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Authentic Taco Tuesday at Hunger Street Tacos

Authentic Taco Tuesday at Hunger Street Tacos

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Murals by Oaxacan street artists Lapiztola

Taco Tuesday will last all week long at the new Hunger Street Tacos, located at 2103 West Fairbanks, in Winter Park. Some of you might remember 4 Rivers Smokehouse or BB Junction in that location. Adorned in colorful murals by the Oaxacan artists, Lapiztola, Hunger Street will serve authentic Mexican street food, officially opening next week.

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Not being a connoisseur in authentic Mexican (believe me, this is not Taco Bell!) we invited our friends Mike and Nancy to the soft opening. Nancy is a native of Monterrey, Mexico, and a fantabulous cook in her own right. She testified positively to the flavors and presentation of owners’, Joe and Sadie’s creations

Lovely senoras, Sadie & Nancy

Lovely senoras, Sadie & Nancy

The colors of Mexico

The colors of Mexico

Our samplings on this day were Brisket Tacos, Mushroom Quesadillas, Chicken Tostadas and Esquites (a corn salad from the streets of Mexico). If you’re stuck on crispy taco shells and refried beans, slathered in melted cheese, this might not be your cup of tea, or tequila, as the case may be. They are serving up the real deal at Hunger Street, so prepare your palate for a treat and take a chance on genuine Mexican fare.

Brisket Tacos

Brisket Tacos

Mushroom Qusadilla

Mushroom Quesadilla

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Esquites and Chicken Tostada

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Seating is casual, outdoor on the patio. Walk up to the counter, place your order and your meal will be brought to your table. We’ll definitely be back when the full menu is available, ready to immerse ourselves in the sights and smells of Hunger Street Tacos…join us, you won’t be disappointed. Buen Provecho!

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Part 3 – Restoration and revitalization in lower Manhattan

Part 3 – Restoration and revitalization in lower Manhattan

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After a couple of nights in Brooklyn and another two in the chic Upper East Side, we traveled down to Lower Manhattan. An Uber driver picked us up in front of Ivy Terrace and quickly had us on FDR Drive, which provides views of the East River, overlooking Brooklyn. The trip was speedy until we got within a half mile of the hotel. Then we had a slow, construction-blocked slog to our destination. (We could have used the subway but didn’t want to drag our luggage through the crowds.)

Directly across from the Millenium Hilton

Directly across from the Millenium Hilton

Pulling up to the Millenium Hilton, on Church Street, we observed the reflection of the One World Trade Center building against the hotel’s glass façade. A portion of the Port Authority’s transportation hub Oculus, directly across the street, is also mirrored. Completed in 1992, the Hiltons took the building over in ’94. After extensive damage, due to the 2001 attacks, it took another two years before the hotel was able to reopen.

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The Oculus, view from the room

The Hilton’s close proximity to the National September 11 Memorial Museum and the One World Observatory makes it the perfect place for families, especially with the number of roomy suites offered. Several subway stations are just steps from the lobby so you’re never far from any destination in Manhattan. One could spend a full day without using any transportation, however, as there is so much within walking distance to keep you busy. And, on the weekends, when Wall Street is emptied of workers, the streets are much more easily traversed.

View from the room

View from the room

The view from our room took in the Hudson River to Jersey City. The Winter Garden Atrium is a 10-story glass ceiling pavilion, which was also heavily damaged on 9/11. It has been restored to its original beauty and is connected, underground, by the Brookfield Place office and shopping complex. Before the destruction, this area was known as the World Financial Center. The section facing the Hudson River offers views of the Statue of Liberty along with the Battery Park City Esplanade, for a relaxing walk, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Photo courtesy of FEMA Brian Rodriguez. Winter Garden destruction

Photo courtesy of FEMA Brian Rodriguez. Winter Garden destruction 2001.

Photo courtesy Orlando Sentinel

Photo courtesy Orlando Sentinel

The connection between the Millenium Hilton and the Hudson River, takes you under the busy West Street through a promenade of shops and restaurants along with a major transportation center providing the PATH train to New Jersey. The streets surrounding this structure also provide many subway stations, making access easy from anywhere in New York City and the boroughs.

