By Liz Flaherty
I’ve lived within 20 miles of the farm where I grew up for the entire 62 years of my life. We moved into our present home over 35 years ago, when our kids were little, and have spent most of that time renovating the house and then remodeling the remodel. Last year, we built a big office-sewing-room in the garage for me, so home is particularly wonderful for me.
But, of course, it’s cold there.
I’m not a fan of the cold, but my husband hates it. So this year is our first time at being snowbirds. We rented a house in Florida, turned everything off we could, created a neighborhood watch program for our home comprised of our kids and nearly everyone else we know, and started south in two packed cars.
And it’s…well, an adventure.
I love that Walmart, a supermarket, and an office supply store are within five miles. I love Florida’s water for washing clothes and dishes. I love the food. Oh, wait, that has nothing to do with the region—I always love food. I love being able to spend time with the family that lives here. I love that it’s going to be 70 degrees today. I love that there are a lot of churches nearby and I’m almost certain I’ll be welcome in whichever one I choose.
Then there are the differences.
The cost of groceries has me shopping more carefully than I have in years. A woman referred to Yankee women as “pushy” yesterday and I had to swallow hard rather than prove she was right. I told my sister-in-law Lynn—with a sigh—that “None of you ever hurry, do you?” She gave me a blank look and said, “Why would we?”
In JAR OF DREAMS, my new release from Carina Press, Lucy Dolan comes to a small town—“Welcome to Taft, Indiana. Home of No One Special. Population 1841 counting cats, dogs, and the occasional parakeet.” —from a lifetime in Richmond, Virginia. She finds differences galore, as well as new friends and a livelihood as the part-owner of a tearoom. Maybe, just maybe, when Boone Brennan comes to visit his aunt (and Lucy’s business partner, she’ll find a new kind of adventure, too.
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