How are you, WHERE ARE YOU
That conversation seems to repeat with almost every call. If you asked me 2-3 years ago if I’d be splitting my time between not two, but three houses and retired at 58 I would have thought you crazy, but that’s been our life the past two years, going between homes in Caton, NY, Emerald Green, Rock Hill, NY and Valencia Shores, Lake Worth, FL.
In 2016 we learned a new term, snowflakes. Unlike snowbirds who migrate south for the winter; snowflakes never stay long in one place. And so every few weeks we were sleeping on essentially the same mattress, but at different homes. We’ve managed to work our travels around theater subscriptions and other shows, support group meetings and other events.
We started the year with a cruise to the Costa Rica, Panama and Columbia. But then Gloria starting having severe back pain, which resulted in surgery July 21. However, I still have some inflammation and pain, but just since November, I’ve been able to “walk normally”. I had a good physical therapist and I am trying to exercise by doing at least one type of exercise (walk, bike, yoga and water weights) every day.
In April, Ilene and Keegan hosted a “we survived one year of parenting” party. Since then Nava has made a wonderful transition to the toddler world. She now has a large vocabulary, both spoken and understood, and she follows instructions and loves to emulate her parents (i.e. trying to do a handstand).
In June, unfortunately, Ron’s dad, Norbert Friedman, passed away. He was 94 ½ and both a holocaust survivor and WWII veteran. See my website for more information and tributes.
In July we had Jessica’s bridal shower and in August Ron and Jonathan jumped out of a “perfectly good” airplane to celebrate Jonathan’s 30th birthday.
Labor Day weekend we celebrated Jonathan and Jessica’s wedding (after 8 years of dating). It was a wonderful three day event at The Kaaterskill, near Hunter Mountain in the northern Catskills.
Since them we did a week in Portland and Seattle, a 3 day cruise, one week in Phoenix, visiting in NYC and NJ and back and forth between the houses.
We still are looking for people to join us on a Southern Caribbean cruise for 14 days in January, Amsterdam to St Petersburg for 12 days in August and 4 days to Cozumel in December. Call or see my website for details. And of course to visit us at any of our locations.
Check my website www.gsfriedman.com for photos, travel information about past and future trips and my new blog which will have information about living in 55+ communities and more.