West side of Atrium, follow the escalator, under the highway, to the Millenium Hilton

East side of Atrium, follow the escalator, under the highway, to the Millenium Hilton

Winter Garden Atrium

Winter Garden Atrium

The Millenium Hilton graciously hosted us on this trip, even tending to my miserable cold, with a pot of comforting tea. We have experienced this kind of customer service from them on other (non-hosted) stays, reminding me of the time we arrived at the hotel at 11 p.m., looking like drowned rats after slogging two blocks through a rainy night. They immediately upgraded us to a junior suite, taking pity on this couple who should have known better and chosen the closest station immediately in front of the lobby!

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Aaaaah!

Travel is always a learning experience! I hope you’ve picked up some tips during this three part journey through NYC.

 

Part 2 – Having a blast in Brooklyn

Part 2 – Having a blast in Brooklyn

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Next stop on our New York adventure, Greenpoint Brooklyn. We were hosted by a group of boutique hotels, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, which exude a hip, artsy vibe. The Henry Norman Hotel, Box House Hotel and the Franklin Guesthouse make up an offering of lodging options which put you in the middle of a hipster paradise with a relaxing and calm ambiance. We found the staff to be genuinely interested and concerned about our comfort and, after touring all three, it was obvious that they worked well together as a team. Most had come from larger brand hotels, bringing their experience to this, smaller, boutique concept, appreciating the family type atmosphere of their workplace. Their cheerful, attentive attitude did not go unnoticed.

Oh, my!

Oh, my!

View of Manhattan from the terrace

View of Manhattan from the terrace

The interior of these hotels is designed by Brooklyn artist, Kip Jacobs. His colorful, funky, eclectic designs flood all three of the properties with upbeat patterns and shapes. You’ll see flowers, birds and the occasional 3-d printer addition to a wall-hanging. There is nothing standard about his design, marked by the upside-down lamps hanging from the Henry Norman Hotel’s hallways. I found myself smiling every time I turned a corner, discovering a new creation.

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As a traveler who falls into the boomer generation, it was a refreshing choice to put ourselves in a young, family-oriented neighborhood. We walked the streets to nearby parks appreciating the varied styles of architecture with the old versus newly renovated homes. Brooklyn has always been a melting pot of diversity with ethnic segments throughout. Greenpoint still caters to the Polish influence where we saw the Polska Gazeta newspaper displayed at the local bakery. We also discovered a school, P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry Elementary, boasting its First Polish Dual Language designation.

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Brooklyn is made up of many neighborhoods including Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope, as well as Coney Island’s beachfront and amusement parks, just to mention a few. Residents, priced out of Manhattan, have made their home in this borough, with the effect of home values rising along with the chic value. Greenpoint, to the north of the borough, might be relatively affordable but its home values are also heading north.

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We found the area to be safe at night, with an abundance of restaurants covering a plethora of ethnic backgrounds. Our favorite spot for morning coffee was Syrena’s Bakery, around the corner from the Henry Norman. Feeling like locals, sitting next to utility workers stopping in for an egg sandwich or Danish, we eavesdropped on their banter about having worked on a recent Batman movie in the area. Marvel tapes a lot of its content, both movies and Netflix series, in this neighborhood, with execs and actors staying in the Henry Norman.

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Syrena Bakery

With subway stations within walking distance, all of Manhattan is just a few minutes away, however, the multitude of restaurants Brooklyn offers might keep you here a bit longer. Some of the cultural favorites are Calexico, named for the area just north of the border of California and Mexico;  Raizes Churrascaria, offering Portuguese-Açorean Food with a New England flair (yes, we were offered New England Clam Chowder); and M Greenpoint for home-style Chinese. These are but a few of a long list of quality local fare just in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn alone.

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Kip Jacobs artwork

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We’ve visited Manhattan many times, with the occasional walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. This is the first time we actually explored a section of the borough and we were pleasantly surprised at the friendly, safe and upbeat experience.

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Tip: To get around in and between boroughs, we purchased a 7-day Metro card ($31), which is good on the subway and bus lines for unlimited rides. This has always proven to be the best way to get around for us. However, for the first time in our experience, my card became “demagnetized,” apparently due to close proximity to my phone and credit cards. I also read that a strong magnet closure on a purse can affect them. When I took it to a station agent, he confirmed the problem but would not re-issue a new card on the spot. Mailing it in for a refund wouldn’t help me during the rest of the trip, however. In stations which had station agents, they would let me through, but most stations aren’t staffed so I was SOL. Keep the card in a pocket away from purses or wallets.

