations in time.  Oh well.

We hope to spend as much a lot of this winter in the Keys.  We plan to go back in January after the Tampa Rv Show.    Can’t miss all the freebies and deals at the rv show!

We’re winding down on doctor appointments.  Al has a follow up with the ENT surgeon on Thursday and I have a follow up appointment tomorrow.  It will be good to get those done.


  1. 15,000 friends! You guys are popular! :c)

  2. I'm glad Al is recovering nicely. One of my friends had that surgery, and he was pretty miserable afterward - I can say it now that Al's is over. My friend is single, though, and had no one to help him. I think things are always better if you can share them, especially the bad things.

    Did you end up being able to see the speakers at the rally? That made all the news - I hope his daughter is getting better, I haven't heard anything since it happened. I can't imagine what "Sandy" is going to do to the election process.

  3. Good news about Al. Glad you had a nice visit with fellow bloggers.

  4. Glad to hear Al's recovery has gone smoothly.

  5. Glad to hear you are So sorry you aren't going to be able to go to the Keys for Thanksgiving. That sounds like fun.

    I do want to go to the Tampa RV show with you guys this year and just follow you around and pick up all the freebies that you get. I don't do nearly as well as you do.

    We have been looking into a new homeowner's policy lately and I have to say that I'm not sure anyone can get flood insurance for $300 a year any more. Boy are the insurance companies getting tight and expensive. Too many natural disaster claims I guess. How long ago did you get such a great rate?

  6. I just renewed our flood policy in September. Flood ins is underwritten by government and I believe the rates are the same state to state as long as you are in the same flood zone. If you live on a river or ocean they will be more .

  7. I sure agree on the low cost of that insurance. Wish I was heading for the keys:)

  8. Good to hear Al is on the mend. Hopefully he will be at a 100% when y'all head south.


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