Day 61 – Thanks for a brilliant time

What a brilliant time we’ve had.

I’ve been so privileged to be able to share our daily adventures with you. Thank you all for coming along with us, commenting as we’ve walked this journey together.

We’ll be on a flight back to the UK by the time you see this. It’s been an amazing 3 months, filled with new experiences, new friends and new dreams. We got to see a snapshot of the way we’ve dreamed of living, for many years now – and it’s turned out  to be very close to what I thought it would be.

Now, we’ll see what the next part of the adventure holds. See what God has in store; what he wants us to do and where He wants us to be. All I know is that as long as I’m holding His hand and Frans’ hand, everything will be a great adventure.

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Lots of love

Frans & Lisa

Day 60 – Just like in the movies

We’re all packed and ready to go!

Given all the groceries away, packed the suitcases, swum in the beautiful sea, eaten our first Chinese takeaway and said goodbye to the lovely friends we’ve made while we’ve been here.

Tomorrow morning we head off to Miami International Airport before winging our way to the next phase of our adventure.

Just like on the movies… 🙂

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Sleep well and see you tomorrow

Lisa

Day 59 – Flying East to West

One of the concepts that has always intrigued me is that of ‘jet lag’. So, I did a little research to see if we would be affected by it  when we fly back to the UK on Tuesday.

It is apparently worst when you fly East thereby ‘losing time’. It happens as a result of your body’s natural circadian rhythm being disrupted with the main symptom being sleepiness.

The symptoms can include:

  • sleepiness
  • delayed response time
  • irritability
  • difficulty concentrating
  • anxiety
  • constipation or diarrhea
  • headache
  • nausea
  • sweating and
  • coordination difficulty…phew!

Some of the best ways to handle it are:

  • To adjust your sleep pattern by one hour every couple of days so that you’re close to the new time zone by the time you fly. Try to sleep on the plane as opposed to working.
  • Taking melatonin as a supplement is a great way to help your circadian rhythm re-adjust.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol as these interrupt sleep patterns.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that’s loose and comfortable.
  • Keeping hydrated is key, so drink lots of water.
  • Keep to the natural day/night pattern. So, if you’re travelling overnight then sleep and if travelling during the day then stay awake.
  •  Change your watch to the new time zone as soon as you get on the plane.
  • Take a hot bath before sleep which relaxes the muscles

So, essentially, I should have gone to bed about 4 hours ago! 🙂 Goodnight!

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Lisa

Day 58 – Making room…

I am going to have to admit to something that is a little ‘sad’ :-), but it’s so cool to someone like me :-)!

I had made a note for myself that I needed to clear out and sync all of the contacts on my Outlook contacts database and my phone. Now you must understand that I’ve been collecting these contacts for about 10 years now, transferring them from device to device as I’ve upgraded over the years. There are so many duplicates, so much old information and so many contacts I can’t even remember, that it’s a very large task. I knew though that I wanted to get it all cleared out and ready for the next phase of our adventure.

I found out that if I cleared the Outlook records, they would automatically clean the phone records when I synced, so I set about wading through them all. I removed the duplicates, merged the records that had bits and pieces of information in them and deleted loads. Then I categorised them so that Outlook can sync them with e-mails, appointments and tasks (a really cool feature) – alright, alright, maybe I’m the only one that thinks so :-).

I was on such a ‘productive high’ that Frans left me to it and went down to the pool, while I carried on, lost in my ‘organisational bliss’.

When I was done, I realised that this is a really good exercise to do. Getting rid of the clutter and arranging things in a way that helps you to be most productive, is wonderful. I’m really looking forward to being able to use the new system when I’m back!

Do you have anything that you can clean up and de-clutter that will help you to be more productive?

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Another ‘Florida Essential’

I’m trying to get rid of the last groceries we have and so we decided that we’d get some pizza tonight. Look at the size of this!!!!! Probably last us until we leave 🙂

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Sleep well and see you tomorrow

Lisa

Day 57 – I love the emotion: Pride

Today is the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, being hosted in London. Boy, I wish I was there!

I remember going to a rugby match when we lived in Wales. The Welsh were playing South Africa at Cardiff Arms Park and the place was stuffed! My Dad and I went – him in his Welsh jersey and scarf and me in my Springbok gear.

The atmosphere in the stadium was so charged with excitement that you could literally feel the electricity in the air. The Welsh are a nation of song and the amazing sound that comes out of a stadium full of welshmen singing at the top of their voices is one of the wonders of the world as far as I’m concerned. Both of the national anthems were sung (…and by this time I was really blubbering). And when the two teams came out onto the field the stadium went absolutely wild!

It was one of the best experiences ever!

I can only imagine that the people who are attending the ceremony today will be feeling many times more than what I did. What a great opportunity to show pride in your country, in the athletes who are giving of their best and in the coming together of so many nations in friendly competition.

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Another ‘Florida Essential’

Frans came running in from the sea and called me to come look at the sea and to bring my camera with me. This is what I saw:

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Sleep well and see you tomorrow

Lisa

Day 56 – A Brilliant Website

Today I wrote the review for our Condo on the absolutely brilliant website http://www.homeaway.com. They provide a brilliant service for both those looking for a holiday rental and those that have a home to let. Check it out by clicking here

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Sleep well and see you tomorrow

Lisa

Day 55 – The Little Things

Isn’t it funny how little things can have such a huge impact on our lives?

There are tons of little things that affect us and here is a selection of the little things that happened to us today…

Little things that make you happy

– We woke up this morning and the sun was shining which really lifted our spirits because it’s been raining for days. A little thing that brightened our day

Little things that make you laugh

– Frans went swimming in the sea and he found this old hat. It had become home to hundreds of little things who had made a whole new home out of it. As he brought it out, a gentleman walked past and said a little thing ‘I wonder what happened to the guy’ 🙂

Little things that drive you nuts

– We came back from the pool and heard a little ‘beep’. 30 seconds later we heard another one. And then another. Turns out the battery is going flat in the smoke detector but it can’t be fixed until tomorrow morning as it’s connected to the fire system in the whole building. It’s a little noise, but it’s causing big irritation

Little things that make you smile

– A piece of Key Lime Pie – the bestest, most scrumptioustest pie on earth 🙂

Little things that quench your thirst

– Watermelon – sweet, juicy and delicious

Little things that warm your heart

– There was a youngster surfing all by himself this morning. A group of boys were surfing close to him and the lone youngster kept on looking at them wistfully, just wanting to join in. He fell off his board when a particularly big wave hit and one of the other boys held his board for him until he got his footing back. Simple kindness and inclusion – just amazing.

Little things that help you

– It’s been quite humid today and the fan we got from Walmart for a mere $17 has kept us nice and cool

Watch out for the ‘little things’ that happen all around you every day. They really can make a big difference.

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Sleep well and see you tomorrow

Lisa