Don't get demagnetized!!

Don’t get demagnetized!!

Tip 2: For the first time we used Uber since we were bouncing around properties, lugging baggage. Fellow blogger, Steve Frick, clued me into a promotion with American Express which gave us a free trip from Laguardia to our hotel in Brooklyn (through the end of the year 2016). We were so impressed we decided to use them again within the city. Proved to be seamless, inexpensive transport.

Check out Part 1 of our NYC adventure and stay tuned for our next stop in lower Manhattan at the Millenium Hilton.

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Walking dead in Greenwood Cemetery?

Walking dead in Greenwood Cemetery?

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I’m rerunning this post as a result of a lovely comment that just popped up from the real Miss Orlando 1959, Alice Pruitt…

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For the recreational walker, Orlando is full of wonderful routes. Recently I found myself strolling along Greenwood Cemetery on Anderson Street, checking out the names on the old grave stones. One stopped me in my tracks. It read “Miss Orlando 1959” in huge letters. The stone seemed much newer than those around it. Upon further investigation, I found it belongs to “Alice McCain Massey Pruitt, born 1941 – “…yes, she’s still very much alive! Does Miss Orlando 1959 qualify as one of the “walking dead?”

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The west side of the cemetery contains the 19 acre park, Greenwood Urban Wetland, which includes Lake Haven, named for Bob Haven, who worked for the city of Orlando and the Utilities Commission for many years. Winding paths and bridges weave their way throughout the park. If it weren’t for the September heat and humidity, I would have thought I was in North Carolina, walking along a babbling brook.

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The Lake Davis/Greenwood Community Garden sits next to the park’s entrance. Our city commissioner, Patty Sheehan’s previous experience working for the Florida Department of Agriculture has ensured many of the community gardens in District 4. The sense of community and self-sustainability nurture these projects which have become so popular throughout the country.

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A few feet from the gardens you will find a park for your furry friends. Although not designated as a “dog park” the area is complete with exercise equipment your pooch will enjoy. It’s a dog-walking paradise.

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This jewel of a park is also just two blocks from 903 Mills Market Cafe, a neighborhood spot open 7:30 a.m. to 9:03 p.m., serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner. Complete with draft craft beers, a fantastic selection of wines, sandwiches both hot and cold, along with some of the most tasty cakes and cookies, “903” is a favorite among locals.

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This Orlando neighborhood, south of Thornton Park and the 408, holds a lot of hidden surprises and you never know, you might run into Miss Orlando 1959.

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Christmas in New York – Small, medium or large lodging…take your pick!

Christmas in New York – Small, medium or large lodging…take your pick!

The iconic Rockefeller Center

The iconic Rockefeller Center

One of our favorite places to visit over the holidays is New York City…we love it all year round but Manhattan knows how to throw a Christmas party. This year’s trip was part work, part play so we bounced around a bit in accommodations ranging small, medium and large in size. This review includes the smallest in a three-part series.

Ivy Terrace

Ivy Terrace

The Ivy Terrace Bed & Breakfast, on East 58th, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, might have been the smallest of lodging choices but it packs a punch in value. For one thing, the location put us right in the middle of Manhattan action. Located in midtown, close to the upper east side, we were near shopping, Central Park and even walkable to 30 Rock. Subway stations were just around the corner so we had access to all of Manhattan within a few steps.

Lovely terrace overlooking 58th Street at Ivy Terrace B&B

Lovely terrace overlooking 58th Street at Ivy Terrace B&B

Vinessa runs a tight ship with this property, including 3 floors of impeccable rooms which are actually set up as studios, complete with kitchenette. One gets the feel of living like a local in this spot and we had the freedom of fixing our own relaxing breakfast. The rooms are large and, if you choose the Ivy Suite, you’ll get a lovely terrace overlooking 58th Street, perfect for people-watching.

Bloomingdales, lovely to look at but Christmas or Hannukah just doesn't come to mind.

Bloomingdales, lovely to look at but Christmas or Hannukah just doesn’t come to mind.

