Due Date: Wednesday, September 20- "How I Spent My Summer Vacation..."
Here's your chance to tell us what you did over summer break: a nice vacation, swimming at the pool, learning how to knit, reading good books... you name it. We want to hear all about it! Photos are always welcome!

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report card I spent my Summer Vacation becoming a "SNOWBIRD". Don't know what that is? Well, let me explain.

We've all heard the saying: 'When one door closes another one opens'. Well that's what happened to me.

Last year when both my Mom and sister died, I felt that something inside me had died too! They were such a big part of my life and suddenly that 'big part' was missing and I didn't know how to fill it up and decided I probably never would.

Then one day out of the blue - it dawned on me. I'm FREE !! to come and go as I please. It was only then that I realized another door opened and all I had to do was walk thru it. My new freedom meant I did't have to stay in Cleveland during the winter if I did't want to and boy oh boy, I didn't want to. I wanted to be a SNOWBIRD !!

I spent most of the Spring months searching the internet for a retirement community in Florida that was affordable and met my needs. Finally came across what looked to be just exactly what I wanted. It's called:

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Located in Avon Park Florida, it's a A 55+ RESIDENT OWNED COMMUNITY RV RESORT & MANUFACTURED HOME COOPERATIVE. perfect!! just perfect!!

So this summer, down to Florida I went to check Lake Bonnet Village out in person and see if it looked as nice as it does online. Well, it did and I purchased a share in the cooperative.

Followed that one by another trip down to Florida to buy a camper. Well, it's really not exactly a camper - it's called a Park Model. It's small like a camper but has a regular bathroom.

Wanna see what my little park model looks like? Just click on my little Sadie mood girl below to check it out!

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I'll go down once again at the end of this month for what they call a 'walk thru". I ordered some changes to the park model so now I have to approve the changes and then it will be put on lot #318 at Lake Bonnet Village. My house # here in Ohio is 18 and my lot # in Florida is 318. Funny huh? In November, after election day, Dahli and I will jump in the car and motor on down to our new Florida home and I'll be a SNOWBIRD!!

So that's what I did on my Summer Vacation. The next time 'one door closes and another opens - don't be afraid to step in. I'm glad I did and you will be too!