Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Working on our Dreams...continued

The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.  ~Charles DeLint

Well it is officially official!! We closed on the townhouse in Ft. Myers on Tuesday April 30!!! We arrived on Monday and stayed in a Hotel nearby, with all the stuff in the car to be able to move in after closing and stay in our new home the rest of the week!! When we got to the motel on Monday, we saw this guy on the lights! I read it as a sign....a good sign.  

When we got up the next morning, he had a partner! How cool is that?! It's only the second time in my life I have seen a bald eagle in real life!!
The sunrise was beautiful, and it just looked like Florida!! I was beginning to get excited!

After closing on the house, we went right over and began 'moving in'.  As I said in the original post, it was well furnished, and just needed the personal items, sheets, dishes, towels utensils etc. Hubby began unloading the car while I went room by room to take 'before' pictures.  My goal was to move in and cook a nice dinner for us in our new home, this would be sort of a celebration while making sure we had all we needed!  It wouldn't be tonight however because we had made a date on Sanibel island for dinner with our real estate agent, Clark and his wife Pam from one of my favorite blogs... I love shelling!
Pam and Clark came to the restaurant with a housewarming gift that Pam had made just for us!! We were SO honored!! The shells are called worm shells, and are Pam's favorite, and what an amazing job she did...don't you agree? She posted instructions on how to make it on her blog here, we were honored to be 'featured'! The picture inside was taken last November when we 'ran into her' while shelling on Sanibel!
We had a GREAT time with Clark and Pam and began to feel more and more at home all the time! Our home is 15 minutes from Sanibel....can you believe it??

Here is the frame proudly displayed on our new shelves in a place of honor with my Dad's airplane from Sanibel that we bought him a few years ago.

The view out our back window is amazing and I kept running outside snapping pics!
A Snowy Egret
A Hawk, I believe!
A Florida Lizard (Anole) showing his colors!
Bird of paradise flowers are growing at our back door!!
This tropical looking jumble is growing in a tree trunk at eye level at our neighbors, I thought it was interesting!

I finally got a chance to do a little shopping on Thursday night and had been dying to shop at Bealls, they don't have that store in VA and I knew from the website that it would have cool 'beachy' stuff! They even have an outlet near our house! I couldn't resist picking up a few things! :)  I love this store!
Appropriate sign don't you think?...and it's in the colors I want to decorate in..."I love shelling" blue!
These go really nicely with my new Shell dishes!
I looked at this guy several times, at several different stores....finally I had to have him!! He and I have plans!!
This set of pics will look nice together if I do it right!!

I found this on the clearance shelf....frame and all!! He looks nice and is already hanging in our hallway!
The light was already lined up....another sign! :)

The time seemed to fly by, and Saturday arrived quickly, but we got a lot accomplished...decorating is going to take some time as I get more familiar with it all, and do some shopping around....but we have plenty of time! The goal was to have it ready for us whenever we come down! Beds are made, kitchen stocked...and yes I cooked our celebration dinner....and breakfast! ..and it was very nice!
We met several people and took Lily with us for a walk through the neighborhood and we already feel right at home! We just know this is right.....

Friday we went to dinner at Gramma Dots on Sanibel and ran into our neighbors from right here in VA! They went to Sanibel for the day from Orlando, what a small world! We had a great visit with them (over the best key lime pie on the island) and took pictures! Will post when I get a copy! Hubby and I shelled for and hour and half or so after that, no great prizes found, but tides weren't good this trip....maybe next time! be continued :)


Florida Homeowners!! :)


  1. I'm so excited for you. Best of luck with your new home. Can't wait to see more pictures of the inside of it. Pam Rambo is one of the nicest people I know!

    1. I will keep you posted! Yes Pam is amazing!! Can't wait until you get there Kim and send us some shelling reports!! :)