Around the corner from Bloomingdale’s flagship store, we went for a stroll and passed Matt Lauer, crossing the street in front of us…you have to keep your eyes open as you never know who you’ll bump into! The only disappointment this year was the Christmas window displays in many of our favorite stores. This year’s themes were a bit too artsy for us as we’re old school looking for Santa, elves and lots of green, red, silver and gold. Barneys and Bloomies were a bit bizarre for the season and we just didn’t get it.

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Love me some meerkats but doesn’t ring of Christmas

 

Sax Fifth Avenue light/music show

Sax Fifth Avenue light/music show

Macy’s, Sax Fifth Avenue and Tiffany’s didn’t disappoint, however, and Sax puts on quite the show in the evening with music and lights choreographed against the side of the building. 30 Rock’s gorgeous tree is also a must-see, along with ice skaters on the rink at Rockefeller Center. We never tire of Manhattan over the holidays, however, be aware that you need to be hardy to withstand the rigors of walking the streets among the crowds, subway stairs and third floor walkups.

Tiffany decor, but difficult to access as it sits next to Trump Tower

Tiffany decor, but difficult to access as it sits next to Trump Tower

Tips: A lot of late night shows are taped in various areas of midtown, which provides free entertainment if you can get a ticket (not as difficult as you might think) and are willing to devote about 2 hours of standing in various lines before the show. Check out the 1iota.com website for details and available shows. Even at the last minute, we got lucky with tickets to Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show, finding out, the day of, that we were chosen. Being flexible is the key, which is why we never fully plan each day ahead of time in NYC.

Waiting in line, worth the wait!

Waiting in line, worth the wait!

Another reason to be flexible is the chance you might win low cost tickets to high cost Broadway plays. Several offer a lottery system where you put your name in a hat and, if chosen, are offered tickets for anywhere from $10 to $35 per person. We scored a couple of years ago with front row seats to Book of Mormon for $32 per ticket. Earlier in the day we checked ticket availability and found nothing cheaper than $200. Just google your favorite play and get the details.

Still kind of pricey but discounted thru TKTS

Still kind of pricey but discounted thru TKTS

The TKTS website also provides options for discounted tickets. There are several booth locations around town where, depending on availability, you might find tickets at 50% off the normal price. We got into The Front Page with deeply discounted tickets at the South Street Seaport location which usually has shorter lines than the one in Times Square.

More to come…our “medium” sized accommodations were in a boutique hotel in Brooklyn. Stay tuned to Part 2 of our NYC holiday trip!

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Next stop Brooklyn!

6 Tips for shopping local this holiday season

6 Tips for shopping local this holiday season

The shopping season is upon us and one might be tempted to just order everything online this year, thus avoiding the crowds and traffic. However, every time you buy from a big box store’s website, you’re taking business away from local artists and shop owners who are trying keep their businesses afloat. Below are some ideas and locations for gift giving, and, if you’re stuck on shopping online, some out-of-the-box ideas for finding that perfect gift for a loved one who already has everything. Click on the links for more information.

No excuse for getting lost

No excuse for getting lost

Mount Dora – A short drive from Orlando, this charming town is full of local shops to inspire your holiday shopping. With an ample choice of restaurants, you won’t go hungry while checking out all that Mount Dora has to offer!

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Renningers Antique Market  – While you’re in Mount Dora, and if it’s the weekend, head over to this antique haven with acres of shops and tables loaded with anything your antique-loving friend might want. Offering acres of vendors, this bargain hunter’s paradise is a great place to find that item you didn’t even know you were looking for.

Too much to take in with one trip.

Too much to take in with one trip.

Hinge  – For that “do-it-yourselfer” in the family, get a gift certificate to this place and let them loose. It might take a full day to get through the millions of products in this (much more than a) hardware store, however, so be prepared to get lost among the multitude of “stuff” you’ll find here.

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Micanopy –  A bit longer of a drive from Orlando, but worth it, this town’s main street is lined with amazing shops. One of which, is loaded with Christmas holiday items, decorations and ornaments. Plan on shopping for yourself here, too. On your way back, stop into some of Ocala’s antique malls to fill out the day.

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Thoughtful items for older loved ones  – Sometimes our older relatives and friends, especially those suffering through some stage of dementia, are the most difficult for whom to shop. This post offers caring and helpful ideas that might delight and engage them in a conversation or memory.

Treated myself to this!

Treated myself to this!

Local Etsy artists – If you must shop online, at least find local artists who list their wares on Etsy. One of my favorites is Saadia, with her creative jewelry. Who wouldn’t love a new pair of earrings under the tree!

