We took a day trip south to Bradenton and Sarasota, where I used to live. I thought Bob would enjoy the Red Barn. It's a huge flea market that sells clothes, food, tools, jewelry, sunglasses, kitchen stuff and just about anything you can imagine. A woman wanted to give me a nonsurgical facelift on half my face so I would buy her products for $250 to do the other half. She is my age, 62, and looks it, while I look a lot younger (thanks to my genes and my active, healthy lifestyle, I think). So I passed on that.
Then we went to the $2 movie theatre to see Robot & Frank, a funny film with a poignant ending that reminded me of my father and his dementia. We took a ride past the house that Jim and I built in 2003 and lived in for two years before I moved to Costa Rica. The palm tree in front is huge now, and the landscaping looks overgrown. I'm glad I don't live in that sterile neighborhood anymore.
The ride home with all the windows open was a joy. The land in Florida is flat, but the sky is immense and has beautiful cloud formations. The sun set just as we came off the Sunshine Skyway bridge.
At 55, I started a new chapter in my life - in Costa Rica! I wanted to get back in touch with my adventurous side, and I was studying Spanish when a classmate suggested moving to Costa Rica. I researched this small, Central American country, went there to see for myself, and decided to call it home. That was in 2005. I'm still here, and every day is an adventure.