The only downside to visiting these shops is the temptation to bring back something for yourself! Stay focused!! Happy Holidays to all!

Courtesy Orlando Sentinel

Courtesy Orlando Sentinel

Reflections (and advice) on buying a mountain house

Reflections (and advice) on buying a mountain house

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This time last year my husband and I were ready to close on a mountain house, looking forward to the summer of 2016 with gorgeous mountain views and no need of an air conditioner. Having spent our summer in Wolf Laurel, we have returned, and have a few observations for those inclined to follow our footsteps…

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Location – we took several trips to North Carolina, trying to decide which area we wanted to spend our summers. First criteria on our list was to avoid, at all costs, anything that resembled The Villages. Gravitating to college towns like Boone and Asheville, we made sure we would live in a mix of young and old alike. Boone didn’t offer us enough in terms of city life so we wound up looking within an hour’s drive of Asheville. Good choice as we fell in love with this crazy city of weekly drum circles and talented street performers. The huge amount of breweries didn’t hurt, either, as well as the phenomenal restaurants supplied by local farms. Only downer here is having to look at the scale at the end of the summer…must be more disciplined next year (right!).

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Elevation – once we chose the general area, our criteria was to be at least 3,000 feet above sea level. Our research told us that we would be assured of cooler temps the higher we climbed. Landing in Wolf Laurel at 4,400 feet up, we accomplished that goal. No A/C in the house and never needed it. Temps never got close to 80 and we were comfortable with the windows open. These “warm” temps only last about 2 ½ months, however, with chilly temps in late spring and early fall sometimes causing us to use the fireplace. Not complaining a bit!

Good morning!

Good morning!

We did inherit some gorgeous rhododendron, though

Not the view we hoped but we did inherit some gorgeous rhododendron

The view (or lack thereof) – We compromised on this and have a few regrets about it. Expansive views are expensive. Houses are either on a ridge or in a “holler” below. The difference in cost can be more than $100k, which is why we jumped at the chance for a home perched on the side of the mountain, with a babbling brook below, priced below our budget. Of course, we ran from it when our inspector found major structural issues underneath. We now regret not pursuing this house further. Warned the repairs might push us over our limit, we should have tried to work with the owner, maybe convincing him to meet us halfway. We love being surrounded by forest but sometimes yearn for that porch overlooking rolling mountains in the distance.

Priceless hikes with gpa

Priceless hikes with gpa

Visitors – We had many! And we loved every minute of their stay. We never tired of showing them “our” mountain and hiking the Appalachian Trail to Little and Big Bald, just 2 miles from the house. Western North Carolina is loaded with hiking trails, mountain tops and quaint towns to keep visitors busy. Sometimes just vegging out on the deck listening to the quiet and catching a glimpse of deer wandering the property is all they really wanted. It’s a happy place!

Benefits of lots of visitors!

Benefits of lots of visitors!

As a friend warned, it might take a year to get used to owning a second home in an area completely opposite our norm. We now look at temps in the 20’s up there and hope the winterizing is working, with no burst pipes awaiting our arrival when we return. We learned early on to get to know our local hardware store as we leaned on them for those burst pipe replacements and the occasional word of advice.

Awesome memories

Awesome memories

All in all, our summer in North Carolina was wonderful and we will greet the new year with more educated expectations. Looking forward to another summer of adventures and wine-toting visitors!

Pride Parade – Faces of freedom

Pride Parade – Faces of freedom

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No words really needed for this pictorial of Orlando’s Pride Parade, held last Saturday. This is what freedom looks like. With close to 150,000 strong, it was a love fest!

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Jen Vargas

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Disney celebrating ALL families

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Even NASA got into the act!

It was a beautiful day filled with love!

Not ready to make nice

Not ready to make nice

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*Warning, you might not like some of the language you’re about to read…at the ripe old age of 68, I don’t really give a fuck. (Sorry, kids, mom’s gone off the deep end.)

OK, the pity party’s over. After waking up Wednesday in tears and not being able to stop them for the rest of the day, I think I’m back in control. Of course, I have bridges to mend after snapping at my 92 year old mother…isn’t it amazing how we never get over our mom’s criticism? All she did was call yesterday to wish me a Happy Birthday (for fuck’s sake, it was my birthday!) and when she found out I had blown off a birthday lunch with my besties, she said I was being ridiculous. Well, that set me off again and I nearly gave myself a stroke.

You see, we are a non-confrontational family and every couple of years when an election rolls around we all have to bite our tongues and ignore the elephant or donkey in the room. That being said, I love my family members unconditionally…it’s just that our brains don’t think the same way and we have to stifle our words or all hell will break loose. So, yesterday I couldn’t stifle it. I knew I couldn’t fake a smile and break bread with friends on my birthday, who could not commiserate with me as their agenda was not the same.

Now it’s Thursday and it’s a beautiful day, the sun’s out, the duck’s are still in the lake, I didn’t get shot, yelled at or beaten up on my walk…life is good for this straight, white woman living in a nice neighborhood. Control is back…the headache isn’t gone yet, though…that mind fog might be around for a while. And now I’ve made another “ridiculous” decision, to attend Orlando’s Pride Parade this Saturday, instead of the beach wedding I had originally signed up for. (The bride’s mom is cool with the decision.)

Instead, I’m following my conscience and heart to support a group of people who had high stakes in this election. Their fears are real and they’ve already seen the consequences of allowing the general public to speak and act like their President-elect. Now that the evil term, “political-correctness,” is out the window, we can yell out anything we want…”Hey, Melania, show us your tits!” (I really am OK, kids, just following our new President’s example.)

In the words of Natalie Maines, “I’m Not Ready to Make Nice.” I’ll keep it in check with family and friends but don’t expect me to remain silent when rights are being stripped from women, gays, people worshiping religions other than Christianity…not to mention my right to be an Atheist without being treated like I have leprosy. You might call it sour grapes, I call it compassion.

THAT is the loss I spent all day crying over. You can say I’m being ridiculous, I prefer to hold on to the freedom to be me, and I’m going to hang on to it as long as I can.

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Villa Tuscany – A new memory care facility needed in Winter Park

Villa Tuscany – A new memory care facility needed in Winter Park

Villa Tuscany, East perspective

Villa Tuscany, East perspective

I’ve written before about my dad’s struggles with vascular dementia which, at the age of 92, leaves him physically strong but mentally diminished in his capacity to communicate, process thoughts or take care of himself. Several years ago we made the decision, as a family, to move both mom and dad to Alabama Oaks Assisted Living in Winter Park. They both started out in an independent cottage together and, as dad’s disease progressed, he was moved to other houses on the property which could give him more care.

Alabama Oaks is a small campus owned by Brook Rose for the past 20 years. His grandmother was a resident here and he bought the business when the opportunity presented itself. Since then he and his staff have run a much needed service for Winter Park residents, and family members. He is now working towards expanding his passion with an advanced memory care and assisted living facility on Howell Branch Road. This video explaining the details include my mom, Marie, as one of the featured residents…Villa Tuscany. And here is a pdf of the plans.

Currently, there is no such assisted living or memory care facility within the Winter Park city limits, so you can imagine the hoops through which he has to jump in order to get approved. There will be a planning and zoning meeting at the Winter Park City Hall Commission Chambers, 2nd floor, 401 S. Park Ave., on Tuesday, October 4th at 6 pm. Support is needed to implement the plans of this much needed care as there has been backlash among the current residents in the area.

One of the main complaints is additional traffic to the area, however, this building would hold a low impact risk as the facility will be inhabited by those who are no longer able to drive. Caretakers and visitors would make up the bulk of the traffic to the area. There is also a concern about the view of those nearby but, if you look at the rendering, this will be a beautifully designed residence which will fit in with the surroundings.

Villa Tuscany, West perspective

Villa Tuscany, West perspective

If you are not already dealing with a family member with Alzheimer’s or some other type of dementia, you probably will in the future. It’s heartbreaking when the decision has to be made that you can no longer physically take care of your husband, wife, mother or father, and have to turn them over to a facility which might not have their best interests at heart. The staff at Alabama Oaks have proven that they care deeply about each resident and want to make this vulnerable time in their life as comfortable and happy as possible.

If you live in Winter Park and can take the time to drop an email to express your support, you can do so at mayorandcommissioners@cityofwinterpark.org and jbriggs@cityofwinterpark.org.

As one of our favorite caretakers, Angelique, states, “It’s needed. We’re needed.”

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